yes keith - i would suggest right off the top your directorial team define a set of anthropology terms - topics and institutes - and site designer/programmer build a news feed aggregator, perhaps a navigation colulm tag cloud of these anthropological news feed to both increase visilibity for oac and add content automatically.
There is a new language emerging out of the InterNet, the Engineered Central OnLine Technologies created by Google, and Googling and its impact upon the English language has already been felt at every Ivy league institutution world wide. You will see more dramatic twists in the next four years and anthropologists - the entire field - if not brought up on in the use of the InterNet and basic computer programing, [ content;- metagging usages; techno-syntaxing and their co - functionings which is derived from binary numbers functioning ] after 1994 will find themselves in greater funding difficulty. There is just as likely further modifications to the English language created by the infusions of Arabic and Chinese idoms and expression elements and will start to surface by the year 2018 - 2024.
Ask yourself this question and the pass on these questions to others you know as well.
What happened to human civilization when one peoples created their own alphabet? How long did it take those who existed adajcent to their borders to create their own? What was the resultant change in their languages? Can these three leading questions and their answers have any relationship to what is now happening impacted by the techno-infused cultural communication dynamic of the Internet and computer programing? And then what has happened to the English language as a result?
Right now there exists a growing crises within the English language.
Then you will come to face to face what is happening now. I have decided to become part of it.
I've just got notice of Open Anthropology Cooperative and I immediately decided to join! I'm still learning about the site, but I'm looking forward to interact with your network. Thanks for the welcome!
I'm doing my first steps here in the network, so I might not always know what the best place is to post some information. Also, it does not seem possible to link to individual comments on the Comment Wall - that would facilitate cross-posting.
Thanks for the welcome, Keith. For the moment, I am basically just having a look at your network, but if you think my background could be useful somewhere, please let me know. For instance, one could think of having a systematic look at the coverage of anthropological topics in wikis. My anthropological knowledge is not developed enough that I could do it alone, but if some of you would join the endeavour, we might come up with something useful. I did a similar overview for permafrost a while back.
Keith, I could be wrong, but I had the sense that one needed to be an ASA member in order to log in to the site and then post comments, hence my returning to OAC to leave a note. If I have that wrong, please let me know. Warm wishes, Jason
Thank you for your guidance. It has provided me with some valuable insight in the field as well as help channel my energy towards a specific goal. I believe I share your view in that we live in an exciting age. Not only is it a digital revolution but the Age of Massive Information. And this is only the beginning. In the decades to come, I can only hope that my accomplishments in anthropology will be mentioned in the same halls as yours will.
Right. I mean that my French-speaking Russian colleague is shut out of discussions that take place in English. Are you publishing works of Meillasoux in French or in English? I should have asked before.
Thanks, Keith. Interesting. Arsenev speaks only Russian and French - language can definitely form barriers in academia. He is also publishing some of Meillasoux's work, but in Russian (he translates it himself). He said something about a Meillasoux "society" that is forming up.
Keith, I only just noticed that you are in Paris. Are you familiar with a Russian anthropologist from the Kunstkamera who is an Africanist - Vladimir Arsenev? He frequents Paris and was a mentoree (is a champion) of Claude Meillasoux.
Thanks Keith--the new programme seems an overwhelming maelstrom at the moment, but we certainly pulled in a great, diverse inaugural class, and despite the bureaucratic tribulations of the early term we couldn't have asked for a more invigorating launch.