SfAAs 2016: A Call to Action and Activism

I have never felt that I could or should identify as an activist. Activists, in my (clichéd and romanticized) view are people who take visible and passionate sides of an issue, they participate in protests, they champion the oppressed, and reveal and critique the many types of injustices that exist in our globalized world. As […]

Entre Compañeras/os

Reflections on ALLA’s Mentoring Initiative “As faculty the mentoring program gave me the opportunity to connect with students and other colegas through familial bonds weaved as we share our stories of isolation, resilience, and sobrevivencia in the academy.” —Mariela Nuñez-Janes Mentorship plays a critical role in my academic and professional development. As a first generation […]

Shadows and Illuminations: A Multi-Touch Film Guide

In Shadows and Illuminations: A Multi-Touch Film Guide, anthropologist and documentary filmmaker Robert Lemelson and culture, arts and disabilities studies scholar Annie Tucker culminate decades-long clinical ethnographic research in Indonesia to provide an innovative landmark educational centerpiece—a multimedia eBook study guide and documentary film now available on iTunes. The film and guide are aimed at intro-level undergraduate students […]

Plantworlds in West Papua

Rejecting human exceptionalism and exploring the subjective lifeworlds and particular agencies of non-human species with whom human existence is intertwined, the multispecies turn challenges us with the possibility of biocultural hope in the blasted landscapes of the Anthropocene (Kirksey et al. 2013). Relinquishing fatalistic thinking, multispecies ethnographers invite us to look around—rather than look ahead—at […]

Scholars Day at Brookdale

As a way to showcase the good work the people at our college do, several years ago our then Executive Vice President for Educational Services, Dianna Phillips, initiated a Scholars Day program to be held during one of our required on-campus faculty days. With Scholars Day, Phillips created an event where all full-time college employees, […]

Abortion and Human Rights in Mexico

Feminist Approaches within and Around the Law At a recent Mexico City training session in her organization’s model of abortion accompaniment (the provision of emotional and logistical support for abortion either in-person or via phone), Veronica Cruz, founding-director of the Mexican reproductive rights NGO Las Libres (“the free ones”), stated unequivocally “abortion is the most […]

“Ranchero” Culture in Comparative Perspective

I have worked in Michoacán, Mexico since the mid-1990s in a region dominated by small-scale dairy production and what is referred to as “ranchero culture,” which emerged in the mid to late 1800s (cf. González 1982; Barragán López 1989). In Mexico rancheros are typically found on the ecological margins—areas where farming does not make for […]

Roots, Routes, and Reggae Music in Ghana

Notes from the Field I had originally come to Ghana inspired to investigate Ghana’s well documented Hiplife music and dance culture. A hybrid take on American Hip Hop performed in the dominant indigenous language of Twi, Hiplife has dominated the local music industry since the early 2000s. In the two-decades of its existence, Hiplife turned […]

Recent Publications in Anthropology and Education

The following are some recent publications in anthropology and education from our colleagues: Maricela Correa-Chávez, Rebeca Mejía-Arauz, and Barbara Rogoff’s book Children Learn by Observing and Contributing to Family and Community Endeavors: A Cultural Paradigm (2o15), examines children’s learning in families and communities. The book is part of the Advances in Child Development and Behavior series, published by […]

Interview with Andrew Canessa, former editor of JLACA

Last November, at the Denver American Anthropological Association conference, Anthropology News SLACA section editor Melisa Rivière had a chance to interview Dr. Andrew Canessa, who was stepping down as the editor for the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (JLACA). After serving nine years as the JLACA editor, Canessa shared some of his thoughts, […]