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Ep. #37: Democracy sausage, fan identity, mental health policy & being anthro-diplomats: This month on TFS

The Familiar Strange , May 12th, 2019

This month, we’d like to welcome and thank special guests Dr Jill Sheppard and Martyn Pearce from Policy Forum Pod for joining our semi-themed panel discussion, inspired by…

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Producing the Anthropocene, Producing the Future/Water Futures

Lauren Rickards , March 21st, 2019

Editor’s note: Today we have the final installment of our “Anthropocene Melbourne Campus” series, featuring two related posts by Lauren Rickards and Ruth Morgan. Producing the Anthr…


How does a platypus taste? About the flavours of STS at 4S Sydney, 2018

mapc , September 28th, 2018

The 2018 meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), was held from August 29th to September 1st, (mostly) in the International Conference Center (ICC)…


A Report on the 2018 4S Conference in Sydney, Australia by Tessa Leach

Tessa Leach , September 18th, 2018

What characterises STS in different regions? What kinds of research projects, educational programs, and people are doing STS around the world? What problems exist in different regions? Can…


Australia’s Values-Based Asylum Activism

Alexandra Frankel , August 28th, 2018

This article is part of the Maintaining Refuge series. Part one of the series can be found on AnthroSource. Activist appeals to moral and national ideals hold lessons…

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Forgotten Violence against Backpackers in Australia

The Familiar Strange , June 27th, 2018

While backpackers extensively contribute to the national economy as tourists and workers, they are only here on a short-term basis. Being temporary non-citizens there is less emotional investment…

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Hearing Indigenous Voices

The Familiar Strange , May 30th, 2018

The 27th of May to the 3rd of June is National Reconciliation Week in Australia. Reconciliation, for anthropology, includes reckoning with the discipline’s colonial past, and confronting the…

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Ep. #9 Calculated risk: Elizabeth Watt talks sexual power, politics, and vulnerability in the field

Julia Brown , March 4th, 2018

“I knew I was making myself vulnerable, but I also knew that there was phone reception down there, and there were other people within shouting range, and that…

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Chemical Showers: How Daily Routines Structure Our Exposures to Toxicants

colinhoag , November 21st, 2017

By Rachael Wakefield-Rann, University of Technology Sydney § Source: http://cdn.mamamia.com.au/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/04144722/supermarket-skin-care-buys1.png The choreography of daily life dic…


Like a Skin

Simon Theobald , November 8th, 2017

For those of us who have grown up in the ‘West’, we tend to think of religion as a customizable category. Some of us are born into a…

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When ‘White Privilege’ Becomes Uncomfortably Familiar

The Familiar Strange , October 18th, 2017

Author: Nonie Tuxen, PhD candidate in the Sociology of Education at the ANU. Nonie’s research explores youth engagement with international education and how class status is correspondingly (re)produce…

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Indigenous fire management

Rhiannon Mosher , May 29th, 2017

Indigenous knowledge and practices are increasingly recognized and incorporated by non-Indigenous governments, businesses, and others into their own projects. While these engagements may often take th…

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Indigenous fire management

Rhiannon Mosher , May 29th, 2017

Indigenous knowledge and practices are increasingly recognized and incorporated by non-Indigenous governments, businesses, and others into their own projects. While these engagements may often take th…

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#AAA2016 Melanesia Interest Group Business Meeting

lorenagibson , November 16th, 2016

Those of you attending this year’s annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association are warmly invited to attend the annual Business Meeting of the Melanesia Interest Group, which…


AAA 2016 papers relating to Oceania

lorenagibson , November 9th, 2016

The programme for the 115th annual meeeting of the American Anthropological Association (16-20 November) in Minneapolis is now available. I have compiled a list of sessions, papers and…


anthro in the news 11/7/16

Culture In Global Affairs , November 7th, 2016

not all hair is equal    BBC News reported on the research of social anthropologist Emma Tarlo tracing the global industry in human hair, especially wigs, weaves, and…


Settler Colonialism and Weed Ecology

Chitra , November 2nd, 2016

Timothy Neale, Deakin’s University § *All photographs are by the author Two propositions to start: there is a significant parallel (or companionship) between settlers and weeds; and, there is…


Lou and Cee Cee prepare for fieldwork in the future: a world where robots conduct ethnography

Alicia Dudek , June 17th, 2016

Editor’s Note: Kicking off our Co-designing with machines edition is Alicia Dudek (@aliciadudek), Innovation Insight Lead & Design Ethnographer at Deloitte Digital Australia. Using …

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Utopian Appetites

foodanthro , March 19th, 2016

Received from one of our alert readers: The 21st Symposium of Australian Gastronomy: Utopian Appetites Call for Papers The 21st Symposium of Australian Gastronomy will be celebrated in…


In the Journals – August 2015

David Thompson , August 19th, 2015

Welcome back to In the Journals, a round-up of recent journal publications on security, crime, law enforcement and the state. After a brief hiatus over the summer, we’re…


Coming to Malaysia – protection, responsibility and labour

anthropolitics , June 20th, 2015

The so-called ‘boat people crisis’ in the Andaman Sea has been brewing for a long while. Economic migrants and refugees attempt the perilous sea crossing to reach safety…


NEW! — Massimiliano Mollona: Ethnographic filmmaking and the political imagination: A review of “Desert People” by Ian Dunlop (1967)

Focaal Web Editor , April 23rd, 2015

In the opening sequences of Desert People (1967, 49 minutes, Australian National Film Board), we read, “This is a film on two families of the western Australian desert.”…


In the Journals – April 2015

Sean Miller , April 21st, 2015

Welcome back to In the Journals, a monthly review of just a fraction of the most recent academic research on security, crime, policing, and the law. With winter…


Good Mother Nature: Ayahuasca neoshamanism as cultural critique (conference video)

Alex K. Gearin , March 17th, 2015

This paper imports nuances of nature-culture theory in Amazonian anthropology and demonstrates ways in which the reimagining of ayahuasca use in Australian society involves the modern idea of…

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