If Not Us, Then Who?

A Case for Paying It Forward in Anthropology A few months before starting a new job as president of a residential research institute that primarily supports anthropology and Native American Studies, I ran into an old friend, an accomplished scholar whose career had been advanced by a fellowship at the very institution I was about […]

Site and Motion of Graffiti

Graffiti is part of public visual culture that can represent a political stance or serve as an art form. An Anthropological documentation in a specific geographic site and an artist’s analysis of motion in the creative process considers the impact graffiti has on a sense of public space. I have chosen these two approaches, which […]

Why You Should Consider Applying for the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

Are you about to complete your PhD and want to do something other than become an adjunct? Or are you perhaps safely tenured but want to make a contribution in government rather than in academia? (“Ask not what your country can do for you…”) Or maybe you’re just curious and would like to find out […]

Ethnographic Fieldwork Equipment That (Hopefully) Won’t Break the Bank: Digital Cameras

Digital Cameras In the first installment of “Ethnographic Fieldwork Equipment That (Hopefully) Won’t Break the Bank,” we examined a series of digital audio recording devices ranging in price from $100 to over $400. This time, we consider both digital single-lens reflex—or DSLR—and mirrorless cameras. As with the previous entry in this four part series, this column […]

Connecting Buffalo

My research is aimed at the ways in which people interact with space in downtown Buffalo, New York. I have completed over a year of preliminary ethnographic research and have begun to write my thesis. While conceptualizing my ideas, I am struggling to include the numerous social topics that arise while conducting my work. Although my […]

Introduction to the Series “Social Movements in Japan”

Contributing Editors’ Note: We present our next Society for East Asian Anthropology (SEAA) article series on the social movements that are presently occurring in Japan, with David H Slater (Sophia U) as this series’ curator. What follows is his introduction to the context and content of the four forthcoming reports in this series. The triple […]

Experiential Learning

Teaching Ethnography at the Border Experiential Learning at Colorado College At Colorado College we follow a unique schedule, known as the Block Plan. As part of our Block Plan, our academic year is divided into eight, three and a half week, blocks. Each block students take one course, and it is the only course that […]

Gender, Education and the Drive for Well-Being in Belize

I was flooded with memories last January as I stepped into the rural high school on Ambergris Caye, Belize. Nearly two decades earlier, I had begun dissertation research here regarding the health and well-being of the first mass high school-educated cohort of young women in the tourism-centric region. On my first day of fieldwork, the […]

Two Anthropologists Look beyond Diplomacy for a Peace Framework in South Sudan

Sharon E Hutchinson (U Wisconsin–Madison) and Naomi R Pendle (London School of Economics and Political Science) have just published “Violence, legitimacy, and prophecy: Nuer struggles with uncertainty in South Sudan” in American Ethnologist. Their article is particularly timely because July 2015 marks the fourth anniversary of independence for South Sudan, which is the world’s newest […]

At the Margins of Celebrity Culture

Criminalizing the Latina/o Paparazzi of Los Angeles With all of the focus today on the treatment of Latinas/os as “illegal” under US immigration law, it is easy to overlook the ways that Latinas/os in the US can also face forms of illegalization through labor that they perform. One example, whose work is widely familiar but […]