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Covers AT February 2015, volume 32 issue 1

Front cover: GREECE-GERMAN RELATIONSThe Prussian goose-step survives in Greek official ceremonies as part of the 'traditional' display by the famed Evzones, or presidential guards – a relic of the German-derived monarchy and its militaristic traditions. It is combined here with a male costume popular in the European parts…Continue

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SUSHRUT JADHAV, DAVID MOSSE & NED DOSTALER Minds of caste – Discrimination and its affects

This guest editorial considers the relevance of caste in today’s world in terms of ‘castes of mind’.Wiley Online LibraryContinue


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ELLIOTT PRASSE-FREEMAN Burma’s historic elections

This guest editorial looks at Burma’s national elections that have the promise of radically changing Burma’s government after over half a century of military rule.Wiley Online LibraryContinue


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PAT CAPLAN Big society or broken society?: Food banks in the UK

This article discusses the recent increase in food poverty in the UK, the reasons for this and some of the ways in which it is being addressed by the voluntary or third sector, with a particular focus on food banks. Through use of a number of anthropological concepts such as reciprocity and gifting, shame and stigma, some of the complexities and contradictions which arise in this situation are revealed. Through the prism of food poverty and food aid, the piece poses a series of questions about…Continue

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MICHAEL HERZFELD The hypocrisy of European moralism. Greece and the politics of cultural aggression – part 1

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


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PNINA WERBNER Political prayer and the dignity of labour: Botswana’s workers’ movement

The article draws on recent fieldwork to explore the intersection between class and Christian faith in the collective worldview of African labour unions in Botswana. Workers across different churches appeal to a Christian God whom they believe supports their struggle for dignity and a living wage. It is this axiomatic faith that underpins the spiritual interpretation of worker vocation and worker solidarity. Moreover, in Botswana, unlike in some neighbouring African countries, no contradiction…Continue

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INES HASSELBERG Reshaping possible futures: Deportation, home and the United Kingdom

In this article I examine how foreign nationals in the United Kingdom (UK) envisage the possibility of a forced return to their countries of origin. Drawing on ethnographic data collected in London among foreign national offenders appealing their deportation at the Immigration Tribunal, I show how preparations for an eventual return were seldom made by those appealing deportation, even if the prospect of their forced removal and its implications for the family left behind was constantly on…Continue


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NARRATIVE. SJAAK VAN DER GEEST Shakespeare in the Ugandan Bush

A conversation in a car in Northern Uganda wanders off to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Then the old Italian love story leads to a discussion about feudal fights and reconciliation. A decade after the raids by the Lord’s Resistance Army on the villages we pass, people are still struggling with the aftermath of that war. Victims and perpetrators are living together and try to pick up ordinary life. Traditional ways of forgiving and reconciliation have become urgent concerns today. The next day…Continue


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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.…


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 …


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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 year, 1914-1915 (to 28.02.2016); Burton Bros. of Dunedin: Photographs of New Zealand and Fiji by a late nineteenth-century commercial studio (to 06.03.2016); Amalgamate (to 12.03.2016). Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PP; tel. +44 (0)1865 270927; www.prm.

Scanning Sobek: Mummy of the crocodile god (to 21.02.2016); Life and sole: Footwear from the Islamic world (to 15.05.2016); Hoards: The hidden history of ancient Britain (to 22.05.2016). 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

London’s urban jungle (to 21.02.2016); 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; www.horniman.

Tuniit: Arctic giants & ivory miniatures (to April 2016). Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DZ; tel +44 (0)1223 333516;


5 Feb 2016 16.30. RAI research in progress: Embodied ghosts of phantom lynchings: A ‘hauntography’ of El Alto’s hanging puppets. Martin Wemyss. http://martynwemyss.eventbrite.

8 Feb 2016 18.30. Joint RAI seminar with the Anglo-Turkish Society. Lecture. Pat Yale on Gertrude Bell. At the RAI. http://

10 Feb 2016 17.30. RAI Research Seminar. The choreographing brain: Cognition, emotion, and dance. Judith Lynne Hanna. http://

15-18 Feb 2016 Philosophy of death and dying. International interdisciplinary school. Helsinki.

17 Feb 2016 17.30. RAI Research Seminar. Jonathan Roper. The texts of charms, the contexts of charming. http://jonathanroper.

18 Feb 2016 Reviewer meets reviewed: Everyday ethics in China. Hans Steinmuller vs Christos Lynteris. Bookings:

19 Feb 2016 16.30. RAI research in progress: Passive, voiceless victims or actively seeking a religious education? Anneke Newman.

22 Feb 2016 17.30. Anthropology and photography. Australian Aboriginal transformations of the colonial archive. Jane Lydon.

29 Feb 2016 17.30. Tourism seminar. Dorothea Meyer. Gaining access to tourist markets: Female craft producers in Zanzibar, Tanzania. http://dorotheameyer.

MARCH 2016

4 Mar 2016 16.30. RAI research in progress. Erasure of the individual: Interruptions, egalitarianism, and equality in the context of deaf people in the UK. Kelly Fagan Robinson. http://kellyrobinson.

4-6 Mar 2016 RAI 14th international festival of ethnographic film at USC.

17 Mar 2016 9.30. Reviewer meets reviewed. Anthropology and anthropologists: The modern British school. Adam Kuper vs reviewer. TGoodliffe@ Anthropology Library and Research Centre, British Museum

17 Mar 2016 Racism, nationalism and xenophobia. International interdisciplinary conference. Warsaw, Poland. http://

17-19 Mar 2016 Regions of memory II. International conference. Warsaw. http://

18 Mar 2016 16.30. RAI research in progress. Reciprocity: Materiality and technicality in credit transactions. Syed Mohammed Faisal. http://

21 Mar 2016 17.30. RAI DSA tourism series. The Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic (EVDE) and its unexpected effects on tourism in the Gambia and Sierra Leone. Marina Novelli. http://novelli.

22-23 Mar 2016 Sixth international conference on religion and spirituality in society. Religion in the age of the Anthropocene: Towards a common cause? The Catholic University of America, Washington DC. http://

29 Mar-2 Apr Society for Applied Anthropologists 76th annual meeting. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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.

21 Apr 2016 10.00. Reviewer meets reviewed. House of Commons: An anthropology of MPs at work. Emma Crewe vs James Staples. Bookings: TGoodliffe@ Anthropology Library and Research Centre, British Museum

22-23 Apr 2016 Reimagining the child. Graduate student conference. Camden, New Jersey, USA.

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. http://www.

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

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. congress/2016/home

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/

30 Jun 2016 London anthropology day. http://www.

JULY 2016

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

20-23 Jul 2016 EASA conference. Department of Human Science for Education ‘Riccardo Massa’ & Department of Sociology and Social Research at The University of Milano-Bicocca. http://www.


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.


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


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

25 Nov 2016 17.30. Huxley Lecture. Margaret Lock. The British Museum’s Clore Centre.

APRIL 2017

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

JUNE 2017

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



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