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Anthropology Reflections on 2011

A collection of year-end reflections from anthropologists. Please use the links above or comments below to let me know what I’m missing. For a longer selection from science bloggers–including several anthropologists–see Science Bloggers’ Year of Favorites.

Note that many of these blogs also appear in the anthropology blog reader favorites.


My 2011, Julian Hopkins
Well, it was a long year – most of which was spent writing my thesis which I handed in at the end of September! That was a relief, but immediately followed by the realisation that when it comes back from the examiners, there will be revisions, and no doubt some difficult questions. So it didn’t have the release that one usually gets from finishing exams, or a school year, when there is nothing more to be done.

anthroblogia, 4 January 2012

Best Posts of 2011, Mark Allen Petersen
The beginning of a new calendar year is a time of reflection and house cleaning, and I’ve been doing both with regard to this blog. I already posted the statistics on the blog; this post is on its more qualitative successes. It is a list of the best posts from each month of the past calendar year. This post is labeled “best” rather than “top” posts because while I was guided by the number of views posts got, I wanted to emphasize which ones I thought were significant.

Connected in Cairo, 3 January 2012

Honoring Janus, looking backward and forward, Rosemary Joyce
In 2012, I resolve to continue keeping the press honest; to act when anthropological ideas are being abused or misunderstood, no matter who is behind the abuse or misuse; to connect readers with the life experiences of people in the past whenever possible; and to share with the broader world those discussions that normally take place behind closed doors, in the relative exclusivity of the classroom and the conference room.

Neuroanthropology – 2011 Highlights, Daniel Lende
The last year was a really good one for us here at Neuroanthropology–our first full year as part of PLoS Blogs, a lot of great writing, and a vivid sense that anthropology online is really developing into a robust arena.

Annual Highlights – 2011, Matt Thompson
It was a good year for the vibrancy of the Savage Minds community. There were plenty of interesting posts to comment on and issues to debate. Here in our annual year-in-review I’ll point you towards some of our greatest hits, maybe there’s one you missed!

Savage Minds, 31 December 2011

Best of Powered by Osteons – 2011, Kristina Kilgrove
Somewhere in the middle of 2011, I totally revamped this blog. It got a new name, a new URL, a new format… and I’ve also gotten more involved with science blogging – writing about scientific discoveries in the news, offering critiques, and discussing my own research as well.

Powered by Osteons, 31 December 2011

Closing the year 2011 – Featuring…2011, Martijn de Koning
The best of 2011 on Closer and elsewhere. Many thanks to my readers, commenters and guest authors. See you all in 2012.

Best of 2011, Ryan Anderson
A selection of some of the top posts on anthropologies during 2011, from our first issue in March all the way through to December. I have included the most popular posts, along with some editor’s favorites for good measure. Thanks for checking out the site, and I hope you enjoy these posts!

Best of media/anthropology 2011, John Postill
I use this site as a scrapbook where I occasionally gather notes, thoughts, drafts and other work in progress. I suspect I am the main beneficiary of this archival work. Nevertheless, as today is the last day of 2011, below are some of the posts that may be of wider interest

media/anthropology, 31 December 2011

Best of 2011: Ladybusiness Anthropology Edition, Kate Clancy
It’s that time of year when we make a lot of lists. This list is, true to the blog, a Ladybusiness Anthropology edition, so one that focuses on scienceblogging on gender issues. As with many “best of” lists, it is somewhat arbitrary: this is one set of posts I’ve compiled that I think is exceptional, but I could have easily created several more. In fact, help me expand this list in the comments!

Context and Variation, 30 December 2011

Somatosphere in 2011: a year in review, Eugene Raikhel
2011 was an exciting year at Somatosphere. We completed a redesign of the site and introduced a number of new editorial features, including post series. I’d like to thank all of the editors and contributors for their hard work on the site this year. And thanks to our readers for your input and support. We’ll have a number of new developments in the pipeline, so keep visiting in 2012.

Somatosphere, 30 December 2011

Ten Most Viewed Posts, Jason Antrosio
The 2011 top ten most viewed posts on Living Anthropologically, starting with “Anthropology, Moral Optimism, and Capitalism.”

Living Anthropologically, 30 December 2011

Year-end Roundup, Chad Nilep
A year-end roundup of linguistic anthropology related stories.

Top 10 Hominid Discoveries of 2011, Erin Wayman
For this last Hominid Hunting post of 2011, I reviewed recent human evolution research highlights to come up with my picks for the top 10 hominid discoveries of the year. While genetic breakthroughs have hogged the spotlight the past couple of years, good old-fashioned fossil and archaeological finds were front and center in 2011.

Hominid Hunting, 28 December 2011

Holiday Doldrums and Blog Reflections, Dalton Luther
One of my primary goals for this blog was to help me work through topics that I had had a hard time getting across to students. As far as that goes, I feel it’s worked out well. A number of my posts from the past six months have directly contributed to my reworking class discussion, lectures or even a syllabus.

Torso and Oblong, 27 December 2011

Do I Really Have the Best Job a Woman Could Have in 2012?, Rosemary Joyce
What makes a job “best” for someone? Can being an anthropology professor really be the best job available to a woman in 2012?

What Makes Us Human, 25 December 2011

End of Fall 2011, Dick Powis
It used to be that when a break came along, I did not cherish it. I wanted more than anything to continue my classes, keep moving, keep going. I could never bring myself to read for fun, because I felt that any time that wasn’t spent studying was time wasted. That’s not really the case now, but I’m still torn. I look on the ensuing break as a chance to breath, but I still look at it as an opportunity to study what I want to study. Reading for “fun” pretty much means reading textbooks or edited volumes, as opposed to reading ahead in the textbooks for the coming semester.

Anthropology Attacks!, 16 December 2011

2011 Review, A quick look at the most-read posts in 2011. I’m listing some of the top ones with a brief summary, in case you’re interested. Thanks very much to everyone for visiting, and to the kind people who have shared these writings and commented on them.

Three Comments on Anthropology and Science, Tom Boellstorff
1. It Is Crucial to Characterize All Research Paradigms with Respect and Accuracy
2. Internet Technologies Can Broaden and Complexify Anthropological Conversations
3. Journals Should Not Serve a Gatekeeping Function in Disciplinary Debates

American Anthropologist. December 2011.

Anthropology Reflections on 2011

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