Thinking about Refugee Integration in Berlin

Anthropology has had a long and productive conversation around ethics, and the nature of our involvement in the communities we study. In 2014, Briody and Meerwarth Prester issued something of a call to action, challenging us to go beyond the familiar do no harm edict, and commit to doing good. This challenge comes only a few […]

CFP: Ethnographies of Security

Call for papers: Ethnographies of Security, a special issue of Qualitative Sociology Guest Editor: Rebecca Hanson The policies and strategies that governments, organizations and communities employ in the search for security have changed dramatically within the past few decades. Advanced technology; wars on drugs, terror, and crime; the global diffusion of policing models; and the […]

Reading and Writing for Anthropology Students

Recently I volunteered to lead a roundtable discussion that addressed how we evaluate our teaching effectiveness for Honors students. Preparing for that roundtable reminded me of the difficulties I typically face teaching and then evaluating students who arrive in my classes under-prepared for the rigor of college in several critical ways. They have difficulties navigating […]

GAD Committees and Interest Groups

We Want You! The General Anthropology Division is home to several interest groups that run the gamut from teaching support to disciplinary history to leading-edge research. Check them out and get involved! Federation of Small Anthropology Programs (FOSAP) is a congenial, supportive space to network and brainstorm about the challenges and opportunities of representing anthropology […]

The Rewards of Participating in AAA-Wide Service

This Section News Column is the latest in a series of posts about how archaeologists take advantage of their AAA membership to enrich their careers. It is hoped that these posts encourage AD members to take part in some of these opportunities, and perhaps share these opportunities with colleagues who have let their memberships lapse […]

Curating Gathering Voices

An Exhibition at the American Philosophical Society On April 15th the American Philosophical Society (APS) opened the third in a series of exhibitions on Thomas Jefferson—a member and president of the Society. Gathering Voices: Thomas Jefferson and Native America explores Jefferson’s collection of Native American and Indigenous languages, and its legacy at the APS. Here, […]

Reproducible Research as Our New Default

The last decade has been a sobering one for science, marked by increasingly frank worries that “something has gone fundamentally wrong with one of our greatest human creations’” to quote Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet. He continues: Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together […]

Living with Debt

If one journeys up the Hooghly River from Kolkata (Calcutta), the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, one can get a condensed impression of India’s colonial past. Dotted along the river banks are the towns of Bandel, Chinsurah, Serampore, and Chandannagar, where the Portuguese, the Dutch, the Danes, and the French respectively settled. […]

On the Continued Relevance of Agricultural Anthropology

Back in 1974, Robert Netting made the important observation that, although most anthropologists up until that point had worked among agricultural peoples, very little had been written about agricultural systems and their importance to cultural identity and local livelihoods. Anthropologists were more interested in documenting complex kinship systems, economic relations, or the symbolic meaning of […]

Queer and Trans Anthropology

Students’ Perspectives As we discussed in our first post of the year, our goal this year is to showcase a more full range of work being done under the banner of queer and trans anthropology. We often overlook how queer and trans anthropology is being integrated into all levels of higher education, particularly at the […]