Here’s the latest from Silicon Valley. It’s an autonomous ethnographer.
Roxana Wales, recently retired, is a respected corporate ethnographer and research scientist. She was one of the first anthropologists to begin working on corporate ethnographic projects and she has many great stories to tell. This is her prized “anthropological moment,” about being invited to join a NASA team attempting to send a robot to Mars to search for signs and evidence of the existence of past water.
The incompatibility of caregiving and workplace promotion in the United States is widely documented as a challenge to gender diversity in the academy, especially in leadership positions.
How and why we should all go fragrance-free at the Annual Meeting.
We devote this month’s MPAAC column to a responsibility shared by all American Anthropological Association members: awareness of the Association’s Principles of Professional Responsibility. If you haven’t looked at the statement since its 2012 passage, it’s always worth another look.
A young anthropologist visits the reservation.
Chandler Zausner is an undergraduate at the University of Southern California, where he is pursuing a double major at The School of Cinematic Arts (media arts and practice, ‘20) and USC Dornsife (visual anthropology, ‘20). He is interested in documenting unique, marginalized, and disenfranchised communities and recently traveled to Japan for his first international research project on hikkikomori, a culture-bound syndrome of extreme social withdrawal. This is Chandler’s reflection on some of the challenges he faced.
Rates of academic and professional publishing continue to climb—each year some 1.3 million articles are published in scholarly titles. Yet despite that massive output, we know that the products of anthropological knowledge include more than what’s captured in peer-reviewed journals.
The day was hot. The lively sounds of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival surrounded us—speakers presenting on stage, a parade of Catalonian giant puppets, passersby chatting about what to eat for lunch, and music from an Armenian avant-garde jazz band off in the distance.
Palmyra Jackson first joined the AAA in July 2017 as a summer intern after completing her BA in both cultural anthropology and humanities for teaching at Seattle University.