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Added by Tame Ramya (Tarh) on November 13, 2010 at 10:14pm — 1 Comment

Derridas and Borgeses in Our Village

I used to join chess and scrabble tournaments for women in the city a day by bus from our village, just so I could use my prizes to buy every book by or about Derrida, my very first dalliance with postmodernism. I would lie about my age so I could join in adult divisions where the prizes were twice than those in teen…


Added by M Izabel on November 13, 2010 at 7:18am — 1 Comment

Popularizing and Localizing Anthropology

In our class in college, we were only ten from the only anthropology department in the Philippines. When someone asked about my major, I would say, “Biology.” When I was honest, the burden of explaining anthropology was always on me, and it was a laborious effort. Anthropology was not a familiar social science degree even on the campus. There were instances when…


Added by M Izabel on November 12, 2010 at 3:10am — 12 Comments

AAA Conference in New Orleans (from the sidelines)

Rex over at Savage Minds has written a post with some special advice for AAA conference-goers on how they can make the best of the human experience by rubbing elbows with semi-celebs and nobodies while ignoring panels and papers as much as possible.

On Twitter and throughout the blogosphere, the anticipatory posts are beginning to appear… Continue

Added by Francine Barone on November 11, 2010 at 6:39pm — No Comments




Added by Tame Ramya (Tarh) on November 11, 2010 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Edward Said, a one-sided referee of globalization

I admire Said's originality but not his myopic criticism and total westernization of the intellectual and visual phenomenon called Orientalism.…


Added by M Izabel on November 8, 2010 at 12:30am — 12 Comments

The Isolated Ethnographer and the Ethnography of Isolation

When I was still hopeful that I would become a novelist a few years ago, I tried to write about an independent anthropologist who wanted to visit China but had no money so she agreed to be a "mule," a paid transporter or carrier of illegal drugs. She was caught and sentenced to…


Added by M Izabel on November 5, 2010 at 10:49pm — No Comments

Letter from Jamaica


Here in Kingston everyone is waiting for tropical storm Tomas, the supposedly softer gentler brother of Nicole, to blow in today and tomorrow. As I write, in the University of the West Indies library, staff are beginning to secure the computers from water damage. As if it hadn't had enough it looks like Haiti will take the brunt of the weather: people in relocation camps - tents hardly equipped for the expected deluge.

My fieldwork site covers two sides of a valley… Continue

Added by Huon Wardle on November 4, 2010 at 5:00pm — 15 Comments

[New book announcement] Envisioning Eden: Mobilizing Imaginaries in Tourism and Beyond

*** Sorry for cross-posting ***

Please circulate this new book announcement. If anybody is interested in purchasing the book, contact the author because he can offer a really great limited-time discount offer.

Envisioning Eden: Mobilizing Imaginaries in Tourism and Beyond

Noel B. Salazar

Berghahn Books, November 2010…


Added by Noel B. Salazar on November 1, 2010 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Mogollon Conference - Day 2

Michele Hegmon of Arizona State University asked us to consider the Classic Mimbres society as "Another Way of Being," and to do so through the archaeological data. She began by contrasting the layouts of Mibres pueblos vs. contemporary structures at Mesa Verde.

Mesa Verde unit pueblos are very uniform in their overall form, and in room size and shape: Room block, kiva, midden. This is suggestive…

Added by Paul Wren on November 1, 2010 at 3:42am — No Comments

2010 Henry Myers Lecture at the RAI PODCAST (for those who missed it)

For those who missed the 2010 Henry Myers lecture by Sir Geoffrey Lloyd at the RAI, you can listen to it as a podcast at the following URL:

Added by René Wolf on October 31, 2010 at 10:06pm — 1 Comment

Listen to a podcast of the Daniel Miller/Matt Cook talk at Birkbeck on 28 October 2010

Dear Members
Daniel Miller and Matt Cook gave a talk entitled 'Home' at Birkbeck College London on 28 October 2010. This event has been recorded and can be listened to/downloaded at the following URL:

Added by René Wolf on October 30, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Playing with Identities

As we pause for a moment between recent debates about prayer and performative acts, stimulated by Phillip Swift's delightful paper on Cosmetic Cosmologies in Japan, and look forward to Daniel Miller's An extreme reading of Facebook, I find myself rummaging through Evernote and stumble across something written last December.… Continue

Added by John McCreery on October 30, 2010 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Citizen Science

As we think about goals and projects for OAC, I'm reminded that scholars in all sorts of fields are trying out new approaches. The reminder is from an email newsletter I receive because, several months ago in a fit of enthusiasm I signed up to participate in GalaxyZoo. Never actually did much. Got too busy with OAC and other things. But, as food for thought, here is that newsletter.



Added by John McCreery on October 29, 2010 at 7:26am — No Comments

On the Light Side

Last night Ruth and I and a couple of friends went to see Wakiyaku Monogatari (Cast Me If You Can, literally "The Bit Player's Tale").

Wakiyaku Monogatari is a romantic comedy whose protagonists are an actor, who always plays second fiddle to the lead and lives in the shadow of his famous playwright father, and a young, aspiring actress. They meet accidentally on a train platform where the actress is being accused of being a pickpocket and the actor saves the…

Added by John McCreery on October 29, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

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

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