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Annual Review of Anthropology, Climate Change, Anthropocene

Anthropology and Climate ChangeThis is a guest post by Sean Seary, a Hartwick College graduate interested in understanding human interactions with biological and social environments, and how anthropology can use that knowledge to mitigate the impacts of globalization and global climate change. Seary wrote this review as part of a January 2015 internship to help curate an issue of Open Anthropology on anthropology and climate change.

The Open Anthropology issue is titled Hello Anthropocene: Climate Change and Anthropology and launched March 2015. The issue was widely shared via the American Anthropological Association Facebook feed, and also featured in a Hartwick College press release. “Hello Anthropocene” launched just before the big article in Nature, Anthropocene: The Human Age which got big coverage in The New Yorker, When Did the Human Epoch Begin? and the BBC, Anthropocene: Have humans created a new geological age?

Since the 1960s, global climate and environmental change have been important topics of contemporary scientific research. Growing concerns about climate change have introduced a (relatively) new variable in climate change research: the anthropogenic causes of local-global climate and environmental change. Despite archaeologists providing some of the first research and commentary on climate change–a point that is explored in Daniel Sandweiss and Alice Kelley’s Archaeological Contributions to Climate Change Research: The Archaeological Record as a Paleoclimatic and Paleoenvironmental Archive–the field of climate and environmental change research has been predominantly studied by “natural scientists.” This is where Susan Crate’s Climate and Culture: Anthropology in the Era of Contemporary Climate Change in the 2011 Annual Review of Anthropology intervenes. Crate calls for anthropological engagement with the natural sciences (and vice versa) on global climate change discourse, with the intention of creating new multidisciplinary ethnographies that reflect all the contributors to global environmental change.

Crate’s review begins by stating that the earliest anthropological research on climate change was associated with archaeologists: most of whom studied how climate change had an impact on cultural dynamics, societal resilience and decline, and social structure. Anthropological and archaeological engagement with climate change revolved around how cultures attributed meaning and value to their interpretations of weather and climate. Archaeology has long been working on understanding the relationship between climate, environment, and culture. Historically, archaeologists have worked with “natural” scientists in the recovery of climate and environmental data pulled from archaeological strata (Sandweiss and Kelley 2012:372). Such works include Environment and Archaeology: An Introduction to Pleistocene Geography (Butzer 1964), Principles of Geoarchaeology: A North American Perspective (Waters 1992) and Environmental Archaeology: Principles and Practice (Dincauze 2000). The archaeological record incorporates not only stratigraphic data, but also proxy records. These records contributed to much larger paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental studies, including publications in general science literature like Science, Nature, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Sandweiss and Kelley 2012:372; see also the 2013 article in Nature, Contribution of anthropology to the study of climate change). Conversely, the work of “natural” scientists has also appeared in archaeological literature. Contemporarily, archaeologists have studied the impacts that water (or lack thereof) can have on human-environment interactions, through the study of soil and settlements drawing from case studies in Coastal Peru, Northern Mesopotamia, the Penobscot Valley in Maine, or Shetland Island.

Contemporary anthropological analysis of climate change usually focuses on adaptations towards local climate, temperature, flooding, rainfall, and drought (Crate 2011:178). Climate change impacts the cultural framework in which people perceive, understand, experience, and respond to the world in which they live. Crate believes that because of anthropologists’ ability to “be there,” anthropologists are well-suited to interpret, facilitate, translate, communicate, advocate, and act in response to the cultural implications of global (and local) climate change. Understanding the role that people and culture play in understanding land use changes is crucial to defining anthropology’s engagement with climate change. Anthropologists, as well as scientists from allied disciplines must engage in vigorous cross-scale, local-global approaches in order to understand the implications of climate change (Crate 2011:176).

Crate urges that anthropology use its experience in place-based community research and apply it to a global scale, while focusing on ethnoclimatology, resilience, disasters, displacement, and resource management. By studying people living in “climate-sensitive” areas, anthropologists can document how people observe, perceive, and respond to the local effects of global climate change, which at times can compromise not only their physical livelihood, but also undermine their cultural orientations and frameworks (Crate 2011:179). Anthropology is well positioned to understand the “second disaster,” or sociocultural displacement which follows the first disaster (physical displacement), as a result local environmental and climate change. Some of these “second disasters” include shifts in local governance, resource rights, and domestic and international politics (Crate 2011:180). These “second disasters” present yet another challenge to anthropology’s involvement with global climate change: that global climate change is a human rights issue. Therefore, anthropologists should take the initiative in being active and empowering local populations, regions, and even nation-states to seek redress for the damage done by climate change (Crate 2011:182) It is the responsibility of anthropologists working in the field of climate change to link the local and lived realities of environmental change with national and international policies.

In order to accommodate to the rapidly changing (human) ecology, anthropology is in need of new ethnographies that show how the “global” envelops the local, and the subsequent imbalance (environmental injustice/racism) that it creates during this process. Crate urgently calls for anthropologists to become actors in the policy process, utilizing a multidisciplinary, multi-sited collaboration between organizations, foundations, associations, as well as political think tanks and other scientific disciplines. Anthropology’s task at hand is to bridge what is known about climate change to those who are not aware of its impacts, in order to facilitate a global understanding of climate change and its reach (Crate 2011:184).

Crate’s “Climate and Culture” may not have been the first Annual Review article regarding climate change and anthropology, but it is certainly one of the most urgent and pressing. Crate became a member of the American Anthropological Association’s Global Climate Change Task Force. Their report released in January 2015 sets an ambitious agenda for anthropology and climate change. Crate’s article also became foundational for a thematic emphasis of the 2012 Annual Review of Anthropology, which featured seven additional articles on anthropology and climate change.

Politics of the Anthropogenic

Nathan Sayre’s Politics of the Anthropogenic continues where Crate’s Climate and Culture left off: at the advent of a new form of anthropology, one that utilizes an interdisciplinary approach towards understanding the human ecology in relation to global climate change. Sayre invokes a term which Crate did not use in her review article, but that seems to have increasing salience to anthropology: The Anthropocene. Notably, the idea of the Anthropocene and its relationship to anthropology was also the subject of Bruno Latour’s keynote lecture to the American Anthropological Association in 2014: Anthropology at the Time of the Anthropocene.

Sayre describes the Anthropocene as the moment in history when humanity began to dominate, rather than coexist with the “natural” world (Sayre 2012:58). What defines the Anthropocene as a distinct epoch or era is when human activities rapidly shifted (most often considered the Industrial Revolution) from merely influencing the environment in some ways to dominating it in many ways. This is evident in population growth, urbanization, dams, transportation, greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, and the overexploitation of natural resources. The adverse effects of anthropogenic climate change can be measured on nearly every corner of the earth. As a result of local environmental change and global climate change, humans, climate, soil, and nonhuman biota have begun to collapse into one another; in this scenario, it is impossible to disentangle the “social” from the “natural” (Sayre 2012:62). Sayre states that anthropology’s role, together with other sciences, in analyzing climate change in the Anthropocene is to understand that there is no dichotomy between what is considered natural and cultural. Understanding the fluctuations in the earth’s ecosystems cannot be accounted for without dispelling the ideological separation between the natural and the cultural. By adopting conceptual models of “climate justice” and earth system science, anthropologists and biophysical scientists can further dispel the archaic dichotomy of humanity and nature.

The atmosphere, the earth, the oceans, are genuinely global commons. However, environmental climate change and the subsequent effects are profoundly and unevenly distributed throughout space and time (Sayre 2012:65). Biophysically and socioeconomically, the areas that have contributed most to global climate change are the least likely to suffer from its consequences. Those who have contributed the least suffer the most. Anthropologists can play an important role in utilizing climate-based ethnography to help explain and understand the institutions that are most responsible for anthropogenic global warming–oil, coal, electricity, automobiles–and the misinformation, lobbying, and public relations behind “climate denialism” in the Anthropocene. This is the first step in seeking redress for the atrocities of environmental injustice.

Evolution and Environmental Change in Early Human Prehistory

Understanding climate change in the Anthropocene is no easy task, but as Richard Potts argues in Evolution and Environmental Change in Early Human Prehistory, humans have been influencing their environments and their environments have been influencing them well before the era that is considered the “Anthropocene.” Throughout the last several million years the earth has experienced one of its most dramatic eras of climate change, which consequently coincided with the origin of hominins. Homo sapiens represent a turning point in the history of protohuman and human life, because of their capacity to modify habitats and transform ecosystems. Now, approximately 50% of today’s land surface is reserved for human energy flow, and a further 83% of all the viable land on the planet has either been occupied or altered to some extent (Potts 2012:152).

