EPIC 2016 Conference

ETHNOGRAPHIC PRAXIS IN INDUSTRY CONFERENCE: THE PREMIER INTERNATIONAL GATHERING ON ETHNOGRAPHY AND DESIGN IN INDUSTRY The Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC) will be held at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota from August 29-September 1, 2016. The conference will be held at Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 S. 4th Street, Minneapolis 55455) and the […]

Disabled Lives

The Chinese Dream is the dream of our nation, our country, and of every single Chinese – and that includes all of our disabled friends.  This is the greeting Chinese President Xi Jinping sent to China’s disabled people as he met over 150 disabled peoples’ representatives at the Great Hall of People in Beijing two […]

A Firm Foundation for Empowerment

Summer Olympics, Women, and the MENA region This August, the Summer Olympics will be hosted by Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. The games of the 31st Olympiad will attract athletes from a wide range of sports, cutting across cultures and geographies. Women athletes from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will participate in […]

Professional Anthropologists Share Experiences at Annual Meeting

NAPA Careers Expo There are few opportunities for professional anthropologists to interact with students, recent graduates, new professionals, and faculty and have conversations about the range and complexity of careers in professional anthropology. Over the 10+ years of the Careers Expo, more than 400 professional anthropologists have participated and shared their career experiences and vision […]

What’s in a Name?

Naming and Representation of Professional and Practicing Anthropologists “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)  Juliet hoped to soothe the savage breasts on both sides of a family war with this hopeful logic and we know how this […]

Timbuktu Manuscripts: An Urgent Need for Digitization

Timbuktu is located on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, immediately north of the Niger River, in present day Mali.  The city’s position, at the crossroads of what were once major continental and intercontinental trading routes, made it a historically important center of commerce, religion, and scholarship. Commercially, Timbuktu was the hub of a […]

Beyond Preservation

Expanding the Ethical Responsibilities of Archaeologists In this column I will examine how the use of archaeology within the education of primary and secondary students challenges our notion of preservation-focused ethics and compels us to expand our ethical responsibilities. In particular, I will discuss the example of allowing school children to participate in real archaeological […]

Recommendations for Summer Reading

There are a couple of recently published books that, while not focusing solely on archaeology in North America, are good reads for those with an interest in the subject: Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson, and Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums by Samuel […]

Ethics, Anthropology, and Adjudication

In my work as the chair of the Committee on Ethics (CoE) of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), I’ve noticed that a number of the “ethical queries” that the CoE receives are not about what researchers should do during fieldwork, but rather about what other colleagues and professionals have already done that is perceived to be […]

Conversation, Not Coffee, is What the Heart Wants

Masculinities and Femininities of Public Space Coffee changed the public landscape in the 15th century when it started to make its journey from Yemen to the wider Middle East. The port town of Mocha in Yemen played a leading role in allowing coffee to embark upon new lands.  With a strategic location by the Red […]