Hello Anthropocene: Climate Change and Anthropology

The Editors’ Note: Volume 3 Number 1   Whether or not it is ever named Word of the Year (an honor the Oxford Dictionaries bestowed upon vape in 2014) or recognized officially as a geological epoch, “Anthropocene” has become a catchword for climate change today. Credited to chemist Paul Krutzen and biologist Eugene Stoermer, the term […]

Deepening Fractures in Turkish Society

In November 2014, new Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu exclaimed that he would defend all religions, “even Buddhism.” He was responding to concerns that different religious groups might be misportrayed in religion classes in Turkey’s schools, but he might as well have been framing the climate of hostility that religious and ethnic minorities have lived […]

Evolutionary Anthropology Society President’s 2014 Report

2014 was our ninth year as an official section of the AAA. At the DC AAA meetings in December we had perhaps the largest number of sessions and presentations. Under our aegis, we had two invited sessions and seven sponsored sessions, a roundtable, and a poster session for a total of 53 presentations and three […]

Economic Anthropology, Economics and the Social Sciences

Can We Talk? On the January 7, 2015, Erin Taylor (Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa) posed a question on the SEA listserv: A colleague just commented to me that economists don’t tend to read anthropology. This caused me to wonder why. Are they not interested? Or is it that they don’t know […]

Digital Counterpublics

Black Twitter in the Aftermath of Ferguson   On November 24, 2014, St Louis prosecutor McCulloch announced that the grand jury trial did not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown. As the news media reports and subsequent protests unfolded, the Twittersphere erupted in thousands of tweets condemning the non-indictment, especially given […]

Be Part of Creating a Legacy! Join the Movement to Endow the Patty Jo Watson Distinguished Lecture

When Joe Watkins, one of the founders of indigenous archaeology in the United States, walked to the podium to deliver the Archeology Division Distinguished Lecture (DL) at the Washington, DC AAA Annual Meeting, he became the 25th archaeologist to do so. This tradition of honoring one of our very best anthropological archaeologists began in 1989 and […]

CAE Recognizes 2014 Outstanding Dissertations

When I have served on CAE’s Outstanding Dissertation Award committee, I am immediately connected to the groundbreaking work done by bright new graduates in the anthropology of education. This is why I’ve served on this committee twice: first in 2010, and next in 2014. This past year, I chaired the committee and had the opportunity to […]

The Dilemma with Cultural Competence

Notes from the Field Treatment combined with a cultural competence approach hopes to yield better health outcomes; however, this understanding of culture is often vague and “reduced to language, nationality, or a checklist of essentialist cultural components.” Last summer, I began work on Health-related Deservingness and Illegality on Maryland’s Eastern Shore as a researcher conducting […]

Call for Editor of the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology

The Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA) is accepting applications for the position of editor of the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (JLACA). The successful candidate will ideally begin reviewing manuscripts on July 1, 2015 and have full responsibility for four volumes (12 issues) of the journal from January 1, 2016.  There will be an overlap […]

Back to the Field: Reflections on Sweet Briar College Closing

The closing of Sweet Briar College represents the end of a staunch Southern tradition. I arrived on campus in 1981 as a newly minted PhD from SUNY-Binghamton, the only Asian-American member of the small faculty (70 plus). Single-sex education seemed to be an anachronism. I was surprised and startled by women’s education at Sweet Briar […]