Vrba’s turnover-pulse hypothesis (TPH) and Potts’s variability selection hypothesis (VSH) both serve as explanations for the correlation between environmental and evolutionary change. Vrba’s TPH focused on the origination and extinction of lineages coinciding with environmental change, particularly the rate of species turnovers following major dry periods across equatorial Africa. Potts’s VSH focused on the inherited traits that arose in times of habitat variability, and the selection/favoring of traits that were more adaptively versatile to unstable environments (Potts 2012:154-5). There are three ways in which environmental change and human evolution can potentially be linked. First, evolutionary events may be concentrated in periods of directional environmental change. Second, evolution may be elicited during times of rising environmental variability and resource uncertainty. Finally, evolution may be independent of environmental trend or variability (Potts 2012:155). The aforementioned hypotheses and subsequent links between evolution and environmental change help shed light on the origins and adaptations of Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthals. The anatomical, behavioral, and environmental differences between neanderthals and modern humans suggests that their distinct fates reflect their differing abilities to adjusting to diverse and fluctuating habitats (Potts 2012:160). Potts does an excellent job of stating that before the Anthropocene, early Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthals not only impacted and manipulate their surrounding environments, but were (genetically) impacted by their environments.

Sea Change: Island Communities and Climate Change

Heather Lazrus’s Annual Review article Sea Change: Island Communities and Climate Change returns to climate change in the more recent Anthropocene. For island communities, climate change is an immediate and lived reality in already environmentally fragile areas. These island communities, despite their seeming isolation and impoverishment, are often deeply globally connected in ways that go beyond simplistic descriptions of “poverty” and “isolated” (Lazrus 2012:286). Globally, islands are home to one-tenth of the world’s population, and much of the world’s population tends to be concentrated along coasts. Therefore both are subject to very similar changes in climate and extreme weather events. Islands tend to be regarded as the planet’s “barometers of change” because of their sensitivity to climate change (Lazrus 2012:287). Not only are islands environmentally dynamic areas, consisting of a variety of plants and animal species, but they also have the potential to be areas of significant social, economic, and political interest.

Madagascar: A History of Arrivals, What Happened, and Will Happen Next

Madagascar is a fascinating example of sociopolitical and ecological convergence, and is explored by Robert Dewar and Alison Richard in their Madagascar: A History of Arrivals, What Happened, and Will Happen Next. Madagascar has an extremely diverse system of human ecology that is nearly as diverse the island’s topography, environments, and climate. As a product of its physical diversity, the human ecology of Madagascar has a dynamic social and cultural history. In the Southwest, the Mikea derive significant portions of their food from foraging in the dry forest. Outside of most urban areas, hunting and collecting wild plants is common. Along the west coast, fishing is crucial as a central focus of the economy, but also as a supplement to farming. Farmers in Madagascar have a wide range of varieties and species to choose from including maize, sweet potatoes, coffee, cacao, pepper, cloves, cattle, chickens, sheep, goats, pigs, and turkeys (Dewar and Richard 2012:505). Throughout the island, rice and cattle are the two most culturally and economically important domesticates, and are subsequently adapted to growing under the local conditions of the microclimates of Madagascar. Semi-nomadic cattle pastoralism takes place in the drier regions of Madagascar. Whatever the environmental, climatic, social, or economic surroundings may be, Madagascar (as well as other islands) serve as local microcosms for climate change on the global scale. This relates to Crate’s call for an anthropology that brings forth the global array of connections (“natural”/ sociocultural) portraying local issues of climate change to the global sphere.

Ethnoprimatology and the Anthropology of the Human-Primate Interface

Agustin Fuentes’s main arguments in Ethnoprimatology and the Anthropology of the Human-Primate Interface focus on human-induced climate change and how it affects a vast amount of species, including the other primates (Fuentes 2012:110). By getting rid of the ideology that humans are separate from natural ecosystems and the animals within them, then anthropology can better grasp inquiries relating to global climate change within the Anthropocene. Fuentes then goes on to say (similarly to Crate and Sayre) that by freeing anthropological (and other scientific discourse) from the dichotomy of nature and culture, people will fully understand their relationship in the order of primates, but also their place within the environment. Our human capacity to build vast urban areas, transportation systems, and the deforestation of woodland all impact the local environments in which we live, and consequently gives humans an aura of dominance over nature. As Fuentes states, “at the global level, humans are ecosystem engineers on the largest of scales, and these altered ecologies are inherited not only by subsequent generations of humans but by all the sympatric species residing within them. The ways in which humans and other organisms coexist (and/or conflict) within these anthropogenic ecologies shape the perceptions, interactions, histories, and futures of the inhabitants” (Fuentes 2012:110). Essentially, Fuentes points out that humans have dominated ecosystems on a global scale; however, this has impacted not only human populations but also various plant and animals species, as well as entire ecosystems. It is only within the understanding of the symbiotic relationship between human/plants/animals/ecosystems that people will realize their impact on the environment on a global scale.

Lives With Others: Climate Change and Human-Animal Relations

In Lives With Others: Climate Change and Human-Animal Relations, Rebecca Cassidy ties together Fuentes’s arguments with Crate’s by demonstrating how climate change not only impacts people’s physical livelihood, but also their sociocultural lives. Cassidy states that people with animal-centered livelihoods experience climate change on many different levels, and subsequently, climate change may see those animals (or plants) become incapable of fulfilling their existing functions. Societies that are most frequently geopolitically marginalized often are left reeling from the impacts that climate change has on their social, political, economic, and environmental lives (Cassidy 2012:24). The impacts that climate change has on marginalized societies often affects their ability to live symbiotically and sustainably with other species. Human/animal “persons” are conceived to be reciprocal and equal, living in a symbiotic world system, in which their sustenance, reproduction, life, and death are all equally important. The extinction of particular species of animals and plants can cause cosmological crises, as well as disrupt the potential for future adaptability.

Cassidy’s claim that humans, animals, plants, and their environments are reciprocal and symbiotic ties in with Crate’s plea for an anthropology that rids itself of the old dichotomy of the natural and cultural. Crate’s idea for new ethnographies that consider the human ecology of climate change begin by utilizing what Lazrus calls Traditional Environmental Knowledge, or TEK. TEK is “a cumulative body of knowledge, practice, and belief, evolving by adaptive process and handed down through generations by cultural transmission, about the relationship of living beings (including humans) with one another and with their environment” (Lazrus 2012:290). TEK utilizes the spiritual, cosmological, and moral practices that condition human relationships with their surrounding physical environments. Such ethnographies should reflect all of the potential contributors to climate change in the Anthropocene, but they should also infuse new urgency to anthropological approaches. As Crate states “anthropologists need to become more globalized agents for change by being more active as public servants and engaging more with nonanthropological approaches regarding climate change” (Crate 2011: 183).

As made evident by the work of Sandweiss and Kelley, anthropology has early roots in climate change research dating back to the 1960s. Since then, anthropology’s contribution to climate change research has been significant, and is now sparking a new generation of engaged anthropology in the Anthropocene.

American Anthropological Association #AAA2014 Meetings

Anthropology Meetings 2014The 2014 Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association were December 2-7 in Washington D.C. and feature a Searchable Program.

I was a discussant for Anthropology and Storytelling, and I transcribed my discussant remarks Transformational Storytelling Anthropology. I was also very interested in sessions related to teaching my fall 2014 Cultural Anthropology course, like Citizenship Otherwise: More Lessons from the Savage Slot and Questioning the Western Order of Things: The Ontological Turn Viewed from the Caribbean.

Then there were papers related to my 2015 Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology course and my forthcoming co-authored book with Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, such as Communities and Commodities: Contention and Accommodation.

And I’m always interested in what might contribute to an Introduction to Anthropology, such as the sessions on What is General Anthropology? What is its Future? and Popular Anthropology’s Webs of Significance.

I also attended sessions in search of material to put in an issue of Open Anthropology under the theme of anthropology and climate change, such as the session on Indigenous Experts: The Technopolitics of Recognition in North America.

And not long after the meetings the Global Climate Change Task Force of the AAA released its final report, spurring this issue to the forefront of anthropology: See the follow-up post Annual Review of Anthropology and Climate Change

How do you write an anthropology textbook?

Anthropology TextbookOver at my blog-page which attempts to review and integrate anthropology textbooks, got this question from Christopher DeCorse, anthropologist and archaeologist, and co-author with Raymond Scupin of Anthropology: A Global Perspective. This four-field anthropology textbook is 2012, in its 7th edition from Pearson, and they are revising for a new edition.

On this site I’ve tried to say something about What is Anthropology? I’ve also tried to help out with “Entangling the Biological” for an Introduction-to-Anthropology course, and done some reviews on Best Introduction to Anthropology Syllabus – Four Fields. On the theme of biological anthropology, my thanks as well to Katherine MacKinnon for including me in her useful Year in Review essay Contemporary Biological Anthropology in 2013: Integrative, Connected, and Relevant.

I thought I’d now leave it open to you. How do you write an anthropology textbook? Here’s Chris DeCorse:

So what is anthropology?

Hi Jason, we follow Living Anthropologically and we appreciate your comments on the 7th Edition of our four field anthropology text, Anthropology: A Global Perspective (Pearson 2012). We have incorporated your feedback into the revisions for the new 8th Edition due out in Fall 2015.

But I have a question for you. How do we decide what are the key discoveries and interpretations that need to be in an introductory anthropology textbook? How do we decide “what is anthropology” when writing for a broad audience that includes faculty with varying perspectives and students who may only take one anthropology course? In the process of writing and revising our textbooks, we typically get feedback from between eight and twenty reviewers–and I include you here! Comments include varying perspectives of new discoveries, the areas to be covered, and differing theoretical or conceptual perspectives. There are always suggestions on more things to add-or to exclude, suggestions that often are dramatically opposed. For example, one reviewer of a particular chapter in the 7th Edition said: This “careful chapter” is “a powerful demonstration of the use of anthropological knowledge.” While with regard to the same chapter another reviewer opined “This is the most disappointing chapter of the entire book. The rationale for the amount of space given to one thing over another is a mystery.” These comments are paraphrased, but as presented the statements are actually less dramatically conflicting than some of the reviews that we have received.

