Thomas D. Blakely, Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

The Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA)’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2015 was awarded to Thomas Dustin Blakely. He received his PhD from Northwestern University in 1981 and was a founding member of the SVA, serving as its President and its representative on the American Anthropological Association Executive Board in 1986 and 1987. He has done […]

Multimodal Ethnography and the Possibilities for Engaged Anthropology

In our scholarship, we strive to strike a balance between anthropological theory-building and social engagement. To do so we use digital technology – inexpensive cameras and social media platforms – in our respective ethnographic projects. Our turn to the digital began during graduate school when we, along with faculty and fellow graduate students, imagined and […]

The Fragility of Sanctuary Cities

Philadelphia maintained one of the most progressive policies regarding the rights and protections of undocumented migrants. That ended when, with a stroke of his pen, Mayor Nutter reversed the city’s policy of non-collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the final weeks of his second term in office. Activists protested the Mayor’s move as […]

Waste Pickers in a Chinese Megacity

The Invisible Waste Reduction Group Beijing, the capital city of China, is well known for its Forbidden City museum, the Great Wall and its cosmopolitan urban development. Beijing is much less known for its alarming level of waste production and the whereabouts of its waste. With a population of 20 million people, and an intense […]

Evolutionary Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Religion

Historically, evolutionary anthropologists have allocated the majority of our attention to topics like subsistence strategies, parental investment, warfare, etc. One topic that has been given only minimal space is religion. We have seen an increase in the exploration into evolutionary explanations for religious behavior and religious affiliation in the evolutionary and human behavioral ecological literature over […]

Mentoring Workshops at the 2016 AAA Annual Meeting

The Association for Feminist Anthropology (AFA) is delighted to announce its sponsorship with the Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA) and Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists (ALLA) for interactive mentoring workshops at the 2016 AAA Meetings in Minneapolis. Join us on Thursday, November 17th for five free flash interactive workshops led by committed anthropologists to support community […]

CMA Reception and Program at the 2016 AAA Meeting

Council for Museum Anthropology (CMA) Members, Welcome to the Twin Cities! CMA is looking forward to this year’s annual meeting, taking place November 16–20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. All members are invited to our general Business Meeting on Friday, November 18th at 12:15 p.m.– 1:30 p.m. After the CMA Board meeting, we invite you to a reception at […]

EPIC 2016: Inclusiveness in Ethnography

As a first time attendee at the 2016 EPIC conference, I was thrilled to find a community I could call home. Conference chair, William O. Beeman kicked off the conference with a musical introduction and Karen Ho concluded with a keynote address on her Wall Street ethnography. EPIC conference attendees included academics from the social […]

Preferential Paradoxes: Part II

Heather Humphries, an incumbent Fine Gael Minister of Culture, Arts and the Gaelteacht, was the first elected from the constituency, which contradicted every local reporter’s prediction. In a straight pluralist vote, her election as a candidate from a minority community would be very unlikely. Humphries hails from Drum, the Republic’s only entirely Protestant village. Although […]

Preferential Paradoxes: Part I

Ordinal Scales in an Irish Election Particular forms of electoral counting inaugurate particular forms of political difference. Pluralist voting entails a highly partisan zero-sum politics: in US national races, for example, a voter elects or fails to elect their chosen candidate with their one vote. In contrast, the ordinal ranking of Single Transferable Voting (STV) […]