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AnthroCurrents – April 17, 2015

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

  • In the discussion of female circumcision we often hear the perspective of unwilling participants who seek to escape this tradition, and of course the Western perspective is easy to obtain. Recently, The Atlantic talked to anthropologist Bettina Shell-Duncan and got the missing perspective: women who willingly participate and celebrate this custom.
  • Slate.com (in an article from New Scientist) talks about language differences when it comes to talking about smells. English is a particularly barren language when it comes to smell-speak—at least when compared with… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – April 3, 2015

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

AnthroCurrents – March 20, 2015

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

  • If you enjoy telling people they’re wrong, you’re going to love this article, which contradicts popular wisdom regarding hip width and locomotion. This research calls into question all kinds of thoughts we have had about infant skull size and bipedalism as well.
  • We’re used to the accusations of sensationalism thrown at the Discovery Channel, and now National Geographic gets its turn as reported in the Washington Post. “The Lost City of the Monkey God” sounds like something out of a movie and… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – March 6, 2015

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

AnthroCurrents – January 23, 2015

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

  • Music communicates a lot—next time you’re watching a movie, pay attention to the way music directs its audience.  But research conducted by anthropologist Nathalie Fernando and neuroscientist Stephen McAdams will probably convince you that music is not a universal language. There are still people in Democratic Republic of Congo that are not freaked out by the theme to Psycho.
     
  • Anthropologist John R. Bowen writes in Time about French social and historical characteristics that set the stage for the Charlie Hebdo massacre and… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – January 9, 2015

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

AnthroCurrents – December 26, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

AnthroCurrents – December 12, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

AnthroCurrents – November 28, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

AnthroCurrents – November 14, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

Food

  • Anthropologist Elizabeth Bennett started Fruitcycle after visiting an orchard and seeing all the fruit left to rot on the ground. Her company takes fruit that would otherwise be wasted and turns it into apple chips.
  • Rhode Island Public Radio covered the Southern Seed Legacy Project and talked to its director, anthropologist James Veteto (and one of my former professors). The project supports and encourages seed saving to protect the diversity of heritage crops.

Medicine