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£Caben otras lenguas en el foro principal de OAC?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Keith Hart Jul 4, 2009.

Personal media and social leadership
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Started this discussion. Last reply by John Postill Jul 11, 2009.

OAC Seminar Series
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Started this discussion. Last reply by John Postill Jun 12, 2009.


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John Postill replied to Keith Hart's discussion Online Seminar 1-12 November: Daniel Miller An Extreme Reading of Facebook
"Congrats to Keith Hart and the OAC team for this terrific session! Like Alexandru, I'm a latecomer. I was hoping to post earlier but haven't been able to until now. In a review article for the JRAI of four recent anthropological works on…"
Nov 11, 2010
John Postill replied to Stacy A A Hope's discussion OAC Seminar - "How Knowledge Grows: An Anthropological Anamorphosis" by Alberto Corsín Jiménez
"A great discussion. Sorry I won't be able to participate much. Alberto wrote: I am also a bit concerned about the extravagant optimism and utopianism that characterises much of what passes for new media theory, especially in the hands of…"
Jun 17, 2010
John Postill replied to Ainslee Hooper's discussion representation of self online in the group Internet mediating sociality
"Hi Ainslee You've probably read Boellstorff's Second Life ethnography, but in case you haven't I've put a summary here: All…"
May 17, 2010
John Postill commented on John Postill's event OAC Research Seminar, Vered Amit
"Dear Benedicte and All Unfortunately Vered Amit won't be able to give her e-seminar so we have had to cancel this event. With apologies John Postill"
Nov 19, 2009
John Postill commented on Robert Garcia's blog post do creationists have well thought out arguments against evolution?
"It's important not to get distracted by the media personalities and their antics, e.g. Dawkins, and to stay focussed on the arguments and on the evidence. I've lost count of the times I've come across attacks on Dawkins, including in…"
Oct 4, 2009
Nold Egenter left a comment for John Postill
"....there is a new post, maybe of interest? Anthropology of Habitat and Architecture: The five main lines of the evolution of culture". You will find it at the OAC-Blog site and in the photo-section."
Sep 16, 2009
John Postill left a comment for Mylene Hengen
"Thanks for that wall comment, Mylene. There's a media anthropology e-seminar on at the moment on media and identity among the Kadazan of Borneo that may be of interest to you, see Have you…"
Sep 8, 2009
John Postill replied to Steven Devijver's discussion What is Open Anthropology?
"I say we keep it simple and go back to an earlier suggestion: The Anthropology Cooperative. Also can I ask colleagues to please refrain from name-calling and insulting remarks in this forum. This form of discourse is at odds with the cooperative…"
Aug 27, 2009
John Postill replied to Justin Shaffner's discussion OAC Press
"Thanks John, will do!"
Aug 25, 2009
John Postill replied to Justin Shaffner's discussion OAC Press
"Hi all great initiative! Re: Stacie's post about the OAC seminar series, yes it's definitely happening. We've got four presenters lined up for the coming academic year, starting 8-22 December with Vered Amit. More details…"
Aug 24, 2009
John Postill replied to John McCreery's discussion Will academia survive?
"I would say inviting people (whether or not they are senior scholars) to do something specific like being a working paper discussant or contributing to a wiki article should happen at the level of the initiative itself. People who start groups or…"
Aug 22, 2009
John Postill replied to John McCreery's discussion Will academia survive?
"In my past experience running the EASA media anthropology network mailing list what worked really well to draw in senior colleagues more actively was to invite them to do something quite specific within their area of expertise, typically act as…"
Aug 21, 2009
John Postill replied to John McCreery's discussion Will academia survive?
"Universities are not imaginary entities like goblins or nations. They are actual places where a lot of us on this site earn a living, teach, learn, eat, drink, think, meet people, collaborate, come across new ideas, struggle to find time to do…"
Aug 20, 2009
John Postill replied to John McCreery's discussion Is Anthropology too slow?
"A quick response, as demanded by the topic, before going back to the mad rush of completing a slow writing process (i.e. a monograph) by 26 Aug. Yes, I too think that we need to move at different speeds as demanded by the task at hand and as…"
Aug 16, 2009
John Postill replied to Owen Wiltshire's discussion Ethnographic blogging
"Dear all Since we're on the topic of anthro blogging, may I wish a happy 5th birthday - not a mean achievement! See here a highly informative post by its creator and sole blogger,…"
Aug 16, 2009

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Relocation, Relocation

I've suggested in a couple of OAC places that the heart of this site ought to be its Discussion Forum. That is where we can collectively exploit the threaded sociality that characterises this kind of website - a sociality that is primarily spun through threads not groups.

The individual and collective benefits of starting a thread in the Discussion Forum as opposed to a group are by now clear. As an individual thread… Continue

Posted on July 11, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

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At 6:50am on September 16, 2009, Nold Egenter said…
....there is a new post, maybe of interest? Anthropology of Habitat and Architecture: The five main lines of the evolution of culture". You will find it at the OAC-Blog site and in the photo-section.
At 9:45pm on September 8, 2009, Mylene Hengen said…
Thanks for the add. I actually work similarly on visual media and "nation-building." I was also at the U of Bremen not so long ago for the American Indian Workshop. Can't say I enjoyed the city in February though :P
At 3:53pm on August 18, 2009, BHKTOP POMANOB said…
Hi John,

Thank you very much for your comment. Yes, I have, but I have it at home, so tomorrow I'll send it to you, ok Thanks for your comment, and, please, join us at our page.
At 11:59am on June 3, 2009, Keith Hart said…
I am very interested in mobile phones in Africa. Of all the platforms for the digital revolution only mobile phones have a built-in payment system. the web doesn't and this is a major problem. East Africans have lept at the chance to take advantage of this and in many ways they lead the world now as innovators. This may not in itself overcome the tremendous obstacles to economic development there, but, if I had said five years ago that parts of Africa are leading the world in commercial and other applications of mobile telephony, who would have believed it?
At 8:55pm on June 2, 2009, Keith Hart said…
Money does many things, but I have come to believe that one of its chief functions is to mediate the extremes of everyday particulars and the universe we inhabit, our finite needs/desires and the infinite potential of the world.
At 1:27pm on May 30, 2009, Francine Barone said…
Welcome, John. Great to see you here.


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