Decolonization Matters

“Decolonization” has returned to the anthropological lexicon of the present. It is not anthropologists, however, but predominantly black student activists at the University of Missouri-Columbia, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Yale University, University of Cape Town, Oxford University and countless other institutions that resuscitated calls for the decolonization of the university. Stirred by the political […]

“Don’t Think About the Crisis, Work!”

Rage, Crisis, and the Informal Economy in Brazil   The foundation of Brazilian modernity has emerged from an unresolved contradiction. The informal economy has embraced millions of low-income workers in Brazil, backing and then preventing a collapse of the economy through history in alternating cyclic crises, such as the critical moment the country is experiencing […]

“Turn Down for What?”

A Brazilian Remix One of the first things I noticed about Kendrick Lamar’s recent performance at the 2016 Grammys was the noise. Fans and critics have written about the polemical topics and the raw power of Lamar’s show-stopping medley. For me, part of the power was the timbre of the sound itself. Lamar deployed sections […]

2015 Rappaport Finalist Interview: Suzanne Barber

The Rappaport Prize and Panel of the Anthropology and Environment Society awards original research and analysis that contributes to the field of environmental anthropology. Michael Hathaway (Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University): What do you see as the main issues that shape how the animal rights movement works out in China, as opposed to say the US or […]

2015 Rappaport Finalist Interview: Angela Storey

The Rappaport Prize and Panel of the Anthropology and Environment Society awards original research and analysis that contributes to the field of environmental anthropology.  Nicole Peterson (University of North Carolina-Charlotte): How did you decide to conduct your research in Cape Town on the topic of sanitation? Angela Storey (PhD candidate, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona): I have a […]

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 […]