Rada (Demerec) Dyson-Hudson

July 8, 1930–April 14, 2016 Rada Dyson-Hudson died on April 14, 2016 in Ithaca, New York after an extended illness. She was born on July 8, 1930 into a scientific family: her mother, Mary Ziegler, was an engineer and science teacher and her father, Milislav Demerec, was a distinguished geneticist who was a member of […]

Victoria S. Lockwood

Victoria S. Lockwood died on October 3, 2016. Born in 1953 in Panama City, Florida Lockwood was a gifted anthropologist and beloved teacher, mentor, and person. She joined the faculty of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 1986 after completing her PhD in anthropology from UCLA, and remained a vital intellectual force throughout her career. In […]

Reflections on the 2016 Presidential Election

CAE’s Call to Action The recent outcome of 2016 US presidential election has heightened fear and angst among a growing sector of historically marginalized communities, evoking millions to take to the streets in resistance. This evolving political climate is ever more defined by voter suppression, control over women’s bodies, anti-immigrant sentiments, and a growing presence of […]

Relics of the Future

The sociotechnical functions of secondhand trams in Romanian cities. This post is the first in a three-part series on Romanian Mobilities: Vehicles of Migration in New Europe. The tram on line 39 in Galați, Romania rumbles past a block of communist-era apartment buildings, festooned with an advertisement for mineral water. While the advertisement is a […]

Transnational Motorways

The secondhand car trade in a country of emigration. This post is the second in a three-part series on Romanian Mobilities: Vehicles of Migration in New Europe. Cluj-Napoca, the second-largest city in Romania and the unofficial capital of Transylvania, is well known for its vibrant arts scene, including edgy galleries and hip music and film […]

William T. Vickers

 March 25, 1942–September 15, 2016 It is with great sadness that we report the death of William (Bill) T. Vickers on September 15, 2016. Vickers was a North American anthropologist whose five decades of scholarship and advocacy among the Ecuadorian Siona-Secoya people was recognized worldwide. At the time of his death he was professor emeritus of anthropology […]

From Erdoğan’s Turkey to Trump’s America

Since signing a petition to end state violence against Kurds in southeast Turkey, academics critical of the Turkish regime have come under increased scrutiny. These “dopey academics” as the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan referred to them join other critics as public enemies of the New Turkey. Their names, photos and institutional affiliation circulate the social […]

Robert B. Edgerton

Robert B. Edgerton passed away following a stroke in July, 2016 at the age of 84. Professor Edgerton had a distinguished 47-year career at UCLA. He wrote or edited over 30 books, 45 peer-reviewed articles, and countless chapters, forewords, and reviews. He was renowned for his elegant and wry style of writing and lecturing, and […]

Linguistic Anthropology at the Women’s Marches

The Women’s Marches around the world have become a news item because of their unprecedented size – characterized as the largest one-day march in American history, and just as significantly ignored in a White House press briefing the same afternoon. The turnout speaks to the symbolic power of individual bodies gathering in shared physical and […]

Ruben E. Reina

December 5, 1924–December 17, 2016 Ruben E. Reina passed away at his home in Dunwoody Village, Newtown Square, PA on December 17, 2016. Reina is most widely known for his contributions to the study of the culture and peoples of Guatemala. His research interests included the study of cultural change; ethnographic and ethnohistorical studies; contemporary […]