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The OAC then, and now (toward a renewed, rowdy anthropological democracy)
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UPDATE: For those of you who don't want to wade through all of the verbiage to get to my questions, here they are up front: What are we going to do with the OAC now? What can we do with it that…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Erin B. Taylor on Monday.

Anthropologies #16: Anthropology & War

The January 2013 issue of anthropologies focuses on anthropology and war.  If you haven't seen anthropologies, here's a link:…Continue

Started Nov 13, 2012

Making anthropology more accessible (and OPEN)
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Matt Thompson over at Savage Minds has been working hard to initiate a renewed Open Access effort in anthropology.  His initial idea is to create a "Digital Anthropology" interest group in the AAA to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Samantha Hyler Apr 17, 2012.

Inside the OAC: Tying things together
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These are just some ideas.  First, it's clear that there is a lot going on at the OAC.  There are thousands of members, and there are tons of user groups that cover a massive range of topics.  This…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nathan Dobson Sep 5, 2010.

 

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ryan anderson replied to John McCreery's discussion Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"--The Seminar is Underway
"I'm game, but its late here so I have to keep this short because my batteries have run low for the day.  I just turned 40 this month, and just finished a PhD last December.  Getting the latter seemed to take forever, while making it…"
Tuesday
Erin B. Taylor replied to ryan anderson's discussion The OAC then, and now (toward a renewed, rowdy anthropological democracy)
"Thanks Lee. Actually, I, too, was excited to leave the constraints of high school, and kept contact with about four people. Most of my Facebook reconnects years later were with people I worked with at McDonald's. For us, work was freedom from…"
Monday
John McCreery replied to ryan anderson's discussion The OAC then, and now (toward a renewed, rowdy anthropological democracy)
"Lee,  your ethnographic vignette about your high school graduation touched a chord with me. I, too, was in a glad to get out of there mood at my graduation. I, too, have retained only one friend from my high school days. The same is true of my…"
Monday
Lee Drummond replied to ryan anderson's discussion The OAC then, and now (toward a renewed, rowdy anthropological democracy)
"  The “Place” of OAC Facebook   Keith, Erin, M Izabel,     Thanks very much for taking time to comment on my newbie reactions to Facebook and its OAC offshoot.  As I indicated, I’ve surprised myself in…"
Sunday
Erin B. Taylor replied to ryan anderson's discussion The OAC then, and now (toward a renewed, rowdy anthropological democracy)
"M., I really like your distinction. Ryan, yes, and I think we can leverage social media to help those people feel more welcome."
Sunday
ryan anderson replied to ryan anderson's discussion The OAC then, and now (toward a renewed, rowdy anthropological democracy)
"M, thanks for adding more great points. I agree that people make a place...and if dipping into FB helps bring in more people, and bring OAC back to life, I am all for it.  While FB can be the sort of mindless narcissism that Lee talks about, it…"
Saturday
M Izabel replied to ryan anderson's discussion The OAC then, and now (toward a renewed, rowdy anthropological democracy)
"To FB or not to FB--is that the question? I think the answer solves my long-time OAC semantic problem.  Since I became a member, I have had this problem that, I think, should be solved not by grammar but meaning. "On the OAC" or…"
Saturday
Erin B. Taylor replied to ryan anderson's discussion The OAC then, and now (toward a renewed, rowdy anthropological democracy)
"Forgot to say - I can easily start an OAC LinkedIn group if you think it's worthwhile. There's definitely a different kind of taking place there, e.g., more of the corporate anth stuff."
Saturday
Erin B. Taylor replied to ryan anderson's discussion The OAC then, and now (toward a renewed, rowdy anthropological democracy)
"John, yes, I like that idea of "places for everybody, but different for different sets of people." Essentially diversification and decentralization. Why the OAC? I get the sense that it has "brand recognition" as a site for…"
Saturday
John McCreery replied to ryan anderson's discussion The OAC then, and now (toward a renewed, rowdy anthropological democracy)
"First, let me second what Erin says about Facebook. To me Facebook is where I keep up with all sorts of people, friends, family and neighbors. I am a sucker for phatic communication; it is literally the "keeping in touch" that draws me…"
Mar 21
Erin B. Taylor replied to ryan anderson's discussion The OAC then, and now (toward a renewed, rowdy anthropological democracy)
"I've started an OAC Communications Strategy in Google Docs. Anyone who has the link can edit it, so go nuts."
Mar 21
Erin B. Taylor replied to ryan anderson's discussion The OAC then, and now (toward a renewed, rowdy anthropological democracy)
"On reflection, I think that "narcissism" is more likely to be found in "intellectual" conversations than on social media. Generally wherever you find people who think they're intellectuals, you find grandstanding, i.e.,…"
Mar 21
Erin B. Taylor replied to ryan anderson's discussion The OAC then, and now (toward a renewed, rowdy anthropological democracy)
"Lee, fascinating description of your impressions of Facebook. Keith, wonderful response. I'd like to build on both. To first summarize my points: What appears superficial is anything but Reciprocity, not narcissisim, dominates exchanges on…"
Mar 21
Keith Hart replied to ryan anderson's discussion The OAC then, and now (toward a renewed, rowdy anthropological democracy)
"Lee, I belong to a list called unlike us (get it?) which exists mai.nly to circulate negative news and opinions about Facebook. Many of the participants belong to 90s generation of geeks who were in effect lords of the internet and now resent that…"
Mar 21
Lee Drummond replied to ryan anderson's discussion The OAC then, and now (toward a renewed, rowdy anthropological democracy)
"  My First Visits to Facebook   Keith,     Until a week ago I had resolutely avoided any contact with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, and other social media.  From what I’d seen and heard of what goes on…"
Mar 21
ryan anderson replied to ryan anderson's discussion The OAC then, and now (toward a renewed, rowdy anthropological democracy)
"I do agree with Erin's point that it might be good to think of the OAC as a project rather than worrying about one particular platform or another.  It may be the case (as Keith has pointed out) that some of the OAC platforms work better…"
Mar 20

