Anthropological Listening as a Genre

Linguistic anthropologists are accustomed to exploring the way speakers create structures of relevance that provide directionality to social activity. Could we also say the same for listeners? Listening has the potential to generate a specific context by listening “in a particular way;” for example, when a mechanic is deciphering the semantic meaning of the sounds […]

LGBT in Central Asia

2014’s Most Pivotal Moments Last year proved to be a turbulent year for LGBT politics in Central Asia. The passage of Russia’s “gay propaganda law” ignited discussion of the presence of LGBT people throughout the former Soviet Union. While Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan had repealed Soviet era legislation criminalizing male-male sex acts in 1997 and 1998 […]

Fieldwork Equipment That (Hopefully) Won’t Break the Bank

Digital Audio Recorders Every task necessitates a tool and ethnography is no exception. As twenty-first century student anthropologists, we have a staggering amount of options when it comes time to selecting a field recorder, camera, camcorder, editing software, and storage devices. While some students’ home institution can provide them with these resources, many are unable to […]

Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology Announces 2015 Book Prize Competition

The Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA), a section of the American Anthropological Association, announces the opening of its annual book prize competition. The prize aims to recognize distinguished anthropological work that advances the understanding of the Americas in innovative and potentially transformative ways. The winner is announced at the annual meeting of […]

ALLA Incoming President’s Report

Well into my first year as ALLA president, I remain eager to continue building on the programs and goals to which this community of critically engaged scholars has been committed. It is a joy working with this vibrant group of colleagues. In 2014 we celebrated a book award, sponsored a series of exciting panels at […]

Syndemics and Legislative Outreach

An Experiment in Educating Congress about the Health Effects of War We often think of long-term health effects of war in terms of a legacy of suffering for combatants and people directly affected by battlefield events. Less attention is paid to the ways that war increases the burden of disease among broader populations. Little research […]

Film Review of Refuge: Caring for Survivors of Torture

Film Review: Refuge: Caring for Survivors of Torture. Ben Achtenberg, producer, director and editor. Bullfrog Films, 2013.   This subdued and sensitive documentary focuses on the stories of individual torture and trauma survivors, interspersed with commentaries by the physicians, social workers and psychologists who help them. The opening statement, by Douglas Johnson of the […]

Call for Student Contributors for Anthropology News Column

We are issuing a call for submissions to our Anthropology News column. Members are encouraged to submit a 1,000-word column. Submissions should be of general interest to student anthropologists. While not all monthly news columns are published in print, all accepted columns are published online. If you are interested in contributing, please contact Matthew Hale at or other NASA […]

Behind the Scenes

Ethnography in the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement On the wall are handwritten notes and posters, yellow ribbons are distributed and thousands of students from various Hong Kong universities listen to student speeches and calls for action. It is September 22, 2014, the first day of a weeklong student class boycott. The kick-off was held at […]

Neither Home Nor Field

One of the perks offered to faculty at Nazarbayev University is a free campus apartment. When I was hired last year, I was pleased to be offered this accommodation. Not only did it mean not having to pay rent, but it meant not having to house-hunt in the unfamiliar cultural and linguistic environment of Astana, […]