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The enduring riddle of ‘menstrual synchrony’: an anthropological perspective


The discussion on female menstrual cycle synchronization may be as old as the recorded history of sexuality, and raises important questions about gender relations, notably the ‘female group solidarity effects’ that may possibly be constructed by it, or through it. Remarkably, already an ancient Egyptian text…


Added by Jon Abbink on December 20, 2015 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Merry Christmas! . . . oops, I mean . . .

Inspired by Freeman Dyson's "Heretical Thoughts on Science and Society":  

A Christmas Story


The Scene: 

    It’s Christmas 2025.  The Donald, having forced through a constitutional amendment, is into his third term.  True to his early campaign promise, he’s driven Starbucks into bankruptcy and got…


Added by Lee Drummond on December 6, 2015 at 11:38pm — 1 Comment

Language: From I-Dentity to My-Dentity

Language: From I-Dentity to My-Dentity

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2013. “Language: From I- Dentity to My-Dentity”. Alternative Voices:…

Added by Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay on December 3, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

মুদ্রার অর্থ-নেতি (Negation of Money: After Reading Marx)

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This paper concentrates on the discourse of Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6 of Marx’s Capital, Vol. I to understand the metaphysical nature of money-sign, though frequent references are made to Grundrisse, Mathematical Manuscripts and other chapters of the book, Capital. Author (a) found the epistemic impact of the then scientific discourse in the Capital; (b) added a new variable N or ecological…


Added by Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay on December 3, 2015 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Anthropology and Becoming War. NATO Turkey downs Russian warplane

In practice the war-peace process can be incredibly fragile : the slightest unreasonable disturbance will disrupt the delicate agreement and destroy any possibility of peaceful political computation.We are living in the period of becoming war and as anthropologists we must help to develop some error-correcting code of peace.There is rapid growth of computational complexity. Already now...

Added by Michael Alexeevich Popov on November 24, 2015 at 4:00pm — 12 Comments

Research Guidelines for Development Practitioners

Oxfam's online research guidelines, first launched three years ago, have proved to be very popular. And three more guidelines have recently been added to the set: Conducting focus groups,  …


Added by Martin Walsh on November 7, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Anthropology of Recycling; Seminar LA DEUXIÈME VIE DES OBJETS : SÉMINAIRE NOMADE


Séminaire animé par Nathalie Ortar (Chargée de recherche MEDDE, LET/ENTPE) et Elisabeth Anstett (Chargée de recherche CNRS, IRIS)

Pour la cinquième année de son fonctionnement et dans le prolongement de la publication du premier opus de l’atelier « La deuxième vie des…


Added by Cecilia Montero Mórtola on November 3, 2015 at 7:03pm — No Comments


I just published my thesis at Northern Illinois University in the cultural anthropology program. My research is part of an emerging trend of thesis writers that have opted to publish in ProQuest’s PQDT Open Publishing format. Open access publishing is a new service that provides the full text of dissertations and theses free of charge and without having to “sign-up” or register.

My thesis tells the story of how Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) also…


Added by Eric A. Sterling on November 2, 2015 at 10:32pm — No Comments

Worldmaking images of disaster: the ‘art’ of speaking of/for the disenfranchised

Recently, the massive human migrations from war-ridden and natural disaster-plagued regions of the world has flooded my Facebook account. I know I am not the only one participating in this digital philanthropic revolution unwillingly, as a passive site-seer: a subject apprehending the social world as a detached landscape, a collection of sites. By using the concept of ‘site’ I wish to stress the domination of the sensible by seamless geometry, hence a violence of detachment as…


Added by Rodanthi Tzanelli on September 28, 2015 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Ras Dizzy (1932-2008)

This is a version of an entry I wrote for the W.E.B. Dubois institute's Dictionary of Afro-Latin American Biography.

Dizzy, Ras (1932-2008), painter, poet and itinerant Rastafarian activist, was probably born in Kingston, the capital of Jamaica on 19…


Added by Huon Wardle on September 4, 2015 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Sounding the Depths in English and Italian

My book, “Sounding the Depths,” first published back in 2011 as a "blog book," is an innovative inquiry into the origins and deep history of some of humankind's most venerable and highly valued traditions, suggesting “solutions to mysteries that, until recently, were thought to be completely beyond the reach of systematic investigation.” A major objective is to demonstrate that evidence distilled from the music of contemporary indigenous peoples can function as a kind of cultural…


Added by Victor Grauer on August 9, 2015 at 8:49pm — No Comments

Tristes Tropiques: Revisited

When I first encountered Lévi-Strauss in graduate school, I thought the title of his monumental work sounded strange. At that time, I spoke absolutely no Portuguese but knew enough Spanish to understand that tristes meant sad. However, I could not for the life of me penetrate the “meaning” associated with the title of this passionate, perilous quest into (what at that time was considered) the…


Added by Neil Turner on June 1, 2015 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

The Fourth Annual Conference on Business Anthropology

I returned yesterday from China, where I participated in the Fourth International Conference on Business Anthropology (May 22-25), held at Tianjin University of Finance and Economics in Tianjin China. The fourth in a series of conferences initiated by Robert Tian Guang and organized this time by Lu Zhengying, Assistant Dean in charge of the university’s continuing education program, this conference was, like its predecessors, enjoyable,  interesting and informative. In this brief review my…

Added by John McCreery on May 26, 2015 at 4:30am — No Comments

Ha Giang: A Bed of Buckwheat Flowers

Autumn comes.

The farmost land of Viet Nam becomes attractive. Not only with meandering routes and spectacular elbow curves or yellowish earth houses. But also with numerous colours of buckwheat flowers. Whenever it’s time for buckwheat flowers to blossom, all the fields are covered in a pinkish colour. It nailing and attracting your eyes to stop by, to find your corner and to contemplate. Buckwheat flowers are planted every where in northern part of Viet Nam. You will find it in Lao…


Added by Andre Barahamin on May 16, 2015 at 3:12am — No Comments

The Universality of Truth

Now this is an article that is going to upset a lot of people but at the same time it will cause a lot of people to reflect on something that we so easily take for granted. As anthropologists, we are charged with trying to understand and explain what humans do and essentially why. We investigate similarities and variances, things that we share, and things that are private and sacred. We try to find…


Added by Neil Turner on May 15, 2015 at 7:27pm — No Comments

Here's a thing

So after a long hiatus- nothing personal, just no internet connection!- I have come back to OAC and wanted to share this with you:

I'm collaborating with this organisation on a research project to do with Welsh cider, but I have got fascinated by this collection concept. It's apparently the only virtual archive of its sort. I can't decide whether it's a great idea, or a…


Added by Elaine Forde on April 26, 2015 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Ethnocentrism and double hole in the skull ;)

From the fieldwork diary....comments

Years, and years observing how anthropologists dont take the jump into the reallity of Indigenous people about laws, rights, social changes, specific basic features of the history of the context, and go to the field to do their job like the homework for the school but in this case for the university...

I dont know if its come from the low academic teaching each time less reflexive exercises, weak and with a lot of "pieces of…


Added by Cecilia Montero Mórtola on April 26, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Sheep Cotes as Sacred Spaces

Alice C. Linsley

Stone sheep cote in Zanuta, West Bank

Photo: Emil…

Added by Alice C. Linsley on April 18, 2015 at 4:36pm — No Comments

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