Update 2013: This is the archive page for Anthropology Blogs 2012. Click Anthropology Blogs 2013 for a current list.
Anthropology boasts rich and varied blogs. Veteran anthropology blogs feature deep content and now have a history of stimulating commentary. Sophisticated newcomers have joined the field, demonstrating the importance of the online form. There are blogs from each of anthropology’s four fields and at the intersections of biology, culture, archaeology, and language, as well as blogs concentrating on applied anthropology. Reading what anthropologists do is one answer to What is Anthropology?
Antropologi.info runs a very nice collection of anthropology blog feeds, highlighting the most recent entries. This collection also pops up at #1 for a Google search on “anthropology blogs” but some of the other entries in the top 10 results for anthropology blogs are not as reliable. The collection at Antropologi.info is mostly socio-cultural with an emphasis on media and technology. The list below strives to incorporate more biological and archaeological blogs into the anthropology mix.
Anthropology Report depends upon and is inspired by great anthropology blogs. The clickable links below feature descriptions drawn from the about and purpose statements of each blog. Please note that I have had to disable the individual share buttons because of the volume of blog entries, but visit each blog to promote. Please contact or e-mail any changes, additions, or suggestions (or if you would like the whole html file!). Many of these anthropology blogs and bloggers also have smart twitter feeds.
I first highlight the top dozen blogs from the 2011 December reader survey, and then list all in alphabetical order.
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. In 2006 Nature ranked Savage Minds 17th out of the 50 top science blogs across all scientific disciplines. In 2010, American Anthropologist has called Savage Minds “the central online site of the North American anthropological community” whose “value is found in the quality of the posts by the site’s central contributors, a cadre of bright, engaged, young anthropology professors.”
Neuroanthropology examines the integration, as well as the breadth, of anthropology and neuroscience. Sometimes straight neuroscience, other times pure anthropology. Most of the time somewhere in the middle. The blog thrives on intersections and convergences, aiming to mesh the insights of neuroscience and anthropology into a more cohesive whole. Often throw some psychology, philosophy, evolution and human biology into the mix as well.
John Hawks Weblog: paleoanthropology, genetics and evolution
John Hawks is an anthropologist, and studies the bones and genes of ancient humans, trained as a paleoanthropologist. “Paleoanthropology” is more than a specialty within anthropology, or biology. It is an integrated study involving methods and insights from many fields. Unlike many paleoanthropologists, Hawks’ study extends across the entire span of human evolution, the last 6 million years, examining the genetic and environmental causes that made the foundation of our origins. Hawks is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Somatosphere: Science, Medicine and Anthropology
A collaborative website covering the intersections of medical anthropology, science and technology studies, cultural psychiatry, psychology and bioethics. Encourages a range of viewpoints to raise critical questions, debate and commentary about contemporary and historical matters of science, healing, illness, and the body.
Context and Variation: Human behavior, evolutionary medicine… and ladybusiness.
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.
Powered by Osteons
Powered by Osteons is a blog about all things bioarchaeological. As a biological anthropologist working in the classical world, Kristina Killgrove writes about skeletons, isotopes, DNA, disease, and the Roman Empire. Her posts cover the gamut from evolution to the role of science in anthropology to critical reviews of the TV show Bones.
At Hominid Hunting, we’ll consider the age-old question “Where do we come from?” by digging into the human fossil record and interpreting the clues recorded in our DNA. We’ll explore the science behind the latest discoveries, imagine how our ancestors lived and ponder the people, places and controversies that have shaped our understanding of human evolution. Hominid Hunting is written by Erin Wayman, an assistant editor at Smithsonian magazine. After spending a month in Ecuador dodging peccaries and looking for capuchin monkeys that didn’t want to be found, she decided writing about anthropologists was better than being one. She has master’s degrees in biological anthropology and science writing.
Bones Don’t Lie: News and comment on mortuary and bio-archaeology
Katy Meyers is an Anthropology PhD Student who specializes in Mortuary archaeology and bioarchaeology. She is also active in the digital humanities as a Cultural Heritage Informatics fellow, 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.
Anthropology in Practice: Understanding the human experience
Anthropology in Practice (AiP) 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. It invites everyone to consider and discuss the world around them in terms of ethnography and history. AiP is written by Krystal D’Costa—an anthropologist, New Yorker, and Mets fan. Her interests include networks and identities, technology, immigrants, and history. She divides her time as a writer and digital strategist, where she directs user experience design and curates online content.
