Trouble on the Hill

First, I need to situate this with a little autoethnography. As someone who has spent his entire adult life in the American higher education system, the events at Chapel Hill would have been highly disturbing, just as were those at Penn State a few years ago, apart from any rooting interest one might have in […]

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions: Myths and Slogans

The call for AAA to boycott Israeli universities is based on misrepresentations of the actual practices of Israeli universities and on intellectual distortions being proliferated in the academy, including anthropology. Many thousands of Israeli Arabs are integrated in Israeli higher education and they advocate for an even greater share in it. One-third of the undergraduate […]

Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israeli Institutions

In its best moments, anthropology is a discipline that is dedicated to social justice. It is a discipline that has historically stood up for marginalized peoples around the world. Anthropologists have not always lived up to these best ideals, of course, and the history of our discipline includes cooperation with colonial and imperial regimes and […]

Why a Boycott is a Bad Idea

At the annual Business Meeting this year, the members of the American Anthropological Association will, without doubt be asked to consider a boycott, of Israeli academic institutions, which, in effect, would be a boycott of Israel anthropologists, scholars and students, and those scholars from other countries who work in Israel . In actuality , the […]

The Annual Meeting, in the Palm of Your Hand

In a continuing effort to bring a more eco-friendly conference, the AAA is offering a green registration at a reduced rate—and reduced paper count. With the green registration, you will not automatically receive a paper program, but you will have access to the mobile application program. The Mobile App will be available to everyone with […]

World on the Move: Migration Stories

“In order to understand history it is necessary to know not only how things are, but how they have come to be.” Franz Boas, “The Methods of Ethnology,” 1920 The phrase, “World on the Move” captures a characteristic of “how things are” today, a point in time nearly half way through the second decade of […]

Ferguson: An American Story

By now the story is familiar to many. In Ferguson, MO, a town of less than 16,000 people, Michael Brown, an 18-year old was walking in the middle of a residential street. He ignored police officer’s Darren Wilson order to move out of the street. Apparently, a struggle of some kind ensued. Brown retreated and […]

Beheaded: An Anthropology

What can anthropology tell us about the beheading of two American journalists by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL)? Anthropologists have been mostly silent so far, but with the US government escalating its intervention in Iraq and Syria, they should be more forthcoming.* There are at least three ways that this […]

Ferguson and the Right to Black Life

On March 19, 1935, the white manager of WH Kress & Co five-and-dime store on 125th Street in Harlem apprehended a 16-year-old Puerto Rican boy, allegedly for shoplifting a pocketknife. The teenager, Lino Rivera, was tackled and dragged by the manager and his staff to the store’s basement to await the police. Black customers, fearful […]

The Violence of the Status Quo

Michael Brown, Ferguson and Tanks Years ago I thought about writing a paper I would call “The Violence of the Status Quo.” I never wrote that paper. Perhaps now is the time—although it would have been appropriate any time in the last 500 years of US history. Michael Brown, yes, and as of August 19 […]