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Guess who first came to America?

Semang from the Malayan Peninsula, Wikicommons Before the Europeans came, the Americas were settled by three waves of people from northeast Asia: the oldest wave beginning some 12,000 to 15,000 years ago, which gave rise to most Amerindians,...Show More Summary

VISUAL TURN IV: People and Stuff– A Conversation with Keith M. Murphy (2/2)

In a previous post, I described the process of an ‘Ethnocharrette’ – essentially a strategy that incorporates aspects of design methodology into anthropological practice. As part of a longer series thinking about how art/design modalities are increasingly commonplace in anthropologies that aren’t designated as visual anthropology. Show More Summary

Hactivists aren’t terrorists – but US prosecutors make little distinction

[written with Luca Follis, Lancaster University] Activists who use technology to conduct political dissent – hacktivists – are increasingly threatened with investigation, prosecution and often disproportionately severe criminal sentences. Show More Summary

Summer Writing: Units of Time

In the 2002 rom-com About a Boy, Hugh Grant plays a well to do bachelor who lives off the royalties of a song his deceased father produced. With no need to work, Will Freeman (Grant) spends most of his time engaged in leisure pursuits: taking bubble baths, playing pool, getting scalp massages and looking for attractive … Continue reading Summer Writing: Units of Time ?

“Waiting” in the Neoliberal University: The Salaita Case and the Wages of an Academic Boycott

This essay by anthropologists Martin Manalansan and Ellen Moodie at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides an updated account of the fall-out from their institution’s un-hiring of Steven Salaita for his tweets critical of the state of Israel during its 2014 war on Gaza. Show More Summary

Dying in the Age of Facebook

We crave sincerity as much as scholarship -Micheal Jackson 2012: 175 How many dead people do you know on Facebook? I know three. Well, maybe two because one was aware that she was dying and took her page down. For the others, death was a surprise, even though in one case it was planned. Plans … Continue reading Dying in the Age of Facebook ?

Welcome Libraria!

When twitter lit up last week with the news that PKP and SPARC had partnered with EASA, SCA, and 4S your response was probably “WTF?” The new project is called Libraria and is an important development in open access publishing for anthropologists. So important, in fact, that it deserves a bit of explanation for those who are … Continue reading Welcome Libraria! ?

Around the Web Digest: Week of July 19

Happy Sunday, pansies! Please write in with links to include here at rebecca.nelson.jacobs@gmail.com… or just to say “¡Hola!” An interesting debate is forming surrounding uncontacted groups. In an editorial in Science, Protecting Isolated...Show More Summary

Paleoamericans galore

Two new papers in Nature and Science add to the debate on Native American origins. The first study (in Nature) detects that some Amazonians have a few percent ancestry from a group related to Australasians, which suggests that earlyShow More Summary

The four hundred dollar fish

When you see piles of fresh fish in a market, do you ever ask yourself whether or not the listed price accurately reflects the actual value of those now-lifeless creatures? How much is one fish really worth? I never thought much about that question until I attended a community meeting in the coastal pueblo of … Continue reading The four hundred dollar fish ?

Survival of the nicest-smelling?

The Perfume Maker, Rudolf Ernst (1854-1932) (Wikicommons) It has long been known that we vary not only in our sensitivity to different smells but also in our preferences for them—the degree to which they seem pleasant or unpleasant.Show More Summary

The new AnthroSource is fantastic! Here’s why I won’t be using it.

I haven’t yet seen any official announcement from the AAA about the change,1 but if you now click on the “Login to use AnthroSource now” link from the top of the AAA website, you will get directed to this glorious webpage. Those who know me will be surprised to learn that I am not being … Continue reading The new AnthroSource is fantastic! Here’s why I won’t be using it. ?

Vale Jack Goody

Keith Hart recently announced on social media that Jack Goody passed away. He was just a few days before his 96th birthday. Goody had a long and productive life and was a model of the successful anthropologist: Born in England at the end of the one world war, he spent much of the second as a prisoner … Continue reading Vale Jack Goody ?

VISUAL TURN III: Anthropology of/by Design — An Interview with Keith M. Murphy

Encounters with art and design by an anthropologist and curious non-expert in visual culture. Since starting to work alongside an artist and a designer, I’ve become more aware of ethnographic practice inflected by art and design. There...Show More Summary

British origins (with ancient data)

Related: British Origins (Leslie et al. 2015) bioRxiv http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/022723 Iron Age and Anglo-Saxon genomes from East England reveal British migration history Stephan Schiffels, Wolfgang Haak, Pirita Paajanen, Bastien Llamas,...Show More Summary

Coffee rituals and resistance to domination

Remember resistance to domination? This was a very popular theme in cultural studies in the late ’90s and early ’00s. Eventually it reached a saturation point where, like an overplayed hit on Top 40 radio, it elicited only eye-rolls....Show More Summary

Around the Web Digest: Week of July 12

It was my birthday weekend, so I’ll just say “Here are some blogs. Enjoy!” Send me anything you’ve written or read at rebecca.nelson.jacobs@gmail.com. The blog Sex and Psychology breaks down this American Anthropologist article: Is Kissing a Universal Sexual and Romantic Behavior Among Humans? The answer? No. Show More Summary

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