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Covers: ALTERNATIVES TO AUSTERITY‘The Greek Burger’ graffiti in Athens (front cover) and popular protest slogan (back cover). Since the onset of the economic crisis, street art has increasingly expressed concern over current and future living conditions and national and European politics.In our age of austerity, set ideas…Continue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT OCTOBER 2017 Sep 28, 2017.

LAURA BEAR AND DANIEL M. KNIGHT Alternatives to austerity

We are in the age of austerity. Across the globe, there have recently been calls from both the left and the right to rethink policies of austerity and to rein in the forces of globalization. Over the past two years, anti-austerity sentiment has been a major factor in public votes in Europe and the US. Anti-globalization, anti-debt and anti-PPP movements are gaining broad support. Claiming to speak for ordinary families hit by the effects of austerity, parties across the political spectrum are…Continue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT OCTOBER 2017 Sep 28, 2017.

LAURA BEAR ‘Alternatives’ to austerity: A critique of financialized infrastructure in India and beyond

Current infrastructure development across the globe is described as an 'alternative' to austerity and as a nationalist riposte to globalization. From the UK to India to the US, it is represented as a way of reviving the fortunes of the ‘common man’ and a dispossessed, male working class. This article, based on research in the waterscape of the Hooghly River in India and World Bank initiatives, argues that current policies of financialized infrastructure are a false alternative to austerity and…Continue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT OCTOBER 2017 Sep 28, 2017.

RYAN DAVEY Polluter pays?: Understanding austerity through debt advice in the UK

Taking the case of funding models for free debt advice in the UK, this article argues that the anthropology of austerity has much to gain by asking what survives, or even thrives, under conditions of austerity. Beginning in the 1990s, flows of money from the retail financial industry to free debt advice organizations proliferated, generally upon an identified mutuality of interests between the two. This culminated in the establishment by the UK government of a bank levy in 2012, said to operate…Continue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT OCTOBER 2017 Sep 28, 2017.

SOHINI KAR Austerity welfare: Social security in the era of finance

With the launch of the new financial inclusion programme in 2015, the government of India claimed that more than 90 per cent of households now have access to bank accounts. The programme sought not only to link the poor in India to financial services such as credit and savings, but also to insurance-based welfare payments. This article examines how the expansion of welfare programmes – a seeming alternative to austerity – in India has simultaneously hinged on arguments of fiscal conservatism.…Continue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT OCTOBER 2017 Sep 28, 2017.

MATT WILDE Embryonic alternatives amid London’s housing crisis

One of the hallmarks of the austerity agenda in the UK has been the discursive prevalence of both scarcity and individual responsibility as justifications for drastic cuts to public services. In the context of London's housing crisis, cuts to welfare for low-income tenants have resulted in an alarming rise in evictions and homelessness within a wider context of displacement and gentrification in the city. This article explores how embryonic resistance to these processes, as well as to deeper…Continue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT OCTOBER 2017 Sep 28, 2017.

ANDREA MUEHLEBACH The price of austerity: Vital politics and the struggle for public water in southern Italy

This article approaches austerity from the vantage point of its alter ego, financialization, in so far as the radical depletion of public funds creates the conditions for private investment in public goods – including water. It tracks the intense volatilities generated out of the financialization of water by exploring the Italian water movement’s campaign of ‘civil obedience’ – an attempt on the part of citizens to stabilize and thus render just the volatile price of a vital good. It argues…Continue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT OCTOBER 2017 Sep 28, 2017.

ANNA TUCKETT ‘The island is full. Please don’t come’: Narratives of austerity and migration in a UK citizenship class

In the lead up to, and aftermath of, the UK referendum on its membership of the European Union, issues relating to migration and entitlement dominated public debates. In a ruthless campaign, the ‘Leave’ camp exploited the implementation of years of austerity policies by explicitly correlating their negative effects with supposedly high migrant numbers. Examining the discourses of scarcity, austerity and deservingness which prevailed during the referendum campaign, this article discusses the way…Continue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT OCTOBER 2017 Sep 28, 2017.

DANIEL M. KNIGHT The green economy as a sustainable alternative?

