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Ethnographic Fiction: The Space Between

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the Fall 2014 Writer’s Workshop series.(Savage Minds is pleased to post this essay by guest author Roxanne Varzi as part of our Writer’s Workshop series. Roxanne is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Irvine. She is author of Warring Souls: Youth, Media, and Martyrdom […]

About Those Good Intentions

The following, the final in our series of extracts, comes from my chapter, “Imperial Abduction Lore and Humanitarian Seduction,” which serves as the introduction to Good Intentions: Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism (Montreal: Alert Press, 2014), pp. Show More Summary

Yes, demons do exist

Chlamydia infection rate, by country (WHO 2004, Wikicommons). Sub-Saharan Africa has been a natural laboratory for the evolution of sexually transmitted pathogens, including strains that can manipulate their hosts. Are we being manipulated by microbes? The idea is not so whacky. Show More Summary

Realism or Iconography? The Pentagon’s Implicit Theory of Visual Representation

The following is an extract from my chapter, “A Flickr of Militarization: Photographic Regulation, Symbolic Consecration, and the Strategic Communication of ‘Good Intentions’,” published in Good Intentions: Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism (Montreal: Alert Press, 2014), pp. Show More Summary

The Lives Behind Plant Documents

In the county of Uasin Gishu, Kenya, a recent article in Ethnobotany Research and Applications, local plants have many uses … Continue reading ?

Tomb II at Vergina belonged to Philip II and a possible Scythian wife

Remains of Alexander the Great's Father Confirmed FoundA team of Greek researchers has confirmed that bones found in a two-chambered royal tomb at Vergina, a town some 100 miles away from Amphipolis's mysterious burial mound, indeed belong to the Macedonian King Philip II, Alexander the Great's father. Show More Summary

Project Nim

I first wrote about Nim back in June of 2008 when I reviewed the book Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human by Elizabeth Hess. In September of 2011 I mentioned that a documentary had been made based on the book by Hess. HBO aired the documentary last night and is airing it again […]

39,000 Year Old Cave Art from Sulawesi, Indonesia

This hand stencil was discovered in one of the caves of the Maros region of the island, Sulawesi in the … Continue reading ?

~40 thousand year old cave art from Indonesia

The BBC website has some nice pictures of it. Nature 514, 223–227 (09 October 2014) doi:10.1038/nature13422 Pleistocene cave art from Sulawesi, Indonesia M. Aubert et al. Archaeologists have long been puzzled by the appearance in Europe...Show More Summary

A Networked Anthropology

A Networked Anthropology “Networked Anthropology” is suspended between a theoretical and methodological program, on the one hand, and a critique and engagement with the network society we’re enmeshed within, on the other.  How can we possibly justify using social media in our applied anthropology?  And how can we afford not to?  Our book, “Networked Anthropology,” […]

BBC News - Cave paintings change ideas about the origin of art

BBC News - Cave paintings change ideas about the origin of art: 'via Blog this' Intriguing news from Sulawesi, where cave paintings dated to 40kya have been reported in Nature, making them as ancient as the oldest known such art from...Show More Summary

HAU and the Malinowski Monographs: An Interview with Giovanni da Col

I recently sat down (virtually) with Giovanni da Col, the founder and editor-in-chief of HAU, to talk about the latest developments surrounding open access and HAU’s new monograph series, the “Malinowski Monographs”. Here’s what went down. (transparency: I’m on the editorial board of the journal HAU) AG: Recently HAU unveiled a new partnership with the University […]

Writing to be Read

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the Fall 2014 Writer’s Workshop series.(Savage Minds is pleased to run this essay by guest author Mary Murrell as part of our Writer’s Workshop series. Mary is a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She received her Ph.D. in 2012 from the […]

Around the Web Digest: Week of September 28

After a couple rather dry months on the anthroblogosphere, it seems that this week anthro-bloggers have rallied (and conspired against me?) to give you, dear reader, so much content. There are so many blog entries (this doesn’t include anthropology-related news) that I can’t even read them all. I just can’t – it’s not gonna happen. […]

Dramatic Gorilla Fight Over A Tomato Caught On Film

It's a scene normally reserved for wildlife documentaries and blockbuster films. But three adult male gorillas were captured in an astonishing display of animal instinct - as they fought over breakfast at a Devon zoo. Kicking and hitting...Show More Summary

Making the big time ... elsewhere

Skull from Broken Hill (Kabwe), Zambia. This kind of human was still around when the Neanderthals were going extinct in Europe. (Wikicommons) East Africa, 60,000 to 80,000 years ago. The relative stasis of early humans was being shaken by a series of population expansions. Show More Summary

OA anthropology, at a glance

I’m starting a research project on open access publishing in anthropology, specifically on the kinds of metadata different venues use to make their material findable by users. Along the way I’ve collected a running list of English language titles of interest to cultural anthropologists. The original list was started by but it had a […]

"The first South Americans: Extreme living" : Nature News & Comment

The first South Americans: Extreme living : Nature News & Comment: 'via Blog this' Although much of the discussion regarding the earliest settlers of the New World tends to focus on the Clovis First theory in North America, it's becoming increasingly clear that South America has an intriguing prehistory of its own.

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