You will notice that Alberto has opened a group in Spanish and a discussion about it in English. I would encourage any of you to launch similar regional or language-based groups. We want OAC to be a multilingual platform allowing our members the freedom to be themselves in the medium and area that they choose.
There are already several other online initiatives whose form and purposes overlap with ours. The Red de Antropologías del Mundo - World Anthropologies Network (ram-wan
for short) has been around for a while as a platform in Spanish, Portuguese and English. Two weeks ago the Moving Anthropology Students Network (MASN
) was also formed on NIng. I left this message for them:
Fraternal greetings from the OAC
More or less by accident, after some discussion between friends that started on Twitter, I launched a new Ning network yesterday, the Open Anthropology Cooperative. I didn't know then about MASN, but I do now. I am sure there are already several others and more to come. Our membership is open to all. I have taken the liberty of joining you in order to write this post. Having recently taken retirement, I now feel free to revert to being a student, I suppose. But if you don't think I belong here, I will go quietly. I just wanted to invite you to take a look at the other network and, with some overlap of membership, we can perhaps coordinate for the greater benefit of a more open global anthropology. In any case, good luck and congratulations on having had the idea two weeks before we did.
Max Forte has referred elsewhere to a number of personal websites in the field we have identified as ours and his Open Anthropology
blog deserves special mention as a precursor and ongoing ally of our project.
I have opened this thread as a place where some of you might want to discuss the possibilities for setting up collective expressions of our diversity as well as coordinating information on similar groups and individuals with whom we might like to link up somehow, now or in the future.