At its most basic level, ZERO ANTHROPOLOGY is about anthropology after empire, that is to say an anthropology that emerges from the decline of European and North American geopolitical hegemony, that crosses the zero line demarcating the point at which that hegemony nears complete collapse. It is not predicated on salvage, but on resurgence. The project does not lust after recognition and reward by the authorities, and therefore does not enlist itself in the service of dominant elites, and their various “humanitarian imperialist,” corporate, and militarist endeavors. It is fundamentally an anti-imperialist anthropology, an anthropology of empire, an anthropology against empire, and an opening to anthropology after empire. Zero Anthropology seeks to be toxic to power. Maximilian Forte is a professor of anthropology in Montreal, Canada. Areas of special interest have included colonialism and indigenous cultures in the Caribbean, ethnographic film, new media, and political anthropology.
The moral optimism of anthropology can change the world. Anthropology documents human possibility and creativity to effect change. Jason Antrosio is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Hartwick College and edits Anthropology Report.
AAA – American Anthropological Association Blog
The American Anthropological Association (AAA) has created this blog as a service to our members and the general public. It is a forum to discuss topics of debate in anthropology and a space for public commentary on association policies, publications and advocacy issues.
A Very Remote Period Indeed – Julien Riel-Salvatore
Reviewing recent archaeological publications having to do with Paleolithic archaeology, paleoanthropology, lithic technology, hunter-gatherers and archaeological theory.
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. Residing in Island County, WA, is a cultural resource manager for a federal agency. MA Anthropology, University of Montana (1986); BA Economics, UC Irvine (1983); BA Comparative Culture, UC Irvine (1981).
Aidnography: Development as anthropological object
My name is Tobias Denskus and 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. I just finished my PhD at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex and the wonders of transnational aid communities never cease to surprise me.
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 received her BA with honors in Architecture and a M. Sc in Anthropology. In 2002, she received a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a Ph D Program in Anthropology at Syracuse University. In Venezuela, she worked as a professor in the University of Zulia, School of Architecture at the History of Architecture Department. Her research interests are related to Cultural Identities, History and Space/Place representations applied to architecture and urban design.
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, starting as an undergraduate. 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: User involvement through people-centered design and social software
Lloyd is a writer, anthropologist and activist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Works as an independent consultant and researcher.
The Animal Connection
A new perspective on what makes us human. Pat Shipman, Ph.D., is a writer and paleoanthropologist who who writes about science and evolution for non-scientists.
Anthro Brown Bag
Brown Bag lectures in Anthropology departments all over the United States are meant to be places for students to get together, hear new research or ideas, and network with professors and each other. In a nutshell, that’s the goal of this blog as well.
Anthro | Religion | Media
Musings on the intersection of religion, media, culture, and politics…with an emphasis on Islam/Muslims post-9/11.
anthroblogia: anthropo, blogs & –logia: humans, blogs and the study of…
Julian Hopkins is a PhD candidate at Monash University, Sunway campus, researching the commercialisation of Malaysian blogs.
Anthropological Musings and Other Thoughts
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.
Jesse Hession Grayman has degrees in biological and medical anthropology with extensive field experience in Indonesia. Currently writing a dissertation on post-conflict recovery and the peace process in Aceh for a Ph.D. in Social and Medical Anthropology at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Anthropolaris is a joint project of Micah Hughes and D. Alexander Phillips. Micah Hughes is a graduate from Georgia State University (Middle Eastern Studies) with interests in the intersection of religion, politics, theology, and philosophy. D. Alexander Phillips is a student at Georgia State University studying biology and anthropology, with interests in medical anthropology and the study of violence in its many forms.
Anthropoliteia: the anthropology of policing
A blog about police, policing and security from an anthropological perspective.
anthropologies is a collaborative online project edited by Ryan Anderson. The goal 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.
Edward F. Fischer is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. Fischer works at the intersection of anthropology and political economy. His current research focuses on the ways moral values affect economic rationalities.
Anthropological Research on the Contemporary
Anthropological Research on the Contemporary is 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.
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.
Anthropologists for Justice and Peace / Anthropologues pour la justice et la paix
AJP is a Canadian organization for anthropologists interested in supporting struggles for self-determination, decolonizing knowledge production, and resisting the corporatization and militarization of the academy. AJP is a partner of several Canadian peace and social justice organizations.
