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Front and back cover caption, volume 31 issue 2

Front coverCHARLIE HEBDO SHOOTINGOn 11 January 2015, in the wake of the killings at Charlie Hebdo’s offices and in a kosher supermarket, 4 million people took to the streets in France, including an estimated 1.5 million in Paris, many of them carrying the sign ‘Je suis Charlie’. The heart of the march in the capital was…Continue

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LAURA NADER Three jihads: Islamic, Christian, and Jewish

In this guest editorial, the author weighs up to what extent Christian and Jewish life practice equivalents to jihad and to what extent this is a feature of our contemporary secular lives.Wiley Online LibraryContinue

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DIDIER FASSIN In the name of the Republic: Untimely meditations on the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attack

In the wake of the killings at Charlie Hebdo offices and in a Kosher supermarket in January 2015, an unprecedented national mobilization took place in France in defence of the endangered ‘values of the Republic’: liberty, equality, fraternity, to which had been added laïcité, the French version of secularism. However, the unanimity was soon disrupted as some did not join the ‘Je suis Charlie’ movement, questioning the double standard in the implementation of these principles. This essay…Continue

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MARSHALL SAHLINS An anthropological manifesto: Or the origin of the state

In his anthropological manifesto in this issue, Marshall Sahlins argues that our main theories of ‘economic determinism’ represent a self-consciousness of modern capitalist societies masquerading as the science of others. In the great majority of societies known to anthropology and history, power consists in the direct control of people, from which comes the ability to accumulate wealth, rather than control of their means of livelihood, of capital wealth, from which comes the control of…Continue

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BARBARA PINELLI After the landing: Moral control and surveillance in Italy’s asylum seeker camps

Though the recent tragedies in the Strait of Sicily, the body of water that divides Italy from Libya's coasts, and the daily arrival of refugees on the Southern shores have captured international media attention, institutional silence shrouds what happens after the landing on Italian shores, and the courses asylum seekers follow within the bureaucratic and assistance apparatus are overshadowed by official data and state regulations. This article sheds light on some aspects of the protection and…Continue

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HANS STEINMÜLLER & TONGXUE TAN Like a virgin? Hymen restoration operations in contemporary China

In this article, we use the example of hymen repair surgeries to discuss the reconfigurations of patriarchal practices in the People’s Republic of China. Following a brief overview of concepts of virginity and the importance of the hymen in China, we describe the spread of hymen restorations in the reform era. These surgeries link up traditionalist and ‘patriarchal’ practices and relationships with particular expressions of sexual liberalism in contemporary China.…Continue


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Blog Posts

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.…


Marshall Sahlins resigns from the National Academy of Sciences

Posted by Gustaaf Houtman on February 27, 2013 at 16:30 3 Comments

The following items have been published in relation to Marshall Sahlin's resignation (to be updated as more sources become available):

Golden, Serena 2013 A protest resignation.Inside Higher Education, 25 February.

Horgan, John 2013 …


Michel-Rolph Trouillot, 1949-2012

Posted by Matthew Parsfield on July 13, 2012 at 10:00 0 Comments

MICHEL-ROLPH Trouillot, the esteemed Haitian anthropologist and professor at the University of Chicago, has died at the age of 62.…


Crisis is as cultural as Kula

Posted by Matthew Parsfield on May 5, 2012 at 19:30 0 Comments

THE FINANCIAL crisis must be understood culturally if "discredited" neoliberal economic perspectives are to be challenged, argued Keir Martin on the Guardian's website in April. 

Taking Malinowski's classic study of Trobriand …


UPDATED: US Military in new anthropologist recruitment drive

Posted by Matthew Parsfield on April 25, 2012 at 12:00 0 Comments

GRADUATE recruitment websites and university email lists are being flooded with vacanciesfor embedded social scientists as the US Military steps up…


Banking on Kim

Posted by Matthew Parsfield on April 23, 2012 at 22:30 0 Comments

MEDICAL anthropologist and public health leader Jim Yong Kim has been appointed as the 12th President of the World Bank. The Korean-born American academic was the first Washington nominee ever to be opposed for the role, but successfully saw off the challenge of Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to maintain the USA’s seven…


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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. AnthCal is online at
My Siberian years, 1914-1915 (to 28.02.2016); A well-documented life: Scarred/sacred water (to 03.05.2015); Peoples of the Upper Nile: Richard Buchta in Equatoria 1878-1880 (to 14.06.2015). Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PP; tel. +44 (0)1865 270927;
Eight mummies, eight lives, eight stories (to 19.05.2015); Living and dying (permanent); Defining beauty: The body in ancient Greek art (from 26.03.1015); Indigenous Australia: Enduring civilization (from 23.04.2015) Indian Ocean trade and exchange (to 31.05.2015); Shifting patterns: Pacific barkcloth clothing (to 16.08.2015); Larrakitj: Aboriginal memorial poles by Wukun Wanambi (to 25.05.2015); Africa Gallery (permanent). British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG; tel. +44 (0)20 7323 8299 (information desk);
Revisiting Romania: Dress and identity (to 06.09.2015); Memories of China (to 12.05.2015); Centenary gallery: 100 years of collecting (permanent). Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ; tel. +44 (0)20 8699 1872;
Sounding out the Morning Star - Music and West Papua (to 13.09.2015); The power of paper: 50 years of printmaking from Australia, Canada and South Africa (to 06.12.2015). Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DZ; tel +44 (0)1223 333516;
APRIL 2015
1 Apr 2015 17.30. RAI Research Seminar. Meeting anthropology, or how to talk to chairs. Simone Abram.
8 Apr 2015 17.30. RAI Research Seminar. Haddon in Ireland, reconstructing the archive of the Irish Ethnographic Survey. Ciarán Walsh & Joe Dudding.
9 Apr 2015
13.00 British Association for the Advancement of Science Seminar.
13-16 Apr 2015 Symbiotic anthropologies
. ASA conference. University of Exeter.
16-17 Apr 2015 Fifth international conference on Religion and spirituality in society. Berkeley, USA.
22 Apr 2015 17.30. RAI Research Seminar. The Alevis of Turkey twenty years on. David Shankland.
24-25 Apr 2015 William Fagg and the study of African art. Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London. https://
25 Apr 2015 10.00-17.30. Mapping the frontiers of high finance: Art, anthropology & the material culture of markets. RAI postgraduate workshop.
29 Apr 2015 17.30. RAI Research Seminar. Science and sustainability. Joy Hendry.
MAY 2015
5-12 May 2015 37th International Americanistic studies congress. Centro Studi Americanistici. Perugia (Italy).

