All Blogs / Academics / Anthropology / Popular


Scientist discovers gorillas engaging in lesbian sex for the first time

A scientist has reported what seems to be the first occurrence of same-sex passion among female gorillas.Associate Professor Dr Cyril Grueter, a primate expert from the University of Western Australia, was examining the feeding patterns...Show More Summary

Luwians vs. Hittites and Mycenaeans vs. Luwians

A rather imaginative reconstruction of the events surrounding the Sea Peoples and the ending of the end of the Bronze Age.

Are Palestinian Scholars Our Colleagues? Boycott and the Material Limits of Friendship

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions publishes this powerful reflection by Alireza Doostdar on how opposition to the boycott rests on an unquestioned assumption that Israeli academics are our colleagues while Palestinian academics are not. Show More Summary

Make the C.V. Great Again: An argument for a short-form C.V.

This is the second post in a sequence called Strange Rumblings in the Meritocracy. Oh god, more title clickbait. I’m going to lose this guest blog gig if I’m not careful. But please, allow me a moment. Like the “campaign” slogan that I’m riffing on, I’m sure this title makes you wonder things like, wait, what … Continue reading Make the C.V. Show More Summary

Grad school has always sucked: “I am sorry to be so discouraging, but the truth requires it”

This is the start of a new series in the history of anthropology where I will document the way that grad school in anthropology has always sucked, there have never been jobs, and it is crazy to expect to make a living off of it. TheShow More Summary

74 loci associated with educational attainment

Other than the claim in the abstract that educational attainment is "mostly environmentally determined" (), this seems like a very useful study, as it identifies 74 loci associated with educational attainment and explores their interesting biology. Show More Summary

Building the Great Firewall of Cameron

Deemed the “Great firewall of Cameron”, UK Prime Minister has since 2013 aggressively pursued web censorship in the UK. Without transparent and democratic processes enacted, the government has insisted that by default, internet service...Show More Summary

Healing “the Break”: A DiaspoRican Project of Return

By: Melissa Rosario Decolonization has always been a fraught term for me. As a third generation Puerto Rican from the burbs of NYC who has studied anthropology and the politics of/at “home” for over a decade, this is probably not surprising. Show More Summary

Violating the Right to Education for Palestinians: A Case for Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions presents anthropologists of education Thea Abu El-Haj and Fida Adely. The authors discuss the extreme violations of Palestinian youths’ right to education and why the boycott is an important and necessary tool for educational justice. Show More Summary

How to Teach Anthropology Without Making Your Students Dumb

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Daniel Souleles. This is the first post in a sequence called Strange Rumblings in the Meritocracy. Yes, this title is clickbait. Please, allow me a few paragraphs to explain. In my graduate program, particularly in the early stages, there was a lot of anxiety, impostor syndrome, and fear. Show More Summary

Decolonizing Anthropology: A Conversation with Faye V. Harrison, Part II

On March 3, 2016, three anthropologists at the University of Colorado–Carole McGranahan, Kaifa Roland, and Bianca C. Williams–sat down with Faye V. Harrison, distinguished professor of African-American Studies and Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to talk about decolonizing anthropology then and now. Show More Summary

Why I’m Voting for the Boycott Part 3: It’s in the Resolution

This is the third post in a three-post series of personal reflections on the AAA boycott vote. The first post discussed my own childhood Zionist education, while the second post addressed the false claim that the boycott unfairly singles out Israel. Show More Summary

A Moment of Truth: On the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions presents this timely and poignant essay by Mick Taussig, calling us to a moment of truth in the discipline. Addressing concerns about academic freedom in the larger context...Show More Summary

Academia: It’s like Game of Thrones, except there’s no throne

I’m giving season 6 of Game of Thrones as pass because, frankly, I don’t enjoy watching people be cruel to each other the way I used to. And yet in a way I don’t have to watch season 6 because I’ve already lived. Or rather, I’ve already lived it because I’m an academic. Show More Summary

Notes on peership: A conclusion

This post follows a few ideas I expressed last year, as I started the second year of my MA in anthropology here at Leuven. It was a moment when most of us in my program returned from our respective field sites; reeling from the intensity of ethnographic fieldwork, dealing with copious amounts of field notes, … Continue reading Notes on peership: A conclusion ?

J’Accuse: How Not to Have a Political Debate about BDS

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions presents this essay by Lisa Rofel and Daniel Segal on the debasement of the political debate about the boycott by its most vehement opponents. Voting on the boycott resolution is open until May 31. Show More Summary

Are nuances like curry leaves?

The title of this post – and its contents – was inspired by an anecdote I wrote about in an earlier post in my field blog. Before I proceed, I want to recapitulate it. It was late-August, and towards the end of my fieldwork. Sanjay, Pankaj, Jagdish, and I were having lunch in the NGO’s field … Continue reading Are nuances like curry leaves? ?

Why I have voted in support of BDS: Ghassan Hage

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions is pleased to present Ghassan Hage‘s eloquent essay on the urgency of voting for boycott in a desperate situation of settler colonial violence — where calls for more critique...Show More Summary

Decolonizing Anthropology

Decolonizing Anthropology is a new series on Savage Minds edited by Carole McGranahan and Uzma Z. Rizvi. Welcome. Just about 25 years ago Faye Harrison poignantly asked if “an authentic anthropology can emerge from the critical intellectual...Show More Summary

Why I’m Voting for the Boycott Part 2: SQUIRREL!

This is the second of a series of posts I am writing on the topic of the AAA boycott vote. You can read the previous post here. And now the third post is up as well. Last November anthropologists attending the AAA business meeting in Denver voted by an astounding 1040-136 to endorse the resolution … Continue reading Why I’m Voting for the Boycott Part 2: SQUIRREL! ?

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC