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Ugandan anthropologist and activist Stella Nyanzi was arrested for cyber harassment when the government changed their minds about giving free sanitary pads to girls who miss school during their period because they cannot afford them.
This haunting exhibit of items U.S.-Mexico border crossers leave behind forces visitors to see the ‘contemporary calamity’ we many times find easier to ignore. Anthropologist Jason De León who is also director of the Undocumented Migration Project, created the exhibit.
Ruth Behar discusses how her… Continue reading
Do you agree with this explanation of how to use anthropology as a marketing strategy? I find it a bit narrowed. We all know that anthropology isn’t just about communication but also things like rituals, behaviors and relationships.
Have you ever been wished happy birthday by your ATM? Genevieve Bell, leading tech anthropologist has. And she says it’s creepy.
Check out some fieldwork in action as anthropologist Sarah Lamb interviews 105 year-old Agnes Mullay.
When death becomes political. Kristian Tamtomo reflects on Geertz & Greek tragedies.
Finally, more anthropologists… Continue reading
Well, it’s the end of March and many anthropologists have made their way to Santa Fe for SfAA. (Yay alliteration!) However, others decided not to come amid uncertainty and fear with the immigration ban.
Should we be thanking kiwis and kumquats for our large brains? Or hop on the primal diet bandwagon since subsistence diets are heart healthy?
I’ve seen this one going around. Have you? Anthropologist Barbara King considers if we’re progressing towards cultural acceptance of polyamory.
Practicing anthropologists will appreciate this thoughtful… Continue reading
Linguistic anthropologist Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein refutes the demonization of “filler words” such as “like” or “um”. She outlines how these discourse markers matter for social interaction and that attempts to banish such words are really a bias against women and younger generations who are assumed to use them more frequenlty.
While an anthropologist didn’t write this article, it details why businesses should hire anthropologists over MBAs. Worth a read if you’re looking to justify/create your place in the business world.
Dr. Paul Stoller is asking American society to think about creating a more inclusive set of cultural values that accounts for our diverse and even still rapidly diversifying society.
Gotta find them all? Anthropologists have partnered with a computer scientist to design a facial recognition system for… LEMURS!
Sociologist Sarah Thorton uses ethnography to document the art world. What do you think of her descriptive day-in-the-life approach?
Anthropologist Rob Thorne is helping to revive Māori instruments. (check out the video!)
Finally, Daniel Knight, an anthropologist doing fieldwork in Thessaly, Greece is shedding light on the effects of the… Continue reading
Will you be participating in anthropology day tomorrow? I look forward to the surge of stories about anthropology and anthropologists in the news. If you’re a practitioner and you’re publishing something—please send us a note, we’d love to feature you!
Who’s asking whom to be their valentine? Biological anthropologist Helen Fisher of match.com reports that men want women to make the first move.
Anthropologists team up with NASA to study urbanization in the Himalayas. Their mixed methods approach was initially thought too unusual until the devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015, which highlighted the significant… Continue reading
Hello NAPA family,
After a brief hiatus and some technical issues, AnthroCurrents is back! My name is Julia Wignall, and I am joining the NAPA communications team as the new AnthroCurrents writer. My immediate predecessor Walter Pond has done an amazing job and certainly left me some fun and challenging shoes to fill! You can read a bit more about me in a previous, introductory blog posting on this site. Now, let’s review some recent examples of anthropology in the mass media:
Hello folks. We’ve been having some technical issues lately but hopefully this has been worked out. So you should see AnthroCurrents appearing very soon in this space!
The NAPA Communications Committee is happy to announce that the AnthroCurrents blog, started by Cathy White and most recently authored energetically by Walter Pond, is set to relaunch under the stewardship of Julia Wignall.
Julia currently works as an anthropologist performing data analysis, ethnography and research at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She finished her Master’s in applied anthropology 3.5 years ago and says she is still “figuring it out.”
Says Julia: “I am excited to contribute to AnthroCurrents since I have the same thing to gain as you, the reader; to learn how anthropologists and the discipline are represented in the… Continue reading