Getting ready to head to EPIC 2007

Its that time of the year, and I am writing as a way to procrastinate finishing my PowerPoint for EPIC 2007, a conference being held in Keystone Colorado for people doing ethnography in industry contexts. I am on a panel called Engaged Clients: Stories of Collaboration on Thursday afternoon. I'll post pictures as I get … Continue reading Getting ready to head to EPIC 2007

A Great Day for the Anthropologically Minded

When understanding culture is your abiding interest and passion, everyday is a good day to be an anthropologist, however yesterday supplied us with some particularly exciting media happenings. First of all, news broke that during his appearance at Columbia University, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad had let it be known that there are no gay people … Continue reading A Great Day for the Anthropologically Minded

An Ethnography of the African Art Trade

Monica Udvardy from the University of Kentucky is involved with the repatriation of stolen vigango statues from US museums, to their owners in Kenya. Vigango are funerary statues which are typically removed (with or without the permission of the owners) from hillsides in Kenya, into a thriving local art market, and on to North American … Continue reading An Ethnography of the African Art Trade

Ethnography.com shows up in interesting places

The post about the Human Terrain System showed up in this thread on the Small Wars Journal. So here is what is interesting to me. On their search box, look up anthropology or anthropologists (make sure you click the button to just search the journal and not the web) and you will see a lively … Continue reading Ethnography.com shows up in interesting places

Quick what do you think of when I say “Sloan Valve Company”?

This is not a trick question, just my very unscientific survey of passive brand persistence: Please put your answers in the comments No Googling! Lets just see what comes up as a top of mind response If you want to add the information, age and gender could be interesting.

Antiquities, the Black Market, and Economists

So, anyone else see this on Slate? A quote: "This trade is almost inevitable. In a poor country, such as Mali or Cambodia, foreigners are likely to be willing to pay more for artifacts than the locals would. The logic of the market would pull the choicest objects into foreign collections and foreign museums. Many … Continue reading Antiquities, the Black Market, and Economists

I got fifty bucks that says my day started differently than yours did…

It started pretty simple. I was driving to Palo Alto to work with another agency on a project, and when got off hwy 84 on to El Camino Real things got... odd. I don't why she was nude. I don't know why she seemed to be running errands on El Camino Real at 9:15am. I … Continue reading I got fifty bucks that says my day started differently than yours did…

Anthropologists and the Military’s Human Terrain System

The U.S. Army is moving forward with a program called the Human Terrain System. This program attaches anthropologists to operational units in Iraq to both learn about and help the military navigate the complex cultural issues they are encountering. One anthropologist that is a member of the HTS project is Marcus Griffin, on a year … Continue reading Anthropologists and the Military’s Human Terrain System

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I am a bit speechless, but maybe I can express it in blogging (now that I have this outlet). So the current issue of Anthropology News has an article about biological anthropologists being upset with the Leakey Foundation for having journalist Nicholas Wade as one of their speakers (get the scoop here: Nicholas Wade Speaks … Continue reading ?????????

Welcome New Blogger, Donna Lanclos

We are just chock full of new bloggers this week. The latest addition to the ranks is Donna Lanclos. Donna currently lives in North Carolina. While she is a cultural anthropologist and folklorist by graduate training, she claims to be part archaeologist by marriage. She is the author of the book At Play in Belfast: … Continue reading Welcome New Blogger, Donna Lanclos

The Sentimental Anthropologist

For my first post, I thought I'd present something I wrote quite  a while ago, but still feels like a very current take on my feelings about anthropology.  It was originally written (and delivered) as a commencement speech, in the spring of 2000: I did my fieldwork in Northern Ireland, and I worked mostly with … Continue reading The Sentimental Anthropologist

Welcome new Ethnography.com blogger, Tony Waters

Tony Waters has just uploaded his first blog post to Ethnography.com, "Is There A Point To Learning Another Language?” Check it out. Tony comes to us from the Sociology department at California State University at Chico where he is a professor, though he is currently teaching in Germany. His books include: Bureaucratizing the Good Samaritan … Continue reading Welcome new Ethnography.com blogger, Tony Waters