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No funding? Don't Go!! (on getting a PhD in anthropology)

Well, it’s that time of year when prospective grad students around the country are anxiously pacing around their mailboxes waiting for responses from all the PhD programs they applied to.  Many are wondering who accepted them, who rejected them, and, of course, if they got funding.  That’s the big question.  Getting a full-funding offer is the highest mark of acceptance and application success.  It’s like getting the golden seal of academic and departmental approval.  It means you’re…

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Posted on March 22, 2014 at 9:18pm — 4 Comments

Seeking contriutions for anthropologies issue about anthropology & war!!

Hey everyone, just a quick post here to let everyone know that we are still looking for contributions to the next issue of anthropologies.  This issue focuses on the relationship(s) between anthropology and war:

http://www.anthropologiesproject.org/p/next-issue.html

Let me know if you're interested in taking part.  Word range is generally between 500-1500, and the deadline is July 20.  We will…

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Posted on June 30, 2013 at 4:46pm

Anthropologies CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The neoliberalized, debt-plagued, low wage, corporatized university (and what can be done about it)

Hey OAC folks,

So the next issue of anthropologies is about the serious problems we are facing in academia and the university system.  The goal of the issue is to highlight some of the problems, and also open up a space to explore solutions, new ideas, or alternatives.  Here's a link to the call for submissions:

http://www.anthropologiesproject.org/p/next-issue.html

Deadline for Submissions: JAN…

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Posted on December 14, 2012 at 7:27pm — 2 Comments

Anthropology, Politics, and #OWS (in light of recent events at UC Davis)

When I see videos like this:

...it makes me think about the borders between academia and politics. Specifically, I'm thinking about anthropology. I don't think that anthropology can be defined in any one way, and I certainly don't think that the discipline (in its many manifestations) is some sort of political party. I don't think that's what…

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Posted on November 20, 2011 at 9:30am — 13 Comments

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At 10:30pm on October 12, 2011, A. Ashkuff said…

Hey, Anderson! I gotta say, your last post "what's wrong with anthropology" was very impressive. On a related note, my Governor, Rick Scott, just proposed slashing anthro school budgets, because anthropologists don't make useful business people.

