anthropology today

a forum for readers and authors of this bimonthly periodical

This site is an experimental attempt to get conversation going between authors, readers and the editors of ANTHROPOLOGY TODAY, published by the Royal Anthropological Institute and available at Wiley-Blackwell. Please bear with us while we introduce new features and hone our layout. (For more information on ANTHROPOLOGY TODAY see ABOUT; on the mechanics of contributing various types of content see HELP; to determine suitability of content and for conditions see RULES).

Gustaaf Houtman

David Marsden

Matthew Parsfield

Jill Reese

ANTHROPOLOGY TODAY provides a forum for the application of anthropological analysis to public and topical issues. - anthropology jobs

Loading… Loading feed


Loading… Loading feed

Latest Activity

emmanuel left a comment for Mary Huber
May 17
emmanuel left a comment for Rima Brusi
May 17
emmanuel left a comment for Lucia Trlicova
May 17
emmanuel left a comment for jet bakels
May 17
emmanuel left a comment for Mary-Ann Craig
May 17
emmanuel left a comment for ian mcintosh
May 17
emmanuel left a comment for Paring Bert
May 17
emmanuel left a comment for Christina Welch
May 17
emmanuel left a comment for Helen L Tweed
May 17
emmanuel left a comment for ROY ALAN SMITH
May 17
emmanuel left a comment for Alexander Thomas Telford Smith
May 17
emmanuel left a comment for Mayo Win-Pe
May 17




  • Add Photos
  • View All


Covers AT April 2016, volume 32 issue 2

Front cover: NIGERIA’S IGBO JEWSBetween images of the Star of David and menorah, Habakkuk Nwafor’s front door in Nigeria’s capital bears the proud notice, ‘I AM A JEW’. The leader of Abuja’s Tikvat Israel Synagogue, Nwafor is an Igbo, a member of Nigeria’s third largest ethnic group, numbering over 30 million people. Seated…Continue

Tags: covers, 2016, April

Started by AT admin in AT APRIL 2016 Mar 27.


This guest editorial implores anthropologists to take a stance against the strengthening of fas-cism in Europe.Wiley Online LibraryContinue

Tags: HOLMES, DOUG, article, 2016, April

Started by AT admin in AT APRIL 2016 Mar 27.

PAUL BASU Anthropology education and public engagement: Where do we go from here?

This guest editorial considers educational initiatives in the field of anthropology, with a par-ticular focus on what has been learnt from the RAI experiences in setting up the now abort-ed A-level.Wiley Online LibraryContinue

Tags: BASU, PAUL, article, 2016, April

Started by AT admin in AT APRIL 2016 Mar 27.

EVTHYMIOS PAPATAXIARCHIS Being ‘there’: At the front line of the ‘European refugee crisis’ - part 1

In the course of 2015, Skala Sykamnias, a fishing village and tourist idyll on the northern coast of Lesbos, by accident of its geographical location, has turned into the informal gate into Europe for more than 200.000 refugees. In this article the author analyses the massive flows of people and things that transverse his fieldwork site from different directions: the great diversity of actors en-acting what are often dissonant ideals and strategies, the several theatres of operation and…Continue

Tags: PAPATAXIARCHIS, EVTHYMIOS, article, 2016, April

Started by AT admin in AT APRIL 2016 Mar 27.

MICHAEL HERZFELD The hypocrisy of European moralism: Greece and the politics of cultural aggression - part 2

In the current debt crisis, Greeks often stand accused of irresponsible borrowing, corruption, and laziness. In this article, I argue that the patently unfair way in which these stereotypes have framed the ongoing tensions between Greece and the other European countries is deeply grounded in the dynamics of “crypto-colonialism.” German fascination with ancient Greece has combined with the needs of British, French, and, later, American strategic interests to produce a toxic brew of humiliation…Continue

Tags: HERZFELD, MICHAEL, article, 2016, April

Started by AT admin in AT APRIL 2016 Mar 27.

