CWA and AAA Presence at the Latin American Anthropological Association in Mexico City

From October 7-10, 2015, several past and present members of the Committee on World Anthropologies (CWA) participated in the Fourth Congress of the Latin American Anthropology Association (Asociación Latinoamericana de Antropología, ALA) in Mexico City, on the theme “Latin American anthropologies facing a world in transition.”  In addition to four days of sessions, there were […]

Family Diversity

We Talk the Talk, but Do We Walk the Walk? As academic anthropologists, my colleagues and I talk diversity all the time, but it generally refers to heritage, socioeconomic status, or gender. Jo Weaver and I have convened a session at the upcoming AAA conference about “Problems and Priorities in Biocultural Research,” but our session is as […]

The Invasion of the Desert: Expertise, Nationalism, and the Development of Egypt’s Western Desert

2014 AAA Middle East Section Student Paper Prize Winner Though several works have been written about nationalism, development, and social science in Egypt, none address Egyptian Bedouin communities. Omnia al-Shakry’s account of the evolution of Egyptian social science in The Great Social Laboratory concludes with a Nasser-era project to settle the country’s deserts with Egyptians […]

The Ear of the Ear

On April 24, 2015, the Executive Director of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) organized a panel presentation to promote public discussion about the future of Mauna Kea. Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano that rises 13,796 feet from sea level on the island of Hawaiʻi. The Mauna has recently received widespread public attention, in part, because […]

Parting Words

SMM: I can hardly believe it’s been four years since I became a contributing editor for the Evolutionary Anthropology Society. In that time, I’ve held four positions, had two children, and moved house (including internationally) five times. My CV says I’ve authored, edited, or co-edited some 15 columns during that period – an average of […]

Ethnographic Fieldwork Equipment That (Hopefully) Won’t Break the Bank: Camcorders

Having considered digital audio recorders and cameras in the first and second installments of this four part series, I now turn our attention to digital camcorders. Once again, a disclaimer before I begin, this column is not an endorsement nor is it a review of any particular product, brand, or service. It is intended to provide student […]

Student Protests Return to Tokyo

Contributing Editors’ Note: Due to recent media attention on the activists of Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy (SEALDS), we have moved up Robin O’Day’s report in this article series—“Social Movements in Japan”— to reflect its timeliness. Note on photographs: The author took all photographs of the August 23, 2015 SEALDS demonstration.  Do not reproduce […]

(En)Gendering the Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba

Notes on Authenticity and Diasporic Performance Bomba is the Puerto Rican drum, dance, and song tradition that developed on the island’s plantations after the arrival of African slaves in the 16th century. Considered largely a lower class tradition associated with black populations on the island, the public practice of bomba was suppressed up through the 20th […]

Anthropologists’ Research Contributions Recognized at National US Department of Veteran Affairs Meeting

National scientific meetings are a standard part of professional, academic life. They provide an opportunity to learn about the latest research, reconnect with old colleagues, and meet other like-minded professionals. For anthropologists working in the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), the national scientific meeting of the VA Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) […]

Camera as Cultural Critique

A Report from the Visual Anthropology Research Group at Aarhus University What does the use of cameras entail for the production of cultural critique in anthropology? With the launch of the Eye & Mind Graduate Program in Visual Anthropology at Aarhus U and the inauguration of the new 10,000 m2 culture-historical Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus, […]