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Front and back cover caption, volume 33 issue 4

Front coverA depiction of the West African storm goddess Oya at Oyotunji Village in South Carolina, 2011. In parts of the US South where people are confronted by the risk of hurricanes, and where Vodou and hoodoo are practised, this deity has become an important part of religious life and worship. During the yearly…Continue

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KEITH HART The West’s moral and political crisis

The West is in the grip of a moral panic with unforeseeable political consequences. After four decades of neoliberalism, cracks are beginning to appear in the form of nationalist challenges from the right and a youthful insurrection from the left, both frequently described as ‘populist’ by establishment figures. The Faustian compact made with finance capital by the traditional parties of the centre-left in the 1990s now leaves them on the verge of extinction. The underlying conditions for this…Continue

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MARIA ELISABETH THIELE Natural hazards and religion in New Orleans: Coping strategies and interpretations

Socially disadvantaged people are more vulnerable and exposed to the effects of extreme natural events and the social disasters which follow. This article presents the coping strategies and cultural creativity of the most vulnerable (non-conformist African American religious/spiritual) communities in New Orleans today and in the aftermath of Katrina. Rituals and religious practices play an important role in resilience-building and for relief and recovery from disasters. Case studies are…Continue

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DALIA ISKANDER Taking rumours seriously: Why organ thieves matter to malaria control

This article documents what happened when a group of researchers tried to gain consent to carry out a survey for a malaria-related research project in the Sabah region of Malaysia at the end of 2015. Within weeks, rumours had begun to spread on social media that the team were fake and using the guise of a research project to steal organs. The refusal to participate is often considered only relevant to researchers in so far as it has implications for the project itself. However,…Continue

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JACK SIDNELL Ethical practice and techniques of the self at a yoga school in southern India

Foucault’s conception of ethics as the self’s relation to itself and as the practices by which the individual attempts to constitute itself as a particular kind of ethical subject is briefly sketched, along with three corollaries that follow from this. It is then suggested that ethics so conceived provides a useful framework within which to describe the activities at a yoga school in southern India.Wiley Online…Continue

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GERTJAN PLETS Violins and trowels for Palmyra: Post-conflict heritage politics

Since the rise of the Islamic State in the Middle East, anthropological research has focused on the many deliberate destructions of cultural heritage in the region. Whilst such analyses can offer important insights into the multidimensionality of contemporary warfare and the important role of culture in perpetuating physical violence, heritage ethnographers should also spotlight the post-conflict futures of Syria and Iraq's war-torn heritage. Drawing on extensive ethnographic research on…Continue

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OBITUARY. ANDRÉ SINGER Professor Brian v. Street (1943-2017)

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NARRATIVE. DAWN STARIN The House of the Jaguar: Can it survive?

This narrative discusses the past, present and precarious future of Na Bolom museum in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico – a house museum dedicated to the study, conservation and support of Chiapas' indigenous cultures, communities and their natural environment.Wiley Online LibraryContinue

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Blog Posts

New online anthropology course starts 29.02.2016

Posted by Gustaaf Houtman on February 16, 2016 at 7:30 0 Comments

On 29 February, as part of a new initiative by University College London, a free five week e-learning course (MOOC) will start called Why we post: The anthropology of social media on the FutureLearn platform at

This is the first free major on-line course in anthropology by a European…


Leeds International Film Festival, Arctic Cinema, 9-13 November 2015

Posted by Gustaaf Houtman on September 28, 2015 at 13:34 0 Comments

The Arctic is hot. Everywhere you turn these days, the Polar regions are making headlines: climate change, geopolitics, mining, tourism, trade. These topical issues are seriously affecting one of the planet’s most malleable regions. Researchers at the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University are collaborating with the Leeds International Film Festival ( to curate a week-long programme of Arctic cinema, showcasing films, talks and…


Real vampires?

Posted by Keira Dignan on September 22, 2015 at 13:41 0 Comments

Real life vampires’ must be met with ‘tolerance and respect’, writes Kim Wall for The Guardian, following a study conducted by sociologists DJ Williams and Emily Prior on ‘Fears of Coming out of the Coffin’. ‘Vampires’ are people who believe that they must ‘feed’ regularly from…


Paul Sillitoe in the news

Posted by Gustaaf Houtman on August 17, 2015 at 13:00 0 Comments

Paul Sillitoe and Mako John Kuwimb's have jointly reported on the Jared Diamond vs New Yorker controversy. Paul Sillitoe is a highly regarded anthropologist expert on Papua New Guinea, and Mako John Kuwimb contributed a…


Scottish referendum - Ullrich Kockel

Posted by Gustaaf Houtman on September 19, 2014 at 10:39 0 Comments

The people of Scotland have spoken, and the Prime Minister promises their voices will be heard. Following two years of campaigning generating unprecedented public participation and reaching previously disengaged group in large numbers, the referendum delivered a solid majority for Scotland remaining in the UK. According to opinion polls, the youngest voters were predominantly inclined to vote "no". On the night of polling day, one young man on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, having just voted "no",…


From 'Human Terrain' 'to Human Domain' - Another Pentagon concept?

Posted by Gustaaf Houtman on February 27, 2013 at 19:00 0 Comments

Sisk, Richard 2013. 'Human Domain' Enters Future Army War Plans. News, 20 February 2013.

Keith Walker at AUSA 2012.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Army's core mission as the world's dominant land power must meld with the challenges posed by future conflicts that will increasingly be fought over "human terrain," senior Army officials…


Human Terrain continues

Posted by Gustaaf Houtman on February 27, 2013 at 17:00 0 Comments

Hanley, Ken 2013. Op-Ed: Problematic Human Terrain System continues despite criticism. Digital Journal, 21 February

VandenBroek, T 2013. Army plows ahead with troubled war-zone program. USA Today, 21 February.