19 May 2015, 18.00-19.15. Radcliffe-Brown Lecture in Social Anthropology by Georgina BornAnthropology, digital music and the contemporary. Followed by reception. The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH. ;
20 May 2015 17.30. RAI Research Seminar. Subjects as objects - How heritage practice works with the past. Tom Yarrow.
21 May 2015 10.00. Reviewer meets reviewed: God’s agents - Biblical publicity in contemporary England. Matthew Engelke vs Adam Reed. Anthropology Library and Research Centre, British Museum. Contact:,
23-24 May 2015
Second international conference on media and popular culture. Vienna, Austria. Contact:
JUNE 2015
3 Jun 2015 18.00. Mary Douglas Lecture. The societalization of social problems: Recent social crises and the civil sphere. Jeffrey Alexander. St Anne’s College, Oxford.
4-5 Jun 2015
5th Royal Anthropological Institute Postgraduate Conference: Anthropology and the politics of engagement. University of Manchester. https://
9-12 Jun 2015
10th International conference on interdisciplinary social sciences. Split, Croatia.
10 Jun 2015 17.30. RAI Research Seminar. What did Ted Hughes learn from anthropology? Bob Layton.
10-13 Jun 2015 Civilizational values at the crossroads
. Conference. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
11-12 Jun 2015 Emotions in/and medical anthropology.
6th Medical Anthropology Young Scholars annual meeting. Amsterdam Institute for Social Science.
11-14 Jun 2015
ACSS 2015 Sixth Asian conference on the social sciences. Theme: Power. Osaka, Japan.
16-19 Jun 2015 14th RAI international festival of ethnographic film. Venue: Bristol.
18 Jun 2015
TOURAVEL ‘15 / II. International Conference on Tourism and travel.Istanbul, Turkey.
21-26 Jun 2015 9th International conference on Easter Island and the Pacific (EIPC 2015). Cultural and environmental dynamics. Ethnological Museum Dahlem, Berlin.
24-26 Jun 2015 Anthropology of hands. Conference.
JULY 2015
2 Jul 2015 London Anthropology Day 2015. Clore Centre, British Museum.
7-10 Jul 2015 1st AIBR international conference of anthropology. Madrid, Spain. The human being: Cultures, origins and destiny. Network of Iberoamerican Anthropologists (AIBR).
15-17 Jul 2015 IUAES Inter-Congress 2015: Re-imagining anthropological and sociological boundaries. Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand.
15-17 Jul 2015 Qualitative research. International conference. Neuchatel.
26-27 Jul 2015 International conference on identity studies. Vienna, Austria. Contact:
2-5 Sep 2015 21st Annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists. Glasgow, Scotland.
7-11 Sep 2015 11th Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (CHAGS 11). Vienna, Austria.
9-11 Sep 2015
MAGic2015 - Anthropology and global health: Interrogating theory, policy and practice. Organized jointly by the RAI Medical Anthropology Committee, and the EASA Medical Anthropology Network. University of Sussex. & https://
18 Sep 2015
15.00 RAI AGM followed by the Curl Lecture (details t.b.a.).
7 Oct 2015 17.30 RAI Research Seminar. Museum ethnography and the origins of anthropology in the mid-19th century? Jonathan King.
28 Oct 2015 17.30. RAI Research Seminar. Touching and being touched – how we shape the world. Cristina Toren.
4 Nov 2015 17.30
RAI Research Seminar. Fürer-Haimendorf’s early academic career: A case study in exploring methodologies for the history of anthropology. Andre Gingrich.
18-22 Nov 2015
AAA annual meeting. Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO.
4 Dec 2015 Huxley lecture (time t.b.a.). Robin Dunbar. BP Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG.
8-9 Dec 2015 History of the RAI: 1871-1918. https://
MAY 2016
4-9 May 2016 IUAES Inter-Congress, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
27-29 May 2016 Anthropology, weather and climate change. RAI conference. British Museum, Clore Centre.
JUNE 2016
30 Jun 2016 London Anthropology Day.
16-20 Nov 2016 AAA Annual Meeting
. Minneapolis Convention Center. Minneapolis, MN.
29 Nov-3 Dec 2017 AAA annual meeting.
Washington DC.
14-18 Nov 2018
AAA Annual Meeting. San Jose, CA.
IUAES 17th World Congress. Florianópolis, Brazil.

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