Featuring a mixed-bag of articles on anthropology, culture, consumption, and applied research methods by practicing anthropologist and customer experience researcher Amy L. Santee.
Anthropology at Large
This blog is an attempt to become more publicly engaged as an anthropologist. It stems from the year 2011, which began with tumultuous events in north Africa and ended with “occupy” movements close to home. Joanie McCollom has a PhD in Anthropology from U.C. Santa Cruz, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford in Feminist Studies and Anthropology respectively. She studies social movements and conducted fieldwork in Malaysia in the year 2000.
Barbara Miller is professor of cultural anthropology and international affairs at the George Washington University. She has done most of her research on gender and health issues in India. She has also studied rural development in Bangladesh, low-income household budgeting in Jamaica, and Hindu adolescents in Pittsburgh. The 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. Along with several colleagues at GW and anthropological professionals working in the Washington area, Miller founded CIGA in 2002. 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.
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. In this introductory course we will have a chance to explore the diversity of anthropological study. This blog is designed to complement class lectures and tutorial discussions.
Anthropology.net’s mission is to create a cohesive online community of individuals interested in anthropology. This website intends to promote and facilitate discussion, review research, extend stewardship of resources, and disseminate knowledge. To serve the public interest, seeks the widest possible engagement with all segments of society, including professionals, students, and anyone who is interested in advancing knowledge and enhancing awareness of anthropology.
Dick Powis is an undergraduate student at Cleveland State University’s Department of Anthropology. Eventually, he’d like to have a PhD and work for organizations like the WHO, Medecins Sans Frontieres, and UNICEF, as well as teach. Research Interests: biocultural, medical, and evolutionary anthropology; osteology; epidemiology and public health; population biology and genetics.
Anthropology of Climate Change – Accounting for Atmosphere
This project is one among multiple possible takes on the anthropological stakes of climate change. The goal is to build a collaborative project appropriate to the challenge of understanding something as complex as climate change. The objective is to approach climate change with enough specificity that precise empirical statements can be linked with the broad significance of climate change’s global scope and geo-historical timescales.
Anthropology En Pointe
Mike Barnes research adventure into the fascinating world of ballet. During preliminary research, conducting a loosely defined ethnography online using social media, blogs and other subject-relevant web sites. During this phase, welcome dancers and choreographers who are interested to help with research to do so online. Comparisons between ballet and other interests would be valuable.
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.
Jon Marks: An evolutionary anthropologist, a student of human biocultural diversity, formerly a faux geneticist, now a faux historian. Anthropomics is a blog about evolution, anthropology, and science, inspired by the three Georges: Gaylord Simpson, Carlin, and S. Kaufman.
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.
Paulo Granjo: É um cidadão do mundo que nasceu português em 1963, é casado e tem uma filha. Antropólogo e investigador do Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa (ICS), 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.
Antropologia: una perspectiva multiple
Gabriela Vargas-Cetina, Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan, Yucatán, Mexico: ¿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 comunicacion instantanea hasta el calentamiento global y la predominacion de las corporaciones en la economia mundial.
A discussion of public anthropology in Appalachia. “I’m a proud West Virginian who has spent many years traveling the globe only to discover how passionate I am about my home. I use anthropology to frame research around coal extraction in Appalachia: through studying political, economic, and historical factors, we can better understand the effects of the coal industry on the people and environment of Appalachia as well as how those people are standing up for themselves against major corporate and governmental power.”
Applied Anthropology News
A publication of the Society for Applied Anthropology.
Serving up old news since A.D. 2004
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.
Johan Normark’s neorealistic blog: Archaeology, the Maya, 2012, climate, travels, and more.
There is somewhat of a divide between archaeologists who excavate the artifacts and the conservators and curators who preserve the artifacts. As an archaeologist, I am personally journeying towards an understanding of conservation and curation through classes and greater awareness of preservation issues. I will post information sharing the highlights of what I am learning, the museums and sites that I visit, and information about archaeological and historical sites where archaeologists, anthropologists, conservators and curators are working together. Whitney Rose Petrey is currently a graduate student in Maritime Studies at East Carolina University. See also her Martime Culture blog below.
Archaeology and Material Culture
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.
Updates and News from Northern Anthropology of Circumpolar Regions. Several Arctic anthropologists, mostly based in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland, have decided that now is the right time to create a platform that allows us to communicate our ideas beyond some office table or informal chats.
