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ethnography and design

AnthroCurrents August 3, 2017

Screenshot of Smithscape, an app developed by design & anthropology students at Smith College to find study spaces.

Screenshot of Smithscape, an app developed by design & anthropology students at Smith College to find study spaces.

 

A case for applied anthropology PhDs.  The struggle is real.  Are you one of these PhDs? Do you have a master’s a decided not to get a doctorate?  We’d love to hear your stories.

Big data is thin.  Make it thick with ethnography.

A fun, ethnographic read about how cooking on open flames can teach you to trust your intuition.

An exciting application of user-centered design in anthropology classes.

Bonus: The best science accounts… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents May 24, 2017

Prom in full swing.  (AP photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Prom in full swing. (AP photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Fixing corruption is just one of many results a new development consulting firm in Bangladesh has accomplished.  The startup boasts anthropology and design thinking are the keys to sustainable solutions to real-life problems.  Pretty cool.

This article is basically saying you can get a degree in anthropology…as long as you work in computer science rather than education.  Mostly for the money.

An overview of how prom has become a place to contest sexuality & identity as an American adolescent rite of passage.

Top Chef judge Gail Simmons talks about… 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