So in writing a general anthropology textbook how do we decide what to include? Our view is to try and present the breadth of the field; offer a basis for discussion of the major themes and ideas, in order to provide instructors with a foundation that allows them to explore varied discoveries, areas, or themes on their own. We also believe that critical thinking is fundamental to anthropology. Hence, we pointedly include some discussion of discarded perspectives, and present opposing interpretations, exploring how these have been critiqued and evaluated. Our feeling is that this allows students to get a sense of how data are evaluated and how different theoretical perspectives are assessed. Some texts, however, take a more specific view that runs through the entire work. This has the advantage of providing a strong unifying perspective. A good example is Culture, People, Nature: An Introduction to General Anthropology the four-field textbook of the late Marvin Harris. Harris had a very cohesive theoretical perspective and many professors appreciated this in using his four-field textbook. Some anthropologists, however, do not share this perspective. Pedagogically, the problem is that instructors simply don’t have the time (or desire) to develop a particular theoretical perspective in an introductory anthropology course–especially a course introducing all of the subfields of anthropology.

Indeed, the background to all of the above comments is the constraints of time and space, with regard to classroom time and space in the text. One of the more regular comments from both reviewers and adopters alike is that the content of introductory texts covers more than they can typically address in the span of a single course. In writing a textbook, we also have to make hard decisions about what we put in–covering DNA in a single paragraph or all of “The Paleolithic” in twenty odd pages is a bit daunting. There is always too little time and to little space.

So my question to you is how do you decide what to put in a textbook? Would you, for example, prefer that the views of early, 19th century anthropologists were excluded, or have discussion of hominin evolution focus on a single predominant view of hominin phylogeny?

Anthropology Blogs Update – June 2014

It’s been too long since the last entry, and I’ve been notified of some new anthropology blogs–or ones I had not known about. Thank you for the update–the anthropology blogs below are newly added and integrated with the previous big list of Anthropology Blogs 2014. And be sure to also check out Dick Powis at Savage Minds: his Around-the-Web Digests are excellent!

Anthropolitics – Anthropology, Politics and Human Security
Gerhard Hoffstaedter is a lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Queensland, and previously a research fellow with La Trobe University’s Institute for Human Security. Research focuses on development (especially the role of religion), multiculturalism, refugee politics, Islam in Southeast Asia and identity politics in Asia-Pacific.

We are Tarapuhi Bryers-Brown, Tayla Hancock and Hollie Russell and together we make up the Anthsisters. The blog is dedicated to anything and everything anthropology and student related. Although we specialise in Cultural Anthropology we are open to discussion concerning the other branches of Anthropology – Linguistics, Archaeology and Biology.

Boas Network – Broadening of Anthropology Spectrum
We are an information and entertainment forum providing the public a direct link to connect and enter the world of anthropology in an exciting and accessible way. For anthropologists, this is the place to showcase and promote your videos, knowledge and research to the mainstream.

Cool Anthropology – Cool, Credible, Concepts
This site is our burgeoning attempt to rectify our closed circle and provide current, well-research and reviewed, cool anthropological information for all the cool anthropology seekers out there.

Cultural Admixtures
This blog is about culture and psychoactive substances and includes thoughts on the politics, sensory dynamics, and social world of shamanism and alternative religion. Alex K. Gearin is doing PhD research in anthropology on Australian practices of the traditionally indigenous Amazonian psychoactive drink ayahuasca.

Fongoli Savanna Chimpanzee Project
Jill D. Pruetz is the principal investigator of the Fongoli Savanna Chimpanzee Project, the longest-running research study of its kind in Senegal, West Africa.

Harris Anthropology – Anthropology, Archaeology, History, General Science
If you think that Anthropology sounds fun, whether it be the biological or cultural, then feel free to follow this blog, where I’ll share loads of interesting Anthropological articles and insights.

Anthropology Blogs - June 2014 UpdateMeredith F. Small – Author of Fall Creek and Our Babies Ourselves
Meredith Small is an anthropologist at Cornell University and the author of Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent. Her previous blog was unfortunately hacked, so this is her current blog home.

Oficio de Antropólogos
El espacio para la ciencia antropológica, su difusión en un contexto moderno, con mirada hacia el pasado para entonces proyectar al futuro. Oficio de Antropólogos proviene del tintero del Dr. Eduar do González Múñiz, investigador de la historia de esta disciplina. Estos audioblogs en formato podcast, están dirigidos al público general y estudiosos.

Perspectives in Anthropology – Open-Access Anthropological Publications
Perspectives in Anthropology, is a new online publication series launched in 2014. The series specializes in articles in any field of Social Anthropology which are available online as open-access and free-to-read. All publications in the series are evaluated by an open-source, peer-review process.

This Anthropological Life – Podcasting Complex Worlds through Public Conversations
We use our training to show how complex our world truly is and how that’s a beautiful thing. We expose injustices by revealing often hidden assumptions in everyday language, technology use, or body gestures. We are driven by the values of increasing social consciousness, acceptance and promotion of diversity, honest inquiry, and promote these in an inclusive, entertaining way.

Upward Anthropology Research Community
In 1972, Laura Nader called for anthropologists to “study up” – to turn the ethnographic gaze on the people, sites, and practices of power. With the creation of this community, we hope to provide resources, advice, information, and other forms of support to anthropologists who are currently or are interested in beginning this practice.

Anthropology Blogs Update! – June 2014

Anthropology Blogs 2014

Anthropology Blogs are a way to understand What is Anthropology. For 2014 I revisited the previous 2013 Anthropology Blogs and 2012 Anthropology Blogs. The blogs included here have all published since June 2013.

Please let me know if you spot any additions, re-activations, or would like your blog description adjusted. Please also visit the Anthropology Blogs RSS link on the Open Anthropology Cooperative to download an aggregated RSS file for Anthropology Blogs. My thanks to Erin Taylor of PopAnth for compiling the RSS of anthropology blogs, and for her very helpful suggestions.

Thank you and enjoy the anthropology blogs!

Anthropology Blogs 2014

DANG, the Digital Anthropology Group

AAA – American Anthropological Association Blog
The American Anthropological Association (AAA) created this blog as a service to members and the general public. A forum to discuss topics of debate in anthropology and a space for public commentary on association policies, publications and advocacy issues.

Age of Intuition
A qualitative analysis of 21st century American culture. L.E. Moore has worked in the historic preservation field since the mid 1980s, with a brief interlude in the financial services industry.

Aidnography: Development as anthropological object
Eclectic mix of reflections on international development, anthropology and academic research. Tobias Denskus: After a critical learning experience at the Peace Studies Department at the University of Bradford, I became a citizen of ‘Aidland’, working, living, listening to people and experiencing international peacebuilding in Nepal, humanitarian work in Kabul Afghanistan and research into German peacebuilding projects in Macedonia.

All Tomorrow’s Cultures
Occasional posts on anthropologically interesting science fiction, anthropological futures and my own future as an anthropologist.

Allegra: A Virtual Laboratory of Legal Anthropology
The site pushes the boundaries of scholarly representations of ‘the law’ in the broadest sense. In addition to viewing the law as a site of normative engagement, we examine its knowledge pratices, authority claims, notions of subjectivity and agency.

American Ethnography Quasimonthly
American Ethnography is a stranger in a 1972 Riviera, sunburst yellow banged up and dirty, raving coffee madness cruising Main Street of the quiet desert town at 15 miles an hour…

Ana Servigna
Ana Servigna’s research interests are related to Cultural Identities, History and Space/Place representations applied to architecture and urban design.

Analog/Digital – Anthropology • Web • Media • Society • Ethnography
Francine Barone: This blog is for commentary, analysis and rants on subjects including, but not limited to, the broad fields of anthropology, ethnography, technology, web research, higher education and academia. It will detail my encounters with new technologies, media, communication tools and the web, focusing on how the human engagement with machines shapes our social, cultural and physical environments.

Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives
How can we use material traces of past lives to understand sex and gender in the past? Rosemary Joyce is a professor of anthropology at UC Berkeley and an archeologist who has conducted fieldwork in Honduras since 1977. Original interests in settlement patterns and cultural identity in what has long been called the “frontier” of Mesoamerica led to household archaeology, theories of material symbolism, and eventually to questions about how gender, sex, and other intersecting dimensions of identity such as race, ethnicity, class, and age are materialized.

Andreas Lloyd
I am an anthropologist working as an independent consultant and researcher at the intersection between people and technology. I am an activist deeply engaged in Borgerlyst and Københavns Fødevarefælleskab. I am a writer of essays and stories–both in Danish and in English.

The Animal Connection
The Animal Connection is a blog based on ongoing research (mine and others’) and personal observations about human evolution, the human animal, and our deep connection to other animals. Pat Shipman, Ph.D., is a writer and paleoanthropologist who writes about science and evolution for non-scientists.