BANDIT – Biological ANthropology Developing Investigators Troop
Biological Anthropology Developing Investigators Troop (BANDIT), 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. For those on the job market and the tenure track, in the lab and the field, from post-defense to pre-tenure, adjuncts, assistants, visitors, and academic hobos of all stripes. Julienne Rutherford is a biological anthropologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the College of Dentistry.
Biological anthropology, war & health, growth & nutrition – Patrick F. Clarkin, Ph.D.
This site is mostly about biological anthropology. Other specific 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
El blog de 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.
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. Fuentes brings nearly two decades of training and research to his current book on busting myths about human nature.
Cambio y Corto
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.
CLOSER – Anthropology of Muslims in Europe
Martijn de Koning in 1997 graduated from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam as an anthropologist. After several small jobs began in 1999 my work at the project Schoolcareersupport of the Nour mosque in Gouda and the social work organization Woonhuis. In that year began Ph.D project on the religious identity of young Moroccan-Dutch muslim boys and girls in Gouda. In 2002 joined the researchgroup Between secularization and religionization of prof. Droogers at the Vrije Universiteit and until January 2009 was working in Leiden at the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM). Currently working in the Department of Islam and Arab Studies at the Faculty of Religious Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen.
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. Areas: Egypt, India, United States.
Cosmic Cultural Consciousness
Thoughts from the intersection of ideas. Mike Antares is pursuing degrees in astronomy and anthropology, and also has a strong interest in cognitive neuroscience. He’s a writer and photographer, and loves passionate intellectual pursuit and the journey towards wisdom.
Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative
Hosted by the Department of Anthropology, The Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative is a platform for interdisciplinary scholarly collaboration in the domain of Cultural Heritage Informatics at Michigan State University. In addition, the initiative strives to equip students with the practical and analytical skills necessary to creatively apply information and communication technologies to cultural heritage materials, influence the current state of cultural heritage informatics, and become thought leaders for the future of cultural heritage informatics.
Culture and International Affairs
This is the Blog for William O. Beeman, Professor and Chair of Anthropology and specialist in Middle East Studies at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul Minnesota, formerly of Brown University. It 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.
the Culture Bomb
A cymatic epigenetic mirror neuronal cosmological anthropologist who plays guitar and has a wicked sense of humor is what I am. I’m also a really big guy.
CultureBy – Grant McCracken
This Blog Sits 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.
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 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.
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.
Andrea L. Jenkins is a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. This blog is a space for commentary and reviews of articles and books of interest plus the occasional academic or professional musing. Topics include discussion of: anthropology, education (both research and teaching), public policy, race/ethnicity, class/socioeconomic status, gender, literacy/linguistics, and urban issues.
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.
Digital Ethnography @ Kansas State University
A Kansas State University working group led by Dr. Michael Wesch dedicated to exploring and extending the possibilities of digital ethnography.
Dirt – a blog about archaeology
Terry Peterkin Brock is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Michigan State University, with a particular interest in Historical Archaeology, and is conducting research at Historic St. Mary’s City in Southern Maryland. Blogging is a way to engage the wider world in research, network with other archaeologists, and give a behind the scenes look at how archaeology, community engagement, and becoming a professional in the field is done.
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.
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, breastfeeding and so forth, on journey to becoming a doula.
Erin B. Taylor – Material culture, mobile money and socioeconomic development
My research interests focus on material culture, financial practices and development in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Instituto de Ciências Sociais at the Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. Editor for PopAnth: Hot Buttered Humanity
Ryan Anderson is a graduate student in cultural anthropology, but “before that I owned an M6 and called myself a photographer. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. This site is about my various interests: anthropology, photography, politics, economics, and everything in between.” See also anthropologies project.
Ethnographer | Ecographer
Social Justice, Ecological Sustainability, Public Anthropology, Global Health. By Heather E. Young-Leslie, Ph.D.
A long-running and consistent group blog in ethnography and anthropology.
Ethnography Matters is 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.
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, emphasizes human-related subjects in addition to biological, promotes the continuation of evolutionary training throughout the undergraduate education, and promotes faculty training and collaborative research related to evolution.
Welcome to the site for Katharina Freund. Stay tuned for ramblings on fan studies, television, vidding, academia, virtual worlds, and digital communication!
Fieldnotes & Footnotes
Bree Blakeman, PhD student of Anthropology in Australia. This site is primarily a documentation of the process of writing a dissertation–of the thoughts and musings one has along the way. It is a way 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.
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.
