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Covers AT June 2014, volume 30 issue 3

Front coverChagos Islands and WikiLeaks evidence in courtAll Souls' Day, St Georges cemetery, Les Salines, Port Louis, Mauritius, 2013.Olivier Bancoult, leader of the Chagos Refugees Group, visits St Georges cemetery in Les Salines on the outskirts of the Mauritian capital Port Louis, to commemorate All Souls’ Day, the Catholic…Continue

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KEIR MARTIN & KATHERINE SMITH UKIP and the rise of populist politics

This editorial looks at the underlying factors of the ‘earth quake’ victory of UKIP in the British local and European elections, the first time a party other than the Conservatives or Labour has topped a UK nationwide elections in 108 years.Wiley Online LibraryContinue

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MICHAEL S. BOBICK Separatism redux: Crimea, Transnistria, and Eurasia’s de facto states

This article compares recent events in Crimea to Transnistria, another de facto, separatist state located in eastern Moldova. The article asks what Crimea and Transnistria, along with Eurasia’s other unrecognized states, can tell us about statehood, sovereignty, and a ‘people’ in the 21st century. Though Eurasia’s de facto states can be seen as entities that emerged with the backing of the Russian state, their continued existence reflects a wider uncertainty that emerged with the demise of the…Continue

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LAURA JEFFERY WikiLeaks evidence and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations in the judicial review of the Chagos Marine Protected Area

The Chagos Islanders have faced various legal barriers in their campaign for the right of return to the Chagos Archipelago. Here, Laura Jeffery presents one more twist in this long winding road, namely how the courts regard WikiLeaks evidence revealing how British politicians hatched plans to turn these islands into a nature reserve, thus effectively maintaining the status quo of the existing no-return policy.…Continue

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NAOMI RICHARDS The death of right-to-die campaigners

The 'right-to-die' or assisted suicide debate in the UK has recently been dominated by high-profile litigation which has brought to public attention stories of individual suffering. The most recent case is that of Tony Nicklinson who, as a result of his permanent and total paralysis which he said made his life 'intolerable', wanted the courts to allow a doctor to end his life. Only six days after a Judicial Review refused his request, Tony died of 'natural' causes. This article compares the…Continue

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ANA PORROCHE-ESCUDERO The ‘invisible scars’ of breast cancer treatments

Drawing on 38 fieldwork interviews with women living with breast cancer conducted in Spain between 2006 and 2008, I draw attention to the significance of what Ludica (2013) refers to as the "invisible scars of cancer" for a holistic understanding of women's experiences. I highlight two under acknowledged thematic concerns that emerged during our conversations: (1) the impact of treatments on women's ability to experience sexual pleasure; (2) the pain caused by axillary lymph node dissection…Continue

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ANTONIO DE LAURI Law as an anti-value: Justice, violence and suffering in the logic of becoming

Anthropologists are chronologically only the latest to have adopted justice (and injustice) as an object of (critical) inquiry. Even among anthropologists, however, the radical critical cry that law is the instrument par excellence of control and repression, has today fallen out of fashion. Starting from the Afghan case, in this paper I reflect on law as a potential source of violence and as an anti-value - in the sense of being in antithesis with accepted social values - in the contemporary…Continue

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Blog Posts

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…



Posted by Jill Reese on April 9, 2012 at 1:00 0 Comments

Dear all,

My colleague, Urmila Mohan, and I are organising the interdisciplinary conference 'India: A Veneration Nation?' to take place on 12 June 2012 at University College London Dept. of Anthropology. A Call for Papers is linked …


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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
Points of departure: Photography from Senegal by Mamadou Gomis and Judith Quaz (to 07.09.2014); Distantly relative (to 20.07.2014). Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PP; tel. +44 (0)1865 270927;
Vikings: Life and legend (to 22.06.2014); 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); Whisper of the stars: Traditional life in Arctic Siberia (to 07.09.2014); Art of harmony (to 01.09.2014); 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;