Anthro | Religion | Media
Musings on the intersection of religion, media, culture, and politics…with an emphasis on Islam/Muslims post-9/11.

Anthrodesign – A conversation about ethnographic methods
We welcome new participants in an online community that has formed to talk about anthropology and design. Members are interested in the role of applied anthropology in the corporate, public sector, and medical contexts.

Anthro Doula – Thoughts on Birth and Culture
Thoughts on Birth and Culture by a New Doula. Emily is a Doula and an aspiring Medical Anthropologist. The purpose of this blog is to share information discovered on pregnancy, childbirth, mothering, and breastfeeding, on the journey to becoming a doula.

The Anthro Geek: The Study of Humanity’s Geekiest Blog
This blog addresses matters of Anthropology, Technology, Productivity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Induction and anything else involving the study of humanity broadly conceived. James Mullooly has a PhD from Columbia University’s Applied Anthropology Program and “does Anthropology” as a professor in Fresno, US.

Anthrocharya: Thoughts about anthropology and the world, from an anthropologist
“Anthrocharya” is a combination of “anthro” from anthropology and “charya”, from the Sanskrit “acharya”, teacher/scholar. When not lurking online, I’m Lavanya Murali Proctor, a mild-mannered anthropologist based in the U.S. This blog is a collection of my thoughts on anthropology, anthropologists, and events of current interest to academics, professionals, and students who are engaged with anthropology.

The AnthroLOLogist
Jesse Hession Grayman first went to Indonesia as a high school exchange student in 1989. Graduate studies have taken extra time because of years spent in Aceh, but dissertation will be about post-conflict recovery and the peace process there.

Anthropod – What a cultural anthropologist thinks about
Anthropod is a blog documenting how a cultural anthropologist thinks about research, teaching, and the ways that we live in and shape the world around us. Anthropod is written by Lorena Gibson, an anthropologist and musician based in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand

Anthropolitics – Anthropology, Politics and Human Security
Gerhard Hoffstaedter is a lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Queensland, and previously a research fellow with La Trobe University’s Institute for Human Security. Research focuses on development (especially the role of religion), multiculturalism, refugee politics, Islam in Southeast Asia and identity politics in Asia-Pacific.

Anthropoliteia: the anthropology of policing
A blog about police, policing and security from an anthropological perspective. Kevin Karpiak is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology at Eastern Michigan University. Focuses on policing as a useful nexus for exploring questions in both political anthropology and the anthropology of morality.

Anthropological Observations on economics, politics, & daily life
Edward F. Fischer is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. Works at the intersection of anthropology and political economy. Current research focuses on the ways moral values affect economic rationalities.

Anthropological Research on the Contemporary (ARC)
Devoted to collaborative inquiry into contemporary forms of life labor and language. ARC engages in empirical study and conceptual work with global reach and long-term perspective. ARC creates contemporary equipment for work on collaborative projects and problems in the 21st century.

anthropologies: A Collaborative Online Project
The goal of this site is to explore contemporary anthropology through essays, short articles, and opinion pieces written from diverse perspectives. There is no single way to define the field, hence “anthropologies.” By presenting various viewpoints and positions, this site seeks to highlight not only what anthropology means to those who practice it, but also how those meanings are relevant to wider audiences.
Note: In 2014, Ryan Anderson reports that Anthropologies will move to Savage Minds.

the Anthropologist in the Stacks
Donna Lanclos is an anthropologist and folklorist. In 2009, she was hired to be the Library Ethnographer-UNC Charlotte. In and among all of the interviewing, observations, focus groups, and usability testing, she is still figuring out what that means.

Anthropologizing – Amy L. Santee
Anthropologizing features a mixed-bag of posts on applied social research, business anthropology, design and user experience research, social observations, and other topics by Portland-based anthropologist and design researcher Amy L. Santee.

Anthropology @ UBC: comments on the study of human societies
Cultural anthropology is the study of human societies and cultures in all of their manifest forms and variations. Designed to complement class lectures and tutorial discussions for an introductory course exploring the diversity of anthropological study.

anthropology at home: or anywhere
Blog about doing anthropology at home. I’ll share my work in studying the economics of families and households, as well as thoughts and opinions on relevant topics in the social sciences and the world around me.

Anthropology Attacks!
Dick Powis is an undergraduate student at Cleveland State University’s Department of Anthropology. Research Interests: Biocultural, medical, and evolutionary anthropology; osteology; epidemiology and public health; population biology and genetics.

Anthropology Blog Network
A collection of anthropology blog feeds hosted at the University of Alabama College of Arts & Sciences.

Anthropology by the Wire
Anthropology By The Wire is a multi-media research project on urban and visual anthropology in Baltimore that is part of a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates grant at Towson University. In this project, students conduct research on neighborhoods in Baltimore utilizing anthropological methods through the lens of a public anthropology with a variety of digital media

Anthropology En Pointe
Follow Mike Barnes’s research into the fascinating world of professional ballet (Member of the International Dance Council CID-UNESCO)

Anthropology in Practice – Krystal D’Costa
Examines the relationships we share with each other and the world-at-large by drawing on anthropological theory to explain practical, everyday events and behaviors. Invites everyone to consider and discuss the world in terms of ethnography and history.

Anthropology and Practice
This is a conversation spanning current and pressing narratives of embodiment, violence, biological citizenship, health disparities, insurance, genetic testing and epigenetics. Started by a medical anthropologist in Minneapolis, contributors are welcome.

Anthropology in Public
A Digital Anthropology effort from Ryan Anderson, Savage Minds blogger.

Anthropology is for foodies
A blog on things food, culture, anthropology, and current events from the perspective of a female anthropology major of mixed ethnic background. Valerie Feria-Isacks is an ‘older’ second-time in college student majoring in anthropology.

Anthropology Major Fox
Anthropology Major Fox, the meme for us Anthro freaks. – Beyond bones & stones’s mission is to create a cohesive online community of individuals interested in anthropology. To promote and facilitate discussion, review research, extend stewardship of resources, and disseminate knowledge. Seeks the widest possible engagement with all segments of society, including professionals, students, and anyone interested in advancing knowledge and enhancing awareness of anthropology.

This blog is a project of the Culture in Global Affairs (CIGA) research and policy program of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Its mission is wide-ranging: to promote awareness of the relevance of anthropological knowledge to contemporary issues and to enhance discussion and debate within and beyond anthropology about contemporary issues.

Anthropomics – Evolution, Anthropology, and Science
Jon Marks: Formerly a faux geneticist, now a faux historian, all the while an evolutionary anthropologist. Anthropomics is inspired by the three Georges: Gaylord Simpson, Carlin, and S. Kaufman.
Note: For older posts see this Anthropomics.

Anthroprobably is a multi-site network bringing you the latest anthropological news, media, blogs and resources. The network is moderated by Matthew Tuttle, an Anthropology M.A. graduate with a background in archaeology, cultural anthropology, preservation, and journalism.

We are Tarapuhi Bryers-Brown, Tayla Hancock and Hollie Russell and together we make up the Anthsisters. The blog is dedicated to anything and everything anthropology and student related. Although we specialise in Cultural Anthropology we are open to discussion concerning the other branches of Anthropology – Linguistics, Archaeology and Biology.

Antropocoiso: Blog de Paulo Granjo
Antropólogo do Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa, doutorou-se em 2001 e realiza pesquisas tanto em Portugal como em Moçambique. Mete o nariz em terrenos de estudo tão diversos como a indústria, as práticas curativas e mágicas, os processos de aprendizagem, as práticas políticas, as relações laborais ou o direito familiar.
A multilingual anthropology portal with news blogs in English, German and Norwegian. The English blog section is antropologi blog.

Antropología y Muerte: Intervención en el Cementerio Parroquial de Penco
La Intervención en el Cementerio Parroquial de Penco es un trabajo voluntario que se realiza luego del terremoto de febrero de 2010. Un trabajo de antropología social y física enfocado en la identificación positiva de restos humanos para ser entregados a sus familiares para su nueva sepultura.

Antropologia: una perspectiva multiple, por Gabriela Vargas-Cetina, antropologa
¿Cual es el rol de la antropologia en el siglo XXI? Nuestra disciplina parece estar situada en una posicion privilegiada para el mundo actual. Puesto que nos ocupamos de conocer la vida cotidiana y las formas de ver el mundo de quienes habitan este planeta, tenemos las herramientas necesarias para analizar los rapidos cambios por los que nuestro mundo está atravesando, desde las nuevas formas de comunicación instantanea hasta el calentamiento global y la predominacion de las corporaciones en la economia mundial.

El Antropólogo Perplejo
An anthropologist without concern is not an anthropologist at all. José Mansilla: Doctorando dentro del Programa de Procesos de Control Social: Trabajo, Exclusiones y Violencia con una Tesis sobre migración y redes de solidaridad en Poble Nou, Barcelona.

Serving up old news (i.e., archaeology) since A.D. 2004!

Archaeogaming – Exploring the archaeology of (and in) video games
Archaeogaming is a blog dedicated to the discussion of the archaeology both of and in video games (console, computer, mobile). If a game uses archaeology in some way, we’ll discuss it here.