SHAI AFSAI Nigeria’s Igbo Jews: Jewish identity and practice in Abuja

The now widespread Igbo belief in a Jewish ancestry goes back to the 18th century. However, it was during and after the Nigerian civil war (1967-1970), in which at least one million Igbo died in the failed bid for Biafran independence, that Igbo identification with and as Jews concretized. Igbo saw themselves as sufferers of genocide, like the Jews of World War II in Europe, and as inhabitants of a beleaguered plot of land surrounded by hostile forces, similar to the state of Israel. The civil…Continue

Tags: SHAI, article, April, AFSAI, 2016

Started by AT admin in AT APRIL 2016 Mar 27.

N. GILL, R. ROTTER, A. BURRIDGE, J. ALLSOPP & M. GRIFFITHS Linguistic incomprehension in British asylum appeal hearings

For the thousands of appellants who navigate Britain's asylum appeal courts every year, attend-ing a hearing conducted in a language they do not understand and participating via an inter-preter, is usually viewed as a significant disadvantage. The findings of a study that entailed eth-nographic and structured observations of over 390 asylum appeal hearings in England and Wales during 2013 and 2014, however, indicate that the presence of interpreters often offers an important source of support…Continue


Started by AT admin in AT APRIL 2016 Mar 27.

NARRATIVE. A. NAVEST, M. DE KONING & A. MOORS Chatting about marriage with female mi-grants to Syria: Agency beyond the victim versus activist paradigm

The increasing number of women migrating to Syria from Europe has not only drawn the attention of the media and the security forces but also of researchers. Publications often either undervalue or overvalue women's agency, presenting them as victims of unscrupu-lous men or foregrounding their militant activism. As many authors work in the field of radi-calisation and terrorism studies and use public online posts, they focus on the more radical, activist women who are keen to present themselves…Continue

Tags: NAVEST, narrative, MOORS, DE KONING, April

Started by AT admin in AT APRIL 2016 Mar 27.


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.…


RSS - yahoo anthropology news

Loading… Loading feed

RSS - google anthropology news

Loading… Loading feed


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. AnthCal is online at


A procession (to 29.05.2016); Adaptation (to 16.05.2015); My Siberian year, 1914-1915 (to 30.06.2016); Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PP; tel. +44 (0)1865 270927; http://www.prm.

Life and sole: Footwear from the Islamic world(to 15.05.2016); Hoards: The hidden history of Britain (to 22.05.2016); Krishna in the garden of Assam: The cultural context of an Indian textile (to 15.08.2016); Containing the divine: A sculpture of the Pacific god A’a; Sicily culture and conquest; Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds (from 19.05.2016). 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

Revisiting Romania: Dress and identity (to 01.09.2016); Project Tobong (to 10.04.2016); Centenary gallery: 100 years of collecting (permanent). Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ; tel. +44(0)20 8699 1872; http://www.horniman.

Hide and seek: Looking for children in the past (to 29.01.2017); Tuniit: Arctic giants & ivory miniatures (to April 2016). Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DZ; tel +44 (0)1223 333516;

APRIL 2016

20 Apr 2016 17.30. RAI Research Seminar. Scale, cohesion and complexity: Understanding Fali community chiefdoms of the Mandara mountains. James H. Wade. http://jameshwade.

21 Apr 2016 10.00. Reviewer meets reviewed. House of Commons: An anthropology of MPs at work. Emma Crewe vs James Staples. Anthropology Library, British Museum. Contact:

22 Apr 2016 16.30. Research in progress: Adeel Khan. Auditing Muslim audition. RAI.

27 Apr 2016 17.30. RAI research seminar: Robert Foley. The complex origins and evolution of our species. RAI.

MAY 2016

4-9 May 2016 IUAES inter-congress, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

5-7 May 2016 2nd global meeting. Growing up, growing old: Times and seasons.

6 May 2016 16.30. Research in progress: Amber Abrams. Living well despite it all; exploring the impacts of protected areas on edge-dwellers’ attempts towards health. RAI.

19 May 2016 9.30. Reviewer meets reviewed: Writing the dark side of travel. Jonathan Skinner vs Tony Johnston. Bookings: TGoodliffe@ Anthropology Library and Research Centre, British Museum

19 May 2016 10.30-12.30. Malinowski Memorial Lecture. Sian Lazar. Politics beyond ‘interest’: Ethics, kinship and the collective self in Argentine labour unions. Old Theatre, LSE.

