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Covers AT October 2014, volume 30 issue 5

Front coverYOGA AND IPBikram Choudhury teaching a hot yoga class, California, October 2004. In this image Bikram Choudhury, a Los Angeles-based yogi and the head of the profitable Bikram Yoga College of India, is assisting a student deepen and lengthen her posture, janushirasana with paschimottanasana, by walking on her…Continue

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This editorial looks at the opening up of intellectual property and copyright to the world and encourages anthropologists to pay attention to the way their implementation evolves across the various communities where these issues tend to be vernacularized based on local concerns.Wiley Online LibraryContinue

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MARY MURRELL The datafied book and the entanglements of digitization

This paper explores how technologists, lawyers and librarians in the United States are complicating the social relations of the book as they attempt to navigate around and through the constraint of copyright in the pursuit of an online future for books. My context for this exploration is Google’s appropriation of copyrighted books, data scientists’ remaking of those books into data, and the subsequent publication of that data with a Creative Commons licence. I show how the datafication of books…Continue

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ALLISON FISH The place of ‘culture’ in the Access to Knowledge movement: Comparing Creative Commons and yogic theories of knowledge transfer

A fundamental tenet of the Access to Knowledge (A2K) movement is that access to intangibles, especially educational and cultural works, should be open to all. Grounded in a human rights framework, this perspective links open and unfettered access to principles of social justice, freedom, and economic development. This article explores how mainstream A2K debates play out with respect to intangible cultural heritage. In doing so, the discussion contributes to an emerging literature highlighting…Continue

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ALEXANDRA LIPPMAN Cannibalizing copyright? Vernacularizing open intellectual property in Brazil

With the expansion of intellectual property and its policing multinationally, Brazil gained a reputation for actively supporting and pursuing more “open” alternatives.  In 2004 Brazil became one of the first countries to ‘port’ Creative Commons alternative licensing there with then Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, lending his support as both a politician and a renowned musician. In this article I show how global and local media heralded Brazil as the model for alternative copyright,…Continue

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LORRAINE V. ARAGON Law versus lore: Copyright and conflicting claims about culture and property in Indonesia

The spread of intellectual and cultural property laws and language to developing nations highlights tensions between individual and collective rights models. The Indonesian government’s response was to redraw and meld the two types of law. Most Indonesian ‘traditional’ artists, however, reject the property assumptions of both legal regimes. This article portrays how the world’s fourth most populous nation, Indonesia, reacted to multinational corporate and World Trade Organization pressures for…Continue

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MAGALI RABASA Notes on ‘organic IP’ and underground publishing: Alternative book worlds in Latin America

