Thinking about Refugee Integration in Berlin

Anthropology has had a long and productive conversation around ethics, and the nature of our involvement in the communities we study. In 2014, Briody and Meerwarth Prester issued something of a call to action, challenging us to go beyond the familiar do no harm edict, and commit to doing good. This challenge comes only a few […]

Peer Review and Academic Citizenship: A Call to Our Colleagues

Most of us who earned our degrees before the advent of email remember the thrill of being asked to write our first peer review. We both remember how a typed letter arrived, the request signed in pen by the editor. We quickly typed and mailed a letter saying we were deeply honored, and agreeing to […]

Fish Kills and Protests on the Islands of Chiloé

  Southern Chile’s Archipelago of Chiloé is a region best known for its mythology, historic churches, and communitarian labor practices like the minga. Earlier this month, though, it exploded in political unrest, drawing the attention of the international press. Thousands of protesters blocked roads and set fire to barricades on seaside ramps. Commercial access to […]

Curating Gathering Voices

An Exhibition at the American Philosophical Society On April 15th the American Philosophical Society (APS) opened the third in a series of exhibitions on Thomas Jefferson—a member and president of the Society. Gathering Voices: Thomas Jefferson and Native America explores Jefferson’s collection of Native American and Indigenous languages, and its legacy at the APS. Here, […]

Unsettling Gender Normativities through Dance and Music

The annual Istanbul LGBT Pride Week will kick off at the end of June in Turkey. For the 24th consecutive year, the event will incorporate the traditional parade which will roll down the streets of a historic city that was once the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Every year, crowds in festive attires increase and […]

The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes . . . and a Canal

Anthropology and Nicaragua’s Interoceanic Canal The cab driver sized me (M. Petriello) up, “¿A dónde nos vamos?” (Where are we going?) he asked, assessing the fee and my Spanish simultaneously. After departing, we negotiated typical taxi conversation etiquette, but something felt different from my prior visits to Nicaragua. His speech emanated an immediate and urgent […]

The Nicaraguan Interoceanic Canal and Heritage Protection

Why consultations with Indigenous communities matter The construction of the Nicaragua Interoceanic Grand Canal has garnered only a sporadic interest in the news media, one that does not match the immensity of the project and its potential to affect the natural environment and the lives of those who inhabit the region. As proposed, the canal […]

An Open Letter to the American Anthropologist and Responses

An Open Letter to the American Anthropologist Nadia Abu El-Haj Susan Slyomovics The recent issue of the American Anthropologist included a section presenting nine views on anthropology in Israel. The persons asked to respond to three questions about Israeli anthropology included “all living past heads of the Israel [sic] Anthropological Association,” a group whom Virginia […]

Activating and Deactivating Heritage Symbols

On the Tubman $20 and Other Symbolic Controversies After a long controversy between students and upper-level administration, Yale University decided not to remove the name of John C. Calhoun from their residential community building. Apparently, they only supported efforts to stop using the title “master” to address the faculty members who head these residential communities. […]

Why Do We Ask about Race?

In graduate school, I used to get an email from the registrar every year asking me to log into the system and select my race and religion from a list of options. Why do they want to know this? I thought. What difference does it make to them? So every year I deleted that email […]