The Archaeological Eye – Sara Perry
Dr. Sara Perry is a Lecturer in Cultural Heritage Management in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. She recently completed a doctorate in archaeology at the University of Southampton under the supervision of Prof Stephanie Moser.

Archaeology and Material Culture – The Material World
Paul Mullins is a historical archaeologist who studies consumer culture in the last half-millennium. This includes research on the intersection of material consumption and the color line; race and urban renewal; the emergence of consumer society in northern Europe; Victorian decorative material culture; and the relationship between popular culture and materiality in the contemporary world.

Arctic Anthropology
Updates and News from Northern Anthropology of Circumpolar Regions. Several Arctic anthropologists, mostly based in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland, have decided now is the right time to create a platform that allows us to communicate our ideas.

How to use anthropology, in business and ADVENTURE!!!!

Benign Neglect by David Lancy, PhD (in Psychology Today)
An anthropologist looks at contemporary parenting. Lancy is the author of The Anthropology of Childhood: Cherubs, Chattel, Changelings

The Biocultural Evolution Blog
Our Intertwined Biological and Cultural Identity. An Interdisciplinary Blog about Biocultural Evolution – by Aaron Jonas Stutz

BANDIT – Biological ANthropology Developing Investigators Troop
A community bringing together a troop of like-minded primates lucky enough to have a career studying other primates in their endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful. Julienne Rutherford is a biological anthropologist, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Biological anthropology, war & health, growth & nutrition – Patrick F. Clarkin, Ph.D.
Mostly about biological anthropology. Other topics: evolution, war, conflict and cooperation, health, nutrition, and the Hmong/Southeast Asian refugee diaspora. Patrick Clarkin is a biological anthropologist and associate professor at U.Massachusetts-Boston

Boas Network – Broadening of Anthropology Spectrum
We are an information and entertainment forum providing the public a direct link to connect and enter the world of anthropology in an exciting and accessible way. For anthropologists, this is the place to showcase and promote your videos, knowledge and research to the mainstream.

Bone Broke – Archaeology, Biological Anthropology & Grad School
PhD student in Anthropological Archaeology. Focus on bioarchaeology, which uses the methods of biological anthropology to answer archaeological questions.

A Bone to Pick – Fieldwork, Research, and Bioarchaeology
Scott D. Haddow is a bioarchaeologist who works at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey and various archaeological sites in Egypt. Interests include bioarchaeology, ancient history and cross-cultural studies of mortuary practices, past and present.

Bones Don’t Lie
Katy Meyers is an Anthropology PhD student who specializes in Mortuary archaeology and bioarchaeology. Active in the digital humanities and is the head game designer for an educational video game, Red Land Black Land. She also writes for the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative, MSU Campus Archaeology, and is a guest writer on Past Horizons.

Brave New Words by Dr. Piers Kelly
On the trail of linguistic creativity in Asia and Australia. Dr Piers Kelly is a linguistic anthropologist at the School of Language Studies, The Australian National University, Canberra.

Busting Myths About Human Nature
Agustín Fuentes, trained in Zoology and Anthropology, is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. His research delves into the how and why of being human. Ranging from chasing monkeys in the jungles and cities of Asia, to exploring the lives of our evolutionary ancestors, to examining what people actually do across the globe, Professor Fuentes is interested in both the big questions and the small details of what makes humans and our closest relatives tick.

Carlos García Mora, Etnólogo
Catálogo y consulta de textos personales. Etnólogo mexicano del Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia.

C L O S E R: Anthropology of Muslims in Europe
Martijn de Koning currently works in the Department of Islam and Arab Studies at the Faculty of Religious Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen.

Cambio y Corto – Emprendimiento Social y Etnografía de la Innovación
Blog de Josep M. Miró, antropólogo, emprendedor, educador, agitador y observador de buenas y malas prácticas sobre cooperación al desarrollo, emprendedores sociales, innovación y responsabilidad social.

Cool Anthropology – Cool, Credible, Concepts
This site is our burgeoning attempt to rectify our closed circle and provide current, well-research and reviewed, cool anthropological information for all the cool anthropology seekers out there.

Connected in Cairo
Growing up Cosmopolitan in the Middle East. Featuring news and information about globalization and the modern Middle East, based on the ideas and concepts in the book Connected in Cairo. Mark Allen Peterson’s research interests are ethnography of communication, mass media, information technologies, nationalism, transnationalism and globalization, semiotics, drama and spectacle.

Context and Variation
Dr. Kate Clancy is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois. She studies the evolutionary medicine of women’s reproductive physiology, and blogs about her field, the evolution of human behavior and issues for women in science.

Cultural Admixtures
This blog is about culture and psychoactive substances and includes thoughts on the politics, sensory dynamics, and social world of shamanism and alternative religion. Alex K. Gearin is doing PhD research in anthropology on Australian practices of the traditionally indigenous Amazonian psychoactive drink ayahuasca.

Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative
Hosted by the Department of Anthropology, The Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative is a platform for interdisciplinary scholarly collaboration at Michigan State University. Strives to equip students with the practical and analytical skills necessary to creatively apply information and communication technologies to cultural heritage materials.

Culture and International Affairs
William O. Beeman, Professor and Chair of Anthropology and specialist in Middle East Studies at the University of Minnesota. Includes current publications on Middle Eastern affairs, especially Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf region; anthropology; linguistics; performance; opera; things Japanese and Central Asian.

Culture, Cognition, and Design – M. Howard Thomas
As an Experience-Design leader for General Motors, Michael Howard Thomas is an enthusiastic advocate for anthropologically informed approaches toward design and mobility.

Culture Matters
Current and former students and staff of the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, write about the emergent trends in anthropology. In particular we are interested in discussing the ways in which the methods and insights of anthropology are being ‘applied’ in various settings, both within and beyond the academy.

CultureBy – Grant McCracken
At the intersection of Anthropology and Economics. Trained as an anthropologist, Grant has studied American culture and business for 25 years. He has taught anthropology at the University of Cambridge, ethnography at MIT, and marketing at the Harvard Business School. He is a long time student of culture and commerce.

Cyber Anthropology
Anthropology of gaming, blogging, social networking, online communities and so much more! Diana Harrelson writes on cyber anthropology, human computer interaction, user experience design, gaming and various other topics.

decasia: critique of academic culture
Eli Thorkelson is a graduate student in cultural anthropology in Chicago. Works on anthropology of universities in France and the United States.

Decolonize All The Things
I’m a bio-cultural anthropologist and sociologist, currently a Physical Anthropology PhD student. This blog documents my journey through constant decolonization and depatriarchalization.

Diario de una antropóloga en la inopia
Marta Arnaus es una antropóloga social de la Universidad de Barcelona (Spain). En este diario personal, reflexiona en voz alta sobre la vida cotidiana, la ciudad, la desigualdad social, la política y veganismo. También comparte sus impresiones etnográficas sobre cine, literatura, música y arte que le emocionan.

Dirt – a blog about archaeology
Terry P. Brock is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Michigan State University: Since 2008, I have maintained a blog called “Dirt”, which discusses my research, higher education, uses of social media in cultural heritage and public archaeology, teaching, and my social commentary on issues of gender violence.

Discuss White Privilege

Display Adaptability: Adapting to Change in the 21st Century
Kathleen E. Fuller is an expert in the study of human origins and adaptations. The purpose of this blog is to discuss in a more informal manner topics that are important to an individual’s health and success.

Dylan Kerrigan OpEds
Dylan Kerrigan is Lecturer/Researcher in Cultural Anthropology, Political Sociology, and Criminology at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus. Main areas of focus: class analysis; class and culture; inequality, social change, and the state; spectacle; carnival and sport; social justice; power, elites and white-collar crime; culture and politics.

Elfshot – Sticks and Stones, Understanding the archaeological record
Tim Rast is a Canadian archaeologist and a flintknapper who specializes in artifact reproductions and knapped jewelry based on artifacts found across the Arctic and Subarctic, with an emphasis on Newfoundland and Labrador.

Engaged Anthropology, Peacebuilding, Human Rights – Aldo Civico
Aldo Civico is the founder and director of The International Institute for Peace at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, where he is an assistant professor in anthropology.

Entomophagy Anthropology – Julie Lesnik, editor
Julie Lesnik received her PhD studying the role of termites in the diet of fossil hominins and has since started exploring insects as food more broadly.

Erin B. Taylor – Material culture, mobile money and development
Research interests focus on material culture, financial practices and socioeconomic development in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Instituto de Ciências Sociais at the Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. Editor for PopAnth – Hot Buttered Humanity – Popular Anthropology.

Ethnographer | Ecographer
Social Justice, Ecological Sustainability, Public Anthropology, Global Health. By Heather E. Young-Leslie, Ph.D.

Ethnography Matters
A place for conversation between academic and applied ethnography, for listening to and thinking about people’s stories, and for analysis and theory focused on the social patterns and contexts of technological (re)use, rejection and (re)construction.
A long-running and consistent group blog in ethnography and anthropology.

Siamack Salari – I created ethnosnacker to stimulate much needed debate about what commercial ethnographic research is, isn’t and should be. I also use this site to share my day-to-day experience of managing a mobile ethnographic research platform, ethos – ethnographic observation system.

