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Twitter, social media, social hype?

This is just a quick blog post getting my thoughts out on the current events going on with Iran. Social scientists have come down hard in the blogosphere, over the hype about twitter. They've made sound arguments, particularly of how hype spreads like wildfire (Twitter revolution! and all of that). And I believe they are right. Twitter was not instrumental in the Iranian revolution, but at the same time, the revolution made Twitter instrumental for us to learn about it. In other words, I'm… Continue

Added by Jeremy Johnson on June 21, 2009 at 9:35pm — 8 Comments

Nestbuilding behaviour of Great Apes

Strange that nobody out of nearly 1000 anthropologists responds to the suggestion to discuss nest building behaviour of the Great Apes (Anthropology of Habitat an Architecture). It really seems to be a white surface on the "study-map" of anthropology. Unbelievable!

One individual (Chimpanzee, Bonobo, Gorilla or Orangutan) during about 45 years of practice builds a virtual tower of about 11 times the Eiffeltower in Japan. NO INTEREST!

There are also interesting type… Continue

Added by Nold Egenter on June 21, 2009 at 7:11pm — 3 Comments

Iranian electoral politics and American policy options

For a discussion by ten commentators (myself included) about the current political situation in Iran and American policy options in relation to Iran, see Middle East Strategy at Harvard:

Added by Philip Carl SALZMAN on June 18, 2009 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Culture Machine Liquid Books

If you are interested in open access writing of books, have a look at the Culture Machine Liquid Books. Anyone wants to join in writing an Anthropology Liquid Theory? or on other anthropology liquid themes?

"Culture Machine Liquid Books is a series of experimental digital ‘books’ published under the conditions of both open editing and free content. As such, you are free to compose, rewrite, edit, annotate, tag, add to, remix,… Continue

Added by Àngels Trias i Valls on June 18, 2009 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Latest Edition of the Four Stone Hearth is Live

I've posted the latest installment of the Anthropology Blog Carnival at my blog.

Added by Paul Wren on June 18, 2009 at 12:49am — No Comments

The Obama administration - global warming is "unequivocal and human-induced"

I am shocked the White House officially recognized global warming. It's appalling that world leaders not ignoring science shocks me.

Take action (or some action-like step):

Added by Chris Partridge on June 17, 2009 at 3:41pm — 2 Comments

Aslan: Rafsanjani calls "emergency" meeting of Assembly of Experts. If true, this is a bombshell!

Meeting of Assembly of Experts - - go to the 2:01 AM post

Added by Chris Partridge on June 17, 2009 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Four Stone Hearth Blog Carnival - 69th Edition

For the first time, I'll be hosting the biweekly anthropology blog carnival known as the Four Stone Hearth. If you have a blog representing any of the four fields, please submit a recent post that you think others might find interesting and I'll include it in the carnival.

This is a late notice-- I need to publish this on my blog Wednesday! So please get your submissions in by 7:00pm EST Tuesday… Continue

Added by Paul Wren on June 16, 2009 at 6:05am — 1 Comment

Green OA vs. Gold OA (Open Access)

Mike Smith has a post pointing us to a current debate over the best way to transition to Open Access publication of peer-reviewed articles over at his blog Publishing Archaeology.

Here's a link to to blog post: Green vs. Gold Open Access

Added by Paul Wren on June 13, 2009 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Antrocom: new issue online!

Finally, we published the new issue of Antrocom, Online Journal of Anthropology! :)


L’unico ribelle. Il profeta Wraps-up-his-tail e l’identità Crow


Re-thinking the contributions of Dean Maccannell. A new theory of leisure class placed under debate


Correlates of Family Cultural Background and Family Status and Role Between Muslim and Santal Communities in Rural Bangladesh

EMAJ… Continue

Added by Moreno Tiziani on June 13, 2009 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Genetic Data, Cultural Affiliation, and Prehistoric Populations: What We Know and Don't Know

Prehistoric Populations, Genetic Data, and Cultural Affiliation with Native American Indians

The use of genetic data in forensic science, demographic and population history, archaeology, and a variety of other disciplines has been one of the most rewarding advances in recent times. Allowing for a level of detail and traceability not found in the other methods used by these disciplines, genetic data… Continue

Added by Peter N. Jones on June 5, 2009 at 11:38pm — 1 Comment

600 Members

Arbitrary though it may be (it's only a round number because we happen to represent our numbers in base 10), 600 seems like a significant milestone.

