My Hopes for the Future of Healthcare Reform in the US

I have studied healthcare access in the US for the past four years. I believed that I understood the general direction the country was going in regards to health policy and healthcare reform. That changed yesterday when Donald Trump was elected president. Today I have no idea what the future of health care in the […]

2016 Recipient of the AfAA’s Elliott P. Skinner Book Award

James Ferguson, Susan S. and William H. Hindle Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, is the 2016 recipient of the Elliott P. Skinner Book Award for his book Give a Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution, published by Duke University Press. In addition, there are two […]

The Science of the Story

  I recently returned from the 13th Biennial Scientific Conference of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in Grand Teton National Park. This was an unusual conference for a social scientist to attend, but, in terms of conference papers and presentations, it was ideal for my purposes. The conference theme was “Building on the Past, Leading into the […]

On Fieldwork and the Construction of Knowledge / Sobre el trabajo de campo y la construcción de conocimiento

(El artículo original en español “Sobre el trabajo de campo y la construcción de conocimiento” aparece a continuación abajo) From Malinowski to the present, a central point for anthropological research is fieldwork. Some texts show us how objectivity in anthropological research is mere illusion, for knowledge is situated (Haraway, 1988; Kondo, 1986; Rosaldo, 1989). Fabian […]

In and Out of Japan

2015 was the first time since 1920 that the population of Japan declined, and it is estimated that it will continue doing so. By 2100, 35% of the population will be over 65 years of age. International commentators, from journalists to researchers, recommend Japan increase immigration. And yet, Prime Minister Abe recently stated that Japan’s […]

Heritage Activism Before Trump Inauguration

Call to Immediate Action November 10, 2016 Dear Colleagues, We woke on Wednesday morning to find our world under attack, in a very literal sense. The United States has just elected a man who has made promises to deport our friends and families, to destroy legislation that protects our health, and to eliminate safeguards on […]

Ephemeral Encounters and Material Evidence

In 2016, the American Philosophical Society Museum in Philadelphia opened a new exhibition curated by Diana Marsh and Lynnette Regouby, titled “Gathering Voices: Thomas Jefferson and Native America.” Writing from my perspective as an advisor to that exhibition, I share some reflections on the challenges of interpreting Indigenous traditions captured in colonial collections. Material Evidence […]

CSAS at AAA 2016

Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS) has four panels at the upcoming AAA Annual Meeting. One is titled “True Confessions: Ethical Conundrums from the Field.” The panel was organized by Margie Buckner, has panels representing case studies or field experiences from Guyana, the Solomon Islands and Guinea Bissau. The discussant will be Robert McKinley. This panel proposes […]

Detention, Disappearance, and the Power of Language

During the 20th century, military dictatorships in Latin America became notorious for kidnapping and torturing their citizens. Because many of those kidnapped never returned, family members began to name and denounce this repression as “disappearance,” coining the term los desaparecidos (the disappeared) to discursively highlight the systematic nature of this form of state violence. We are […]

A&E at the 2016 AAA Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the AAA meeting in Minneapolis, MN is almost upon us (November 16–20), and the Anthropology and Environment Society is gearing up for a successful meeting. We are pleased to sponsor or co-sponsor a total of 39 sessions:  32 paper sessions, one poster session, and six roundtables. Our special events include the […]