When is the country between India and Thailand called Burma or Myanmar?

English speakers seemingly use the word Burma or Myanmar to describe that country.  My impression is that it is somewhat interchangeable.  If you use Burma instead of “Myanmar” it is some how ok—you just sound a bit old-fashioned, which is perhaps how the United States Embassy in "Burma" sounds to ears inside Myanmar.  On the … Continue reading When is the country between India and Thailand called Burma or Myanmar?

Aspirations to Practicing Anthropology are OK!

Rick Holden  is a practicing (non-academic) cultural anthropologist who is relatively new to the field. .  This is the first in a series of nuts and bolts blogs by Rick about ”leasons learned.”  He wants to encourage graduating anthropology students to think about how anthropologists go about making a living ouside of the academy. Tony … Continue reading Aspirations to Practicing Anthropology are OK!

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!

Personas

I had the opportunity to attend the 2008 EPIC conference in Copenhagen, Denmark last October. A hot topic there was the use of “Personas” in usability research, with the idea that it was an effective and quick way to communicate the results of the research to the client. Personas are fictional characters developed as a … Continue reading Personas

As folks head into the AAA, a few thoughts about anthropology in the military –Part 1

Yes, I know. I rant about the AAA and yet I still download the PDF of the conference program. I wonder why we all do things like that? It’s not like I’m looking to change the stance of the AAA or the stance of people that get hysterical over anthropologists working in the military or … Continue reading As folks head into the AAA, a few thoughts about anthropology in the military –Part 1

Headed to Denmark…

The EPIC conference is fast approaching and thanks in part to Ethnography.com I’ll be on my way to Denmark at the end of next week to attend the EPIC conference at the University of Copenhagen. I am excited and nervous about the trip! It is my first time traveling to Europe and only my second … Continue reading Headed to Denmark…

Hurry, Deadline July 25th! Scholarships Announcement

I just received this from the EPIC folks! Scholarships Announcement 2008 Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference We [EPIC, not ethnography.com] are pleased to announce 3-5 scholarships for the EPIC conference in Copenhagen, 15-18 October 2008. Any student (undergraduate, master’s, Ph.D.) can apply! Scholarship recipients will receive free registration, in exchange for working 12-16 hours before … Continue reading Hurry, Deadline July 25th! Scholarships Announcement

Anthropology & Business

It has been an interesting experience becoming involved with entrepreneurship, business, and learning the do’s and don’ts of this type of environment in contrast to the skills and information I have learned in the social sciences. It seems as if there really are two vastly different types of thinking in these two worlds. I’ve come … Continue reading Anthropology & Business

Changing Careers, Changing Locations

I recently moved on from a wonderful long career in design anthropology to my latest adventure. I joined the Army's Human Terrain System program and for the next few months I'll be living near the Ft. Leavenworth area. How much I'll be writing about my HTS training and work is unknown at this point. Over … Continue reading Changing Careers, Changing Locations

Interdisciplinary Project Update

As I described in one of my previous blogs, I am part of an inter-disciplinary research team at Fresno State University. Our team is comprised of three computer engineering students, a business student, and myself, an anthropology student. As part of their senior project, the engineers are developing a proto-type piece of technology. Our team … Continue reading Interdisciplinary Project Update

Applied Ethnography and the German Military in Afghanistan

I went to a workshop Friday in which anthropological involvement with the German military in Afghanistan was described. The German army is participating in the NATO operation in northern Afghanistan, which is in one of the more peaceful areas of that country. An ethnologist, Dr. Monika Lanik reported on the difficulties in developing inter-cultural competence … Continue reading Applied Ethnography and the German Military in Afghanistan

Inter-disciplinary Teams

            This is the first semester of the Engineering for Peoples and Markets Program at Fresno State. The program consists of two teams. Each team consists of two or three engineer majors (computer and electrical), an entrepreneurship major, and an anthropology major. The purpose of our team is to work together on the creation, design, … Continue reading Inter-disciplinary Teams