February 2011 Blog Posts (20)

A New (old) Approach to Anthropology

Greetings everyone. I'm sort of new here, so let me introduce myself. I started out many years ago as an ethnomusicologist, but decided at some point to become part of the problem rather than part of the solution, so for many years after that I was what you might call "one of the natives," aka "wild man of Borneo," aka "creative artist," aka avant garde filmmaker, composer, poet, etc., you name it. A few years ago, however, after reading about recent developments in population genetics and…


Added by Victor Grauer on February 28, 2011 at 9:31pm — 13 Comments

Too much education?

The picture you see here is the front page of the China Daily Asia Weekly for the week February 18-24, 2011. The lead paragraphs read as follows:


They are the lost generation. From North Africa to Europe and America to South and Southeast…


Added by John McCreery on February 24, 2011 at 10:27am — 7 Comments


Cross-posted from my blog

Water colours at the Tate Britain


Added by Marie Aupourrain on February 22, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Poetic Geography


I've been reading a lot of poetry lately.  I have sensed different geographies in the odes of Neruda-- those of bodies, minds, lands, and landscapes.  Even the emotional confessions of Anne Sexton illustrate geographies of body, mind, suffering, and pain.  As I believe where there is a geography, real or imagined, there is a culture waiting to be understood and studied.  Thus, poetry, in itself, is ethnography poetically done.


A Monk's Journey



Added by M Izabel on February 22, 2011 at 1:14am — 20 Comments

Economics of Tempospatiality

For almost a year now, I have been working on an economic theory/formula/model that centers on space and time as economic resources and agents/factors/variables for maximizing the utilization of other resources.  I believe time and space are two important aspects/components of development that still need to be studied in depth.  Our basic understanding of supply and demand excludes the roles of time (seasonality) and space (geography), which I think are important.


At this…


Added by M Izabel on February 21, 2011 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Roots of The Collective Through Ethnographical Metamorphosis of Thought

Ideology that works is overlooked in many diverse realms and most apparent in the whole of everyday societal regularities in which most have been made accustomed. It seems as though most individuals world-wide have been steam-rolled in to this capitalist form of living without collectivity of thought, it is this thought process or thinking in which leads this blog. Anthropologists, philosophers, scientists,…


Added by Tommy Pettiti on February 21, 2011 at 4:32am — No Comments

New project in the works - "anthropologies"

Ideas abound. I am completely fascinated with the possibilities of communicating and publishing anthropology in some different ways. In fact, that's pretty much all I have been thinking about for the last few days. What else can we do with anthropology? How can we find new, collaborative ways of not only making connections between anthropologists, but also encouraging debate and dialog with wider audiences (the "general" public, journalists, pundits, and maybe…

Added by ryan anderson on February 17, 2011 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

Camping at the edge of the culture and waiting to be invited in

I'm looking for the name of a particular anthropologist who developed a unique approach for making his / her way into an indigenous culture.  He / she would go to what they could determine was the outermost edge of the culture, set up camp and just wait.  They would wait for as long as it took for someone from the culture to come out and meet them.  In the meeting there would be an "exchange of gifts" and then possibly they would be invited in a little closer into the territory of the…


Added by Gary Peterson on February 14, 2011 at 9:17pm — 1 Comment

Internaitonal Journal of Business Anthropology Vol. 2 (1)

 Click here for detailed TOC: http://businessanthropology.blogspot.com/


Business Anthropologists in the Business World:  Our Troops and Our Future (Editorial Commentary)


Anthropology is a discipline that, over the last hundred or so years, has developed a wide array of qualitative techniques for understanding people and their behavior.  For many…


Added by Robert Guang Tian on February 14, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Art, Science and Engineering — Should Anthropologists Be Engineers?

The question is a metaphorical one, inspired by Heesun Hwang's remark that she is attracted by "an engineering approach." Now what could that mean? 

