The Strength of Anthropology

Deciphering the Enigma of Social and Cultural Mechanisms [pquote]Anthropologists are still asked to resolve human problems as if there were some miracle solution… Anthropological answers are much more modest and often more effective.[/pquote]I still remember one of the first questions I was asked by a company manager. It was in the early 1970s, when he […]

Anthropology for the Planet

Partnering with business for sustainability. Although the US federal government under the Trump administration is working to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency and withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, there is hope. An impressive array of US corporations, institutions, and sub-federal governments are stepping up to affirm their commitment to environmentally sustainable practices and […]

We’re Looking for Annual Meeting Reporters!

Anthropology News will be running a series of reports on events at the Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Would you like to share your reflections on a panel, installation, poster, or presentation? Or your anthropological insights and impressions of the District? Or delectable conversations with friends at the bar? Please send us an email at […]

Call for 2018 Opinion Columnists!

We are seeking opinion columnists to write engaging, critical commentary for the Anthropology News website in 2018. Do you want to provide your anthropological viewpoint on current events or debates in anthropology? Can you write for a broad audience of anthropologists and non-anthropologists alike? We’re particularly interested in proposals that focus on a particular topic […]

The Storm after Maria

Puerto Rican Aftermath Puerto Ricans are US citizens. Puerto Rico is a colony. The tensions encompassed by these two facts were extremely clear in the federal response to Hurricane Maria. September 20, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. That morning, at around 8:00 a.m., I texted the latest coordinates and predictions of when Maria […]

Four Stories, A Lament, and an Affirmation

Alisse Waterston’s Presidential Lecture at the 116th AAA Annual Meeting No doubt these are dark times. What of us, as anthropologists, in these times? How will we pass the time that is given us? I take the opportunity of this talk to reflect on this moment of being in anthropology. Referring back to and in […]

Reimagining Political Horizons

Anthropologists have long been engaged in resistance and activism. “Social movements have been important spaces for generating anthropological theory,” Leith Mullings insisted in her bold 2013 presidential address, entitled “Anthropology Matters.”  After participating in the 1963 March on Washington, and watching in horror as her fellow civil rights activists were beaten and attacked with dogs […]

Good Intentions and Murky Ethics

How anthropology matters in short-term global health travel. According to Volunteer World, an online international volunteer placement platform, “International voluntary work plays a key role in delivering and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals,” such that “Volunteer World provides the chance to become active and help reach the SDG Goal #03 Good Health And Well-Being.” For […]

Anthropology in Unseen Spaces

Documenting the human costs of the US security-state. This spring, Esperanza, a Salvadoran woman in the small California Central Valley town of Mendota, was on her way to church when the police pulled her over for having “overly tinted windows.” As is becoming more common in this rural town in conservative Fresno County—a county that depends […]

Latinx America and an Anthropology of Dissent

[pquote]Instead of proclaiming and declaring anthropology’s importance, we should step back and ask: What is the matter with anthropology?[/pquote]Our Annual Meeting theme has a problem. “Anthropology Matters!” both asserts the discipline’s relevance and considers anthropology’s subjects of study, but as an anthropologist of color, I question the wisdom in upholding this at face value. If […]