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john@oac

Reflections on Sunbelt XXX


I spent last week in Riva del Garda, a spectacularly beautiful Italian resort town that lies in what used to be part of the southern Tyrol, i.e., part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until it was ceded to Italy in 1918, at the end of WWI. I was there for the 30th annual Sunbelt conference, the annual meeting of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA), to present the latest findings from my ongoing research on…
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Added by John McCreery on July 5, 2010 at 6:23pm — No Comments

Dealing with THE GAP

Rex over at Savage Minds recently wrote a short post about the "relevance gap" in anthropology. Pretty important topic, if you ask me. Here is the money quote:



"The time it takes for academics to study, write, and publish something about a current event is about the same amount of time it takes to enroll a cohort of students too young…
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Added by ryan anderson on June 28, 2010 at 7:48pm — 4 Comments

Class and Status

In a thread entitled "Updating the Anthropological Act for the 21st Century," I made the claim that there is a disjuncture between institutional frameworks and critical frameworks.

Currently, I'm working on a write-up for a survey that I've developed for a service offered at my small institution. Item 1 on the…

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Added by Joel M. Wright on June 23, 2010 at 10:04pm — 2 Comments

john@oac

Theories and Tools


The following is something I wrote for a thread on Savage Minds. The topic is the relation of theory to ethnography. In it I recommend that we take seriously the metaphor that likens anthropological theories to tools and see training in anthropology as preparing people with a toolkit filled with a rich diversity of tools, some of which may prove useful…
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Added by John McCreery on June 22, 2010 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

CFP ICAS AAS, Honolulu 2011 – Asian border-crossing mobilities: On the road to (self)development

Special Joint Conference of the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) and Association for Asian Studies (AAS) – 70 years of Asian Studies

Honolulu, Hawaii, 31 March–3 April 2011



PANEL – Asian border-crossing mobilities: On the road to (self)development



Conveners:

Pál Nyíri (Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands): P.Nyiri@fsw.vu.nl

Noel B. Salazar (University of Leuven, Belgium): Noel.Salazar@soc.kuleuven.be

Discussant:

Biao Xiang… Continue

Added by Noel B. Salazar on June 20, 2010 at 8:03pm — No Comments

The Brazilian Educational Project

A short video (5min) has been published describing the mission and objectives of the Brazilian Educational Project. For those interested, it can be found at: http://www.box.net/shared/jilip66h2t

Added by Neil Turner on June 18, 2010 at 1:29am — No Comments

Dr.H.M.Maralusiddaiah

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Anthropological Survey of India


Ministry of Culture

Government of India

Manav Bhavan

Bogadi

Mysore 570…
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Added by Dr.H.M.Maralusiddaiah on June 17, 2010 at 11:46am — No Comments

keith@oac

The mysterious disappearance of blog posts



It is now ten days since someone made a blog post here and our most prolific blogger departed with all her posted material. It is hard to imagine that the two things were not somehow related to a decision by the Admins (including me) to take current blog posts off the home page and replace the box there with one featuring posts selected by us.



We took this step because… Continue

Added by Keith Hart on June 17, 2010 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

International Journal of Business Anthropology

Dear colleague,



We would like to inform you about the International Journal of Business Anthropology, a newly created peer-reviewed referral journal in the field of business anthropology to be published by the North American Business Press biannually. We planned to have our first issue printed earlier next year and would like to invite you to submit papers for publication.



Greetings, Alfons



Prof.Dr Alfons van Marrewijk

Professor of Business Anthropology |…

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Added by alfons van marrewijk on June 7, 2010 at 11:10pm — 3 Comments

Theorising conceptions of 'the ancestors'

One of the most significant reasons contemporary Pagans I have interviewed are concerned about prehistoric human remains relates to the spiritual significance of 'the ancestors'.

From my own engagements with contemporary Paganism I have conceptualised three categories of ancestors:

Ancestors of blood - our direct genetic ancestors

Ancestors of tradition - those people who have shared our beliefs and influenced our ideas

Ancestors of place - those people…

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Added by William Rathouse on June 4, 2010 at 4:34pm — 1 Comment

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Added by Dr. Alok Chantia on June 1, 2010 at 3:42am — 2 Comments

High time for Hermes to take back hermeneutics

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In the year 415 BC, there took place one of the most infamous episodes in the history of ancient Athenian religious politics. Residents of… Continue

Added by Philip Swift on May 31, 2010 at 3:33am — 46 Comments

Clarity and Surprises

In a commonsense frame of mind, we are likely to assume that clarity eliminates surprises. If only we can be perfectly clear, what we know will be unimpeachable.* Science teaches a different lesson. Clarity is a framing that exposes gaps in our knowledge, gaps through which surprises appear. We reach a perfectly clear conclusion; then reality…
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Added by John McCreery on May 31, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Academia, Anthropology, and HTS: Two Recent Posts Worth Reading

First, read through this post over at Savage Minds. Be sure to read the comments as well. Then, go read this post over at Zero Anthropology.



What is HTS? How should… Continue

Added by ryan anderson on May 29, 2010 at 10:52pm — 5 Comments

Material Culture Studies: a reactionary view

I've published the Introduction to The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies on my blog, under a Creative Commons License. The paper, written with Mary C. Beaudry, is online here

Full details of the book, including the Table of Contents, are… Continue

Added by Dan Hicks on May 29, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Photographs and Anthropology: Context Matters

The above photograph was taken in the summer

of 2005 at an anti-war rally in downtown San Diego.



The above photograph was taken in the summer of 2004

during a trip that…
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Added by ryan anderson on May 27, 2010 at 3:30am — No Comments

Extraterritoriality and anthropological knowledge: the case of 'President' Coke and Tivoli Gardens

'Extraterritoriality' has legal usage as the state of being exempt from local law. Some years ago I used 'extraterritoriality' to describe another, imaginative, state of exemption - how ordinary Jamaicans told adventure stories about personal transport out of social-political conditions on the island. Those stories were shaped by the actual movements of friends and relatives to, especially, New York, London and Toronto. However, Jamaican social scientist Obika Gray has used the word in a…

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Added by Huon Wardle on May 26, 2010 at 12:00pm — 31 Comments

the universality of consummatum est, it is finished.



Consummatum est; it is done, finished, ended, consumed. The significance of endings and beginnings is old in anthropology. Van Gennep marshaled the logic adding to it an all important image – sure enough there can be no 'self' without beginnings and endings (or vice versa) - and the primary metaphor of end and initiation is a doorway or threshold (limen…

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Added by Huon Wardle on May 18, 2010 at 3:30pm — 26 Comments

Reflective analysis on cultural practice in Africa

Recently I posted a link to a very interesting essay by Alan Fiske "Learning a culture the way informants do: observing, imitating, and participating" (2000). The paper generated a fair amount of back and forth on whether or not members of any culture reflect on their own cultural practices in equal degree, so much so that Alan Fiske was asked by Neil Turner to to justify some of Fiske's observations and arguments… Continue

Added by Jacob Lee on May 16, 2010 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

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