JUNE 2014
4 Jun 2014 17.30-19.30 RAI research seminar: Brian Street. Anthropology in pre-university education: Negotiating a presence.
11 Jun 2014 17.30 for 18.00. Figuring the tumor: Photography, self, and advanced cancer in Botswana. Wellcome Medal Lecture. Julie Livingston. Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE.
12-15 Jun 2014 ACSS2014 - The Asian conference on the social sciences. Osaka, Japan.
18 Jun 2014 17.30 RAI Research Seminar. The empire of Mt Sion: A Korean millenarian group born in a time of crisis. James H. Grayson, Sheffield University. Book free tickets:
19-20 Jun 2014 Adopting the cultural other: Western participatory borrowings. Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales, UK,
19-21 Jun 2014 Seventh global studies conference. Shanghai, China.
19-22 Jun 2014 ASA2014: Anthropology and enlightenment. Decennial conference. Edinburgh.
20-21 Jun 2014 Exchanging photographs: Making knowledge (1890-1970). Leicester, United Kingdom.
23-26 Jun 2014 Language, culture and mind VI conference. Lublin, Poland.

JULY 2014
3 Jul 2014 London anthropology day. Annual university taster day for Year 12, 13, FE students, careers advisers and teachers. British Museum’s Clore Centre.
5-7 Jul 2014 3rd global conference: Apocalypse - Imagining the end. Oxford, United Kingdom.
9-11 Jul 2014 1st global conference: Sacred journeys - Pilgrimage and beyond. Oxford, United Kingdom.
31 Jul-3 Aug 2014 13th EASA biennial conference. Collaboration, intimacy & revolution - Innovation and continuity in an interconnected world. Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University, Estonia.

2-7 Sep 2014 International multidisciplinary scientific conferences on social sciences and arts. Albena, Bulgaria.
3 Sep 2014 4th RAI postgraduate conference. Whose anthropology is it anyway? Connections in the modern world. Brunel University. Contact:
7-9 Sep 2014 3rd Global conference: Time, space & the body. Oxford.
7-14 Sep 2014 Origins of the state and related subjects. IUAES Congress. Wigry Conference Centre, Poland.
11-12 Sep 2014 Memory: Forgetting and creating. Gdansk.
11-13 Sep 2014 8th Global conference: Fear, horror and terror: Rituals, myths and symbolism. Inter-Disciplinary.Net
12 Sep 2014 15.00 RAI AGM at the BP Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, British Museum, WC1. At approx. 17.00: Henry Myers Lecture by David Wengrow. Followed by drinks reception
12-14 Sep 2014 BABAO Conference. 16th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. Durham University.
22-23 Sep 2014 Arab uprising: Researching the revolutions. Amman.
22-27 Sep 2014 13th Conference of the ISISA, the International Small Islands Studies Association. ‘Small is beautiful: Island connections and innovations’. Penghu Islands, Taiwan.
24 Sep 2014 17.30-19.30 pm. RAI research seminar. The Mari Lwyd in Wales: Celebration as national identity. Juliette Wood.

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 17.30pm - 19.30pm Archaeology on the track of fire: the consequences for human life and recent researches in Africa (provisional title). John Gowlett.

3-5 Nov 2014 Knowledge / culture / economy international conference. Parramatta, NSW, Australia.
4-5 Nov 2014 Disorder - A university of Sydney Anthropology Symposium.
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.
12 Nov 2014 17.30-19.30 RAI Research seminar: Modernism, Malinowski and the making of anthropology.
25 Nov 2014 3rd International conference on contemporary ethnography across the disciplines Hamilton New Zealand.

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

APRIL 2015
16-17 Apr 2015 Fifth International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society. Berkeley, USA.

JULY 2015
15-18 Jul 2015 IUAES,Inter-Congress, Bangkok.

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

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. Brazil


July 2014

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