Call for Papers: SfAA Seattle 2010

Call for papers: Society for Applied Anthropology Meetings, Seattle, WA, March 29-April 2, 2011 Roundtable discussion Anthropology in a Box:  Extending the Reach of Anthropology in Institutional Settings Libraries, hospitals, schools, businesses, and the military; these are all institutions that can inspire and require novel anthropological approaches, both theoretical and methodological. These kinds of spaces … Continue reading Call for Papers: SfAA Seattle 2010

PhD, or not PhD

A column in The Chronicle of Higher Education, as pointed to by my friend Matt Bandy, has an interesting take on the essentialness (or lack thereof) of a Ph.D.  The column is specific to the humanities, but is easily transferable to the social sciences, and I think most particularly, to Anthropology.  Matt makes his points … Continue reading PhD, or not PhD

Mark said we’re not blogging about HTS anymore

but I thought this was a good story, not specifically about HTS, but about one anthropologist's work with the military, as a professor at the Marine Corps University at Quantico. Not surprisingly, I agree with the points she makes about grey areas, and about how each anthropologist needs to "draw their own line."

Well I’m not blogging either, so there.

Cindy's not the only one not blogging.  Here are a few things I'm not writing about: 1)Transparency. Mark wanted me to write about it ages ago, and I've thought about it, and don't know what to say. Part of what troubles me about HTS is the overt lack of transparency (does that make them transparently … Continue reading Well I’m not blogging either, so there.

On the Cover of the Rolling Stone

Well, not really.  Not on the cover, anyway.  And not in Rolling Stone.  But I love that song! But hey hey, anyone see this? HTS makes it into Newsweek, and I’m intrigued all over again. Seems it’s not being as valuable a program as it could be, at least in part because the social scientists … Continue reading On the Cover of the Rolling Stone

Confusing Things

So it's midterm time, and also time for me to do my self-check (stolen from my colleague and best pal, Cindy herself):  have the students write down the most interesting, most confusing, and most important things they have learned so far in the class. Thus far, we've been reading Margaret Mead's Growing Up in New … Continue reading Confusing Things

Home for the Holidays

The Arrival Scene is a trope of classic anthropological literature. In invoking the beginning of the anthropologist’s journey among a specific people, a specific landscape is invariably described. Doing so is more than an attempt to hook the reader—writing these scenes also hooks the anthropologist back into the field experience. That moment, conjured in narrative, … Continue reading Home for the Holidays

Many Random Things on my Mind

I am intrigued by what seems to be a persistent pattern among my peers, one that seems to render them unlikely (not to say incapable) of thinking anthropologically about their own lives, and careers.  I am frustrated by the number of times I’ve had the, “go ahead and submit that article you are sitting on, … Continue reading Many Random Things on my Mind

Festival in the Suburbs

So now that Halloween is over, and a good time was had by my family, I can muse aloud (or ablog) about the slow creep of Halloween from a good time for kids, to a mandatory RAGING PARTY for the adults, and how that plays out in Homeowner Associations, and other community organizations. This is … Continue reading Festival in the Suburbs

Good Company

Well the historic First Dinner of (some of the) bloggers has come and gone, and a good time was indeed had.  Much of the conversation was about (surprise!) anthropology and anthropologists, and during that evening I was reminded of a theory of subfields and personality that I formed early in my graduate career. It … Continue reading Good Company

Anthropologists don’t do anyone a favor by taking their ball and going home.

I keep turning over in my head some of the issues that are troubling the AAA these days, in particular the Human Terrain Systems project, and the question of AAA's (and the anthropologists within the organization's) stance on it. (and there is more in the current Anthropology News) I get, I really do, the suspicion … Continue reading Anthropologists don’t do anyone a favor by taking their ball and going home.

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