Brewing Disaster in Post-Earthquake Nepal

Climate change and global capital compound suffering for local communities. We are taking a short break from walking the narrow, steep paths around the Saipu Village of Ramechhap District, Nepal in July 2016. We rest at a small, simple Hindu temple perched on a rare flat, grassy area overlooking a breath-taking view of the Likhu […]

Fieldwork Then and Now

From Graduate Student to Professor I just returned from two fieldwork trips, one to India for six weeks and the other to Brazil for four weeks. The purpose of the India trip was to scout new sites for my ongoing work on women’s mental health. The second trip was to continue my NSF-funded research project on food […]

Exposure: Annual Meeting of the American Ethnological Society

Join us for the 2017 American Ethnological Society (AES) Annual Meeting at Stanford University on March 30-April 1. Keynote lecturers for the conference are Didier Fassin, Hugh Gusterson and Deborah Thomas. In addition to the 40-50 innovative panel and plenary sessions that we host at our spring conferences, the AES also puts together book events […]

Yes, Your Emails to Congress Matter

A Message from the National Humanities Alliance We have all become familiar with urgent requests in our inboxes and social media feeds to write our Members of Congress about an important issue. With a few clicks, these “action alerts” promise, we can influence our Senators and Representatives. Once we enter our zip code, we see […]

Going Native

  A picture may be worth a thousand words, a cartoon even more. Bernard Perley combines his professional training in fine arts, architecture and anthropology with his Native American experience to offer unique insights to his passion for Native American language and cultural revitalization. His positionality as a “native anthropologist” allows him to explore the […]

SPA Biennial and New Vimeo Channel

Archive Resource for Anthropology As attendees at the Society for Psychological Anthropology’s (SPA) 2015 Biennial Meeting in Boston probably noticed, videographers filmed several of the sessions. They also may have not noticed since videographers Mandy Chan and Michel Pierre were professionally quiet and unobtrusive. If you’re weren’t an attendee, you didn’t notice anything and that’s part of […]

Redefining Biological Anthropology

*Note: Column written in March 2016. The beginning of 2016 has been marked by controversy for Biological Anthropology. The accusation of sexual misconduct by Brian Richmond, followed by the mistaken definition of biological anthropology by the American Anthropological Association has led to a great deal of discussion on social media and beyond. This month, BAS […]

Marianne Stoller

Marianne Stoller, cultural anthropologist, ethnohistorian and archaeologist of the American Southwest, passed away on December 13, 2015, in Colorado Springs. Stoller was a founding member and impactful teacher in the Anthropology Department at Colorado College, where she taught for 29 years, and also cofounded the Southwest Studies program, the first regional interdisciplinary program in the […]

The US-Dakota War and Failed Settler Kinship

Before we arrive in Minneapolis for the 2016 AAA Annual Meeting, I share a story that provides formative history, and which may help you understand the storied land upon which you will walk. This account suggests that “making kin” can help forge relations between Peoples in ways that produce mutual obligation instead of settler-colonial violence […]

Middle East Section Programming at the 2016 Annual Meeting

Panel and paper submissions to the Middle East Section (MES) board this year represented a wide range of intellectual questions and ethnographic commitments that continue important ongoing conversations, as well as pointing towards future avenues of investigation. In addition to a sustained interest in Israel-Palestine and a broadening of inquiry into refugee issues, two key […]