 

Although I detest the notion, as a business anthropologist, I regretfully admit to understanding his position. Gov. Scott’s a professional VC, anthropologists often have misleading job titles, and anthropology schools really do need to step up their career resource centers.

 

Now, your blog "explores contemporary anthropology through essays, short articles, and opinion pieces written from diverse perspectives." So I wanted to offer you guys reuse rights to my article, written from the perspective of an anthro student and practical businessperson, "Anthropologists Shouldn't Hate Rick Scott, We Should Prove Him Wrong," currently at http://ashkuff.com/akaBlog/?p=5687 . There's no charge, and the article's concise, well cited, and already APA formated. I'm not trying to be presumptuous here, I just respect your writings and wanted to contribute.

 

Thanks for hearing me out.

 

--- Ashkuff

At 12:32am on May 20, 2010, Martin Hoyem said…
Thanks for mentioning American Ethnography on your blog! It's much appreciated!

PS. There's a typo: "... is definitely work a look." I suppose it should be "... is definitely worth a look."
At 8:10pm on May 3, 2010, Martin Hoyem said…
> Would you mind if I posted something about a couple of your projects on my blog???

You should do that. Wait ... "A couple of my projects?" How many projects do I have? :)

> In other news, I think you might like this work of this LA-based photographer. His work is damn good: http://wrobertangell.blogspot.com/

Great photos!
At 9:44pm on May 2, 2010, Keith Hart said…
Glad it was of some use, Ryan. The Ning thing preoccupies us, but we wait for an announcement of their new terms and conditions.
At 12:01am on May 2, 2010, Keith Hart said…
Fall at the earliest, maybe early 2011.
At 5:08pm on April 4, 2010, Keith Hart said…
Justin suggested that I cross-post stuff from my blog, but I felt it wasn't a real blog. What you have done is much more promising. We can invite members who are already bloggers to cross-post here. I have a response to your post, but I'll save it for later.
At 4:31pm on April 4, 2010, Keith Hart said…
Thanks, Ryan. It was your idea really. All we have to do now is to persuade one or two others to do the same. Perhaps then we will get nearer to individuals doing their partly synthetic thing on the home page without asking people to sign up for a common manifesto.
At 11:52pm on March 8, 2010, Keith Hart said…
I submitted the manuscript two days ago!
At 6:46pm on March 8, 2010, Keith Hart said…
Hi Ryan, Nice blog post at Ethnografix. As it happens, I sent off a text on economic anthropology to the publishers this weekend.No obligation of course, but you might find something in it. It took a lot of effort and a long time to write, partly because my co-author insisted on a dumbing down strategy and I wanted to go the other wayHann&Hart Econanth 6 March revised.doc. You will see. Keith
At 3:34am on October 13, 2009, Michael Heneise said…
Ryan Anderson - I held these photographs in a drawer for nearly 4 years because I had no information about the persons I was photographing. I was in the restricted autonomous district of Karbi Anglong in Eastern Assam studying Karbi music and musical instruments. At the time there were atrocities committed against rural Karbi people a few hours north of Diphu (these were never reported in the Indian or Western media). I was invited (seen as a neutral party) to be involved in the writing of a peace accord that was then adopted by leaders representing the Karbis and Kukis inhabiting the conflict area. In any event, I had only one afternoon to roam the Diphu marketplace to buy some fresh fruit and to capture some images of the market place. These images are of people of infinite value and worth - deserving of an opportunity to share their stories. But this could not happen then. Perhaps in sharing a bit about this place unknown to so many people, more would come to appreciate the intersection of Indigenous and Dravidian cultures. My attempt was to capture images of beauty and dignity in the people of Diphu - never to do them harm. But I like your approach and your critique - 100% valid and appreciated. Next time I'll do better (smile)
 
 
 

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