Forests & Oceans for the Future
Since 2001 the Forests and Oceans for the Future research group has been engaged is a series of collaborative research projects. Since 2007, one of our research objectives involved the development of indicators to assist in sustainable forest management. Our underlying assumption is that well managed forests contribute to healthy local communities.
From the Annals of Anthroman
John L. Jackson, Jr. Anthropologist, academic and filmmaker born in Brooklyn, New York.
Glossographia – Anthropology, linguistics, and prehistory
Glossographia is a blog dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of language from a social scientific perspective. Stephen Chrisomalis is an anthropologist and assistant professor at Wayne State University. My primary research focus is on the anthropology of mathematics, specifically numerical systems.
Golublog: An Anthropology Blog
Alex Golub has been at the forefront of anthropologists writing and thinking about the changes digital media have made to anthropology, and the academy more generally. He is a co-founder of Savage Minds.
Gopk: State. Nationalism. Political Cultures.
Giovanni Picker, Visiting fellow at University of Bristol
Great Lakes Ethnohistorian
Teaching and researching anthropology in the Great Lakes State. Megan M. McCullen is a visiting instructor of Anthropology at Alma College, and a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at Michigan State University.
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.
Heather Pringle – A science writer who loves archaeology
I’m a Canadian science writer who specializes in archaeology. My work as a writer takes me to strange places and often leads to odd encounters with both the living and the dead–subjects I like to write about in books and magazine articles.
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 the study of 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. She is interested in American culture, the practice of identity, discourse, and power.
Simon Roberts is a leading business anthropologist whose work over the last decade, with global businesses and policy making organisations, has centred on ageing, technology, media and innovation.
Being in the main the musings of a Symbolic Anthropologist. An Anthropologist who teaches in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada).
International Cognition and Culture Institute
A blog by members of the International Cognition and Culture Institute
Trained as an anthropologist, Gabriella (“Biella”) Coleman researches and teaches on the politics of free software, hackers, the law, and digital activism.
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.
The personal blog of P. Kerim Friedman, an assistant professor in the Department of Ethnic Relations and Cultures at National Dong Hwa University, where he teaches linguistic and visual anthropology. His research explores the relationship between language, ideology and political economy in Taiwan. He is a founding member of the group anthropology blog Savage Minds and a documentary filmmaker. His latest film is Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir!
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.
Lawn Chair Anthropology
Biological anthropology, paeleontology, evolution and development. Zachary Cofran is a graduate student interested in evolutionary and developmental biology, as it relates to humans and our primate relatives.
Language Log was started in the summer of 2003 by Mark Liberman and Geoffrey Pullum. Other more or less regular contributors include Arnold Zwicky, Ben Zimmer, Victor Mair, Bill Poser, Heidi Harley, Roger Shuy, Geoff Nunberg, Eric Bakovic, Sally Thomason, Barbara Partee, and John McWhorter.
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.
the Local is Possible
Give people jobs to restore local economy and reduce resource use. Perception, imagination and 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.
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.
Research and writings at the crossroads of journalism, cultural anthropology, technology, and reading. I am a Cultural Anthropology PhD student working at the intersection of technologies and cultures. My primary work investigates the transformation of text based journalism (Newspapers and Blogs) within the United States.
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.
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 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.The site administrators are Keith Hart and Justin Shaffner.
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.
Mick Morrison – Archaeology and heritage in Australia
Mick Morrison is an archaeologist in the Department of Archaeology at Flinders University, Adelaide. The purpose of this blog is to bring together professional activities and interests in pre- and post-contact Indigenous archaeology and cultural heritage management (CHM).
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. She is deeply interested in excavation methodology, high falutin’ theory, interstitial spaces, skeuomorphs and good bourbon.
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 the director of the East Asian Studies program at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Northwest Coast Archaeology
A site for occasional commentary on Northwest Coast Archaeology or for interesting news items. The goal is 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. Authored by Quentin Mackie, Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria.
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.
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.
Olorgesailie Field Blog
As paleoanthropologists, paleontologists and geologists, we can’t sit at a computer all the time and run experiments. We have to go to where the archeological sites and rock formations are. This is fieldwork, and for most of us, it’s what we love to do most. We hope to stimulate your interest in the prehistoric site of Olorgesailie and in paleoanthropology as a science.