Akbar Ahmed on drones

Posted by Gustaaf Houtman on February 18, 2013 at 11:00 0 Comments

American University professor Akbar Ahmed talked about his book, The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam. He also talked about the debate over the use of drones by the Obama administration. This interview, recorded at American University in Washington, DC, was part of Book TV’s College Series.…


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ANTHCAL - Calendar of events as published in the last issue of ANTHROPOLOGY TODAY

We try to avoid errors, but please check dates before making a special journey. Entries are best submitted with a current web address to which readers can refer for further details.


Camel: A journey through fragile landscapes - photographs by Roger Chapman (to 29.10.2017). Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PP; tel. +44 (0)1865 270927;

Where the Thunderbird lives: Cultural resilience on the Northwest Coast of North America (to 27.8.2017); Scythians: Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories (to 15.10.2017); Warriors of ancient Siberai (to 14.1.2018); Africa gallery (permanent); Living and dying (permanent). British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG; tel. +44 (0)20 7323 8299 (information desk); whatson/exhibitions/index.html

In a major three-year development of its gallery spaces, the Horniman’s anthropology collection will be redisplayed from 2018. Pani (to 26.11.2017); India unplugged (to 24.9.2017); The robot zoo (to 29.10.2017). Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ; tel. +44(0)20 8699 1872;

Another India (to 22.4.2018); Carriers of culture: The longing of belonging (to 10.9.2017); The island warrior: Coconut fibre armour from Kiribati (to 25.9.2017). Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DZ; tel +44 (0)1223 333516;

Buildings that fill my eye: Architectural heritage of Yemen (to 23.9.2017). Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Place, Russell Square. https://


28-30 Aug 2017 EASA networks PACSA and anthropology of security. The making of peace, conflict and security: Dynamics of inclusion and exclusion, University of Amsterdam.


7-8 Sep 2017 The pasts, presents, and futures of queer mobilities: Transnational movements of ideas, concepts, and people. 2nd workshop of the European Network for Queer Anthropology (ENQA. Central European University, Budapest.

15 Sep 2017 15.00-20.00 RAI AGM followed by the Curl Lecture by Andrea Migliano. The British Museum’s Clore Centre.

19-21 Sep 2017 EASA network LAWNET event. Anticipating law: The prognostics of fear and hope. Bern, Switzerland. https://

22-23 Sep 2017 International interdisciplinary conference on the concept of time. Istanbul, Turkey.

29-30 Sept 2017 International interdisciplinary conference on identity and philosophy of the self. Istanbul, Turkey.


4 Oct 2017 RAI research seminar. Popular photography and the Internet: Cases from Iran. Shireen Walton.

12 Oct 2017 Life and work of Elizabeth Colson. One-day seminar. Location: RAI. Book via

14 Oct 2017 The place of memory and memory of place. Conference Cambridge, United Kingdom.

17-20 Oct 2017 Africa and Africans in national, regional and global dimensions. 14th African Studies Conference. Moscow, Russian Federation.

24-27 Oct 2017 Conference on mermaids, maritime folklore, and modernity. Copenhagen, Denmark.

26 Oct 2017 Third Folklore Society/RAI joint seminar. Folklore and anthropology in conversation. Location: RAI. Event is free, but book via Contact:

28-29 Oct 2017 Why the world needs anthropologists: Powering the planet. Calman Learning Centre, University of Durham.


4 Nov 2017 South Asia and its diaspora: Musical performances in the cultures of decolonization. The Pavilion, Horniman Museum and Gardens. Contact:

9 Nov 2017 The Folklore Society: ‘Newer Researchers: Newer Approaches’ A one-day conference jointly hosted by The Folklore Society and The Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen. Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB.

29 Nov-3 Dec 2017AAA annual meeting. Marriott Wardman Park Hotel & Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington, DC


1 Dec 2017 Symposium: Death and time. BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf. Contact:

11-15 Dec 2017 Joint ASA/AAS/ASAANZ conference. Adelaide.

15 Dec 2017 17.30 Huxley Lecture. Margaret Conkey. The British Museum’s Clore Centre.


13-14 Jan 2018 4th International Conference on media and popular culture. Leeds, UK.

MARCH 2018

1-3 Mar 2018 9th Annual women’s leadership and empowerment Conference. Bangkok, Thailand.

JUNE 2018

1-3 June 2018 Art, materiality and representation. British Museum/SOAS.

JULY 2018

9 Jul 2018 London Anthropology Day. British Museum’s Clore Centre.

23-27 Jul 2018 Situations, times, and places in hunter-gatherer research. 12th International conference on hunting and gathering societies (CHAGS XII). School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.

25 Jul 2018 Thirteenth international conference on interdisciplinary social sciences Granada, Spain.

30 Jul - 3 Aug 2018 18th ICAES World Congress 2018. World (of) encounters: The past, present and future of anthropological knowledge. Florianópolis, Brazil.


14-17 Aug 2018 EASA biennial conference. Dept of Social Anthropology, University of Stockholm. https://


18-21 Sep 2018 ASA annual conference as part of the UKAN initiative. University of Oxford. https://


14-18 Nov 2018 AAA annual meeting. San Jose Convention Center San Jose, CA


7-8 Feb 2019 ICAS 2019: 21st international conference on anthropology and sustainability. Mumbai, India.


13-14 Aug 2019 ICTA 2019: 21st International conference on tourism anthropology. Venice, Italy.


20-24 Nov 2019 AAA annual meeting. Vancouver Convention Centre Vancouver, BC, CAN


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