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The Savage Truth: Getting Worse Before it Gets Better

When it was reported that Brock Lesnar had been flagged for a potential performance-enhancing drug violation shortly after UFC 200 the first thought that crossed my mind was Ultimate Fighting Championship brass stating that bringing in United States Anti-Doping Association to test UFC fighters would likely lead to some tough times before things started to get better.

Danger and the Rio Olympics

[Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Kristen Drybread.] The 2016 Olympics in Rio are fast approaching. For the past two months, people I haven’t seen in years—and people I have never even met—have been emailing to ask if I can help them find an affordable and, above all, safe place to stay during the Games. Never … Continue reading Danger and the Rio Olympics ?

How Hot Is Too Hot? Adam Savage and The Food Lab Sear Steaks to Find Out

I was always of the mind that with searing, the hotter and faster the better. After all, too much time spent over high heat is what gives steak that dreaded Gray Band of Dryness underneath its surface. But after watching a group from...Show More Summary

Jamala, Eurovision, and Human Rights

[Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Greta Uehling] Many Savage Minds readers will be aware of the victory of Jamala at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. As part of my current project, I have been following the work of this Crimean Tatar singer, composer, and actor closely, and was among those who greeted her at the … Continue reading Jamala, Eurovision, and Human Rights ?

Why are conferences in Africa excluding African scholars?

Savage Minds is excited to present this invited blog from Ellen E. Foley, an Associate Professor in International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University. She was also the Program Committee Co-Chair of the recentShow More Summary

Savage Love Letter of the Day: Little Big Man

2 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Dan Savage I’m a hetero male in my late 20's. I have a smaller dick. It’s not a micro-penis, as it’s around 5", maybe 6". I honestly don't mind that aspect of it—whatever, it’s “average,” right? The issue for me is that I am 6'5" tall, and thickly framed and naturally muscular. Show More Summary

A Letter to the AA Regarding its World Anthropology Section on Israel

[Savage Minds welcomes the following invited post by Matan Kaminer. Matan is a doctoral candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is working on his dissertation, an ethnographic explorationShow More Summary

Held in Suspension: Reflections on “After War: The Weight of Life at Walter Reed”

Savage Minds is delighted to present this invited book review by Lauren Cubellis, a Ph.D. student at Washington University in St. Louis. In this engaging first book, Zoë H. Wool takes on the density of daily life after war for young veterans recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Show More Summary

Thoughts & Shots From UFC 198, Bellator 154

Did Fabricio Werdum’s behavior prior to his knockout loss to Stipe Mioic hint that his mind was not in the right place? Greg Savage thinks so.

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

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

Donald Trump Wins Indiana, Will Be GOP Nominee

3 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Dan Savage It's hard to keep at the front of your mind that Trump is a national emergency.— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) May 3, 2016 The NYT marvels... Mr. Trump, a real estate tycoon turned reality television celebrity, was not a registered Republican until April 2012. Show More Summary

Groundings, or seeing-one’s-feet: An introduction

[Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Proshant Chakraborty] Over the last year or so, I have found that nearly every academic essay I have written for my courses contains a section titled ‘Context & Positions,’ or some such variant. The...Show More Summary

Smeared Disguises: A Reply to Hirschkind

(Savage Minds is pleased to present this occasional post by Gregory Starrett, professor of anthropology at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This piece is a response to Charles Hirschkind’s Savage Minds piece A Smear in Disguise:...Show More Summary

Trolling @AmericanAnthro; PLUS: Savage Minds is Seeking Social Media Manager!

Saturday morning, the American Anthropological Association celebrated its 114th birthday. Sort of. That morning, @AmericanAnthro tweeted something along the lines of: “Today is AAA’s 114th birthday! Tell us why you love AAA with theShow More Summary

Paranoid Reading, Writing, and Research: Secrecy in the Field

In my first Savage Minds guest post, I wanted to write about the encounter that most deeply influenced my time in the field.  In the remainder of my time here, I want to write in the same vein about research dynamics I sense to be widespread...Show More Summary

Israel’s Foreign Policy in Latin America — Another Reason to Take the Call to Boycott Seriously

[Savage Minds is pleased to publish this essay by Les W. Field. Les is professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at U New Mexico. He pursues collaborative research projects in South, Central, and North America, and in Palestine. Show More Summary

The Self at Stake: Thinking Fieldwork and Sexual Violence

[Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Alix Johnson] I don’t intend to write about surveillance and suspicion, but then I spend my first five months of fieldwork feeling watched.  I move to Reykjavík for dissertation research a year after...Show More Summary

An Anthropologist among Future Seekers

[Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Deepa S. Reddy] For a few years now, I’ve been working in the space of future imagining—seeking out trends and rationales by which to extrapolate them or use them as jumping-off points as provocations...Show More Summary

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