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Covers, AT February 2017, Volume 33, issue 1

Front and back cover caption, volume 33 issue 1Front coverCOOPERATION & COMPETITIONIn May 2010, we paid a visit to our friend Aurora’s grandpar-ents in Valea Mică (Moldova). They greeted us and agreed to pose for this photo at the family house. Aurora presented them with a small gift and we were served sweet bread and…Continue

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STEPHEN GUDEMAN Anthropology as jester

Disciplines from sociology to economics have claimed to be the queen of the social sciences. Lévi-Strauss asserted the same for anthropology. Instead of competing for a royal position, we might better describe ourselves as the court jester who mocks and mimics accepted behaviour.Wiley Online LibraryContinue

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ALENA THIEL Entangled temporalities: Ghana’s national biometric identity registration project

Biometric identity registration technologies are spreading throughout the world. Developing coun-tries in particular, have recently been seen to construct biometric population registers in partner-ship with international donor organizations. This article traces the temporal entanglements pro-duced by transnational policy mobilities in the inception and implementation of Ghana's national biometric identity registration project. In 2008, Ghana famously introduced the first biometric banking…Continue

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JEAN MICHAUD What’s (written) history for? On James C. Scott’s Zomia, especially Chapter 6½

What could still trigger a worthwhile anthropological debate now that eight years have passed since the publication of James C. Scott’s The art of not being governed in 2009? In this article, the author proposes a reading involving perhaps the most controversial chapter of Scott’s book: Chapter 6½ – ‘Orality, writing, and texts’. Scott means to say that the absence of literacy in a society could result from a preference rather than a deficiency. He describes a project that refuses state…Continue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT FEBRUARY 2017 Feb 7.

J.L. MOLINA, M.J. LUBBERS, H. VALENZUELA-GARCIA & S. GOMEZ-MESTRES Cooperation and competition in social anthropology

The emergence of cooperation in human societies has received ample academic attention from differ-ent disciplines, and is usually considered as an adaptive response to competition over scarce re-sources. In this article, the authors review the specific contribution that social anthropology has made to this field of research. They propose that social anthropology has contributed to this field through the description of systems that have regulated both cooperation and competition in traditional…Continue


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J CORTES-VAZQUEZ, G JIMENEZ-ESQUINAS & C SANCHEZ-CARRETERO Heritage and participatory governance: An analysis of political strategies and social fractures in Spain

In the heritage field, institutions tend to see social participation as a synonym for good governance practice. This extends to other areas such as the environment, humanitarian aid, and sustainable development. In this article, the authors analyze the use of participatory models in the manage-ment of heritage through the study of three heritage sites in Spain: the prehistoric paintings in Al-tamira, the Mosque-Cathedral in Córdoba, and the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park. Their study suggests…Continue


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ANTHONY J. PICKLES To Excel at bridewealth, or ceremonies of Office

At a bridewealth payment made at the start of a wedding in Papua New Guinea, the groom diligently kept a note of contributions from relatives and co-workers. The next day, he used one of his employ-er’s computers to compile an Excel spreadsheet that detailed all the guests, what each one brought, and, in a separate column, its value in money. Turning people’s gifts into nominal amounts of money helped register these into an enduring electronic form. The spreadsheet – an all too familiar tool of…Continue

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D.G. CASAGRANDE, E.C. JONES, F.S. WYNDHAM, J.R. STEPP & R. ZARGER Ecomyopia in the Anthropocene

The authors apply longue durée and semiotic approaches to a case study of flood management in the American Midwest to critique the suggestion that naming the current geological epoch the ‘An-thropocene’ might encourage global environmental sustainability. It is unlikely that the Anthropo-cene moniker has the symbolic power to correct ecomyopia, which the authors define as the ten-dency to not recognize, to ignore, or fail to act on new information that contradicts political ar-rangements,…Continue


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LAURA NADER Anthropology of law, fear, and the War on Terror

Since 9/11, the US government has arrested hundreds of people, mainly American Muslims and Mid-dle Easterners. Such arrests grow out of control and accusations become the same as guilt. Mob men-tality becomes a state of mind, a sociopolitical phenomenon that periodically erupts, fuelled by right-wing Christian religious extremists and frequent malicious government prosecutions. A key character-istic of interest to anthropologists who study law is that the accused is presumed guilty without due…Continue

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OBITUARY. DAVID NAPIER Francis Huxley (1923-2016)

No abstract is available for this article.Wiley Online LibraryContinue

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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.


