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Covers, AT October 2016, Volume 32, issue 5

Front and back cover caption, volume 32 issue 5CHÁVEZ’S AFTERLIVESAmid widespread crisis and uncertainty today, political symbols are pivotal in the shaping of political subjectivities. In today’s widespread crisis and uncertainty, political symbols, ranging from national flags and monuments to mausoleums and street names, are…Continue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT OCTOBER 2016 Sep 28.

KEITH HART Where once was an empire

In this guest editorial the author offers his opinions on the outcome of the Brexit referendum.Wiley Online LibraryContinue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT OCTOBER 2016 Sep 28.

LAWRENCE ROSEN ‘Tribalism’ gets a bum rap

Tribalism gets a very uneven press in the US, particularly in the present political climate. Images of tribes as exclusionary and pugnacious are both misleading and injurious. After briefly surveying some of the common misuses of the category, the article suggests that a view of tribes as characterized by their qualities of shape-shifting, openness, and suspicion of power leads not only to a reconceptualization of a category worth maintaining by anthropologists but a realization, as Justice…Continue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT OCTOBER 2016 Sep 28.

THOMAS G. KIRSCH On the difficulties of speaking out against security

This article outlines an approach to security that explains its phenomenal growth by examining a peculiarity of its semantic field. In contrast to notions like ‘war’ and ‘violence’, whose antonyms, ‘peace’ and ‘non-violence’, have positive connotations and are therefore well suited to discursively opposing ‘war’ and ‘violence’, the antonym of ‘security’ – namely ‘insecurity’ – does not achieve the same effect. I suggest that this peculiarity leads to situations in which those in the political…Continue

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Started by Gustaaf Houtman in AT OCTOBER 2016 Sep 28.

LUIS FERNANDO ANGOSTO-FERRÁNDEZ The afterlives of Hugo Chávez as political symbol

In January 2016, the first publicized decision made by the president of the newly installed Venezuelan parliament, Henry Ramos Allup, was the removal of pictures from the legislative premises. In what transpired as a calculated performance, this member of the old political guard was captured on video dismissively instructing removal workers to send pictures of Chávez away to Sabaneta (Chávez’s birthplace), or into the rubbish bin. He also commanded the removal of recent representations of Simón…Continue

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JESSICA MASON Wake up, Russia!: Political activism and the reanimation of agency

When protest movements do not achieve policy outcomes, they are often considered failures. But as I learned while working with feminist and pro-LGBT activists in Moscow's radical left, becoming a political activist may in itself be an important form of resistance to overwhelming and demoralizing power structures. During the mass anti-Putin protests of 2011-2012, which were widely experienced as an awakening of political subjectivities, to talk with activists about what constituted "politics"…Continue

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KATHLEEN RICHARDSON The robot intermediary: Mechanical analogies and autism

The article explores the use of social robots as therapeutic agents for helping children with autism. I explore the circulation and use of mechanical analogies to describe autism, extended by psychiatrists and autism experts and adopted by robotic scientists interested in developing robots as social agents and in developing robots as therapeutic agents.Wiley Online LibraryContinue

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NARRATIVE. NANCY SCHEPER-HUGHES James X: A reflection on rape, race, and redemption

In this narrative, the author reflects on the circumstances surrounding a rape attempt on her during the civil rights struggle in 1968. 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. 


Kabuki — On stage, behind the scenes: Photographs by Akio Kushida and Stephanie Berger (to 16.10.2016); My Siberian year, 1914-1915 (to 31.10.2016); Chapman’s northern lights (to 06.11.2016); Stitch of a symbol - Insights into the textile journeys of Sheila Paine (to 12.02.2017). Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PP; tel. +44 (0)1865 270927;

Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds (to 27.11.2016); South Africa: The art of a nation (to 27.10.2016); Courting to contract: Love and marrriage in Iran (to 20.11.2016); Money matters (to 09.10.2016); Shadow puppet theatre; 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

Favela: Joy and pain in the city (to 28.09.2016); 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); Tuniit: Arctic giants & ivory miniatures (to September 2016). Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DZ; tel +44 (0)1223 333516;

Fiji: Art and life in the Pacific (15.10.2016 to 12.2.2017). Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ. tel +44 1603 593199;


30 Sep 2016 15.00. RAI AGM. Followed by Henry Myers Lecture Henry Myers Lecture by Ken Dark on Returning to the caves of mystery: Archaeology and the origins of Christian pilgrimage at approx. 17.00. Stevenson Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, British Museum.


5 Oct 2016 17.30 RAI research in progress: Kirsty Rowan. Revitalising the Nubian endangered languages and living heritage.

7 Oct 2016 16.30 RAI research in progress: Camelia Dewan. Embanking the Sundarbans: Political ecology and gender in the southwest coastal zone of Bangladesh.

11 Oct 2016 17.30 RAI tourism research: Heather Jeffrey. (Re)Presenting the daughters of Bourguiba: Tunisian women and tourism.

12 Oct 2016 17.30 Book launch: Jonathan Benthall. Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times.

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

20 Oct 2016 18.00 Annual Gold Lecture. Les Back. The view from nearby. Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Whitehead Building, Goldsmiths.

21 Oct 2016 16.30 RAI research in progress: Christine Moderbacher. Deconstructing a rhinoceros! Voices from Molenbeek/Brussels. RAI.

27 Oct 2016 10.00-17.00. Folklore and anthropology in conversation. Joint symposium by The Folklore Society & the RAI.


4 Nov 2016 16.30. RAI research in progress: Joseph Bristley. Animal economics: Exchange and personhood in pastoral Mongolia.

8 Nov 2016 Anthropology in Austria. British Academy.

11 Nov 2016 17.30 [Note: Change of date]. Huxley Lecture. Margaret Lock. Mutable environments and permeable human bodies. The British Museum’s Clore Centre.

16-20 Nov 2016AAA annual meeting. Minneapolis Convention Center. Minneapolis, MN

17 Nov 2016 17.30 Tourism seminar: Mark Hampton. Karst limestone or cast concrete? Coastal tourism and local impacts in Vietnam: Lessons from Ha Long Bay.

19 Nov 2016 Latin American Music Seminar: Music and the state in Latin America.

24 Nov 2016Third annual Blacking lecture at University of Roehampton. Title t.b.a. Georgiana Gore


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.

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

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

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


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

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


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://

JUNE 2017

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

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


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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