I'm really pleased to see that some of the groups are really taking off: Starting collaborative projects, planning seminars, creating Wiki sites to store their collaborative fruits.

I wish I had more time to join and keep up with every group!

I hope that everyone finds what they're looking for at OAC, and if they… Continue

Added by Paul Wren on June 5, 2009 at 8:20pm — No Comments

An Altermodern Anthropology

In the past months, through twitter Anthropologies and other virtual encounters I have found myself using the concepts of Altermodernity set up by Nicolas Bourriaud. Altermoderity is a theoretical concept to define the scope of the answer to the question. What is after postmodernity?

Altermodernity, or what comes after postmodernity, builds up through a genesis of cultural journeys of diasporas, of which, online and virtual communities,… Continue

Added by Àngels Trias i Valls on June 1, 2009 at 12:05pm — 12 Comments

What Social Web Services do Anthropologists need? Part 3: Digg for Anthro Journals

One of the things I think the AAA does very poorly is to promote interesting academic work in our discipline. Blogs are out there, but to be honest, it is a lot of work writing up a blog post about academic research and so even on a site like Savage Minds, we don't do as much of that as we would like to. I notice that the other anthro blogs don't fare much better. So what I'd like to see in the way of social network tools for anthropologists is something like Digg for academic research… Continue

Added by Kerim Friedman on June 1, 2009 at 4:46am — 3 Comments

Open Access Anthropology

It occurred to me that many of the people joining OAC may be unaware of the work we have been doing over at Open Access Anthropology. There is also a Google Group for OAA. This is more narrowly focused than OAC, encouraging anthropologists to publish in Open Access journals and to practice self archiving.

See… Continue

Added by Kerim Friedman on May 31, 2009 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

What Social Web Services do Anthropologists need? Part 2: Open Systems

I mentioned these over on Keith Hart's page, but I think they deserve a repost:

One of the goals I see for OAC is to facilitate organizing of peer reviewed journals and academic conferences outside of, or in addition to, those official ones which happen within various associations, such as the AAA. For this I see two great resources:

1. Open Journal Systems

2. Open Conference… Continue

Added by Kerim Friedman on May 30, 2009 at 5:05am — 5 Comments

What Social Web Services do Anthropologists need? Part 1: Geolocation Data

There are two geolocation services I think would do a lot to help anthropologists: 1. Information about existing research which pertains to the current region, and 2. data on the presence of researchers currently in a particular location.

The second one already exists, in a way, in Google Latitude, which will tell you where your friends are at a given moment. But my idea would be to be able to see on a map the presence of any member of OAC on a map, so that we could better facilitate… Continue

Added by Kerim Friedman on May 30, 2009 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Is OAC too Web2.0 for its own good?

I'm amazed at the number of people who have joined and added content to OAC here on ning. Truly awe-inspiring. However, I have to say that I worry a lot about the platform. I never liked Facebook much and Ning seems like a poor imitation of Facebook. Will OAC devolve into people answering quizzes: "Which anthropology network am I?" I personally prefer Google Groups because of its simplicity, and the fact that people can use it as they like: via e-mail, via RSS, or via the web. I find that… Continue

Added by Kerim Friedman on May 30, 2009 at 2:04am — 14 Comments

Contemporary Slavery

Dear friends,

I would like to share the following UNESCO-report by Dr. Joel Kirk from 2008 with you, Unfinished Business: A Comparative Survey of Historical and Contemporary Slavery: The sale of children, child labour, child soldiers, human trafficking, organised prostitution, etc., spring immediately to mind as modern forms of slavery.

The is a direct… Continue

Added by Bernhard Bierlich on May 29, 2009 at 3:40pm — 9 Comments

The Pacific Garbage Patches: Pollution and Environmental Publics

This is an idea for a paper. Comments are welcome, but keep in mind that these ideas are at a very provisional stage.

The "Great Pacific Garbage Patches" are two massive collections of plastic flotsam that have accumulated in the North Pacific Gyre, one in the Sea of Japan and the other off the coast of Hawaii. They are the product of central vortexes in the Ocean where… Continue

Added by Josh Reno on May 29, 2009 at 5:00am — 8 Comments

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