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For Tuche*

(found poem)

Techne is universal.

In the logic of Maths,

10 x 10 =100



and forever.

In Euclidean Geometry,

a L » 90º

of a circle.

In the conventions

of Physics

the freezing point of water

is always °C

Techne is settled knowledge.

The Pythagorean theorem

a2 + b2 = c2


Added by Achirri Ishmael on October 28, 2010 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Around the Infonosphere

Originally posted on my blog at Around the Infonosphere is my regular report on the stuff I've found or have been reading out there in the infonosphere.

Philosopher Mandel Cabrera over at Lexilalia discusses the… Continue

Added by Jacob Lee on October 26, 2010 at 7:39am — No Comments

Spanish & Anthropology Abroad in Argentina, Chile, and Peru

Dear OAC, I got this because I'm a student member of AAA and thought I'd post in here for anyone interested. I am not affliated with this program and you'll need to email/call/mail them directly with any questions you may have.




Spanish Schools in Argentina, Chile, and Peru…


Added by Valerie Feria Isacks on October 26, 2010 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Performativity in Action

There's something wrong with the picture above. The text on the wall said, "Peeing is prohibited here," yet the guy did his thing. It's easy to put all the blame on the guy who did the action. With performativity, we can blame the text. We can question why the text, in this case, written in red, big capital letters, and simple language did not work. Was the text just a toothless graffiti or a…


Added by M Izabel on October 25, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments

Performativity: Embodying Texts

I'm not an expert of performance theory, but I do understand its significance specially in myth and folklore, religion and ritual, and aesthetics and technology. Humans are not only talkers but actors or doers as well. performance theory or performativity does not aim to value text or speech more than body or action. They are inseparable.

I have observed in indigenous communities how words are meaningless when they are treated only as texts. We have a lot of idioms in…

Added by M Izabel on October 23, 2010 at 8:30pm — 7 Comments

A Five-Minute Talk


Added by John McCreery on October 21, 2010 at 7:05am — 3 Comments

Mogollon Conference - Day 1

After leaving Phoenix at 6:00 am and discovering somewhere along the way that New Mexico is currently in a different (i.e. later) time zone, I somehow still made it to the conference in Las Cruces just in time for the first presentation following the lunch break.

Chuck Adams from the UofA kicked off a series of presentations on the use of space for rituals in the pueblos. Adams is the director of the Homol'ovi…

Added by Paul Wren on October 20, 2010 at 4:51am — No Comments

The RAI's Education Outreach Programme has launched an Anthropology of Sport Photo Contest

The RAI is looking for photos (black and white or colour) which explore the following themes: Globalisation, Identity and The Body

The competition is open to anyone itnerested in anthropology, photography and sport.

All short-listed and winning contestants will have their work published in

RAI educational materials. In addition, for each thematic category a

£50 gift voucher will be awarded to the winning photograph.…


Added by Nafisa Fera on October 19, 2010 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Indiana University and American Folklore Society launch Open Folklore Portal

Oct. 13, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Starting today (Oct. 13), students, researchers and the general public will have free access to scholarship that documents people's everyday lives in communities around the world, in cities as disparate as Bloomington, Indiana, and Banaras, India.

The Open Folklore portal web site,, launched today during the 2010 American Folklore Society meetings in Nashville,… Continue

Added by Jason Baird Jackson on October 16, 2010 at 6:29am — No Comments

Anthropological research and journalism

I have recently re-joined the world of academia after spending three years as a journalist. As a result I have been weighing up the pros and cons of each and I would be interested to hear anyone else’s thoughts. Below are a few ideas about some of the ways the internet has changed journalism.

The best-seller in journalism has always been the base product, the “facts”. The biggest news agencies, like AFP, Reuters, and AP, sell what they call “pure news” or “just the facts”. Facts come… Continue

Added by Nathan Dobson on October 8, 2010 at 6:09pm — 4 Comments

Kushite Migration to Lake Chad

The best research on this is the work of Robert Blench, here:

Added by Alice C. Linsley on October 6, 2010 at 2:35am — No Comments

DNA Confirmation of Kushite Migration

Research verifiying the Genesis record of Kushite migration from Africa into Eurasia can be found here:…


Added by Alice C. Linsley on October 5, 2010 at 4:08am — No Comments

Situation Theory and Situation Semantics

In August OAC's Oscar González wrote in the Theory for Anthropology group that:

If somebody wants to arrange information for comparing situations looking for cultural signs into them, I think that Situation theory offers a language with capabilities for writing ethnographic information down and make formally well written comparisons.…


Added by Jacob Lee on October 4, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

looking for information on Bob Denard in the Comoros / implications in local tourism industry

Can anyone of you tell me about the relations between Bob Denard and the

hotel industry in the Comoros? I noticed that the Galawa hotel (the

islands' largest international hotel during the 1990s) is/was only a few hundred meters from Denard's former house. Or can anyone send me a link, or direct me to an author who has written about this? The Galawa opens in 1989; which appears to be when Denard was made to leave the

Comoros. Is there a link? The contract with Sun (who exploited… Continue

Added by David Picard on September 28, 2010 at 3:46pm — No Comments

¿Hasta cuándo tu silencio? Testimonios de dolor y coraje

Por Elizabeth Lino Cornejo

Fui llorando al cuartel, allí un guardia me dijo: Te voy a matar, ¿Sabes que lo han traído acá? Yo dije: Si sé, por eso vengo. Él me respondió: No está acá, india, chuta, te voy a disparar. Yo le dije: hazme desaparecer junto a mi hijo.
Esperanza Zavaleta…


Added by Elizabeth Lino C. on September 27, 2010 at 10:01pm — No Comments

Australian Anthropological Society Conference 2010

I have finally managed to get to my first Anthropology conference, and it was worth it in more ways than I expected.

What will follow is my version of events. The conference was held over two days, and I got to listen to roughly about 16 speeches. One thing I would say about the conference, is that I wish all the other

speeches had been recorded as there were so many that I wanted to attend

but couldn’t because I was going to others.

The night…


Added by Ainslee Hooper on September 27, 2010 at 1:01am — 9 Comments

Mastery of Self

To master yourself many realizations must be made. One such important realization is the nature of and removal of suffering. Suffering is a huge…


Added by Brooke Anthony Edwards on September 19, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Flex, Slop, Play! a metaphysics for coyote

In an earlier blog post here at the OAC and republished on my personal blog I contemplated how creative adaptive intelligent behavior crucially involves the ability to move in and out of what might be called game-spaces, defined by particular rule-sets or assumptions.… Continue

Added by Jacob Lee on September 18, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Islamaphobia, sexism and American demagoguery in the 21st century

Mainstream media are flooding us with sensationalized images of Americans who fear and hate Islam. Ugly as these images are, there is a deeper brutality. The worst ugliness is in what they are not showing.

There are dangerous blind spots in the media coverage of American

Islam. For instance, there has been a brute blindness to women and to

women's concerns in news coverage of the proposed Islamic Center in New

York City.

At the center of the media firestorm is an…


Added by Betsy Taylor on September 11, 2010 at 8:21pm — 7 Comments

What now? A non-trad anthro student considers the options

As a non-traditional student, I often find myself re-planning my future. A new school year has begun, and for the first time in a long time, I am not registered for any courses.... so something is up, and I need to once again evaluate what my future holds in terms of anthropology.

I have completed all the anthropology coursework for my B.A., and only two Spanish courses stand between me and a relatively useless degree. I'm rapidly approaching 50 years of age, and after some frank… Continue

Added by Paul Wren on September 11, 2010 at 8:47am — 1 Comment

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