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When Anthropology Meets the Graphic Novel in Thailand

Claudio Sopranzetti, Sara Fabbri, and Chiara Natalucci , January 11th, 2022

The graphic novel The King of Bangkok follows the story of Nok, a blind man who makes his living selling lottery tickets on the streets of Bangkok. Claudio…


Ori Schwarz on his book, Sociological Theory for Digital Society

| , January 3rd, 2022

https://www.wiley.com/en-us/Sociological+Theory+for+Digital+Society%3A+The+Codes+that+Bind+Us+Together-p-9781509542963 Interview by: Dan M. Kotliar Dan Kotliar: There is something very conv…

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What Industrial Societies Get Wrong About Childhood

Karen L. Kramer , November 18th, 2021

[no-caption] ER Productions Limited Each year across the world, kids of roughly the same age are packed into classrooms and confined to desks with the intent of learning…


How People Actually Use Their Smartphones

Laura Haapio-Kirk and Georgiana Murariu , October 28th, 2021

[no-caption] John Cei Douglas In 2022, the smartphone, first introduced by IBM, will celebrate its 30th birthday. Most of us now use a smartphone every day—whether we like…


They’ll Steal Your Eyes, They’ll Steal Your Teeth

Cory-Alice André-Johnson , October 1st, 2021

[no-caption] Attila Haag/EyeEm/Getty Images “They’ll Steal Your Eyes, They’ll Steal Your Teeth” is part of the collection Lead Me to Life: Voices of the African Diaspora. Read the…


Illustrating ASSA’s findings with comics – part 4

Georgiana Murariu , September 27th, 2021

By Georgiana Murariu and Laura Haapio-Kirk In this blog post, we present the fourth comic in our ASSA comics series, this time set in Kyoto, one of Laura…

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Can Indigenous Language Comics Save a Mother Tongue?

Aaron Gerry , September 16th, 2021

This comic book reimagines the oral traditions of Mexico’s Ñäñho people, introducing mischievous creatures called Tlaloques, which inspired the toy at left. María Gámez Tlaloc is a tempes…


What Misspellings Reveal About Cultural Evolution

Helena Miton , July 28th, 2021

[no-caption] DrAfter123/Getty Images Something about me must remind people of a blind 17th-century poet. My last name, Miton, is French, yet people outside of France invariably misspell i…


How to Work With a Developmental Editor

Nicola Jones , June 30th, 2021

[no-caption] Rawpixel/Getty Images Ask SAPIENS is a series that offers a glimpse into the magazine’s inner workings. I sometimes shudder to think of my authors’ faces when they…


Not “just tools”: The framework of equivalence and cochlear implants in Jordan by Timothy Y. Loh

Timothy Y. Loh , June 15th, 2021

“Should all deaf children learn sign language?” This seemingly innocuous question was the theme of a roundtable article published in the influential journal Pediatrics in 2015, which compiled…


Deaf and Incarcerated in the U.S.

Michele Friedner , June 15th, 2021

Deaf incarcerated people may have trouble accessing prison programming and educational opportunities due to a lack of necessary accommodations. Michael Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Im…


How Cellphones Make and Break Human Connections

Joel C. Kuipers, Alexander S. Dent, and Joshua A. Bell , April 13th, 2021

Cellphones have become an integral part of many people’s lives. Towfiqu Barbhuiya/EyeEm/Getty Images Cellphones have come to occupy increasingly important roles in everyone’s lives, from …


Can Social Scientists Help Control Epidemics?

Elizabeth Svoboda , April 7th, 2021

A poster in an Ebola response center breaks down the evolving response to the epidemic—including efforts to address social and cultural concerns. Annie Wilkinson On May 24, 2014,…


Reviews: Theorising Media & Conflict

philbu , March 30th, 2021

This post compiles extracts of published reviews of the edited volume Theorising Media & Conflict (eds. P. Budka & B. Bräuchler, Berghahn Books, 2020). Younes Saramifar (Free University…

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Why a Mexican Village’s DIY Cellphone Network Matters

Roberto J. González , March 30th, 2021

A campesino checks his cellphone while working in the fields outside of Talea de Castro, Mexico (the mountain village in the distance on the upper left). Agustine Sacha…


Interview: Theorising Media & Conflict

philbu , March 14th, 2021

In an interview for the University of Vienna’s Uni:view Magazin, I am talking about the edited volume Theorising Media and Conflict (Berghahn Books, 2020), its purpose, conclusions and…

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How to Pitch: A Guide for Anthropologists

Chip Colwell , March 2nd, 2021

Writing a pitch involves untangling your ideas into a clear message. mikroman6/Getty Images So, you think you have the seeds of a great essay or opinion piece. Maybe…


Why Write for SAPIENS?

Chip Colwell , February 18th, 2021

In the summer of 1960, Jane Goodall left England for what is now Gombe National Park in Tanzania. With the aid of legendary paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey, Goodall was…


Academic Fictions: Introduction

Dennis Rodgers , February 15th, 2021

An often underestimated but critical element of academic endeavour is communication. There is no doubt that many academic books and articles are dense and impenetrable, written in jargon-laden,…


The Power of Images

Eshe Lewis , November 25th, 2020

[no-caption] FG Trade/Getty Images The headlines and powerful prose of the anthropologists and journalists who write for SAPIENS draw our readers in time and again. But, as the…


What’s Left Unsaid When a Language Dies

Sophie Chao , November 19th, 2020

“Transition” by Papua New Guinean artist Philemon Yalamu. From Papua New Guinea: A New Dawn by Fondazione Imago Mundi/Luciano Benetton Collection. A Death in the Rainforest: How a Languag…


Communication at a distance: technology old and new

standplaatswereld , November 12th, 2020

View of Pentecost. © Hannah Sibona By Hannah Sibona          In 2020, a face-to-face meeting, more often than not, means screen-to-screen. The global pandemic, social restrictions, and the ‘new…

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Connectedness in a Time of Pandemic

Roberto J. González , October 22nd, 2020

Right now, many of us are reevaluating what it means to be connected. In the United States, we often think of connectivity as having wireless broadband service, or…


Why Do Virtual Meetings Feel So Weird?

Elizabeth Keating , October 20th, 2020

[no-caption] Anna Shvets/Pexels It’s morning in Houston, Texas, for Jeremy* and his team of engineers, and nearly evening in a small town north of Bucharest, Romania, for Costa…