Good Questions

What sorts of questions should first authors be asking presses early on that they often don’t?

Sharing, Wasting, and Tasting in Our Mother Tongue

When I began my fieldwork on sanitation work in Bangalore, India, the city had already suffered two decades of class polarization and environmental degradation, after being marked as a site for low-cost solutions, back-end support, and offshore expansion. So, I should have suspected that the paradoxes of progress would leave me tongue-tied: lost in my mother tongue (Kannada), along with everyone else’s.

Notes from the Section Leadership

The Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) was formed in 2014. At the last count, we now have over 350 members and are classed as a medium-sized section by the AAA. Our finances remain strong and we have a healthy surplus that we will put to good use, in widening ASAP’s activities and, in particular, supporting graduate students, early career scholars, and attracting those outside academia and those working in disciplines in dialogue with the anthropology of policy to the annual meeting.

Welcome from Our New NAPA President

It goes without saying that the job market for academic anthropologists is bleak given the number of PhDs looking for jobs at universities and colleges. On top of this, a recent article in American Anthropologist highlighted the fact US academic anthropology mostly hires anthropologists from 15 PhD-granting programs, while there are many more high quality training programs that offer a doctorate in anthropology.

Silicon Satire

History repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second as farce”—especially in Silicon Valley. In April 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress for 10 hours over 2 days, following revelations that a political consulting firm had received access to user data without consent.

Society for Linguistic Anthropology Business Meeting Report

Call for American Anthropologist Editor in Chief Position starts July 1, 2020, please apply. 2019, UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages Working group appointed to address this initiative, led by Jenny Davis; other AAA section representatives (CASCA, AIA, SLA), AAA Executive Board member Jocelyn Ahlers, and AAA staff involved. SLA planning committee co-chairs appointed to […]

Geophysics and Justice in Ontario

Many enslaved African-Americans made their way to Southwestern Ontario, Canada, through the Underground Railroad network, in the hopes of gaining freedom from enslavement, only to be met with further prejudice upon their arrival. Despite the important role enslaved African-Americans played, there is little documentary information about them and their impact in shaping the history of Canada and the province of Ontario.

Anthropomorphizing Wine in Our Current Climate

My coworkers at the wine bar knew I had an interest in the Basques, so when our new inventory included a bottle of Txakolina, they were eager for me to try it. The language on the label immediately signaled this was a Basque wine with a “tx” front and center. As I put the glass to my nose, an effervescent salinity took me by surprise.

Conversation across Generations, Part One

At the 2018 AAA Annual Meeting, we gathered to talk across generations about how fieldwork has changed and how its transformations might be interpreted alongside transformations in the discipline. Technology has made field experiences radically different.

Why Humanistic Anthropology Matters

Anthropology was a revelation. When I was an undergraduate at Stockholm University, Sweden, my world tumbled as I learned about the range of human diversity. After two weeks in the introductory course, I was hooked, and still am.