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What Commentators Get Wrong (and Right) About North Korea

Keridwen Cornelius , November 17th, 2022

An anthropologist argues that unfair portrayals of North Korea as a hopelessly irrational hermit state has huge implications for policy and security. ✽ This month, North Korea tested…


What Is Linguistic Anthropology?

Emily Sekine , November 9th, 2022

Linguistic anthropologists study language in context, revealing how people’s ways of communicating and expressing themselves interact with human culture, history, politics, identity, and much more. W…


Ethnography.com launches on Youtube thanks to Chinese Smartphones in Africa

Christina Lauren Quigley , November 6th, 2022

Greetings Ethnography.com aficionados! My previous post “What Happens if Chinese Smartphones Teach English Lessons in Tanzania?” is now on Youtube. Keeping up with the times, Tony and I…


Why AI Will Never Fully Capture Human Language

Emily Sekine , October 12th, 2022

Researchers in artificial intelligence have made extraordinary strides in mimicking human language—but they still can’t capture the parts that truly make language human. ✽ The story begins with…


What Happens if Chinese Smartphones Teach English Lessons in Tanzania?

Christina Lauren Quigley , October 7th, 2022

English is the dominant global language of the world, it is the language of power, and control. But it is not the only language, and different people have…


Derogatory Place Names Need Indigenous Revision

Keridwen Cornelius , October 6th, 2022

Changing offensive place names on public lands is a strong move toward decolonization. But to heal relationships and address ecological crises, non-Native people must do more. ✽ On…


What Is Cultural Anthropology?

Emily Sekine , September 27th, 2022

Cultural anthropologists seek to understand the dizzyingly diverse ways people live today, including how they think, act, create, struggle, make meaning, and organize their societies. WHAT IS CULTURAL…


What Is Anthropological Poetry?

Emily Sekine , August 30th, 2022

SAPIENS’ poetry editor and inaugural poet-in-residence break down what makes certain poems anthropological and explore how poetry has the potential to transform ways of thinking and being in…


How Deaf and Hearing Friends Co-Navigate the World

Emily Sekine , August 17th, 2022

For deaf people in the U.S., accessibility has become synonymous with provisioning professional sign language interpreters. But in everyday life, deaf people’s experiences of “access” often include mo…


What Klingon and Other Constructed Languages Reveal

Bob Holmes , June 22nd, 2022

At a Comic-Con, or comic book convention, in Los Angeles in 2010, the trolley signs were in Klingon. Doug Kline/The Pop Culture Geek Network/Flickr This article was originally…


What Klingon and Other Constructed Languages Reveal

SAPIENS , June 22nd, 2022

This article was originally published at Knowable Magazine and has been republished with Creative Commons. Most languages develop through centuries of use among groups of people. But some…


Stop Projecting Nationalism Onto Stonehenge

Gordon Barclay and Kenny Brophy , June 20th, 2022

English Heritage beamed eight portraits of Queen Elizabeth II onto Stonehenge, sparking controversy among archaeologists and the general public. Raj Valley/Alamy In late May, eight images…


Stop Projecting Nationalism Onto Stonehenge

SAPIENS , June 20th, 2022

In late May, eight images of the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II were projected onto the megaliths of Stonehenge to celebrate the monarch’s 70 years on the throne….


Can Machine Learning Translate Ancient Egyptian Texts?

Bree KellyBrian Ballsun-Stanton, Camilla Di Biase-Dyson, and Alexandra Woods , June 9th, 2022

Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs adorn the Temple of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu near Luxor. Vyacheslav Argenberg/Wikimedia Commons I have long been intrigued by archaeogaming—an academic di…


Can Machine Learning Translate Ancient Egyptian Texts?

SAPIENS , June 9th, 2022

A new program aims to use AI to help academics and the public decipher hieroglyphs. Here’s an inside look at how—and whether—it works. ✽ I have long been…


What the Vai Script Reveals About the Evolution of Writing

Piers Kelly , May 19th, 2022

This handwritten example of Vai script dates to around 1850. British Library/Wikimedia Commons In a small West African village, a man named Momolu Duwalu Bukele had a compelling…


What Is SAPIENS Magazine?

Chip Colwell , April 26th, 2022

SAPIENS magazine is an online portal for readers to better understand the world and what it means to be human. AerialPerspective Images/Getty Images WHAT IS SAPIENS MAGAZINE? SAPIENS…


What Do Anthropologists Do?

Chip Colwell , April 19th, 2022

A person documents a centuries-old Basque carnival in Alsasua, Spain. Many anthropologists investigate cultural phenomena, such as rituals and religious traditions. NurPhoto/Getty Images …


Does Green on COVID-19 Maps Mean What You Think?

Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein and Daniel Ginsberg , March 31st, 2022

Picture a traffic light. This isn’t a trick question. We want you to visualize some sort of box housing three lightbulbs, each behind a colored filter: red on…


How to Promote Research on Social Media

Chip Colwell , March 17th, 2022

Since SAPIENS launched in 2016, several social media outlets have been central to the magazine’s promotion strategy. Every week, we publish multiple posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram…


How Dr. Li Wenliang Went From a Whistleblower to a National Hero

Chenyu Wang and Huarui "Cherry" Zhang , March 10th, 2022

A memorial at Wuhan Central Hospital in Hubei province, China, honored Li Wenliang, who died on February 7, 2020. STR/AFP/Getty Images On January 3, 2020, Li Wenliang, an…


Margaret Mead Imagined Different Futures

Samuel Gerald Collins , February 17th, 2022

Anthropologist Margaret Mead (center), actor Robert Redford (left), and historian Lola Van Wagenen (right) attend “A Future With Alternatives,” a symposium held in 1978 in New York City….


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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