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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 joined Zy's group

Anthropology of (Mass) Media

For all those who are interested in Theory of Media Anthropology and who want to share, connect and exchange about specific subfields that are not yet covered by other groups like Print Media, Radio, Telephone, Journalism, PR, Ad...add more!
Jul 4, 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 commented on Dan O'Maley's group Digital Anthropology
"Dear All The EASA Media Anthropology Network will be holding its 33rd e-seminar from this coming Tuesday 22 June to Tuesday 6 July 2010 via its mailing list. Jenny Cool (University of Southern California) will be presenting a working paper titled…"
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 joined Beck Johnson's group

Internet mediating sociality

I'm interested in conducting research into the anthropology of the Internet/internets. I am hoping this group will discuss how and in what ways people use the Internet and how this either augments or alters sociality. Any takers?
Dec 5, 2009
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 joined Justin Shaffner's group

The OAC Press

The OAC Press is the publishing arm of the Open Anthropology Cooperative. We solicit work that seeks to advance anthropology by engaging with ideas in innovative ways.
Oct 10, 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 commented on Alexandre Enkerli's group Ethnography
"** from EASA media anthropology network mailing list ** An announcement and self-promotional shout out: I was imformed that I had won the Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award for my paper, "Autoethnographic Fragments of my…"
Sep 10, 2009
John Postill joined Alexandre Enkerli's group


Discussing ethnography and ethnographic disciplines in general, whether or not they are exclusive to anthropology as a discipline. Folkloristics, market research, ethnomusicology, microsociology, microeconomics, microhistory...
Sep 10, 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

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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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