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Unsung Native Collaborators in Anthropology

Keridwen Cornelius , October 13th, 2022

Anthropologists such as Franz Boas and Margaret Mead could not have achieved success without their local assistants’ insider knowledge and extensive labor. ✽ Growing up a Brown girl…


Counterinsurgency in Istanbul

Tolga Ozata , October 5th, 2022

“Police, Provocation, Politics” by Deniz Yonucu is an ambitious text that documents the long and complicated history of dissident populations and spaces in urban Turkey in the context…

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Trust, truth, and the blockchain

Anna Weichselbraun , September 26th, 2022

“Less Trust, More Truth” said the black nylon drawstring bag in the cardboard box. I had to have one. No other item of swag at this crypto-conference articulated…

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Seeing Is Not Believing

Adela Zhang , September 22nd, 2022

“We bet on mining,” peasant leaders (dirigentes) say of the decision to permit one of the world’s largest open-pit copper mining projects on lands occupied by Quechua-speaking communities…

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In Spain, Scapegoating Spikes During the Pandemic

Keridwen Cornelius , September 22nd, 2022

An anthropologist and a Rroma activist investigate the rise in prejudice and abuse toward Rroma people during the COVID-19 crisis. ✽ During the first wave of the pandemic,…


An Archaeology of Personhood and Abortion

Keridwen Cornelius , August 25th, 2022

Opinions about fetal personhood and abortion have fluctuated enormously throughout history and differ in surprising ways between cultures. ✽ After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade…


Peeling Back the Myth of a “White” Midwest

Emily Sekine , August 23rd, 2022

The popular image of the U.S. heartland as only a place of rural, hardworking white farmers has always been a larger-than-life myth. In a new book, Imagining the…


We All Love Roses

Christine Weeber , August 15th, 2022

SAPIENS Poet-in-Residence Jason Vasser-Elong reflects on horrific cycles of violence—and highlights injustices that are often papered over. We All Love Roses – Listen Some say it’s human nature…


Wisdom From the Winding Path

Christine Weeber , August 9th, 2022

An anthropologist dreams of his work with Songhay sorcerers in Niger and of French poet Edmond Jabès, fictionalizing conversations and experiences to polish nuggets of wisdom for our…


Wisdom From the Winding Path

Paul Stoller , August 2nd, 2022

[no caption] Frans Lemmens/Getty Images Excerpted from Paul Stoller’s essay “Jabès Amongst Songhay Sorcerers” in Philosophy on Fieldwork: Case Studies in Anthropological Analysis, e…


Emanuel Moss takes the Page 99 test

| , June 27th, 2022

On the 99th page of my dissertation, “The Objective Function: Science and Society in the Age of Machine Intelligence”, the first full paragraph describes how machine learning researchers…

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Crystal Worl’s Countermural Tells a Different History of Alaska

Ben Bridges , June 1st, 2022

Her dark gray eyes scan the horizon. An iridescent golden sun and stars encircle her head, flanked on one side by a cobalt sockeye salmon and the other…


The Same Old Song and Dance: Nothing Has Been Done to Reduce Mass Shootings

Anthropology365 , May 26th, 2022

We are only a few days removed from the horrific mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX where nearly two dozen people were murdered in cold…

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Indigenous Mapmaking, or Bringing a Dead Map to Life

Sophie Chao , May 17th, 2022

Two Indigenous Marind clan representatives peruse a map of their customary territories produced by local village members. Sophie Chao Excerpted from In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-…


What Kenya’s Killer Cops Reveal About Police Culture

April Zhu , April 6th, 2022

On July 7, 2021, Nairobi residents marched to protest police brutality and harassment, particularly against poor people. The date also commemorates demonstrations against authoritarian rule that …


Was the Acropolis a Harem? A Myth of Orientalism

Janric van Rookhuijzen , April 5th, 2022

The Acropolis of Athens has birthed countless tales, some of which appear to be more based on fiction than fact. Oleksandr Troitskyi/Wikimedia Commons This article was originally publishe…


Predominantly White Institutions’ Overtures to Black Students OR This Is What They Tell You Without Telling You

Justin D. Wright , April 4th, 2022

Enslaved people built the Rotunda at the University of Virginia in the 19th century. Chrispecoraro/Getty Images Go to undergrad, go to graduate school, get a Ph.D. heft onto…


Multispecies Anarchism in the Postnuclear World

Anibal Garcia Arregui , April 1st, 2022

Connect the dots between “state”, “imperialism”, and “war”. Add “leaders”, “testosterone” and “nukes”. Look at the picture and tell me anarchism was a bad idea. In effect, as…

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‘Call to Arms: Silver and Lead’ Campaign Review

Tanner Gonzales , March 22nd, 2022

‘Call to Arms: Silver and Lead’ campaign review Posted December 10, 2034 by Julie Annie (staff writer at Génial Gaming)   Answering the Call to Arms (yet again)…

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More Than a Mountain

Chip Colwell , March 16th, 2022

The sky island of Dzil Nchaa Si’an is more than a mountain. It is a significant landmark in Arizona for Apache tribal members to collect medicinal plants, perform…


#MeToo Anthropology and the Case Against Harvard

Holly Walters , March 3rd, 2022

On February 4, The Harvard Crimson broke the news of an open letter, signed by 38 faculty members, in support of John Comaroff. This prominent professor of anthropology…


New expert in knowledge integration: congrats!

fstammle , March 2nd, 2022

A word of congratulations to the freshly baked Doctor Ayonghe Akonwi Nebasifu! He just now defended successfully his PhD dissertation with the title Knowledge Integration in Co-management: A…

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On the use and abuse of networks in academia

Allegra , February 23rd, 2022

Like most anthropologists, we have been watching events unfold at Harvard University’s anthropology department over the past weeks: accusations of abuse; letters in support of the man accused…

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Heritage Out of Control: Musealising (Hi)stories of Migration

Annika Kirbis , February 10th, 2022

Since the early 2000s, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the recruitment agreement between Austria and Turkey in 1964, there have been increasing initiatives in Vienna that involve municipal…

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