I instantly thought of Henry Petroski's classic To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design. There, right at the beginning of chapter 4 "Engineering as Hypothesis" (1985:40), I found what I was looking for. Try substituting "anthropologist" for "engineer" in the following…


Added by John McCreery on February 13, 2011 at 4:00am — 8 Comments

The London Anthropology Forum

To all in the London area. This is to announce the first meeting of the London Anthropology Forum. This will be held on Saturday March 5th at the Vernon Square campus of the School of Oriental and African Studies (10-12 a.m.). The forum is initially supported by the SOAS Anthropology Department and by Anthropology Today. More information is available on the Anthropology Today website. David Marsden will introduce the initial topic (Why does all Applied Anthropology end in failure?). Jeremy… Continue

Added by David Marsden on February 10, 2011 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Egyptians are angry because they could no longer dream!

A friend of mine has just written to me asking what is happening in the "city of fatigue.” He thinks I was the one who suggested this name for Cairo.  Regardless of how the name came about, it was relevant before the 25th of January. That day Phoenix happened to be Egyptian too! Why not? Isn't Cairo um el-dunia (the mother of this world)?

I am thrilled by what is happening despite all the signs that suggest I should feel differently.…


Added by Mohammed Tabishat on February 9, 2011 at 6:30pm — 17 Comments

Battle for Haiti

Cross posted from my blog.

I saw this incredible documentary last month (click the screenshot to view). Filmed for the anniversary of the earthquake, it's definitely worth watching and puts the ongoing turmoil in Haiti into stark relief.

Via… Continue

Added by Francine Barone on February 8, 2011 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Lwa... Haitian Vodou... A magical realist short film...

I'm currently in preproduction for my latest short film, Lwa. I'm also in fundraising mode. Please take a moment to view my Kickstarter video and consider pledging and sharing the link in support of my film.




"The spirits talk with the faithful. They hug them, hold them, feed them, chastise them. Group and individual problems are aired through interaction with the spirits. Strife is healed and…


Added by Dehanza Rogers on February 8, 2011 at 9:44pm — No Comments

Oriental Angst

Self-introspection is the only thing I'm sure I'm good at.  My folks reared me in it early on.  We had our own timeout for kids that might seem abusive in the eyes of most Westerners, but it was really to teach naughty kids how to self-introspect.  In my childhood days, our timeout involved unhusked rice, mongo beans, and dried corn depending on the gravity of our offense and  the number of times we had done it.  We knelt on them as punishment.  Rice grains were itchy.  Mongo beans rolled. …


Added by M Izabel on February 8, 2011 at 1:19pm — 7 Comments

Aesthetics and Politics: Let's Pick on Foucault Week

Michel Foucault asks in an interview, "Couldn't everyone's life become a work of art?" even though

1) Foucault had already acknowledged that only a select subset of citizens was empowered to actually undertake an aesthetics of existence.

2) Foucault treats the bios as a non-Kantian work of art, emphasizing that because absoluteness and regularity of structure comes a priori with harmony and social ideal -- only "irregularity, dissymmetry and nonreciprocity"…


Added by Alexander Lee on February 8, 2011 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

The 2011 Huxley Memorial Lecture at the RAI PODCAST

A recording of the 2011 Huxley Memorial Lecture by Professor Johannes Fabian (University of Amsterdam) Cultural Anthropology and the Question of Knowledge is now available as a podcast at the following URL:…


Added by René Wolf on February 5, 2011 at 9:19pm — 5 Comments

Race and the Bible

Alice C. Linsley


The Bible has been used to support racism throughout history.  One such text is the “curse of Ham” in Genesis, a gloss that comes from the rabbis.  This gloss is not consistent with the older tradition, as is evident in analysis of the kinship pattern of Abraham’s Horite people.  For example, the men listed in Genesis 4 and 5 are rulers whose lines intermarried exclusively.  The same is true for the lines of Ham and Shem, Noah's sons. This means that Abraham…


Added by Alice C. Linsley on February 4, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Snow Day


[A found & fun poem: from my head GSI] 



Dear Colleagues,…


Added by Achirri Ishmael on February 2, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

The Artist's Eye

At The Word Works, we translate a lot of the text in the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography's exhibition catalogues. Interacting in another forum with a friend who has become an avid landscape photographer, I mentioned that we are now working on the catalogue for an exhibition dedicated to Pictorialism, an art photography movement that began in the late 19th century in Europe and flourished in Japan in the early 20th century. The debates that surrounded Pictorialism and the Modernism…

Added by John McCreery on February 2, 2011 at 4:09am — 9 Comments

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