Artificial Intelligence I: The PKD Android

In 2005, a community of Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers, engineers and artists produced an android that looks like the late science fiction author Philip K Dick (PKD). It is a manifestation and embodiment, an interpretation of the future rooted in the mythology of science fiction and the reality of technology. The android is considered by its […]

Sounding Home

Syrian Musicians in Istanbul How might music produce of a sense of home for displaced Syrians in Turkey? What is the role of displaced Syrians in the preservation and transformation of their musical traditions? In addressing these and related questions my current research with Syrian musicians in Istanbul hopes to add to our understanding of […]

SfAAs 2016: A Call to Action and Activism

I have never felt that I could or should identify as an activist. Activists, in my (clichéd and romanticized) view are people who take visible and passionate sides of an issue, they participate in protests, they champion the oppressed, and reveal and critique the many types of injustices that exist in our globalized world. As […]

Being Polyamorous: Part 1

“Hi, I’m Viola and I’m Polyamorous” *Although very open and keen to discuss her experiences and sexual preferences, “Viola” cited bullying and security concerns. Out of respect for her concerns, her name has been changed and no images of her face were taken. As a fan of the anthropologist, Lila Abu-Lughod, when I think about […]

War in Syria and the Refugee Crisis

There are different ways in which the war in Syria and the ensuing refugee crisis can be made sense of anthropologically. When a crisis looms large on the global stage, the tendency is to focus on the immediacy of the crisis at hand and relegate to the background those that preceded it. While we focus […]

The Bone Lab Goes To School

“You’re the lady that taught us about the bones last year,” one of the students exclaimed as I made my way through the door of Bedford Village Public School in Brooklyn, NY. It felt good to be remembered for an anthropology lesson taught over a year ago. My team and I were welcomed into the […]

Letter to the Editor and Response: The Symbolic Violence of Choice

The Symbolic Violence of Fallacious Reasoning To the Editor: Re “The Symbolic Violence of Choice” (In Focus, March 2) On its face, Starrett’s essay resembles any anthropologically grounded think piece. It opens with a quote from a literary classic (Heller’s Catch-22) and cites a sociological construct (Bourdieu’s symbolic violence). It weighs in on a public […]

Islamic State Ideology and Cultural Cleansing

Unimaginable loss of human life and cultural heritage are an almost daily occurrence in the conflict zones of Syria and Iraq. Looking back to 2011–2012, like many foreign archaeologists conducting long-term research in Syria, I experienced an initial period of denial and disbelief. Many of us struggled to come to grips with the unfathomable turpitude […]

How to Design a Great Poster

Think Visually First Posters are the perfect invitation to a conversation about your research. Since posters are inherently visual, the key to a strong poster is simplicity—their immediate function is to pique the curiosity of passers-by. Once you have landed an audience, it’s up to you to bring your work to life, to share your […]

Getting Proximate on Israel-Palestine

This month through next, AAA members are voting on a resolution to boycott Israeli Academic Institutions. This is a huge decision and thus it is essential that every AAA member vote in the election that extends from April 15 to May 31. At this very moment—the time of the spring election—the membership’s collective voice on […]