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[Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Uzma Z. Rizvi.] In reading news about Gaza, Syria, and Iraq (among other places), I have been actively searching for spaces of humanity and hope in the world around me. Where is that space in which we trust other human beings, the people we do not know and may or may […]

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 […]

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 […]

Anthropologists Should Embrace BDS

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Isaiah Silver, a pseudonym for two AAA members and Ph.D. candidates in anthropology. In the 30 April edition of Anthropology News, the leadership of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) invited...Show More Summary

The Arctic is Hot!

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Simone Abram. It’s not a joke – the Arctic seems to be everywhere at the moment, and it’s mainly because it is getting warmer. None of us really agree what the Arctic is or where – or whether – it has limits, few of us go there, and only a […]

Computers and Sociocultural Anthropology

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Nick Seaver. The fundamental requirement of anthropology is that it begin with a personal relation and end with a personal experience, but […] in between there is room for plenty of computers. – Claude Lévi-Strauss, epigraph to The Use of Computers in Anthropology 1 Recent years have seen the growth of […]

What Are You Doing This Weekend? Stranger Critics Answer the Question

3 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Dan Savage: "I'm going to see the new Godzilla movie on the strength of Andrew O'Hehir's review at Salon and never mind that the New York Times and some guy named Paul Constant hated it. And Sunday I'm going to the Fremont Market inShow More Summary

The Anthropologist as Scholarly Hipster, Part IV: Authenticity and Privilege

In this guest blog series, Savage Minds has provided me with a space to unpack some of my thoughts on how looking at the cultural trope of the “hipster” might be helpful for thinking through the “anthropologist.” Part I focused on defining terms, Part II drew parallels between hipsters and anthropologists in terms of their […]

Anthropologists as Scholarly Hipsters, Part III: The Anthropological Brand

In this guest blog series, Savage Minds has provided me with a space to untangle and unpack some of my recent thoughts on anthropologists, hipsters and such. My first post focused on defining terms, and my second post drew parallels between hipsters and anthropologists in terms of their position at the margins. In it, I […]

Anthropologists as Scholarly Hipsters, Part II: Critiques from the Margins

In this guest blog series, the Savage Minds folks have been kind enough to provide a space for me to untangle and unpack some of my recent thoughts on anthropologists, hipsters and such. In my first post, I took the conventional path of defining my terms. In this second post, I focus on a common […]

Anthropologists as Scholarly Hipsters, Part I: What is a Hipster?

[Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Alex Posecznick.] I am an anthropologist. Four simple words, but they capture a complex process of becoming that was hardly simple. Despite the very human desire to impose order on chaos, the processes through which people become acquired by such categories are usually quite complex. Like many anthropologist, I’ve done […]

Links 4/19/14

Links for you. Science: The Domestication of the Savage Mind Is US biomedical research heading for a breakdown? Senior researchers who helped build the system now think it’s unsustainable. Novel poster format How Does Human Culture Influence Our Genetics? Other: … Continue reading ?

Clothing – 7 Ethnological Studies

My favorite scholarly articles about clothing Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Matthew Timothy Bradley. One of the things I want to do during my second go-round guest blogging at Savage Minds is to create a series of how-to posts—what is called “service writing” in the commercial publishing world—about dressing for hot weather fieldwork. Prior to […]

11 Cutting-Edge Thinkers That Anthropologists Should Be Paying Attention to Right Now!

Well it wouldn’t be an unpaid internship in the 2014 if the bosses upstairs didn’t have me doing a listicle, so I’m proud to present to you a new feature: The Savage Minds Rundown. Every week, I’ll be bringing you an informative list of items that I think you should be paying attention to, if […]

Week 10: Reflections on the 1st Savage Minds Writing Group

Phew. We did it. This week concludes the first ever Savage Minds Writing Group. Launched in January with seventy people expressing interest in joining in, our writing group was designed to provide community, inspiration, and a schedule or some sort of accountability in the writing process. Writing is such a solo activity at times, yet […]

From Different Throats Intone One Language?1

(Savage Minds is pleased to run this essay by guest author Matt Sponheimer as part of our Writers’ Workshop series. Matt is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado. He conducts research on the ecology of early hominins in Africa, among other topics including Neandertals and poetry. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles, […]

No funding? Don’t do it! (on getting a PhD in anthropology)

The following is another installment for the Anthropologies/Savage Minds issue on Student Debt. Well, it’s that time of year when prospective grad students around the country are anxiously pacing around their mailboxes waiting for responses from all the PhD programs they applied to.  Many are wondering who accepted them, who rejected them, and, of course, […]

Week 9: Savage Minds Writing Group Check-in

Nine weeks down, one week to go. The first ever Savage Minds Writing Group is winding down. Let’s check in now about our past week of writing, but also reflect on how our styles of writing are indebted to our mentors. This week’s Writing Workshop post by Michael Ralph–Styles of Writing, Techniques of Mentorship: A […]

Once more on the present continuative ending -ing in Chinese

On "Savage Minds", Kerim has a new post entitled "How do you pronounce '??ing'?", which features this initially enigmatic photograph: The photograph shows Taiwanese historian and political activist, Su Beng (aka Shih Ming), in front of a banner that reads: Táidú ??, which is short for Táiw?n dúlì ???? ("Taiwan Independence") Quánmín gémìng ing ????ing […]

Styles of Writing, Techniques of Mentorship: A Tribute to Michel-Rolph Trouillot

(Savage Minds is pleased to run this essay by guest author Michael Ralph as part of our Writers’ Workshop series. Michael is Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, and Director of the Metropolitan Studies Program at NYU. He is the author of the entries on Commodity, Diaspora, and Hip hop in Social Text 100, and of the […]

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