Book Conversation with Mike McGovern

An Interview Regarding “A Socialist Peace?” Larisa Kurtovic interviews Mike McGovern about his new book, A Socialist Peace? Explaining the Absence of War in an African Country (2017, University of Chicago Press). To start, please tell us a little bit about this book, its central arguments, and the impetus for writing it. The book starts […]

Disasters Digitized

Participatory Archiving and Collaborative Commemoration Editors’ Note: This article is part of the series Digital Anthropologies in East Asia. [pquote]If the content of an archive matters deeply, then so does its medium.[/pquote] Although much has been said about the triple disaster—earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns—in Japan in March 2011 (hereafter, 3.11), the upsurge of digital records and efforts to archive them in […]

Political Correctness is Not the Problem, Systemic Racism Is

In recent years, we have witnessed a resurgence of student protests on college campuses in the US and beyond. Many of these protests, inspired by broader contemporary social movements including #BlackLivesMatter, #StandingRock/#NoDAPL, and #RhodesMustFall, have focused on challenging systemic racism and other forms of marginalization on campuses. Conservative and liberal critics alike have criticized these […]

Bonnie Urciuoli’s Reflections upon Retirement

SLA Interview with Bonnie Uriciuoli What article or book that you wrote are you most pleased with?  Could you talk about the story behind writing it?   Or: What article or book was hardest for you to write, and why? These two questions have the same answer, “Skills and Selves in the New Workplace,” published in AE […]

Geographic Visualization in Anthropology

Ideas in this post are the first in a series on the relationships of archaeology, anthropology, and digital methods. To begin the discussion, I draw upon my recent publication, where I demonstrated that geospatial, digital, and Web-based tools and technologies are now central, albeit sometimes under-theorized, in archaeological research. This work sets the stage for […]

Underfunded Women’s Healthcare

Editor’s Note: This is the third piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. Recently, I partnered with the Impacting Poverty Collaborative in Springfield, Missouri to research underfunded women’s healthcare in the area. I began the project by using social network analysis software to […]

Responding to Turbulent Times

2016–2017 has been a turbulent year for science in general and biological anthropologists specifically. With the rapidly changing political climate, anthropologists stand to be at the forefront of change as researchers embedded in communities around the globe and as academics faced with a changing funding climate. For the inaugural Sections Edition of Anthropology News, the […]

Engaged Platform Initiative and Biennial Highlights

Psychological anthropology is building capacities to address current critical societal issues. Drawing upon the discipline’s cumulative insights on self, subjectivity, emotion, perceptions of “other” in relation to “self,” and generative factors in resilience, health, and well-being, the Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA) has initiated an “engaged psychological anthropology” platform to leverage the expertise of members […]

Deforestation, Illegal Logging, and Violence in Brazil

The Anthropology & Environment Society strives to understand human-environment relationships in changing contexts throughout the globe, such as the case of rising deforestation and violence in Brazil. Members engage in research, scholarship, and advocacy on timely topics in order to develop new understandings of contemporary issues and strategies to create better futures for people and […]

Economic Anthropology

The Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) is a lively section of AAA bringing together scholars interested in the connections between economic and social life, past and present. The SEA was founded in 1980 and remained an independent scholarly society until 2013, when the organization voted to become a section of the AAA. In this Sections […]