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.
paleophile: fossils evolution education and dissertating
This blog is written by Caitlin Schrein, a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University and fellow of the Human Origins Program at the National Museum of Natural History. Caitlin researches Miocene ape evolution and the teaching and learning of human evolutionary biology in America’s classrooms.
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 forthcoming in July 2013 from Berghahn Books.
[Per]Suit of Anthropology
Dedicated to the exploration of modern business trends and perspectives from the view of the anthropologist. Though the business world and the anthropological world may not believe it–they have more in common and more to learn from one another than readily acknowledged. Topics covered include Western business practices and the impact of those decisions on socio-cultural institutions worldwide.
Notes on photoethnography, ethnographic filmmaking, fieldwork in Japan, classic cameras, digital photography, and other topics concerning visual anthropology.
This is Philipp Budka, a social and cultural anthropologist from Vienna, blogging about the anthropology of media and technology, Indigenous internet practices and media, technology enhanced learning and his ethnographic fieldwork.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Review of the Indigenous Caribbean
Aim is to provide a wide variety of news, views, and announcements concerning indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, past and present, and the wider indigenous world. In some cases touches on broader political, economic, and cultural issues of regional and international import as they may affect local indigenous communities in the Caribbean.
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.
Shake Well Before Using
Shake Well Before Using is part of the Slow Blog Movement. Daniel A Segal teaches world history and cultural-social anthropology at Pitzer College, and is also the Director of the Munroe Center for Social Inquiry.
Shreds and Patches – Jason Baird Jackson
I am an ethnographer whose work bridges the fields of folklore, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology and American Studies. In addition to the ethnography and ethnology of Eastern North America, I am increasingly also pursuing projects exploring emerging issues in the areas of intellectual property, cultural property and heritage policy. Most of my career has been spent working as a curator in museum contexts and I remain deeply engaged with research in, and teaching about, museums, especially museums of art and ethnography.
Siomonn Pulla – Scholar : Writer : Educator
Committed to innovative research and teaching grounded in social responsibility, and with the potential to be applied around the world. My primary focus is on participatory and collaborative research, Corporate-Aboriginal relations, and alternative learning systems.
Society for Visual Anthropology
Blog for The Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA), a section of the American Anthropological Association. We promote the 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.
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.
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 (human and non-human) 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. Every effort is made to keep the invective to a dull roar. Best plug your ears!
These pages are all about the murky crossroads of marketing, development, intellectual property and advocacy. Blog by Boris Popović: “I look for stories of unusual suspects, i.e. poor people, earning income with specialty products, heritage, traditional knowledge, ideas, uniqueness & similar. Stuff often referred to as intangibles…”
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.
A discussion forum run by a seasoned Community College Instructor for those who want to share the pluses, minuses, rants, and fist bumps that come from teaching Anthropology at the undergraduate level. Gather up your pigs, yams, and banana leaf bundles and join the fun. “Pamthropologist” has a Ph.D. in Anthropology with a specialization in Africa. She has taught at a variety of educational institutions but since 1991, has taught full time at a Community College on the outskirts of Houston, teaching a diverse student population many of whom are first generation college-goers.
Then Dig is a group blog that centers on the archaeological short-form. Conceived after a popular blog carnival leading up to the Blogging Archaeology session at the 76th meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Then Dig intends to bring the best of archaeological blogging together in one place. Then Dig is hosted by the Archaeological Research Facility at the University of California, Berkeley.
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 a number of books including 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.
Musings on Anthropology, Culture, Politics, Writing, Music, and on being a Palestinian in London, after 21 years in Montréal.
UK Visual Anthropology: Audio-Visual Interventions @ The University of Kent
We are staff, students and friends of the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent. We use this blog to develop our social media abilities and show you some of our work and what is going on in our school. We also like to share and comment on stuff that we find interesting within the wide remit of visual anthropology, particularly as it relates to our own interests. We are enthusiastic about a public and engaged anthropology and passionate of the importance of feedback in creating a genuine ‘shared anthropology’.
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.
What Makes Us Human – Rosemary Joyce – Psychology Today
Anthropology used to be easy to define: it was the study of exotic people somewhere else. But 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 the question, “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. After all, dead men and unclean things are interesting too.
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).
The Wild Anthropologist’s Blog
Corbett is an anthropology student at Northern Arizona University and started this page as a means of learning about and getting involved with the online anthropology community. Posts about various themes regarding field of study, including research, conferences, difficulties, and other more general thoughts.
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.
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.
Science, Adventure, Philosophy, Personal Evolution