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AnthroCurrents

AnthroCurrents – January 17, 2017

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:

Can anthropologists help find the disappeared?  Forensic anthropologist Roxana Enriquez Farias founded a nonprofit… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents Coming Soon!

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!

AnthroCurrents Blog Returns

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

AnthroCurrents–On Hiatus

Greetings, Practicing Anthropologists!

It has been a quick 8 months, or so, since I started posting the AnthroCurrents blog twice each month.  I have enjoyed the process, the sharing, and your comments.  However, it is time for me to move on to other endeavors, ones that do not leave time for this activity at the moment.

NAPA hopes to have contributions return to this space as soon as possible.  If you–or someone you know–is interested in monitoring and sharing anthropology as it appears in wider media, especially practicing anthropology topics and people, please contact napacommunications@gmail.com, or any… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents–December 13, 2016

Normalizing “ethnography” as a business tool
See passing mentions of ethnography as a business tool in The Memphis Daily News, American Society of Mechanical Engineers Proceedings (2016), Crain’s Detroit Business, and a comparison of journalism and “anthropology” from The Nieman Lab.

AI, Technology, and Humans
Forbes summarizes Rebecca Gibson’s (American U.) recent article in Sexuality & Culture, using an anthropological lens on portrayals of human/robot sexuality in science fiction to track our culture’s changing views of AI.

Meanwhile, The Guardian interviews an Intel Corporation “staff anthropologist,” Genevieve Bell, about the intersection of technology and culture,… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents–November 29, 2016

Practicing Anthropology
The Wall Street Journal gives passing mention to ethnography as a marketing research tool, in an article about how election polling that missed Middle America’s votes for Trump may indicate similar advertising research has similar limitations. Seeking Alpha goes further, proclaiming that “[e]thnography is probably the only way to gather accurate data” for marketing and advertising.

The Evansville Courier & Press profiles doula and medical anthropologist Hillary Melichors (The Doula Group of Evansville).

The designers of SafariSeat, an all-terrain wheelchair to aid mobility in developing countries used ethnography as one component of a multi-disciplinary… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents — November 15, 2016

Politics, Domestic and Foreign
Paul Stoller (West Chester U.) argues for ethnography as one of the weapons available to those fighting against the anti-progressive movement represented by Donald Trump’s election.

Journalists use an anthropological lens in a documentary film of the Trump Tribe, and attempt to understand the beliefs and motivations of Trump supporters during the US presidential election season.

As reported in the Sao Paulo press, John Comaroff (Harvard U.) provides consulting services to Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is being prosecuted for corruption.

Podcasts
Recently stumbled across this one and will have to… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – November 1, 2016

Trick or Treat?
Anthropologists Discover Isolated Tribe Of Joyful Americans Living In Remote Village Untouched By 2016 Election. From The Onion.

Sam Migliore (Kwantlen Polytechnic U.) is interviewed by the local newspaper in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada about an ethnography of zombies. Yes, he knows a few.

Phillips Stevens, Jr. (U. of Buffalo) is interviewed by WBFO Radio about how the “curse” on the Chicago Cubs—up to the current World Series in American baseball—has truly been a case of magical thinking.

Applied Ethnography
A pharmaceutical magazine’s online outlet posts a video from a market research agency… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents — October 18, 2016

Anthropologist Bloggers Wanted
Fellow anthropologist bloggers (and aspiring bloggers), note two opportunities to expand your reach:

Anthropology News is looking for columnists to address “hot topics” in the news. Send a 300-word pitch by October 21st.

The Guardian is expanding the scope of their science blog network to include archaeology and anthropology. Proposals, or nominations of colleagues, from any sub-discipline are welcome.

Haiti is not Deforested
Apparently, as regular as the Atlantic hurricane season, including recent Hurricane Matthew, is the media’s description of a “deforested” Haiti. Anthropologists Gerald F. Murray (U. of Florida, Emeritus), Andrew Tarter (U. of… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – October 4, 2016

A roundup of Anthropology in the News for September 2016.

On the National Scene
Anthropologists and the American Anthropological Association are among those opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline.

CNN continues to offer its version of “political anthropology” of the US election season, this time on Long Island. Still no anthropologists in sight.

The Army War College cemetery in Carlisle, PA, contains the remains of native Alaskans. And while there is a story there, the recent chapter involves the controversy of repatriation.

Discussion of how kuru spread among the Fore of Papua New Guinea is not just a… Continue reading