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“Orientalism alla Turca”: Evolutionary Desires, Imperial Nostalgias, and Western Anxieties in Ahmed Midhat’s Avrupa’da Bir Cevelân

Adam Johnson , October 5th, 2021

Introduction On November 15, 1889,[1] Ahmed Midhat (1844–1912), a prolific Ottoman journalist and novelist, announced in his newspaper Tercümân–i Hakîkât (Interprete…

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Activating the Torres Strait Archive: An Interview with Anita Herle and Jude Philp on Recording Kastom

Cameron Brinitzer , September 15th, 2021

We at HAR were very excited to learn about the recent publication of Recording Kastom: Alfred Haddon’s Journals from the Torres Strait and New Guinea, 1888 and 1898….

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Special Focus: Structures

Cameron Brinitzer , August 3rd, 2021

In the course of the twentieth century, structure became a central category of thought across a wide array of sciences. From linguistics to anthropology, psychoanalysis and history, the epistemic ai…

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Girls, Gadgets, and Gatekeepers: What is Ethical Feminist Fieldwork When Working with Children?

Isha Bhallamudi , April 15th, 2021

There is no Institutional Review Board (IRB) or equivalent body in India. The ethics of research are left to the purview of researchers, their supervisors, and departments. Therefore,…


Special Focus: Engaging ‘The Second Generation of African American Pioneers in Anthropology’

Tracie Canada , April 15th, 2021

Why have Black ancestors been largely excluded from anthropology’s intellectual history and canon? In this series of pieces, Tracie Canada engages the authors of the 2018 volume The…

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Bernhard J. Stern, an American Apologist for Stalinism

Adam Johnson , February 25th, 2021

The June 1944 issue of the American Sociological Review featured an article by Bernhard J. Stern entitled “Soviet Policy on National Minorities” (Stern 1944). In it the author argued that…

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Special Focus: The Morton Cranial Collection and Legacies of Scientific Racism in Museums

Paul Wolff Mitchell , February 19th, 2021

Pressures in and outside the academy are forcing museums to grapple ever more deeply with the legacies of scientific racism embedded and embodied in their anthropological collections. The…

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The One-Two Punch

Nicholas Barron , November 19th, 2020

One hundred and nine years ago, The New York Times ran a full-page overview of Franz Boas’s recently published book, The Mind of Primitive Man. [1] The headline…

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The Peripeteia of The Gift: Gift Exchange by Grégoire Mallard

Simon Torracinta , October 20th, 2020

Grégoire Mallard. Gift Exchange: The Transnational History of a Political Idea. xi + 293pp., notes, bibl., index. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. Is there a more celebrated and…

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Boas in the Age of BLM and Idle No More: Re-Evaluating the Boasian Legacy

Allegra Giovine , September 15th, 2020

This extended review is a collaboration between the Reviews and Field Notes sections of HAR. Regna Darnell, Michelle Hamilton, Robert L. A. Hancock, and Joshua Smith (editors). The…

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Conferences as Ecologies of Ideas: Epistemic Cultures of the Association for Social Anthropology of Oceania

Rosanna Dent , August 11th, 2020

A considerable portion of scholarly life is bound up with meetings of various kinds. For those located within academic institutions, office hours, departmental meetings, and university committees pl…

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Women of the Powell Expeditions: The Contributions of Emma Powell and Ellen Powell Thompson

Adam Johnson , July 27th, 2020

Major John Wesley Powell is a prominent figure in the history of American anthropology and probably best known to HAR readers as the founder of the Smithsonian’s Bureau…

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Faustian Bargains: The Legends and Legacies of German “Liberal Ethnology”

Adam Johnson , July 11th, 2020

This extended review is a collaboration between the Reviews and Field Notes sections of HAR. H. Glenn Penny. Im Schatten Humboldts. Eine tragische Geschichte der deutschen Ethnologie. Munich:…

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Decolonizing or Recolonizing? The (Mis)Representation of Humanity in Natural History Museums

Cameron Brinitzer , January 10th, 2020

Every Indigenous Peoples’ Day since 2016, members of the activist group Decolonize This Place have gathered at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City,…

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UNDERTONES: Leiris, Lévi-Strauss and Opera

Simon Torracinta , December 13th, 2019

By Jean Jamin Translated by Simon Torracinta Editors’ note: The editors of the History of Anthropology Review are delighted to publish this essay by Jean Jamin. As readers…

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The Inspiration for the History of Anthropology Newsletter

Adam Johnson , October 9th, 2019

A few years ago when the History of Anthropology Newsletter (HAN) relaunched as an online publication, a number of articles described how it was started by George Stocking in 1973. Mo…

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Special Focus: Canguilhem’s Milieu Today

Cameron Brinitzer , February 4th, 2019

Canguilhem’s historical epistemology continues to inspire historians and anthropologists to attend to how current and former human practices of science shape our conceptualizations and engagement wi…

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Special Focus: História dos Índios no Brasil Dossiê

Rosanna Dent , December 31st, 2018

This dossier features seven of the forty papers presented at the colloquium 25 anos de História dos Índios no Brasil: balanços e perspectivas da história indígena. The event…

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Can Humanity be Mapped? Adolf Bastian, Friedrich Ratzel and the Cartography of Culture

John Tresch , December 7th, 2018

Introduction: Image and Science in Early Ethnology During the second half of the nineteenth century, in German circles linked to anthropology, a movement of scientific systematization arose from…

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“Laying the Cards on the Table”

Gabriel Coren , July 10th, 2018

Michel Leiris. Phantom Africa. Translated by Brent Hayes Edwards. Africa List Series. 720 pp., 37 halftones, 3 fascimiles, 1 map. Calcutta, London, and New York: Seagull Books, 2017….

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Living Monuments: Imagining Ancient Gene Pools in the Middle East

Taylor Moore , May 29th, 2018

In 1927, the Polish-Jewish physical anthropologist Henryk Szpidbaum published an account of his recent expedition to Mandate Palestine on behalf of the Polish Society for the Exploration of…

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Fear and Loathing in Atlanta

Hilary Agro , April 28th, 2018

Content warning: racism, violence, mention of miscarriage. I was on my way to the airplane that would take me back home, to Canada. I boarded the train between…

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Unearthing Knowledge: Forensic Anthropology and Technologies of Memory

OlarteSierra , April 10th, 2018

What is commonly known as the Colombian conflict refers to more than six decades of enduring violence. During these years, a number of peace agreements have been signed…


Arsenic and Old Pelts: Deadly Pesticides in Museum Collections

John Tresch , December 29th, 2017

All museums use pesticides and preservatives, though their health impacts are not always known; ethnographic collections can thus pose a health risk. Here we  open one cold case…

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