Evolutionary Anthropology – E.O. Smith
Evolution is not a theory, it is a fact, and as such provides the most powerful tool to explain what goes on around us.

The Evolutionary Studies Consortium
The Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) Consortium is designed to facilitate the development and implementation of Evolutionary Studies Programs. An Evolutionary Studies Program introduces students from all majors to evolutionary theory early in their academic careers.

The Evolving Father – on Psychology Today
How fatherhood differs across cultures and through time by Peter B. Gray, Ph.D. and Kermyt G. Anderson, Ph.D. They are the co-authors of Fatherhood: Evolution and Human Paternal Behavior.

Fieldnotes & Footnotes – Bree Blakeman
A PhD student of Anthropology in Australia. This site is primarily a documentation of the process of writing a dissertation. It is to acknowledge and celebrate the social nature of knowledge production within the academy–and to make Indigenous issues and Intercultural relations a part of public conversation.

A blog about music and anthropology, at the moment mainly in German, with translation in process. How to do music, mediumship, infogenetic linkages, digitalization, constructivism music.

Food Anthropology
Blog of The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN), formerly known as the Council on Nutritional Anthropology (CNA), organized in 1974 in response to the increased interest in the interface between social sciences and human nutrition.

Fongoli Savanna Chimpanzee Project
Jill D. Pruetz is the principal investigator of the Fongoli Savanna Chimpanzee Project, the longest-running research study of its kind in Senegal, West Africa.

The Geek Anthropologist – Marie-Pierre Renaud
The Geek Anthropologist is a blog where geekiness, online communities and science-fiction are analysed through the perspective of socio-cultural anthropology.

Genealogy of Religion – Explorations in Evolution, Anthropology and History
This blog covers the vast, interdisciplinary field of evolutionary religious studies. Cris Campbell holds advanced degrees in anthropology, philosophy, and law.

German Dziebel is an anthropologist trained in the Russian and American schools, and runs anthropology blogs:

Gillian Tett at the Financial Times
Gillian Tett is markets and finance commentator and an assistant editor of the Financial Times. Tett earned a PhD in social anthropology at Clare College, Cambridge based on field research in Tajikistan in the former Soviet Union. She is the author of Fool’s Gold: The Inside Story of J.P. Morgan and How Wall St. Greed Corrupted Its Bold Dream and Created a Financial Catastrophe.

Gina Athena Ulysse on the Huffington Post
Gina Athena Ulysse is an associate professor of anthropology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Born in Haiti, she has lived in the United States for the last thirty years. She is also a poet, performance artist and multi-media artist. She is the author of Downtown Ladies: Informal Commercial Importers, a Haitian Anthropologist and Self-Making in Jamaica.

The Global Social Media Impact Study Blog
The Global Social Media Impact Study currently has nine anthropologists inserted into fieldsites around the world conducting long-term ethnographic fieldwork on how social media is affecting the lives of ordinary people. This blog exists for our researchers to share some of the exciting experiences of anthropological fieldwork with a wider audience.

Glossographia – Anthropology, linguistics, and prehistory
Dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of language from a social scientific perspective. Stephen Chrisomalis is an anthropologist and assistant professor at Wayne State University. Primary research focus on the anthropology of mathematics, specifically numerical systems.

Gopk: State. Nationalism. Political Cultures.
Giovanni Picker, Visiting fellow at University of Bristol

Greg Laden’s Blog, Culture as Science – Science as Culture
Greg Laden is a Biological Anthropologist who studies Human Behavioral Biology and Human Environment Interaction using, among other things, Archaeology as a tool, but with a strong background in North American Historical Archaeology, North American Prehistoric Archaeology in the Glaciated Zone, and an Africanist.

Harris Anthropology – Anthropology, Archaeology, History, General Science
If you think that Anthropology sounds fun, whether it be the biological or cultural, then feel free to follow this blog, where I’ll share loads of interesting Anthropological articles and insights.

HawgBlawg – Broadcasts from NW Arkansas: Razorback Country
Ted Swedenburg is Professor of Anthropology, University of Arkansas, Middle East Report editorial committee member, and KXUA d.j.

A Hot Cup of Joe – Archaeology, anthropology, science, and skepticism
Carl Feagans is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington’s anthropology program, now in the master’s program for archaeology. Among academic interests are the religious and cult beliefs of prehistoric peoples, particularly in the Near East around the Pre-Pottery Neolithic. Also fascinated with cognitive archaeology and early information storage.

How to be an Anthropologist
When life hands you student loans and two degrees that no one understands, make some very creative lemonade. Angela VandenBroek is an anthropologist, web designer, wife and future doctoral student. Interested in American culture, the practice of identity, discourse, and power.

The Human Economy Blog – Bringing people back into economics
The Human Economy Program was created in 2011 and is located at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. It is designed to bring back human concerns into economic studies and brings together researchers from around the world with experience in diverse disciplines.

The Human Family – Kinship, social organization, & the study thereof
In exchange for your patience in letting me learn how to blog I will teach you something about kinship (and social organization, too!)

Ideas Bazaar – Simon Roberts
Leading business anthropologist whose work over the last decade with global businesses and policy making organisations has centred on ageing, technology, media and innovation.

Im/placed: Identities in space and place by John Colman Wood
The title is a displacement of the word “emplaced.” It seems to me there ought to be something active about our placement as human beings.

International Cognition and Culture Institute
A blog by members of the International Cognition and Culture Institute.

Islam, Muslims, and an Anthropologist – Dr Marranci
Dr Gabriele Marranci is an anthropologist by training working on religion, identity, cognitive anthropology, political Islam, secularisation processes, criminology.

John Hawks Weblog – Paleoanthropology, genetics and evolution
I started writing this blog for two basic reasons: first, because there are some really interesting issues in paleoanthropology that are not well covered in the mainstream science press, and second, because I needed a good way to organize my notes.

Krazy Kioti: The Gene Anderson Webpage
I have been working on resource- and development-related issues for the last thirty-five years. My field is cultural and political ecology.

Lactation Journey Blog – Acquanda Y. Stanford
Acquanda Stanford: Is a Sociocultural Anthropologist (PhD Student), and writes the Lactation Journey Blog, which focuses on the social, political and cultural aspects of breatfeeding among people of the African Diaspora in the U.S.

Language Log
Language Log was started in the summer of 2003 by Mark Liberman and Geoffrey Pullum.

Lawn Chair Anthropology – Biological anthropology, paeleontology, evolution and development
Zachary Cofran is an assistant professor of Biological Anthropology at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan. Cofran received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan in 2012.

Learning versus Schooling: Susan D. Blum
Who doesn’t think there is something wrong with education? Anthropology has a lot to offer when we think about how to raise up our young–in often unexpected ways! Join me as my thinking about higher education unfolds.

Leiden Anthropology Blog
The Leiden Anthropology Blog is written by scholars at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University. They blog about their research, teaching in the Bachelor and Master program, and share anthropological perspectives on a wide range of social issues.

Linguistic Anthropology Blog
Sponsored by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA). Linguistic Anthropology is the comparative study of the ways in which language shapes social life.

Living Anthropologically: Anthropology – Understanding – Possibility
Anthropology documents human possibility and creativity to effect change. Jason Antrosio is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Hartwick College and edits Anthropology Report.

Living Ethnography
Resarch and Conversations on Ethnography, Writing and Folklore. Debra Lattanzi Shutika is a Folklorist, writer and ethnographer studying immigration, communities and change

the Local is Possible
Give people jobs to restore local economy and reduce resource use. Perception, imagination and anthropological engagement to create local possibilities. Analysis, research, and mapping. Oneonta, New York: connecting to the world.

Loomnie: Experiences Thoughts Opinions Ideas
Articles mostly about economic anthropology, finance, Africa, political economy, and related subjects. Olumide Abimbola recently defended an economic anthropology PhD dissertation at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and Martin-Luther University, both in Halle/Saale, Germany.

Making Anthropology Public: Everything Humanly Possible
Anthropology is a field that is simply not receiving enough publicily. The goal of this blog is to help people understand the importance and use of anthropology in a career, society, and lives of others.

Mammals Suck… Milk! – by Dr. Katie Hind
This blog showcases and synthesizes (pun intended!) the MANY awesome advances currently occurring in milk research from the molecule to the organism to the population to the taxon, with implications for nutrition, medicine, psychology, and evolutionary biology.

Material World – A Global Hub for Thinking About Things
Material World is an interactive, online hub for contemporary debates, discussion, thinking and research centred on material and visual culture. It is the brainchild of scholars working in the anthropology departments of University College London and New York University, but aims to create a new international community of academics, students, curators, artists and anyone else with particular interests in material and visual culture.

Media and Social Change
This is the site of the EASA Media Anthropology Network research initiative Media and Social Change. The aim of this initiative is to bring together anthropologists and other social scientists interested in furthering this area of research and theorisation.

The aim of this blog is to put out in the public domain materials already part of research activity under the broad theme of media anthropology. John Postill is an anthropologist specialising in the study of digital media.

The Memory Bank – A New Commonwealth Ver 5.0
The two great memory banks are language and money. Exchange of meanings through language and of objects through money are now converging in a single network of communication, the internet. We must learn how to use this digital revolution to advance the human conversation about a better world. Our political task is to make a world society fit for all humanity.

