Rina Sherman and the Ovahimba

Exhibit Review Approach the exhibit hall of the Francois Mitterrand National Library of France (BnF) Donor’s Gallery in Paris, and the full on gaze of the headman of Etanga beckons to the visitor to enter. Head turned to watch as you approach, he is surrounded by cattle while standing there in his dry, dusty field. […]

New NAPA Podcast Series Features Recent Grads

What becomes of anthropology grad students after they finish their Masters degrees and then transition into the “real world” of practitioner anthropology? Are their choices clear cut? Do things work out as they planned? What are the options in the job market or for further education? NAPA has just released a new podcast series featuring […]

Archaeology and NASA

Archaeology and NASA (National Aeronautical and Space Administration), in my view, has a complicated relationship. In many ways NASA supports archaeology, yet it places barriers against archaeologists’ entry into the inner sanctum of the astronaut world. One way NASA supports archaeology is by allowing archaeologists to work with images taken from NASA satellites. There has […]

AnthroCyberism and the AnthroCyberist

It should be considered that the human condition, culturally and developmentally, can be measured by advances in computer technology. Inequalities are created, exaggerated and/or corrected rapidly, as the symbolic and objective worlds are manipulated by advanced machines. The power relationships between nations and populations are maintained or altered through the use of computers and the […]

Fear in the Bathroom

I once taught a course titled, “Fear in the Making of the Americas” that focused on how fear has worked throughout history to shape identity. Fear of women possessed by the devil or disgraced because of perceived transgressions, fear of migrants, and fears of disease all fueled nation-building throughout the Americas. Today, fear continues to […]

Cultivating Knowledge about Cannabis Legalization

The 2015 Annual Meeting in Denver provided a unique opportunity for members to learn firsthand about possibilities and risks accompanying legalized marijuana. Colorado’s passage of Amendment 64 in 2012 is part of a national trend toward full cannabis legalization (medical and recreational), and raises critical questions about the political, economic, and social processes that transform […]

Unaccompanied Child Migrants: An Overview

During 2014, over sixty thousand unaccompanied children from Central America and Mexico were apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection as they traveled across the southwest border of the United States.  While the number of unaccompanied children making the journey north without an adult caretaker has been steadily increasing since 2011, the summer of 2014 […]

Reaching a Wider Audience with Webinars

Anthropologists often lament that policy makers and NGO practitioners don’t read, but we have evidence to suggest that they do watch. We (anthropologists Anita Fábos and Dianna Shandy) set out to form a Working Group on Refugee and Forced Migration Narratives to consider the ways in which stories are told by, for and about refugees, […]

The Anthropology of Engagement

In discussing the 2015 annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), we both agreed that its theme, “Familiar/Strange,” felt particularly apt for us. Our individual career trajectories have led us to work primarily in health services research for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Returning to the AAA meeting felt like coming back to […]