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Blame and responsibility: The case study [Part two]

[This is the second in a series of posts looking at the way Yol?u people consider issues of blame and responsibility. You can find part one here.] The setting for this case study is a remote island community in Arnhem Land, Northern Australia. The population of the community is approximately 2,124. This is one five larger […]

“The Most Wonderful Shade of Brown”

Anthropologists are good at critiquing other anthropologists and themselves. We have a lot to be guilty about and we do a good job of pointing that out. The politics of anthropology, and the politics of the politics of anthropology are a major part of what we do. In fact, we’re so good at doing it that […]

Blame and responsibility: An unfolding ethnographic drama [Part one]

  Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Bree Blakeman. Bree recently submitted her Ph.D. through The Australian National University in Canberra, though you may know her from her more usual online incarnation, as author of the blog Fieldnotes and Footnotes. This is the first in a series of posts looking at the way Yol?u consider issues […]

Around the Web Digest: Week of July 13

Hello folks. May I present to you the weekly review of the internet’s best (or most interesting) articles and materials for your consumption. If you have something that you want to share for next week, hit me with an email (richard.powis@gmail.com) or on Twitter at @dtpowis. Check ‘em out after the jump. By anthropologists: First […]

From Nazi Germany to Middletown: ratcheting up the war on racism

Licensed under public domain via Wikimedia Commons Ruth Benedict (1887-1948), much more than Franz Boas, would define the aims of Boasian anthropology for postwar America. When Franz Boas died in 1942, the leadership of his school of anthropology passed to Ruth Benedict and not to Margaret Mead. Show More Summary

More selection on the X than in autosomes in humans

Mol Biol Evol (2014) doi: 10.1093/molbev/msu166 Evidence for Increased Levels of Positive and Negative Selection on the X Chromosome versus Autosomes in Humans Krishna R. Veeramah et al. Partially recessive variants under positive selection...Show More Summary

Craniofacial feminization and the origin of behavioral modernity

Current Anthropology Vol. 55, No. 4, August 2014Robert L. Cieri et al.Abstract: The past 200,000 years of human cultural evolution have witnessed the persistent establishment of behaviors involving innovation, planning depth, and abstract...Show More Summary

Early Neandertal disappearance in Iberia

Journal of Human Evolution DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2014.06.002 New evidence of early Neanderthal disappearance in the Iberian Peninsula Bertila Galván et al. The timing of the end of the Middle Palaeolithic and the disappearance of Neanderthals continue to be strongly debated. Show More Summary

The Graduate Advisor Handbook: Take Its Advice

Shore, Bruce M. 2014. The Graduate Advisor Handbook : A Student-centered Approach. Chicago: University of Chicago Press I’m a big fan of the University of Chicago Press’s series on academic life (disclosure: this may be because I went there for graduate school). Their series on writing, editing, and publishing  features several of my favorite titles, […]

Anthropologists Respond to Frequently Asked Questions About a AAA BDS Resolution

We would like to thank the editors of Savage Minds for inviting us to kick off this important conversation on a potential AAA resolution in support of BDS. Over the past four posts, we have tried to highlight some of the key reasons for why anthropologists in particular should honor the call to boycott that […]

k-means and structure

I was reading one of the many negative reviews of Nicholas Wade's new book when I came across this statement:"The problem is that Structure, which uses an algorithm called “k-means,”"I pointed out that Structure does not use k-means and a small discussion ensued on twitter. Show More Summary

Minority Report

Last week I sent out a job app, well, internship app to be truthful. After all I’m a grad student again. But its significant to me because it was the first one I have applied to in the field of archives. I am just now wrapping up an internship at a museum library and being […]

Armed conflict in the Sahara, ~13 thousand years ago

An interesting story from the Independent: Scientists are investigating what may be the oldest identified race war 13,000 years after it raged on the fringes of the Sahara. French scientists working in collaboration with the BritishShow More Summary

Around the Web Digest: Week of July 6

I’m starting the process of relocating, so thanks for your patience. Here’s what you may have missed: a digest of some of the best of what the internet has to offer anthropologists this week. If you have something that you’d like me to share next week, send me an email at richard.powis@gmail.com or on Twitter […]

The Franz Boas you never knew

The anthropologist Franz Boas is remembered for moving the social sciences away from genetic determinism and toward environmental determinism. In reality, he felt that genes do contribute substantially to mental and behavioral differences... Show More Summary

Embracing Our Better Angels: Endorsing BDS and the History of the AAA

In our previous posts, we made the argument that the American Anthropological Association (AAA) ought to endorse the united Palestinian call to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel for its ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories and systematic legal discrimination. Over the past few weeks, we have unfortunately received more horrifying reminders of why this sort […]

The year of the freedom technologist

[This is an invited post by John Postill. John is a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University, in Melbourne. He is currently writing a book titled Hacker, Lawyer, Journalist, Spy: Freedom Technologists and Political Change in an Age of Protest. He blogs at media/anthropology.] Two and a half years ago, TIME magazine declared 2011 […]

The evolving oil & gas landscape in West Africa

This paper considers the bi-regional relations between Europe and West  Africa in the field of energy. As its point of departure, the paper begins by  acknowledging the ferocity with which today’s energy landscape is changing.  As important producers and consumers within this landscape, Europe and West  Africa are subject to change, both intra- and inter-regionally. […]

Getting a Job in the Academy: Some Thoughts From the Other Side

This post isn’t just another lament about the sorry state of the job situation in the academy. The US is undoubtedly undergoing a crisis on that front, accentuated by the huge increase in the numbers of people completing  PhDs  in liberal arts subjects and the scale of student debt. The effects of this crisis spill […]

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