Anthropology 2012-2013

Anthropology Blogs Reflect on 2012, Onward Anthropology 2013

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A collection of anthropology blogs year-in-review for 2012 and looking onward to more anthropology blogging in 2013. Plus some brief anthropology blogger notes and 2013 resolutions.

Please let me know about anthropology blogs and reflections to add.

Recycled Minds in 2012, Lana Lynne
The changing of the calendar year always compels reflection of the past and prediction of the future. This seemingly universal response to a new year is something that the contributors to Recycled Minds like to do year-round – reflect, interpret, and possibly offer new ways of thinking about the world. What we like to do is tell stories, one of the most powerful tools in humankind’s handbag for preserving and encouraging knowledge.

Recycled Minds, 31 December 2012

Annual Highlights – 2012, Matt Thompson
Tis the season for list making! Looking back on Savage Minds Annual Highlights past I see that this regular feature is falling later and later with each passing year. So I felt it was in keeping with tradition that I wait until 2013. Looking back on the most popular posts of 2012 it seems that we here at Savage Minds were preoccupied with professional concerns: grad school, finding a job, getting published, and teaching. We also covered current events and political topics. We had some great guest bloggers featured and we talked a lot about David Graeber.

Savage Minds, 2 January 2013

Anthropology 2012-2013Neuroanthropology – 2012 in Review, Daniel Lende
Neuroanthropology had a banner year in 2012. The Encultured Brain: An Introduction to Neuroanthropology came out, as did the special issue on “Neuroanthropology and Its Applications.” The AAA session on “Brains in the Wild: The Challenges of Neuroanthropology” was a wild success. Microblogging neuroanthropology on Facebook got off the ground quickly, and the Neuroanthropology Facebook Group has become a wonderful site to share ideas and research, and to discuss the latest developments in anthropology, psychology, and neuroscience.

Neuroanthropology, 28 December 2012

2012 in review, Eugene Raikhel and Annie Heffernan
As 2012 draws to a close, we’d like to thank all of our editors, regular contributors and guests for their hard work on Somatosphere. We had a great year, and without all of your contributions, it wouldn’t have been possible. This year saw the launch of Transcriptions, a forum on HIV/AIDS, global health and the social sciences edited by Thomas Cousins and Lindsey Reynolds and hosted by Somatosphere. We also saw excellent contributions in all of our other sections, features, book reviews (edited by Todd Meyers), In the Journals (edited by Aaron Seaman) and Web Roundups (edited by Branwyn Poleykett). . . . In 2013–the 5th year for the site–we’ll have many new features, interviews and book reviews. Please visit us often and contact us at if you are interested in getting involved.

Somatosphere, 29 December 2012

2012 Best of Context and Variation, Kate Clancy
This here blog is many things–ladybusiness explainer, bad science outer, and a place where I reflect on higher education and the academic life. Today is the last day of the semester here at the U of I, there’s a lovely dusting of snow on everything, and it seemed like a nice time to reflect on what I’ve accomplished on the blog, what it’s meant to me, and sometimes what it means to you.

Context and Variation, 21 December 2012

Review 2012, Patrick F. Clarkin
Below is a quick look at the most-read posts that were written in 2012, with a brief summary, in case you’re interested. Thanks very much to everyone for visiting, and to those who have shared these writings and commented on them.

Best of Powered by Osteons – 2012, Kristina Kilgrove
Last year was definitely better for blogging than this one, as I had more time on my hands then as an unemployed scholar. I’ve only been able to post half as often in 2012 as in 2011, due in part to my new academic job, and many of those posts are my Bones reviews. There are some half-finished (or not even started) posts hanging out in my drafts folder that I’d hoped to get to write by the end of the year. But I will be looking forward to writing those in 2013.

Powered by Osteons, 30 December 2012

2012′s Cheap Thrills thru Evolution in Review, Christopher Lynn
2012 is the year I began blogging. Such a grandiose & self-indulgent exercise! . . . Again, thank you all. I look forward to blathering on about evolution & things tenuously related to evolution for my sanity next year. Happy 2013!

Happy New Year, and A Year End Review of Blog Posts
I went over the records of the last year to see which blog posts seemed to get more than average attention from my readers, and chose from them a selection to review here. This is a somewhat complex statistical problem.

Greg Laden’s Blog, 1 January 2013

My Best of 2012
I wrote a number of articles in 2012 that resonated with people for one reason or another. Below, a few of the highlights. Thanks everyone for a memorable year!

Sarah Kendzior, 22 December 2012

Top Posts of 2012, Mark Allen Petersen
The single most viewed post of 2012 is my Bibliography of the Egyptian Uprisings. I posted this when I realized that I had over 150 entries in my working bibliography. It’s been updated again and again–as of Dec. 31st, this bibliography has grown to 283, and it will keep growing through the new year as more scholarly output appears on the Egyptian revolution. So keep visiting!

Connected in Cairo, 1 January 2013

Closing The Year 2012, Martijn de Koning
As all self-respecting bloggers, this one is doing a round up of the last year as well. If we make a list of the most popular items this year, there is one absolute winner. Usually I don’t include my sunday overviews in this round up, but this year it has to be since it has more hits then the numbers 2 – 10 together. And somehow I do not think this has anything to do with the content, but you might want to have a look at it anyway: Featuring Sex, Arab Women and Orientalism.

Gift Guide 2012! Last Minute Gift Guide for the Anthropologist in Your Life, Dick Powis
Here are some last minute gift ideas for your loved ones in Anthropology. Equally important: pay special attention to the Holiday Anti-Gift List at the bottom.
Note: This is late, but the Dick Powis gift guide is a great way to summarize anthropology 2012 and look toward anthropology in 2013.

Anthropology Attacks!, 20 December 2012

Anthropologist of 2012
The cultural anthropologist most in the news in 2012 was Jim Yong Kim. Kim was trained as both a physician and medical anthropologist. . . . After his appointment was approved, however, talk of his anthropological credentials died down. In other words, a connection with anthropology was taken as a weakness by his opponents. Now that he is president of the World Bank, his identity as an anthropologist has been quietly erased.

anthropologyworks, 27 December 2012

2012: What will happen on this blog in the next six months, Johan Normark
Once I began to write about the 2012-phenomenon I decided that I should cover it a while after the “end date” as well. I believe that the time around the summer solstice 2013 will mark the end of my continuous coverage of this phenomenon (but who knows?). I will most likely cover events that occurred around the 21st of December, such as the way Temple II at Tikal was partly destroyed by people. However, primarily I will cover the aftermath and how people come up with explanations for why the prophecy was not fulfilled (or was fulfilled but has not yet been revealed to the public). Bast has already begun to come up with excuses/alternative explanations.

Archaeological Haecceities, 29 December 2012

Elevenses, Alex Golub
2012 was a great year for me (as far as I can tell) and I plan to keep on doing what I’ve always done. I have a couple of personal resolutions for 2013 that I’ll keep off the Interwebs, but I do also have a public one that I thought I’d beam out into the aether.
Mainly, I plan to be more active in social media.

Living Anthropologically on 2012 Anthropology – 2013 Themes, Jason Antrosio
Top 12 most viewed anthropology from Living Anthropologically in 2012 with notes on how these themes might develop for anthropology in 2013.

Living Anthropologically, 3 January 2013
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