Paths Not Taken

Ethnographic Terminalia and Career Choices There is something about the AAA meetings that lends itself to reflection, which also seems fitting as we kick off a new year. It could be the timing. Typically held in the run-up to Thanksgiving, this year AAA was held between the major holidays, and there was a sense that […]

Towards Emancipatory Education Across Nations

In dialogue with Pablo Imen, member of the Latin American Educational Emancipatory Network The Cooperative Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, took an initiative a few years ago: networking to construct a common agenda around emancipatory educational practices. Building upon the work of several different educational groups composed by principals, teachers, and other educational workers, this […]

2014 AAA Photo Contest

This year AAA continued its popular photo contest with more submissions and votes than ever before. This year we experimented with new technology, including using Facebook to vote as a means of opening up the voting pool to non-members. For the most part it was a grand success! While all the photographs submitted were striking […]

Remixing 20th Century Media

The Ethnographic Terminalia curatorial collective explored the concept of crossing disciplines with an exhibition of anthropological research and contemporary art practices pertaining to archives. The week-long exhibition, Bureau of Memories: Archive & Ephemera , was held jointly with the 113th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) at Hierarchy DC, an active gallery and event […]

Bulgaria’s Guerrilla Girl

In May of 1944, Bulgaria was at war with the United States, France, and Great Britain, and occupied large swaths of Northern Greece and Eastern Yugoslavia.  Across the country, rag-tag bands of guerrillas resisted the Nazi-allied Bulgarian monarchy.  In response to the growing threat of internal insurrection, King Boris III’s government deployed the gendarmerie to […]

Anthropology on the Long Tail

Small Big Data? Of the many hyperbolic predictions in bestselling books devoted to big data, none is more astounding than Mayer-Schönberger’s and Cukier’s claims that big data will eliminate the need for sampling (why sample when you’ve got all the data?). But here’s the thing. We don’t have all of the data. Let’s look at […]

Holes in the Gender Gap

The Global Gender Gap Report 2014 is out.  A total of 142 countries are listed according to what the World Economic Forum defines as gender equality and inequality in health, education, economy and politics.  If you are from Iceland, there is good news beyond the long arctic cold.  You are number one, followed in succession […]

Food for all in Latin America

Access to food is critical in several Latin American countries.What have been the self-organized responses to accessing food for all in Latin America? How have some of the governmental administrations responded to these issues? Over the past twenty years, peasants and rural families organized as worldwide coalitions or movements such as Vía Campesina. Other coalitions, […]

Going to Pottery Barn

When the U.S. decided to liberate Iraq only a decade ago, Secretary of State Colin Powell issued a warning behind the closed doors and to the closed minds of the war planners. It was the Pottery Barn rule: you break it and you own it.  Before Pottery Barn broke on the mall scene, I remember […]

Public Sector Anthropology and the Annual Meeting

  As the annual meeting of our organization approaches, my e-mail inbox fills up with messages about exciting sessions and calls for papers, notes from friends and colleagues inquiring about coffee dates and committee meetings.  And yet, despite longstanding investment in “the AAAs,” I’m not going this year.  Many constituent groups within AAA have been […]