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Front and back cover caption, volume 33 issue 3

Front coverDonald J. Trump being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, 20 January 2017. The wealthiest and the oldest US president, Trump has also proved to be the most divisive, picking controversial cabinet members, many of whom, like him, are millionaires or billionaires with no experience of working in…Continue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT JUNE 2017 Jun 16.

JOSEPH FELDMAN Big data and ethnology

This guest editorial reflects on the problem of ‘information overload’ in social anthropology, suggesting that technological advancements such as automated indexing provide an opportunity to question certain assumptions and ingrained practices in the field.Wiley Online LibraryContinue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT JUNE 2017 Jun 16.

JONATHAN MAIR Post-truth anthropology

Countless commentators have announced the advent of the post-truth era, but while everyone seems to be talking about it, there is little agreement about what it really means. This article argues that anthropology can make an important and distinctive contribution to understanding post-truth by treating it ethnographically. Commonly proposed explanations for post-truth include changes in political culture, in the structure of information in the digital age and universal cognitive weaknesses that…Continue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT JUNE 2017 Jun 16.

KEIR MARTIN & JAKOB KRAUSE-JENSEN Trump: Transacting trickster

Donald Trump’s recent election victory has been greeted with horror and disbelief by many. In particular, the glaring inconsistencies and open self-contradictions that marked his campaign should have rendered him unelectable by the standards of conventional reasonable political practice. But rather than being a problem to be explained away, it is Trump’s open embrace of contradiction that explains much of his appeal. By holding contradictory trends and opinions simultaneously, he presents…Continue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT JUNE 2017 Jun 16.

ROBERTO J. GONZÁLEZ Hacking the citizenry?: Personality profiling, ‘big data’ and the election of Donald Trump

This article examines the reported use of ‘big data’ analysis by Cambridge Analytica in support of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. It investigates the transformations enveloping the overlapping worlds of politics, technology and social science. In particular, it critically reviews new developments in the field of psychometrics that have enabled researchers to harvest vast quantities of data by accessing social media platforms such as Facebook. The article also assesses claims that…Continue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT JUNE 2017 Jun 16.

IEVA JUSIONYTE The wall and the wash: Security, infrastructure and rescue on the US-Mexico border

Based on ethnographic research with firefighters trained as EMTs (emergency medical technicians) or paramedics in northern Sonora and southern Arizona, this article takes the vantage point of emergency responders on both sides of the US-Mexico border to trace the harmful effects of the security assemblage on those who inhabit and trespass this militarized landscape. Interested in the materiality of security – how its discursive and affective qualities are anchored in urban and desert terrain by…Continue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT JUNE 2017 Jun 16.

PAT CAPLAN Win-win?: Food poverty, food aid and food surplus in the UK today narrative

There is currently considerable public disquiet about food waste and there have been high-profile media campaigns directed at supermarkets to persuade them to: (a) publish their waste figures; (b) sell what is now deemed unacceptable to customers and hence surplus, e.g. wonky vegetables; (c) dispose of their surplus in a socially useful way, e.g. to feed people; (d) avoid ‘wasting’ useable food for climate change reasons. At the same time, there are growing levels of food poverty in the UK and…Continue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT JUNE 2017 Jun 16.

MAXIME POLLERI Exchanging business cards in Japan: Oh! So you are an …

This article uses the simple example of a Japanese business card as a threefold way to explore identity making, essentialist features, and what it is that anthropologists do. In Japan, the transmission of idealized forms of identity has been explained through numerous processes, such as national discourses or education. Yet, how stereotypical ways of being are reproduced and embedded in insignificant little things – like the worlds that collide on the two faces of a business card – is a subject…Continue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT JUNE 2017 Jun 16.

LETTERS. MYINT ZAN on Melford Spiro

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT JUNE 2017 Jun 16.


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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;

Where the Thunderbird lives: Cultural resilience on the Northwest Coast of North America (to 27.8.2017); 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 24.9.2017); 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); Carriers of culture: The longing of belonging (to 10.9.2017); The island warrior: Coconut fibre armour from Kiribati (to 25.9.2017). Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DZ; tel +44 (0)1223 333516;

Buildings that fill my eye: Architectural heritage of Yemen (to 23.9.2017). Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Place, Russell Square. https://


28-30 Aug 2017 EASA networks PACSA and anthropology of security. The making of peace, conflict and security: Dynamics of inclusion and exclusion, University of Amsterdam.


7-8 Sep 2017 The pasts, presents, and futures of queer mobilities: Transnational movements of ideas, concepts, and people. 2nd workshop of the European Network for Queer Anthropology (ENQA. Central European University, Budapest.

15 Sep 2017 15.00-20.00 RAI AGM followed by the Curl Lecture by Andrea Migliano. The British Museum’s Clore Centre.

19-21 Sep 2017 EASA network LAWNET event. Anticipating law: The prognostics of fear and hope. Bern, Switzerland. https://

22-23 Sep 2017 International interdisciplinary conference on the concept of time. Istanbul, Turkey.

29-30 Sept 2017 International interdisciplinary conference on identity and philosophy of the self. Istanbul, Turkey.


4 Oct 2017 RAI research seminar. Popular photography and the Internet: Cases from Iran. Shireen Walton.

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

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.

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

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

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


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

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

15 Dec 2017 17.30 Huxley Lecture. Margaret Conkey. The British Museum’s Clore Centre.


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

MARCH 2018

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

JUNE 2018

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

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://


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.


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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