Chapman’s northern lights (to 04.12.2016); Stitch of a symbol - Insights into the textile journeys of Sheila Paine (to 12.02.2017); Embroidered visions: Photographs of Central Asia and the Middle East by Sheila Paine (to 30.4.2017). Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PP; tel. +44 (0)1865 270927;

South Africa: The art of a nation (to 26.2.2017); Courting to contract: Love and marrriage in Iran (to 20.11.2016); Shadow puppet theatre (to 29.1.2017); The American dream: Pop to the present (to 9.3.2017); 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

Centenary gallery: 100 years of collecting (permanent). Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ; tel. +44(0)20 8699 1872; http://www.horniman.

Hide and seek: Looking for children in the past (to 29.01.2017); Carriers of culture: Women, food and power from the Congo Basin (to March 2017). Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DZ; tel +44 (0)1223 333516;

Fiji: Art and life in the Pacific (to 12.2.2017). Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ. tel +44 1603 593199;


2 Dec 2016 16.30 RAI research in progress: Natalia Garcia Bonet. The perennial expansion of the Venezuelan frontier (the school, the church and the government). RAI.

5 Dec 2016 18.00-20.00 RAI Presidential address by Andre Singer. Film screening - Sow the wind, followed by Q&A with director André Singer. Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW.

5-6 Dec 2016 ICLA2016: 18th international conference on legal anthropology. Hong Kong.

7 Dec 2016 18.00 First RAI photographic salon. Contact:

13-14 Dec 2016 Third conference on history of anthropology and the RAI: 1918-1945.

15 Dec 2016 17.30 Tourism seminar: Emmanuel Akwasi Adu-Ampong. Tourism planning for economic development and poverty reduction in Ghana.

15-16 Dec 2016 ICCA2016: International conference on digital anthropology. London.


12-13 Jan 2017 ICVA2017: 19th international conference on visual anthropology. Durban, South Africa.

16 Jan 2017 RAI tourism seminar 17.30 Xavier Font: Marketing sustainability: greenwashing or greenhushing?

30-31 Jan 2017 ICPAHA 2017: 19th International Conference on philosophy, archaeology, history and anthropology. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.


16 Feb 2017 9.30 Reviewer meets reviewed: Dark side of travel. Jonathan Skiner vs Tony Johnston. Contact:

16-17 Feb 2017 ICLA 2017 : 19th international conference on linguistic anthropology. London.

MARCH 2017

28 Mar - 1 Apr 2017 SfAA 77th Annual Meeting. Trails, traditions and new directions. Santa Fe. https://

29 Mar - 1 Apr 2017 15th RAI Festival of ethnographic film. Watershed Cinema, Bristol.

MAY 2017

2-7 May 2017 IUAES Inter-congress, Ottawa, Canada. http://

31 May 2017 5.30 RAI research seminar. Aleksandar Bošković. William Robertson Smith’s influence on the ‘Myth and Ritual School’.’

JUNE 2017

13-15 Jun 2017 3rd Annual international conference on anthropology. Athens, Greece.

29 Jun 2017 London anthropology day. Clore Centre, British Museum.

JULY 2017

10-11 Jul 2017 The Mass Observation 80th Anniversary Conference, University of Sussex. Deadline for proposals: 16 January 2017. Contact: Jessica Scantlebury on, or go to


13-14 Aug 2017 ICTA 2017: 21st international conference on tourism anthropology. Venice, Italy.


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


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


7-8 Feb 2018 ICAS 2017: 21st international conference on anthropology and sustainability. Mumbai, India.

JULY 2018

30 Jul - 3 Aug 2018 18th ICAES World Congress 2018. World (of) encounters: The past, present and future of anthropological knowledge. Florianópolis, Brazil.


14-18 Nov 2018 AAA Meeting. San Jose Convention Center San Jose, CA


20-24 Nov 2019 AAA annual meeting. Vancouver Convention Centre Vancouver, BC, CAN


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