Producing Anthropology of Palestine-Israel

Discussing the Calls for an Academic Boycott at the Annual Meeting What does it mean to produce anthropology in Palestine-Israel, to conduct fieldwork there, to write ethnographies of the hopes, dreams, and lives dwelling there, and to contribute to debate about politics and projects targeting them? Viewing this year’s annual conference theme, “Producing Anthropology,” from […]

Contesting the Terms of Inclusion

Kichwa Midwives Challenge State Commitment to Indigenous Rights There is an increased controversy on the role of indigenous midwives in the health of communities in Ecuador. Although they continue to be primary birth attendants within this population, they have, in the past, been largely excluded from the national health care system with little recourse for […]

Cold War(s) Then and Now

Reflections from the Undergraduate Classroom In February 2014, when I taught an anthropology seminar on “Globalization and Social Change” at Luther College my home country, Ukraine, was in the middle of the worst political crisis since its independence in 1991.  For the first time since the Soviet era, people were dying in protests against a […]

Imagining Ethiopia

Dichotomies of Rights and Development Dichotomies As an applied anthropologist working in Ethiopia, I have found that it is very difficult to sort out the real and the ideal, the fact and the legend. What I do know is that the nation and its people are understood better if certain dichotomies are critically evaluated. The […]

Selling the Language Gap

False Premises, False Promises You may have read recently about a novel approach to solving inequality (eg, here and here). First, strap an electronic device onto the clothes of disadvantaged children and measure the paltry amount of language they hear in their everyday lives (both the clothes and the device are available online from www.lenafoundation.org […]

Social Politics of the Floods in the Former Yugoslavia

A massive natural disaster hit Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in May 2014.  Disastrous floods followed several days of torrential rains.  Whole towns and villages were devastated; thousands of people were displaced.  Experts estimate the material damage in the billions of US dollars.  Both human and countless animal lives have been lost. For those affected, the […]

Sport: Pleasure and Violence, Competition and Sociality

2014, the year in which this issue of Open Anthropology is being published, may be remembered for two key events in which sports, state power, money and violence all came together. The first was the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi (Russia), an extravagant event that at a reputed cost of $51 billion, broke all records […]

Street Protests and Electronic Media in Brazil

Views from Small Towns and Villages* From June through September 2013, tens to hundreds of thousands protestors flooded the streets of cities and small towns in Brazil in a forceful, if somewhat unfocused protest against the government and its public services policies. While these events unfolded, we were in the middle of an NSF-funded project […]

Future of NGO Studies

Last fall, over 150 anthropologists from 17 different countries descended upon Chicago to convene The Future of NGO Studies, the first conference on NGO scholarship in anthropology. The conference took place November 19–20, 2013 and was hosted by the Erwin W Steans Center for Community Based Service Learning at DePaul University and the Center for […]

An Interview with Paul Nchoji Nkwi, Father of Cameroonian Anthropology

Lessons from Post-colonial Africa Introduction Paul Nchoji Nkwi is considered the father of Cameroonian Anthropology. I met him in January 2014 while I was in the city of Bamenda in the Anglophone region of Northwest Cameroon for a Fulbright Specialist Assignment where I delivered lectures on social entrepreneurship, anthropological research methods, peacebuilding and grant writing […]