This article explores the green economy as a sustainable alternative to austerity in Greece. The author argues that the movement towards the green economy has been hijacked by multinational corporations taking advantage of an austerity-era policy that encourages a repetition of the neoliberal model of privatization, short-term accumulation, rentier agreements and resource extraction. This is contrary to views that cast ‘crisis’ as an incubator of economic strategies that may feed green…Continue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT OCTOBER 2017 Sep 28, 2017.

CONFERENCES. TESS ALTMAN Engaging refugee narratives

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT OCTOBER 2017 Sep 28, 2017.


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;

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 7.1.2018); 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). Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DZ; tel +44 (0)1223 333516;


4 Oct 2017 17.30 RAI research seminar. Vidigal favela chic: The moral geography of a slum gentrification in Rio de Janeiroran. Angela Torresan,

5 Oct 2017 17.30 Popular digital photography and anthropology: Cases from Iran. Shireen Walton.

11 Oct 2017 18.00 Osman Zeki Bey, the printer, his printing office and ‘The Ottoman Paper Manufacturing Company’.

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

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.

18 Oct 2017 17.30 RAI research seminar. The incomplete film maker: Reflections of a dilettante. John Bailey.

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

25 Oct 2017 17.30 RAI Research Seminar. Bill Barclay: Why music is everywhere (and why we need it to be).

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’ One-day conference jointly hosted by The Folklore Society and The Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen. Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB.

10 Nov 2017 17.30 RAI research seminar. Anthropology beyond the comfort zone: Expanding our work into climate change politics and action on a global scale. Edvard Hviding.

16 Nov 2017 14.00 Reviewer meets reviewed. The great reimagining: Public art, urban space, and the symbolic landscapes of a ‘new’ Northern Ireland. Bree T Hocking vs Rafael Schacter. Anthropology Library and Research Centre, British Museum. Contact:

21 Nov 2017 18.00 Bettany Hughes. Istanbul: The world’s desire. Joint seminar with the Anglo-Turkish Society.

22 Nov 2017 17.30 RAI research seminar. Caroline Wilkinson. Craniofacial anthropology in forensic identification and archaeological investigation.

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


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

7 Dec 2017 Teaching anthropology annual conference 2017. Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus.

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

15 Dec 2017 17.30 Huxley Lecture. Margaret Conkey. Field walking, walking the field: Anthropological archaeology as viewed from deep time. The British Museum’s Clore Centre.


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

18 Jan 2018 14.00 Reviewer meets reviewed. Dreaming and historical consciousness in Island Greece. Charles Stewart vs David Shankland. Anthropology Library and Research Centre, British Museum. Contact:


15 Feb 2018 14.00 Reviewer meets reviewed. Muslim families, Politics and the law: A legal industry in multicultural Britain. Ralph Grillo vs Pnina Werbner. Anthropology Library and Research Centre, British Museum. Contact:

MARCH 2018

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

15 Mar 2018 14.00 Reviewer meets reviewed. Space and society in Central Brazil: A Panará Ethnography. Elizabeth Ewart vs Paolo Fortis. Anthropology Library and Research Centre, British Museum. Contact:

APRIL 2018

19 Apr 2018 14.00 Reviewer meets reviewed. In defense of anthropology: An investigation of the critique of anthropology. Herbert Lewis vs James Carrier. Anthropology Library and Research Centre, British Museum. Contact:

MAY 2018

17 May 2018 14.00 Reviewer meets reviewed. The politics of distinction: African elites from colonialism to liberation in a Namibian frontier town. Matt Funani vs Peter Lockwood. Anthropology Library and Research Centre, British Museum. Contact:

JUNE 2018

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

14-15 Jun 2018 Tangible – intangible heritage(s): Design, social and cultural critiques on the past, present and the future. University of East London, UK.

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://


1 Oct 2018 Indigenous communities, indigenous spaces: Tradition and change in a globalising world. Pongso no Tao, Taiwan.


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.

MARCH 2019

27-30 Mar 2019 16th RAI film festival. Anthropology – ethnography – archaeology. Watershed Cinema, Bristol, United Kingdom.


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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