The print book today, far from being dead, is an ‘old’ medium being made anew. In Latin America – a context virtually invisible in book studies – the remaking of the print book is most evident in the explosion of small alternative presses that have multiplied over the last two decades, accompanying a massive wave of popular mobilizations. Alternative presses are contributing to a remaking of the print book, materially and politically, as a tool for theorizing and promoting emergent political…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
In the Shadow of the Pyramids Laura El-Tantawy (to 05.10.2014). Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PP; tel. +44 (0)1865 270927;
Pilgrims, healers and wizards: Buddhism and religious practices in Burma and Thailand (02.10.2014-11.01.2015); Witches and wicked bodies (to 11.01.2015); Ancient lives: New discoveries (to 30.11.2014); Living and dying (permanent); Africa Gallery (permanent). British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG; tel. +44 (0)20 7323 8299 (information desk);
Extremes (to 02.11.2014); Kurt Jackson: River (29.11.2014- 25.01.2015); Revisiting Romania: Dress and identity (04.10.2014-06.09.2015); African worlds (permanent); Centenary gallery: 100 years of collecting (permanent). Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ; tel. +44 (0)20 8699 1872;
Buddha's word: The life of books in Tibet and beyond (to 17.01.2015). Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DZ; tel +44 (0)1223 333516;
1 Oct 2014 17.30 RAI Research Seminar: Evolutionary life history theory and the demographic consequences of rural development intervention in Ethiopia. Mhairi Gibson.
8 Oct 2014 17.30-19.30 RAI Research Seminar: Archaeology on the track of fire: The consequences for human life and recent researches in Africa (provisional title). John Gowlett.
15 Oct 2014 17.30-19.30 RAI Research Seminar. Emergence of ethnomusicology and the RAI. John Baily.
16 Oct 2014, 9.30. Reviewer meets reviewed. War and embodied memory: Becoming disabled in Sierra Leone. Maria Bergs vs Paul Basu. Anthropology Library and Research Centre, British Museum. Contact:
22 Oct 2014 17.30-19.30. RAI Research Seminar. Curating sound: Views from the galleries, streets and rainforests. Noel Lobley.
23 Oct 2014 18.00. Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture. Irreconcilable conflicts? Civil wars from the perspective of an institutional theory of culture. Professor Paul Richards, Harrie Massie Lecture Theatre, UCL, 25 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AY.
29 Oct 2014 17.30-19.30. RAI Research Seminar: Ethnomusicology and dance. Andree Grau.
3-5 Nov 2014 Knowledge/culture/economy international conference. Parramatta, NSW, Australia.
4-5 Nov 2014 Disorder - University of Sydney Anthropology Symposium.
5 Nov 2014 17.30-19.30 RAI Research Seminar. Voices in music, voices on music: Anthropology and ethnomusicology in dialogue. Suzel Reilly.
7 Nov 2014 17.30 Huxley Memorial Lecture by Tim Ingold. Stevenson Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG.
8 Nov 2014 11.00-16.00 Mapping cultures. Horniman Museum conference..
10-13 Nov 2014 Cosmopolitan anthropologies. Combined ASAANZ/AAS conference. Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand.
12 Nov 2014 17.30-19.30 RAI Research seminar: Modernism, Malinowski and the making of anthropology.
20 Nov 2014 10.00 Reviewer meets reviewed: International seafarers and transnationalism in the 21st Century. Helen Sampson vs Olivia Swift. Anthropology Library and Research Centre, British Museum. Contact:
25 Nov 2014 3rd International conference on contemporary ethnography across the disciplines. Hamilton New Zealand.
3 Dec 2015 17.30-19.30. RAI Research Seminar: Anthropology in 2014 (and earlier, at the RAI, and elsewhere). Raymond Apthorpe.
3 Dec 2014 International Multidisciplinary Conference on Traditional medical systems of Africa and Asia and their transformations Wroclaw, Poland.
3-6 Dec 2014 21st Biennial Pacific History Association Conference: 'Lalan, chalan, tala, ara (path): Reconnecting Pacific-Asia histories. Taipei & Taitung, Taiwan.
3-7 Dec 2014 AAA 113th annual meeting, Marriott Wardman Park & Omi Shoreham, Washington, DC
March 2015
18 Mar 2015 10th Global conference: Perspectives on evil. Lisbon, Portugal.
APRIL 2015
13-16 Apr 2015 Symbiotic anthropologies. ASA conference.
16-17 Apr 2015 Fifth International Conference on Religion and spirituality in society. Berkeley, USA.
JUNE 2015
9-12 Jun 2015 10th International conference on interdisciplinary social sciences. Split, Croatia.
10-13 Jun 2015 Civilizational values at the crossroads. Conference. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
13-16 Jun 2015 ACSS 2015 Sixth Asian Conference on the Social Sciences. Theme: Power. Osaka, Japan.
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. Theme: The human being: Cultures, origins and destiny, Network of Iberoamerican Anthropologists (AIBR).
15-17 Jul 2015 Qualitative research. International conference. Neuchatel.
15-18 Jul 2015 IUAES Inter-Congress, Bangkok.
2-5 Sep 2015 21st Annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, Glasgow, Scotland.
18-22 Nov 2015 AAA annual meeting. Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO
APRIL 2016
20-25 Apr 2016 IUAES Inter-Congress, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
16-20 Nov 2016 AAA Annual Meeting. Minneapolis Convention Center. Minneapolis, MN
t.b.a, IUAES Inter-Congress, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
29 Nov-3 Dec 2017 AAA annual meeting. Washington DC
14-18 Nov 2018 AAA Annual Meeting. San Jose, CA.
t.b.a. IUAES 17th World Congress. Florianópolis, Brazil

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