“I am Dead Now”: African Women’s Experiences of Refugee Resettlement in Australia

Submitting a paper to the APLA Graduate Student Paper Prize (by July 1) is a great way to explore the implications of your research and present your ongoing thinking about your fieldwork. And finalists get feedback from faculty mentors! This month’s column, by Georgina Ramsay, a PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle (Australia), describes […]

Practicing Anthropology in Design and Business

When was the last time you were satisfied or even delighted with a product, service or system? All too often we feel frustrated or disappointed with our material, social and digital interactions, in part because they have been designed using a top-down approach focused on business needs and goals. Engineers, designers, product managers, and marketers […]

Anthropology and the Question of Alien Life

Among the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Life) community, a debate has recently emerged. For decades, and with the imprimatur of the NSF, SETI has passively listened for signals of intelligent life from space. In the novel and film Contact, Carl Sagan envisions a scenario in which scientists, at the Very Large Array facility in New […]

Series Highlights What Anthropologists Achieve with NSF Funding

Anthropology News ran a thematic series in July and August 2014 (V55, #7 and 8) featuring a wide range of anthropologists who had conducted research with the support of National Science Foundation (NSF) funds. In light of the upcoming Congressional debate that could lead to a significant decrease in federal funding of the NSF, we’d like to share […]

Japanese Identities

Hafu Furu and Hafu Empty Recently, Ariana Miyamoto was crowned Miss Universe Japan. While it was a time for celebration, it was also a time in which her Japanese identity was criticized and questioned because she is a self-described “hafu” or “haafu,” meaning, she is a child of an ethnically-Japanese parent and a non-ethnically-Japanese parent. The […]

Food, Fat, Fetus and the Future

Histories of Weight Gain during Pregnancy in the US and UK Stepping on the scale when you see a health professional for a dermatology appointment, a women’s health check up, or a general physical is part of the routine clinical experience. Although this practice is routine and ubiquitous, weight as a clinical measurement carries a […]

Earthquakes and Culture

What does culture have to do with earthquakes? Recently a major earthquake occurred in Nepal, with an epicenter in the rural area (Gorkha) where I conducted my doctoral research, and it got me thinking about the relationship between culture and earthquakes. In Nepal there are many cultural features which have led to the unpreparedness of […]

Cool Anthropology

Beyond Spectatorship A hybrid status emerges with a project when participants have the opportunity to interact with site-specific installations and the interactive components of a website. Cool Anthropology has continually explored this hybrid approach through selected themes and creative opportunities for scholars and artists. The concept behind Cool Anthropology began about ten years ago at […]

An Introduction of Borders

When imagining borders, we immediately think or emphasize its crossings, but in everyday life, we see that inspections form a central mechanism of control. This can be seen across international borders such as the US-Mexico border, the Spanish-Moroccan border, borders across waters, and the less visible social and cultural borders of everyday life. Examining social […]

Changing the Terms of Debate in Climate Change

The Global Climate Change Task Force final report, “Changing the Atmosphere. Anthropology and Climate Change” was adopted by the AAA Executive Board in December 2014 (www.aaanet.org); and the Statement on Humanity and Climate Change—which is now the AAA’s position on human aspects of climate change—was released. Both of these developments are big news for anthropology […]