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What draws us to anthropology (and why an anthropological education matters)
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Here are the questions, right up front and center: 1) What drew you to anthropology?; 2) What does anthropology offer that might be missing from our education systems? 3) How and why should we teach…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kelly Donivan Apr 8.

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 John McCreery Apr 14.

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.

 

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John McCreery replied to ryan anderson's discussion The OAC then, and now (toward a renewed, rowdy anthropological democracy)
"Coherence is most likely to exist at the area studies level where close comparison of multiple cases makes persuasive generalization possible and there may be agreement among area specialists on what needs studying. Thus, for example, back in the…"
Apr 14
Kelly Donivan replied to ryan anderson's discussion What draws us to anthropology (and why an anthropological education matters)
"I was drawn to anthropology because I also love history. I think that it adds the human aspect to history. I think that our education system in the U.S. could use a smattering of anthropology at various points in the K-12 years. It could also use…"
Apr 8
Stacie Gilmore replied to ryan anderson's discussion The OAC then, and now (toward a renewed, rowdy anthropological democracy)
"Yes, simplify! I am with John. I have interest to stay involved with an anthropological community. However I do not have time to read most of these replies. I only noticed this thread because I get occasional updates from another blog. In other…"
Apr 6
Nathalie Puex replied to ryan anderson's discussion What draws us to anthropology (and why an anthropological education matters)
"thank you Ryan for that debate. Firts of all, my name is Nathalie Puex and I am a PHd in antropology from the Sobrbonne Nouvelle in Paris but I work at the Flacso Argentina. I'm not a graduate in anthropology but in sciences Poltiques from…"
Apr 6
ryan anderson replied to John McCreery's discussion Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"--The Seminar is Underway
"My closing remarks are short. I have a similar take on Ingold's article as M does. I like how she put it: the paper seems familiar to me as well. I'm always game for a good debate, but that's not what this paper led me toward. It…"
Apr 2
John McCreery replied to ryan anderson's discussion What draws us to anthropology (and why an anthropological education matters)
"Ryan, I partially agree. Articulating the stories and histories that no one else has been willing to hear is, however, only part of what anthropology does as part of the broadest (worldwide, everywhere) and deepest (from hominids to homo…"
Apr 1
ryan anderson replied to ryan anderson's discussion What draws us to anthropology (and why an anthropological education matters)
"John, I guess the thing is figuring out how to make anthro cross more people's minds, no? Related to this post, check out the latest from Jason…"
Apr 1
John McCreery replied to ryan anderson's discussion What draws us to anthropology (and why an anthropological education matters)
"Suggest a look at k-12 education, especially high-school for college-bound kids. My own experience is likely totally out of date, but when I set off for Michigan State in 1962, I knew that I should study more math, science, languages, and history,…"
Apr 1
ryan anderson replied to ryan anderson's discussion What draws us to anthropology (and why an anthropological education matters)
"Thanks Erin. You know what's interesting to me? None of what I am saying comes as a surprise to anyone who has been trained in or studied anthropology--thinking critically about the world, understanding that there are many ways of living,…"
Mar 31
Erin B. Taylor replied to ryan anderson's discussion What draws us to anthropology (and why an anthropological education matters)
"I randomly took medical anthropology at university and within two weeks decided that I would be an anthropologist. It was eye-opening getting to learn about other people's perspectives from the ground level, not just from a distance as was…"
Mar 30
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What draws us to anthropology (and why an anthropological education matters)

Here are the questions, right up front and center: 1) What drew you to anthropology?; 2) What does anthropology offer that might be missing from our education systems? 3) How and why should we teach anthropology (in the academy and outside of it)? 4) When it comes to teaching anthropology at the college/university level, what works--and what doesn't?***I just read this post by Michael Wesch and it…See More
Mar 30
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…"
Mar 24
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…"
Mar 23
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…"
Mar 23
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…"
Mar 22
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."
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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 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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