20 May 2016 16.30. Research in progress: Syed Mohammed Faisal. Reciprocity: Materiality and technicality in credit transactions. RAI.

25 May 2016 18.00. Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture. Michael Thompson. How BOFIs (banks and other financial institutions) think. Archaeology Lecture Theatre, UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW, followed by a drinks reception.

27-29 May 2016 Anthropology, weather and climate change. RAI conference. British Museum, Clore Centre.

JUNE 2016

1-3 Jun 2016 Hybrid communities, societies, spaces and subjectivities. Calgary, Canada. https:// congress/2016/home

3 Jun 2016 16.30 Research in progress: Anna Ruddock. Getting In: ‘Rank’ as biographical number at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). RAI.

8-11 Jun 2016 Submerged conflicts: Ethnography of the invisible resistances in the Quotidian. Bergamo, Italy. http://www.etnografiaricercaqualitativa. it/?page_id=62

9-12 Jun 2016 ACSS2016 - The Asian conference on the social sciences. conferences/acss2016/

17 Jun 2016 16.30. Research in progress: Emilio G. Berrocal. Thinking with rap: Thinking, anthropocene, racism. RAI.

30 Jun 2016 London anthropology day. British Museum Clore Centre.

JULY 2016

4-7 Jul 2016 ASA conference, University of Durham. Theme: Footprints and futures – The time of anthropology.

12-15 Jul 2016 IASFM 16: Rethinking forced migration and displacement: Theory, policy, and praxis. Poznan, Poland.

14-16 Jul 2016 Urban economies. Cultural perspectives on grassroots entrepreneurs and neighborhood economies, University of Munich, Germany.

20-23 Jul 2016 14th EASA conference. Anthropological legacies and human futures. Department of Human Science for Education ‘Riccardo Massa’ & Department of Sociology and Social Research at The University of Milano-Bicocca.


2-4 Aug 2016 11th international conference on interdisciplinary social sciences. An age and its ends: Social science in the era of the Anthropocene. Imperial College, London. http://


30 Sep 2016 15.00. RAI AGM. Followed by Henry Meyers Lecture at approx. 17.00. Stevenson Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, British Museum.


7 Oct 2016 16.30. Research in progress: Camelia Dewan. Embanking the Sundarbans: Political ecology and gender in the southwest coastal zone of Bangladesh. RAI.

20 Oct 2016 10.00. Reviewer meets reviewed. The British on holiday: Charter tourism, identity and consumption. Anthropology Library, British Museum. Bookings/enquiries: TGoodliffe@

21 Oct 2016 16.30. Research in progress: Christine Moderbacher. Deconstructing a rhinoceros! Voices from Molenbeek/Brussels. RAI.


4 Nov 2016 16.30. Research in Progress: Joseph Briestly. Animal Economics: exchange and personhood in pastoral Mongolia. RAI.

11 Nov 2016 17.30 [Note: Change of date]. Huxley Lecture. Margaret Lock. The British Museum’s Clore Centre.

16-20 Nov 2016 AAA annual meeting. Minneapolis Convention Center. Minneapolis, MN

24 Nov 2016 Third annual Blacking lecture at University of Roehampton. Title t.b.a. Georgiana Gore

MARCH 2017

29 Mar-1 Apr 2017 15th RAI Festival of ethnographic film. Watershed Cinema, Bristol.

APRIL 2017

25-30 Apr 2017 IUAES Inter-congress, Ottawa, Canada. http://

JUNE 2017

29 Jun 2017 London anthropology day. Clore Centre, British Museum.

Jun/Jul 2017 (date t.b.a.) ASA2017


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

JULY 2018

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


Did you know....

* To prevent spamming, from 21 January 2011 we instituted membership moderation, so anyone joining may be contacted in person before they can be admitted to this site.

* Did you know that you can access many hundreds of anthropology interest groups on Ning?

RSS - anthropologi blog

Loading… Loading feed

RSS - Savage Minds

Loading… Loading feed

RAI events -

Loading… Loading feed

© 2016   Created by Gustaaf Houtman.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service