Buffalo’s Revival

Buffalo, New York has a long-standing and ill-fated reputation for poverty and crime. It has been named one of the poorest and most recently, dreariest cities in America. However, in recent years Buffalo has been transitioning into a new place of social and economic revival. The memories of a booming, industrial, and successful city no […]

Theory in Public Sector Anthropology

In graduate school, my favorite course was titled “History of Anthropological Theory.” The course readings, which required a critical engagement with works written by Foucault, Geertz, Stoler, and V. Turner (to name a few), were invigorating and encouraged me to think in a new way—one that sought out nuances, peeled back layers, and identified seemingly […]

Economic Anthropology, Economics and the Social Sciences

Can We Talk? On the January 7, 2015, Erin Taylor (Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa) posed a question on the SEA listserv: A colleague just commented to me that economists don’t tend to read anthropology. This caused me to wonder why. Are they not interested? Or is it that they don’t know […]

Looking for Anthropology in All the Right Places

Findings from the Anthropology Education Task Force Preface from AAA President Monica Heller: This extraordinarily productive task force has set a high bar for AAA’s aspirations. Our enhanced presence in K-14 education and museums will contribute to global citizenship and civic engagement; it will also assure a vibrant and transformative future for our discipline. The […]

Religion is not Archaeology

Unless you are hibernating without a cellphone or internet in Siberia, you have heard a lot about ISIS, a.k.a. the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and its “IS”-related acronyms, in the news for the past year, even on Anthropology News.  People who thought the caliphate was something created for the Disney movie Aladdin have […]

Unfolding of the On the Line Project

“Is this ‘new’ anthropology but ‘old’ art. Or new art woven of the threads of anthropology?” Anthropologist and artist, Susan Ossman posed this question during the installation process of her February 2013 solo art exhibition, On the Line. To date, it is commonly known that artist and anthropologist research can consist of borrowed methods from […]

What’s Biological about Biocultural Research? (Part 1)

Our January column from Bill Dressler harkened to 2005 when, concerned about the absence of an explicit theory of culture in much biocultural research, Bill had written a piece in Ethos entitled “What’s Cultural about Biocultural Research?” While not all of us follow Bill’s approach to the letter, his perspective has been influential in our Biocultural […]

“We Can’t Be What We Can’t See”

The students were excited. I’m sure their delight may have started with the prospect of getting out of class for a while, but as I stood in front of them with hands full of artifacts, skulls, and tools, I realized that this was beyond some time outside away from incessant test prep and standard text […]

Multiplying Moscow

Provisioning and Connectivity on the Roof of the World On a cold winter morning in 2010 I travelled with the driver Mital and a group of other passengers from the town of Murghab in Tajikistan to Osh in Southern Kyrgyzstan. While the journey usually takes a day, snowfall, a damaged car or border closure can […]

Anthropology Awareness

February 19th is National Anthropology Day and to celebrate this diverse field and its creative social thinkers, I want to share the importance and impact of the field with my fellow students, anthropologists, and the curious. Anthropology, simply put, is the study of humankind and human life. Under the umbrella of anthropology there are sub-fields or […]