Why isn’t ethnography.com more focused on ethnography? Um, ‘cause I don’t feel like it.

I like to use the categories on our homepage to surf through old posts, looking for oldies but goodies to re-post on slow days. I also like to read and think about anthropology and sociology and I can count on finding something here to get my mental juices flowing. And like Mark describes below, I … Continue reading Why isn’t ethnography.com more focused on ethnography? Um, ‘cause I don’t feel like it.

Why I Chose Not to Get a PhD

This was originally published here on ethnography.com in April, 2012. Why did you choose to get a PhD (or not)? I got to spend some time with a friend recently that decided some time ago to restart her PhD work.  She is already ABD, but is starting the dissertation over from scratch.  My question was … Continue reading Why I Chose Not to Get a PhD

Applying Rolling Cohort Analysis to Unstable countries

A few year ago, I was working at Kodak and friend and I were talking about the idea of Rolling Segmentation.  More recently, we have been talking about how it relates to how that thinking can be applied to issues of instability and insurgency. I  have not given the idea much thought for the last … Continue reading Applying Rolling Cohort Analysis to Unstable countries

Undergrad Seminar: Time Management

Here we are in the 2nd half of the academic year. If the 1st half got off to a rocky start, maybe this is a good time to talk about time management. Not the "The 7 habits of that smugly overambitious go-getter" variety. This is aimed more at the "How can I squeeze school into … Continue reading Undergrad Seminar: Time Management

When do IEDs quit being IEDs? Why are we still treating insurgent munitions as folk arts?

I started as a university student, I was studying folklore and material culture, and IED’s certainly qualify as material culture that has the potential to tell you something beyond basic forensics. In this entry I am looking at IEDs using the language of business, innovation and ___________ ? The idea is to see what insights … Continue reading When do IEDs quit being IEDs? Why are we still treating insurgent munitions as folk arts?

EPIC 2012 Call for Submissions

If you have never been to EPIC or submitted for it, it is a great conference for anthropologists, engineer, designers, government types, or anyone else interested in how to bring user experience into the decision making process. Here is the notice: You can access it on the website here: http://epiconference.com/2012/ To join the EPIC mailing … Continue reading EPIC 2012 Call for Submissions

American Anthropological Association dissolves, decides to start over tomorrow.

APG Newswire WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Anthropological Association (AAA) made the announcement today that its Joint Committee for Publishing and Employment Services unanimously recommended the immediate dissolution of the AAA, stating there was nothing left to study. James Curry, the newly-past President of the now defunct AAA, stated the organization had no choice. "Look, … Continue reading American Anthropological Association dissolves, decides to start over tomorrow.

Undergrad Seminar: How long should this paper be?

Every student wants to know "How long should this paper be?" I think that's a pretty reasonable question, but for some reason instructors sometimes treat this question like one of the deadly sins. Ironically, when your instructor is asked to present a paper, they are given the answer to that very question at the beginning!  … Continue reading Undergrad Seminar: How long should this paper be?

Undergrad Seminar: Why Incompletes Are So Dangerous

Here we are in the 2nd half of the academic year. If the 1st half got off to a rocky start, maybe this is a good time to talk about time management. Not the "The 7 habits of that smugly overambitious go-getter" variety. This is aimed more at the "How can I squeeze school into … Continue reading Undergrad Seminar: Why Incompletes Are So Dangerous

Blogging is soooooooooo 2006

This is the time of year when blogs talk about their top posts for the 2009, the most important issues in their area of interest and otherwise reflecting with great insight on the past year or decade. I promise this blog will continue its long held tradition to avoid insights at all costs.  So forward, … Continue reading Blogging is soooooooooo 2006

Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines Hui

This announcement showed up in my e-mail, nicely formatted too: Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines Hui 17 - 19 November 2010 University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand Kia ora koutou (Greetings to everyone)! New Zealand's first international ethnography hui will give participants the opportunity to meet with like-minded researchers and experience the rich cultural tradition … Continue reading Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines Hui

Now Available for your Xmas giving, Chief Culture Officer by Grant McCracken!

I am pleased to let people know about a new book by fellow social science innovator, Grant McCracken.  Hi book " Culture and Consumption: New Approaches to the Symbolic Character of Consumer Goods and Activities" was a major inspiration for me when I started my career in design anthropology and have have been reading his blog ever … Continue reading Now Available for your Xmas giving, Chief Culture Officer by Grant McCracken!