Category Archives: From the Editor

Post-Election Reds and Blues: Public Anthropology, Millennials, and the Future

I’m seeing red and trying to figure out what I can learn from it. But I also keep seeing blue—that wave that represents millennial values and the future—and thinking about how it relates to public anthropology. Despite those who question the validity of the millennial map because it preceded the election, there’s no question that there was a serious generational gap playing out in Tuesday’s vote. read more…

  • dateNovember 10, 2016
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Making #AAA2016 Manageable: The Teaching Culture Top 30

We’ve been assembling a list of AAA recommendations for the last couple of years and didn’t want to disappoint. Below is a list of our Top 30 must-attend sessions. It is by no means exhaustive. With hundreds of sessions competing for attention, this list can only ever be partial, reflecting our own interests in teaching and publishing, in public anthropology, and in ethnographic methodologies of all kinds. That said, we also wanted to include a few sessions that speak to some of the key issues of the day: race, refugees, and the standoff at Standing Rock. read more…

  • dateNovember 8, 2016
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2016: Trends in Teaching, Publishing, and Anthropology

2015 was a bit of blur for me. I spent the bulk of the year in a post-concussive haze. Thankfully, our team pulled in some great syllabi to share with you, and we relied on experienced instructors to offer us interesting classroom activities. We even corralled a more artsy group of anthropologists to take us on Graphic Adventures in Anthropology. We hope to build on that this coming year, and are kicking things off with our Top Ten Trends for 2016. It’s a strange list perhaps—an intersection of teaching, publishing, and anthropology—and one you might not see elsewhere, but we hope you find some value in it. read more…

  • dateJanuary 19, 2016
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Post #AAA2015

I’m still applying moisturizer three times a day to rehydrate after the arid Denver conditions. It was an energizing, exhausting, and momentous #AAA2015 as members voted overwhelmingly in support of the BDS resolution. As well, it was the end of our special Canadian influence at the AAA with Monica Heller finishing her term as President. I missed her presidential address but will see at least some of it realized in a forthcoming book. Thanks for all your hard work over the last two years @anthroprez (now @MonicaHeller4)! read more…

  • dateNovember 24, 2015
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Making #AAA2015 Manageable: The Teaching Culture Top 30

It’s that time of year again, when anthropologists start gathering on Twitter, finish writing their papers, and pack their scarves for the annual AAA pilgrimage. To make things a little easier, we’ve assembled a list of our Top 30 must-attend sessions. As with most lists, it was extraordinarily difficult to whittle things down. This list is by no means exhaustive. Instead, it reflects our interest in ethnography, engaging the public, and of course, teaching anthropology, with a few other important things thrown in to round it out. read more…

  • dateNovember 4, 2015
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