Sounding Home

Syrian Musicians in Istanbul How might music produce of a sense of home for displaced Syrians in Turkey? What is the role of displaced Syrians in the preservation and transformation of their musical traditions? In addressing these and related questions my current research with Syrian musicians in Istanbul hopes to add to our understanding of […]

Being Polyamorous: Part 1

“Hi, I’m Viola and I’m Polyamorous” *Although very open and keen to discuss her experiences and sexual preferences, “Viola” cited bullying and security concerns. Out of respect for her concerns, her name has been changed and no images of her face were taken. As a fan of the anthropologist, Lila Abu-Lughod, when I think about […]

War in Syria and the Refugee Crisis

There are different ways in which the war in Syria and the ensuing refugee crisis can be made sense of anthropologically. When a crisis looms large on the global stage, the tendency is to focus on the immediacy of the crisis at hand and relegate to the background those that preceded it. While we focus […]

The Bone Lab Goes To School

“You’re the lady that taught us about the bones last year,” one of the students exclaimed as I made my way through the door of Bedford Village Public School in Brooklyn, NY. It felt good to be remembered for an anthropology lesson taught over a year ago. My team and I were welcomed into the […]

Letter to the Editor and Response: The Symbolic Violence of Choice

The Symbolic Violence of Fallacious Reasoning To the Editor: Re “The Symbolic Violence of Choice” (In Focus, March 2) On its face, Starrett’s essay resembles any anthropologically grounded think piece. It opens with a quote from a literary classic (Heller’s Catch-22) and cites a sociological construct (Bourdieu’s symbolic violence). It weighs in on a public […]

How to Design a Great Poster

Think Visually First Posters are the perfect invitation to a conversation about your research. Since posters are inherently visual, the key to a strong poster is simplicity—their immediate function is to pique the curiosity of passers-by. Once you have landed an audience, it’s up to you to bring your work to life, to share your […]

Getting Proximate on Israel-Palestine

This month through next, AAA members are voting on a resolution to boycott Israeli Academic Institutions. This is a huge decision and thus it is essential that every AAA member vote in the election that extends from April 15 to May 31. At this very moment—the time of the spring election—the membership’s collective voice on […]

Is Humans of New York’s Refugee Series Public Anthropology?

In his recent open letter to Donald Trump, Brandon Stanton, the self-described journalist and photographer-blogger-author of Humans of New York (HONY), confesses that he tries his “hardest not to be political . . . but that opposing you is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one” (@humansofny, March 14, 2016). Of course, […]

The Tip of an Archaeological Iceberg

Archaeologists have become increasingly skilled at using modern technology to discover, survey, and analyze previously unknown archaeological sites.  This article describes the manner in which magnetometry and ground penetrating radar have enabled scientists to make unprecedented advances in our knowledge about the Neolithic ruins surrounding the iconic circle of bluestone columns known as Stonehenge. Stonehenge, […]

A Tale of Two Syrias

The human misery and destruction created by regime forces bombarding Syrian cities and towns has reinforced the unique status of Damascus. The capital city has remained an eerie oasis of calm, insusceptible to the carnage beyond its borders. In addition, the daily life of its residents continues despite the occasional mortar fire and suicide bombing. […]