Meredith F. Small – Author of Fall Creek and Our Babies Ourselves
Meredith Small is an anthropologist at Cornell University and the author of Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent. Her previous blog was unfortunately hacked, so this is her current blog home.

The Mermaid’s Tale
A conversation about the nature of genetic causation in evolution, development and ecology. Includes discussions of the public perception of science and evolution and covers other subfields of biological anthropology, particularly paleoanthropology. Authored by three biological anthropologists, Ken Weiss, Anne Buchanan, and Holly Dunsworth, and co-authors of the book, The Mermaid’s Tale: Four Billion Years of Cooperation in the Making of Living Things.

Michelle Munyikwa – Critical Medical Anthropology
My interests include the body, race, feminist and queer of color critique, and disability studies. I hope to understand how oppression, social exclusion, and bias influence access to and experiences with healthcare. I am also interested in the emerging field of digital anthropology, and using creative methods to explore how increasing use of the internet is shaping new forms of personhood and affecting how both physicians and patients make sense of their experiences.

Middle Savagery
Colleen Morgan recently received her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation is based on building archaeological narratives with New Media, using digital photography, video, mobile and locative devices.

monkey’s uncle
Notes on human ecology, population, and infectious disease. James Holland Jones is a biological anthropologist, an Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.

Motherlands – Mothering as a cultural adventure
An anthropological and literary resource on becoming a parent in the age of globalization. Susannah Kennedy is a Ph.D. in social anthropology.

MSU Campus Archaeology Program Blog
MSU Campus Archaeology is a program that works to mitigate and protect the archaeological resources on Michigan State University’s beautiful and historic campus.

Museum Fatigue – in a Society of the Spectacle
I’m hoping this blog might be part of the cure for museum fatigue. David Davies is associate professor of anthropology and director of East Asian Studies at Hamline University.

The Naked Anthropologist
Dr. Laura Agustín on Migration, Trafficking and the Rescue Industry. Author of Sex at the Margins, Zed Books 2007.

The Narcissistic Anthropologist – Someone has to notice
We are all observers of our world to some degree or another. We all have an inner anthropologist looking around and learning and reacting to the curious bits of human culture.

Sometimes it’s straight-up neuroscience, sometimes it’s all anthropology, most of the time it’s somewhere in the middle. Greg Downey is the cultural guy, now interested in bio stuff. Daniel Lende is the bio guy, now interested in cultural stuff. Or, to say it differently, Greg does capoiera, mixed martial arts, and rugby. Daniel does alcohol, drugs, and video games. Two very different styles of recreation.

Nicholas Herriman – Cocos Malay
This blog is about my fieldwork studying Cocos Malay culture on Home Island. I welcome any feedback from Cocos Malay readers who would like to clarify or improve the contents.

Nineteen years and counting in Papua New Guinea
Nancy Sullivan is an anthropologist living in Papua New Guinea for the past 24 years.

Northwest Coast Archaeology – Quentin Mackie
To encourage public knowledge about, and appreciation of, Northwest Coast Archaeology through examples of interesting finds and sites,or through commentaries on archaeology in the news or otherwise in the public domain.

Notes from the Ethnoground – Glenn H. Shepard
As an ethnobotanist and field anthropologist living in the Brazilian Amazon, I often travel in what Wade Davis calls “the ethnosphere.” I use this log for reflecting on journeys and explorations both outward and inward, recent and past.

NPR 13.7: Cosmos and Culture
Group blog set at the intersection of science and culture where Barbara J. King now writes. King is Chancellor Professor of Anthropology at the College of William and Mary. With a long-standing research interest in primate behavior and human evolution, she has studied baboon foraging in Kenya and gorilla and bonobo communication at captive facilities in the United States.

Oficio de Antropólogos
El espacio para la ciencia antropológica, su difusión en un contexto moderno, con mirada hacia el pasado para entonces proyectar al futuro. Oficio de Antropólogos proviene del tintero del Dr. Eduar do González Múñiz, investigador de la historia de esta disciplina. Estos audioblogs en formato podcast, están dirigidos al público general y estudiosos.

Old Bones – Rebecca Dean
I’m a zooarchaeologist at the University of Minnesota Morris, with an interest in the historical ecology of early agricultural societies of the US Southwest and the Mediterranean region. This blog chronicles my quest for tenure, my successes and failures in research and teaching, and my constant search for family/work balance.

Once and Future Blog
Novice graduate student blogger will center on anthropology, historical archaeology, and their connections to everyday life, particularly through learning experiences with museums and public outreach.

Open Anthropology Cooperative
The Open Anthropology Cooperative (OAC) is open to all with an interest in anthropology. Read, share, debate, collaborate, make friends. Anthropology has a distinguished past, but it has an even greater future.

Pablo Gustavo Rodriguez – Antropología del desarrollo y las políticas sociales
Modelos de desarrollo, economía social, desarrollo emprendedor, metodología de investigación social, análisis cualitativo asistido por computadora y análisis crítico del discurso.

Parenthropology: Field notes on parenting, work, and anthropology
Sallie Han is a cultural anthropologist, college professor, and parent. Through my research, teaching, and blogging, I am bringing a bit of parenting into anthropology, and a bit of anthropology into parenting. My book–Pregnancy in Practice: Expectation and Experience in the Contemporary US–is available from Berghahn Books.

Paul Stoller on the Huffington Post
Paul Stoller has been conducting anthropological research for 30 years. The Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography named him the 2013 recipient of the Anders Retzius Medal in Gold for his scientific contributions to anthropology.

Perspectives in Anthropology – Open-Access Anthropological Publications
Perspectives in Anthropology, is a new online publication series launched in 2014. The series specializes in articles in any field of Social Anthropology which are available online as open-access and free-to-read. All publications in the series are evaluated by an open-source, peer-review process.

[Per]Suit of Anthropology
Dedicated to the exploration of modern business trends and perspectives from the view of the anthropologist. Business and Anthropology have more in common and more to learn from one another than readily acknowledged. Topics include Western business practices and the impact of those decisions on socio-cultural institutions worldwide.

Philbu’s Blog – Philipp Budka, Social and cultural anthropologist from Vienna
Anthropology of media and technology, Indigenous internet practices and media, technology enhanced learning and ethnographic fieldwork. Blog
Notes on photoethnography, ethnographic filmmaking, fieldwork in Japan, classic cameras, digital photography, and other topics concerning visual anthropology.

The Pleistocene Scene – Human Evolution, Biological Anthropology, and Everyday Life
Adam Van Arsdale is a biological anthropologist with a specialization in paleoanthropology. Research focuses on the pattern of evolutionary change in humans over the past two million years, with an emphasis on the early evolution and dispersal of our genus, Homo. Work spans comparative anatomy, genetics and demography.

PopAnth – Hot Buttered Humanity – Popular Anthropology
Popular anthropology for everyone. Exploring the familiar and the strange, demystifying and myth busting human culture, biology and behaviour in all times and places. Myths, music, art, archaeology, language, food, festivals, fun. Welcome to the Anthropocene!

Powered by Osteons
Kristina Kilgrove is a bioarchaeologist at the University of West Florida. This is her personal blog about archaeology, bioanthropology, and the classical world.

Prehistoric Drugs – Cultural Tools – Pamela Watson
Prehistoric drugs discusses the interaction between human beings, psychoactive drugs, and the social and cultural values which direct all human activity including the decision to consume drugs: a complex and multifaceted topic.

Processing Culture
Jessica Mason is a graduate student in cultural anthropology, currently working on a dissertation about reproductive politics in contemporary Russia. This blog contains musings, riffs, and impromptu essays from an anthropological perspective.

Professione Antropologo
L’antropologia è un mestiere al servizio dell’innovazione. Sono presidente e socio fondatore dell’associazione di ricerca e divulgazione antropologica Antrocom Onlus. Mi sono laureato in Scienze Biologiche a indirizzo antropologico, ho scritto per diverse testate, sono co-editor della rivista Antrocom e nel comitato scientifico di Diritto Moderno e Gorgòn Magazine. Mi occupo di divulgazione dell’antropologia e delle sue potenzialità per le aziende e le istituzioni.

Psychocultural Cinema: The intersection of psychological anthropology with ethnographic film
Psychocultural Cinema is a collaborative website designed to present material and stimulate dialogue about the abiding and emerging concerns of psychological and visual anthropology. Psychocultural Cinema will provide a forum for anthropologists, filmmakers, students, and film subjects to share their work and ideas and reflect on their participation in ethnographic projects. Rooted at the nexus of psychology, anthropology, and filmmaking, posts will also branch out to address other topics pertinent to this inherently interdisciplinary and broadly engaged conversation.

Publishing Archaeology
Information and opinions on professional publishing issues in archaeology. Especially concerned with quality control, Open Access, and communication with other disciplines. Michael E. Smith is an archaeologist who works on Aztec sites, with an interest in comparative research on cities, households, empires, and city-states. Archaeology as a Comparative Historical Social Science.

Puella Ludens – Linda Huber
Puella Ludens means “playing girl” in Latin, and is derived from Huizinga’s theory of the “homo ludens,” or playing man. The spirit of play is essential to humanity–this “purposeless” activity is actually the heart of human “progress,” and the heart of what is great about being human. An anthropological exploration of homo ludens and his progress.

