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 […]

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 […]

Conflict over Transitional Justice in Nepal

A decade after Nepal’s internal armed conflict came to an end its victims are still campaigning for redress. Krista Billingsley describes recent demonstrations in Kathmandu and charts the long road towards transitional justice.   On International Right to Truth Day (March 24, 2016), victims of Nepal’s armed conflict and human rights activists gathered to demonstrate […]

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 […]

Pranab Kumar Ganguly

Pranab Kumar Ganguly, a leading bio-cultural anthropologist of India passed away peacefully on February15, 2014 at his Kolkata residence. Ganguly was an Indian anthropologist in the truest sense of the term for his contributions in the field of anthropometry, demography and material culture. Ganguly received his MSc, PhD and DSc degrees from the University of […]

Dudley Edward DeGroot

Dudley Edward DeGroot was born August 10, 1927 in Palo Alto, California and died December 7, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was 85 years old. From 1964 until his retirement in 1989, he served as chair of the Anthropology Department at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. DeGroot attended Stanford University and finished his […]

Harold C. Fleming

Harold C. Fleming, a devoted and enthusiastic scholar and a delightful friend and colleague, died on April 29, 2015 at the age of 89. Fleming had a passion for the study of languages and for what they can tell us about the history of humanity. His major contributions to the study of the languages of […]

Art and Activism in Africa

If professional associations decided to hold their conferences in international locations to increase scholarly exchange with academics located in the global south, what would such a move look like? “Innovation, Transformation, and Sustainable Futures in Africa,” a joint conference of the American Anthropological Association and the African Studies Association was held in Dakar, Senegal from […]

#DakarFutures 2016

In June 2016 academics, professionals, practitioners and students gathered in Dakar for a conference on “Innovation, Transformation and Sustainable Futures in Africa.” For nearly two decades, there has been a ritual complaint among North American academics who are members of both the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the African Studies Association (ASA): Why oh why […]

Tamás Andras Hofer

Tamás Andras Hofer, ethnographer, cultural anthropologist, folklorist, museologist, a pioneer in the study of Hungarian rural society and a pillar of modern anthropology in Hungary, died after a long illness on April 6, 2016, in Budapest, Hungary. Hofer Was born and raised in Budapest and attended the Philosophical Faculty of the Eotvos Lorand (ELTE) University […]