Disasters Digitized

Participatory Archiving and Collaborative Commemoration Editors’ Note: This article is part of the series Digital Anthropologies in East Asia. [pquote]If the content of an archive matters deeply, then so does its medium.[/pquote] Although much has been said about the triple disaster—earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns—in Japan in March 2011 (hereafter, 3.11), the upsurge of digital records and efforts to archive them in […]

Political Correctness Is Not the Problem, Systemic Racism Is

In recent years, we have witnessed a resurgence of student protests on college campuses in the US and beyond. Many of these protests, inspired by broader contemporary social movements including #BlackLivesMatter, #StandingRock/#NoDAPL, and #RhodesMustFall, have focused on challenging systemic racism and other forms of marginalization on campuses. Conservative and liberal critics alike have criticized these […]


Bernard Perley ©  2017 Cite as: Perley, Bernard. 2017. “Discoveries.” Anthropology News website, August 15, 2017. doi: 10.1111/AN.576

Chef Kabui

Chef Kabui is an ecopolitical chef, urban farmer, and food activist fighting to empower the African and African-American consciousness with a food revolution. In his words, “There is nothing more political than food!” Kabui grew up on a coffee farm near the slopes of Mt Kenya. Eighty percent of what his family ate they grew […]

Bonnie Urciuoli’s Reflections upon Retirement

SLA Interview with Bonnie Uriciuoli What article or book that you wrote are you most pleased with?  Could you talk about the story behind writing it?   Or: What article or book was hardest for you to write, and why? These two questions have the same answer, “Skills and Selves in the New Workplace,” published in AE […]

“Capitalism Is Just around the Corner…”

A view on tourism and economic development from rural Cuba Expanding private business “Everyone is now crazy for renting,” my friend Julio told me during my last stay in Viñales, in the summer of 2016. Julio was referring to the boom in private tourism rentals, known as casas particulares, in this rural Cuban town. The […]

Sustainable Tourism… for Development?

Not a day goes by without being confronted, one way or the other, with the multiple environmental, societal, and economic challenges that our planet faces. Because it is impossible to tackle all problems at once, the United Nations (UN) has created so-called international observances—special days, weeks, months, years, and even decades that highlight an issue […]

Anthropologists Weigh in on the Sustainability of Tourism

With 1 billion annual tourists worldwide (and rising), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) declared 2017 the Year of Sustainable Tourism. But how—and if—tourism can be sustainable, particularly as we strive to conserve cultural and natural heritage from man-made pressures is debatable, In May, the International Committee on Cultural Tourism (ICTC), a sub-committee of the International […]

A Bully in the Presidential Bully Pulpit

In American vernacular of the day, bully (as an adjective) meant “very good; first-rate.” Combined with pulpit, or a speaking platform, Theodore Roosevelt used the term to refer to the power that the presidency gave him to speak and be heard on vital issues facing the nation, from labor rights to political corruption to consumer food and drug safety. But under the presidency of Donald J. Trump, that advocacy-oriented bully pulpit as originally conceived by Roosevelt has morphed into a crude platform to engage in bullying behavior.


How to Teach about African Foragers One of my favorite courses to teach centers around a problematic category: hunter-gatherers. But the problematic nature is also one of the reasons why I enjoy teaching this course—it allows me to integrate scientific and critical perspectives in anthropology to train students to recognize myths about foragers and their […]