Recycled Minds – Thoughts from our heads & yours
Collaborative project to share the diverse perspectives and work of our contributors. Bloggers, scholars, activists, artists, writers, friends seeking to create a space for a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the world around us. We hope our efforts here can contribute to meaningful conversation and contemplation, and help to spur ourselves and others toward creating positive change in our communities and around the world.

The Rockstar Anthropologist – Where anthropology comes to chat
Myeashea Alexander is a physical anthropology grad student and science and art enthusiast. This blog is to de-mystify the WORLD of ANTHROPOLOGY! This all-inclusive discipline needs better PR.

Sam Grace – talks with imaginary anthropology grad students
Samantha L. Grace is a graduate student in sociocultural anthropology at the University of Arizona. This blog is a place to write about anthropology and other items of interest.

Sarah Kendzior – Digital Media and Politics
Anthropologist and communications scholar, research on how the internet affects political mobilization, privacy, trust and self-expression. Authoritarian states of the former Soviet Union, including Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan.

Savage Minds
Savage Minds is a collective web log devoted to both bringing anthropology to a wider audience as well as providing an online forum for discussing the latest developments in the field. Savage Minds was founded in 2005 and has been going strong ever since.

Shreds and Patches – Jason Baird Jackson
An ethnographer whose work bridges the fields of folklore, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology and American Studies. Increasingly also pursuing projects exploring emerging issues in the areas of intellectual property, cultural property and heritage policy. Works as a curator in museum contexts, researching in and teaching about museums, especially museums of art and ethnography.

Silent Anthropology
An anthropologist’s take on Native America, Christianity, Technology, the U.S. South and much more. By David S. Lowry, a Lumbee Indian anthropologist.

Siomonn Pulla – Scholar : Writer : Educator
Committed to innovative research and teaching grounded in social responsibility with the potential to be applied around the world. Primary focus on participatory and collaborative research, Corporate-Aboriginal relations, and alternative learning systems.

Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) – News
The Society for Applied Anthropology has for its object the promotion of interdisciplinary scientific investigation of the principles controlling the relations of human beings to one another, and the encouragement of the wide application of these principles to practical problems.

Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA)
We promote study of visual representation and media. Works in film, video, photography, and computer-based multimedia explore signification, perception, and communication-in-context, as well as a multitude of other anthropological and ethnographic themes.

A collaborative website covering the intersections of medical anthropology, science and technology studies, cultural psychiatry, psychology and bioethics.

Space and Politics – Essays on the spatial and affective pulse of politics
Ensayos sobre el pulso espacial y afectivo de la política. Gastón Gordillo is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.

Spawn of Anthro
Anthropology and the Philippines. Multi-authored anthropology blog on the Philippines.

stadtgeselle – Urban Anthropology and New Identities Meet Politics of Culture
Michael Anranter, Political scientist and cultural-social anthropologist in Vienna. Stadtgeselle may best translate as “urban apprentice.” Connects personal experiences, anthropological and political knowledge with the objective of exploring relations of identity and space. Weekly in German or English.

Standplaats Wereld – Nederland en de Wereld in Antropologisch Perspectief
A platform for informative, provocative, or surprising opinions about topical issues in the Netherlands and the rest of the world, viewed from an anthropological perspective. Contributions come from students and staff of the department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at VU University Amsterdam.

Struggle Forever! A Guide to Utopia – Jeremy Trombley
This blog is an intervention. It’s intention is to make a difference in the way we engage with the myriad entities with whom we are intertwined. It takes the view that existence is a perpetual process of “becoming with”–a process of building relationships and allowing oneself to be altered and affected as much as one alters and affects others.

The Subversive Archaeologist – Rob Gargett
Welcome to the virtual-reality playground of the ditched and fameless. Providing a much-needed check on mythopoeic archaeological inference, but also on occasion commenting on the important discoveries of the day.

The Superorganic – Barry R. Bainton
Dedicated to Applied Anthropology and the anthropological exploration of the human species and its environment. Our goal is to describe and understand the evolution and dynamics of humanity and its superorganic manifestations through the anthropological lens and how this understanding can be used to improve the quality of human life.

SydneyYeager – The Personal Blog of a Budding Anthropologist
A cultural anthropologist in the Southern Methodist University PhD program. Interested in both medical anthropology and the anthropology of religion. Plans to research healers in Ireland who employ traditional, spiritual healing practices. Healing, spirituality, identity, consciousness, the processes of acculturation, education, and cultural change.

Tabsir – Insight on Islam and the Middle East
We are scholars concerned about stereotypes, misinformation and propaganda spread in the media and academic forums on Islam and the Middle East. We are committed to fair, open-ended scholarly assessment of the current political issues of terrorism, gender inequality and intolerance.

Teaching Culture
The purpose of this blog is to build a community of anthropologists interested in pedagogy and to provide them with a reputable source of information and a way to share news on teaching anthropology, publishing in the field, new innovations, and new books.

This Anthropological Life – Podcasting Complex Worlds through Public Conversations
We use our training to show how complex our world truly is and how that’s a beautiful thing. We expose injustices by revealing often hidden assumptions in everyday language, technology use, or body gestures. We are driven by the values of increasing social consciousness, acceptance and promotion of diversity, honest inquiry, and promote these in an inclusive, entertaining way.

Torso and Oblong – Anthropology, parenting and teaching
Dalton Luther is father of two small children and community college anthropology professor in NY. A venue for informal writing and thinking through issues. Often inspired by my experience as a clueless parent and equally clueless teacher, these posts are a way to explore the intersection of anthropology and life as a middle-class American.

trinketization: rumour-mongering, scribbled exotica, bad theory
John Hutnyk is Professor and Academic Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College. Author of The Rumour of Calcutta: Tourism, Charity and the Poverty of Representation; Critique of Exotica: Music, Politics and the Culture Industry; Bad Marxism: Capitalism and Cultural Studies; and co-authored with Virinder Kalra and Raminder Kaur, Diaspora and Hybridity.

UK Visual Anthropology: Audio-Visual Interventions
Staff, students and friends of the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent. This blog develops our social media abilities and shows some of our work. Enthusiastic about a public and engaged anthropology and passionate of the importance of feedback in creating a genuine shared anthropology.

Una antropóloga en la luna: blog de antropología
Noemí. Educadora social y antropóloga social y cultural.

Upward Anthropology Research Community
In 1972, Laura Nader called for anthropologists to “study up” – to turn the ethnographic gaze on the people, sites, and practices of power. With the creation of this community, we hope to provide resources, advice, information, and other forms of support to anthropologists who are currently or are interested in beginning this practice.

Urban Fieldnotes
Urban Fieldnotes is a street style blog documenting fashion, style, and dress on the streets of Philadelphia and beyond. Brent Luvaas is a visual and cultural anthropologist and Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Culture and Communication at Drexel University.

valquirias em milucos
Viva a primavera. Natureza é tudo, tudo mesmo. Fábio Lúcio Antunes Guedes. Apreciador das artes e da natureza. Formado em Ciências Biológicas, buscando mestrado em Antropologia na UFPB.

Visual Anthropology of Japan
In the spirit of open-text, collaboration, communication and good anthropology… Visual Anthropology of Japan explores Japanese culture through photography, film and other visual methods.

West’s Meditations
Al West – I’m a writer with a BA in Chinese and an MSc in social anthropology from Oxford. I’m using this blog to write about things I find interesting, wonderful, or crazy. Issues in archaeology, anthropology, and historical linguistics are my bread and butter.

What Makes Us Human – Rosemary Joyce – Psychology Today
From its beginnings, anthropology has been less a way to describe varieties of human beings and more a way to answer question about the state of human being. Anthropologists ask “What makes us human?” and seek our answers in studies that insist on recognizing all the many ways there are and have been of being human.

Whitewashed Tomb: A view of archaeology from the inside
Dr. Richard Rothaus, an archaeologist and historian with Trefoil. The public image of archaeology sometimes bears little resemblance to the reality of archaeology. Whitewashed Tomb invites you to check in on some real day-to-day archaeology.

Wide Urban World
Cities as viewed from a broad historical and comparative perspective. As Winston Churchill said, “The farther back we look, the farther ahead we can see.” A blog by Michael E. Smith (see also Publishing Archaeology).

Writing my Academic Book in 12 Months
With the tenure clock ticking and my hours of field recordings, pages of field notes, and the knowledge that in cultural anthropology a book is the cornerstone of many successful careers, I’ve decided to spend 2013 writing a book manuscript.

The X Blog: New and Improved – Greg Laden
This site will be where I’ll write about issues that don’t fit well with Greg Laden’s Blog at Science Blogs, which has been branded by National Geographic and now has a somewhat different function.

Xirdalium – by Alexander Knorr, anthropologist.
Online better known as zephyrin_xirdal … or zeph. Mainly focussing upon technology, computer and Internet technology, gaming culture. Connections between contemporary ‘cyberculture’ (whatever that is), cybernetics and cyberpunk.

Zero Anthropology
Zero Anthropology is about anthropology against and after empire. If it doesn’t disturb you, then it’s probably not anthropology. Our aim is to make anthropology toxic to power.