Working at a Döner Kebab Shop

My research in Strasbourg, France, explores how Muslim Turkish men negotiate where they go and what they do when they go out in a borderland that generates moral anxieties. Initially, I expected research to take place in venues where my interlocutors socialized, and not workspaces. Most migrant men, however, worked long hours and extra days—leaving […]

Finding Anthropology through Humanism

A Personal Story Leopards break into the temple and drink to the dregs what is in the sacrificial pitchers; this is repeated over and over again; finally it can be calculated in advance, and it becomes part of the ceremony. -Franz Kafka In 1986 at a liberal arts college amidst Iowa cornfields, with my English […]

Call for Proposals: Campaigns and Elections

As another presidential election arrives in a year dominated by campaign-related news in the US, we’ll explore campaigns and elections ranging from recent parliamentary elections in Iran, to gubernatorial races in Mexico, to the UK’s EU referendum. We’re interested in novel ways of engaging with elections, the language of politics and propaganda, election posters and […]

Unapologetically Black?

Savannah Shange on shapeshifting, state violence and ritual regret after a week of shootings.   Twelve white seven-day candles illuminated the pungent sage smoke billowing across the crowd. A few hundred people had come for the vigil on the levee, timed for sunset over the Mississippi river.  A lone dinghy glided ominously through the water, […]

2016 AES Parsons Prize Winner

The next round of submissions for AES’s graduate student paper prize, the Elsie Clews Parsons Prize, will be due January 1, 2017. Please watch for submission details. We are pleased to announce the 2016 winner. At the AES spring meetings in Washington, D.C. on April 1, Ivan Sandoval-Cervantes (U. of Oregon) was awarded the […]

Anthropology and Urban Foodways

An Interview with Alex Hill of the Detroit Health Department Alex B. Hill is an epidemiologist in the newly reorganized Detroit Health Department and holds an MA in anthropology from Wayne State University. His research (see draws on mixed methods and ethnography, in particular, to foreground the relationship between food access and social inequality […]

Deadline Reminder: Prizes for Graduates and Undergraduates

SUNTA Graduate Student Paper Prize. Submissions Due: September 10, 2016 The Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) is pleased to announce its graduate paper prize competition. We are seeking student papers that address SUNTA’s interests, including transnational social processes, impacts of globalization, refugees and immigrants, urban life, space and place, and poverty and homelessness. […]

Recommendations for Summer Reading

There are a couple of recently published books that, while not focusing solely on archaeology in North America, are good reads for those with an interest in the subject: Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson, and Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums by Samuel […]

Digitizing Endangered Languages and Recovering Voices at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, as part of the Recovering Voices program, has recently completed a $1 million grant-funded project from the Arcadia Fund to launch the first two years of a long-term project of digitizing endangered-language materials currently housed in the museum’s National Anthropological Archives. The materials found in this archive preserve an […]

Deforestation, Dogs, and Zoonotic Disease

As Earth’s climate and species assemblages rapidly change, emergent zoonoses—diseases that spill over from nonhuman animal to human populations—are outpacing modern medical solutions. Contributors to the #Zoonosis series offer glimpses into their research in Africa, Asia, and Central America. They examine the pathologies of multispecies encounters and highlight political, ecological, and technological complexities of resolving zoonotic outbreaks […]