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The Family Lives of the Last Neanderthals

Marlaina Martin , November 2nd, 2022


Two anthropologists explain a novel genetic analysis of ancient DNA and artifacts that suggests Neanderthals in Siberia lived in close-knit communities. This article was originally published at The C…


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Purple in Cycles

Christine Weeber , October 31st, 2022


A poet-anthropologist speaks to the labyrinthine experiences of domestic violence—the entrapment, the hope for freedom. ✽ During the final week of domestic violence awareness month in October, I…


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REVIEW: The intimate life of dissent

Céline Eschenbrenner , October 4th, 2022


The Intimate Life of Dissent examines practices of refusal and resistance through the friendships, kinships and solidarities which withstand and obstruct them. The authors of this edited volume…


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Trust: A Pragmatics of Social Life?

Taylor C. Nelms , September 27th, 2022


Trust exposes and discloses the social. But the heterogeneity and even excessiveness of meaning in the concept—its overdetermination, its multifariousness and multiformity, its downright fuzziness—sug…


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Are Insomniacs Overthinking Sleep?

Keridwen Cornelius , September 20th, 2022


From WiFi-enabled sleep trackers to wearable brain-altering apps, sleep technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated. But is the antidote to insomnia far more ancient? ✽ You will likely spend…


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Being Like Family: Humanitarian Mobility and Metaphors of Kinship across Asia

Chika Watanabe , April 4th, 2022


  In this webinar series, we explore the relationship between mobility and humanitarianism in the course of four episodes. We – this is Till Mostowlansky, an anthropologist at…


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Heritage out of Control: Buddhist Material Excess in Depopulating Japan

Paulina Kolata , February 9th, 2022


Inherited Buddhist objects and their associated ritual care connect the dead with the living. Buddhist things are not only material. They contain spiritual and emotional power, even when…


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Introduction to Book Forum on Clara Han’s Seeing Like a Child: Inheriting the Korean War by Andrew Brandel

Andrew Brandel , September 29th, 2021


Clara Han’s Seeing Like a Child: Inheriting the Korean War (Fordham University Press, 2021) describes war’s dispersal into everyday life, intimacy and the domestic. Departing from genres of…


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Social Life of Chronic Living by Peter van Eeuwijk

Peter van Eeuwijk , July 12th, 2021


Chronicity, ageing, and social life Old-age related health conditions evolve into both a dynamic and an inert chronicity which, in the end, produces a particular quality of life…


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#BookReview: Being a Parent in the Field

Anna-Maria Walter , May 21st, 2021


In 2017, my colleague Philipp Zehmisch and I had to cancel a panel on love and family relationships in ethnographic fieldwork, due to a lack of participants. Fabienne…


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Thinking with a Database

Zehra Hashmi , May 6th, 2021


In 2019, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority notified television channels that they were not allowed to host the Pakistani Senator Hafiz Hamdullah on air. The reason: Hamdullah…


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Don’t make me laugh: How getting it wrong shapes interspecies entanglements in the Batek’s forest

Alice Rudge , October 1st, 2020


“yeʔ kan plŋal!” “lawac!” “hɛy yeʔ leh!” “Don’t laugh!”, “It’s taboo!”, “We shouldn’t!”   Naʔ Srimjam kept admonishing us one afternoon that she, her sister Naʔ Badək, and I,…


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Elizabeth Fox takes the page 99 test

| , June 15th, 2020


I have been fascinated by Mongolia’s capital city since my first visit in 2012. Despite my familiarity with the anthropological literature, on arrival in Ulaanbaatar I was utterly…


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Of grandparents, memories and the pandemic by Tannistha Samanta

Tannistha Samanta , April 28th, 2020


While growing up in a small town in the eastern state of Bengal (India), our summer vacations would be spent in Kolkata at the maternal grandparents (or mamar bari,…


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El Virus: A Contagion of Racism & How Networks of Care Can Stop It by Argenis Hurtado Moreno

Argenis Hurtado Moreno , April 5th, 2020


My mother FaceTimed me a month ago and asked if I needed her to ship me hand sanitizer from Phoenix to Oregon. I thought it a silly question,…


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A home for Sofia: Family, disability and housing in times of Zika epidemics by Barbara M. Marques

Barbara M. Marques , March 30th, 2020


For English click here. A casa de Sofia: família, deficiência e moradia nos tempos da epidemia do Zika Rumo à realização do sonho Caía uma chuva fina. Acordei…


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What is Anthropology? A Summary Review of the Second Edition by Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Jodie-Lee Trembath , March 1st, 2020


I found it helpful when Eriksen drew the line in the sand about the fundamental questions that anthropology concerns itself with. Here’s his Big Three: 1) What is…


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We Tricked them-We Are All One People

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , February 13th, 2020


Aunt Pat in a low whispering voice was speaking to me before a Culture Committee meeting at Grand Ronde. Pat Allen was the chair and I was vice-chair,…


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Toxicology and the chemistry of cohort kinship by Janelle Lamoreaux

Janelle Lamoreaux , January 17th, 2020


Birth cohort studies are characterized as longitudinal investigations of research subjects with at least one common characteristic, usually being born in the same time and place. Such studies…


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Introduction: Excavating and (re)creating the biosocial; birth cohorts as ethnographic object of inquiry and site of intervention by Sahra Gibbon

Sahra Gibbon , November 15th, 2019


Longitudinal birth cohorts are increasingly recognised as important for understanding how biological, social and environmental processes interact over time and contribute to health inequalities. Birt…


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Representing Diverse Bodies in Medical Illustration

Drew Danielle Belsky , October 23rd, 2019


In 2016, just before I began my dissertation fieldwork, a trio of young medical illustrators presented a panel on “Normativity and Diversity in Healthcare Imagery” at the annual…


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Remembering the Forgotten Chinese Railroad Workers

Veronica Peterson , August 22nd, 2019


Chinese workers with the Central Pacific Railroad camped close to Brown’s Station, Nevada, in the 1860s. Alfred A. Hart In 1864, 15-year-old Hung Lai Wah and his older…


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Aging in the Absence of the Young and in the Presence of the Ancestor Spirits, by Maria Louw Aarhus University

Maria Louw , July 2nd, 2019


In this blog post I will present a research project I am currently engaged in and reflect on some of my preliminary findings. The project is part of…


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