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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.


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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.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.EXHIBITIONSMade in imagination (to March 2018). Tito in Africa: Picturing solidarity (to 8.4.2018). Pigeon whistles: An orchestra in flight (to 4.3.2018). Syrians unknown (to 30.6.2018). Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PP; tel. +44 (0)1865 270927; with gods: Peoples, places and worlds beyond (to 8.4.2018). The currency of communism (to 18.3.2018), Rodin and the art of ancient Greece (26.3-29.7.2018). 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.htmlIn a major three-year development of its gallery spaces, the Horniman’s anthropology collection will be redisplayed from 2018. Coral: Fabric of the reefs (to 9.9.2018). Bengal tiger (to 17.5.2019). Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ; tel. +44(0)20 8699 1872; Swish: Carved belts & fibre skirts of Papua New Guinea (to 2.4.2018). Another India (to 22.4.2018). Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DZ; tel +44 (0)1223 333516; Feb 2018 Migrating world: Interdisciplinary approaches to migration and integration. London. http://integration.irf-network.org15 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 20181-3 Mar 2018 9th annual women’s leadership and empowerment conference. Bangkok, Thailand. http://www.wleconference.org2 Mar 2018 Traditional, complementary and alternative medicine(s): History vs. modernity. London. http://tcam.conf.irf-network.org15 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 201817-18 Apr 2018 Eighth international conference on religion and spirituality in society. Berkeley, USA. 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: TGoodliffe@britishmuseum.org20 Apr 2018 The history of biological anthropology and the RAI. One-day symposium. Apr 2018 The second A.M. Hocart Memorial Lecture. Danilyn Rutherford at The Centre for Ethnographic Theory, SOAS, University of London.25 Apr 2018 17.30 RAI Research Seminar: Seligman, the RAI and the race debate 1933-1945. Peter Rohrbacher. Apr 2018 Somewhere in between: Borders and borderlands. International conference. London, UK. MAY 201812 May 2018 International conference on urban studies: Metropolitan identities. London, UK. 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: TGoodliffe@britishmuseum.org23 May 2018 18.00 Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture. Caroline Humphrey on the Politicization of consumption: The world of goods revisited. University College London. May 2018 Africa in the world. Shifting boundaries and knowledge production. Johannesburg, South Africa. JUNE 20181-3 June 2018 Art, materiality and representation.  Conference jointly organized between the RAI, British Museum & SOAS. 5-7 Jun 2018 1st international temporal belongings conference: The social life of time-power, discrimination and transformation. Edinburgh, UK. 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 20189 Jul 2018 London anthropology day. British Museum’s Clore Centre. 16-20 Jul 2018 18th IUAES World Congress. Jointly with the Brazilian Association of Anthropology. Theme: World (of) encounters: The past, present and future of anthropological knowledge. Florianópolis, Brazil. 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. https://chags.usm.my25 Jul 2018 Thirteenth international conference on interdisciplinary social sciences. Granada, Spain. AUGUST 201814-17 Aug 2018 EASA biennial conference. Dept of Social Anthropology, University of Stockholm. SEPTEMBER 201818-21 Sep 2018 ASA annual conference as part of the UKAN initiative. Theme: Sociality, matter, and the imagination: re-creating anthropology. Jointly organised by the University of Oxford, the P itt Rivers Museum, and Oxford Brookes University. ; OCTOBER 20181-5 Oct 2018 Indigenous communities, indigenous spaces: Tradition and change in a globalising world. Pongso no Tao, Taiwan. Oct 2018 E-P: A reconsideration of the life and works of Sir Edward Evans-Pritchard. RAI conference.25 Oct 2018 The RAI and the Folklore Society in conversation: The fourth one-day seminar. Andrew Lang, Edward Tylor and James Frazer; The impact of three key thinkers on the history and development of our disciplines. NOVEMBER 201814-18 Nov 2018 AAA annual meeting. San Jose Convention Center San Jose, CA JANUARY 201913-26 Jan 2019 Conference on Asian linguistic anthropology. Siem Reap, Cambodia FEBRUARY 20197-8 Feb 2019 ICAS 2019: 21st international conference on anthropology and sustainability. Mumbai, India. MARCH 201927-30 Mar 2019 16th RAI film festival. Anthropology – ethnography – archaeology. Watershed Cinema, Bristol, United Kingdom.. AUGUST 201913-14 Aug 2019 ICTA 2019: 21st International conference on tourism anthropology. Venice, Italy. NOVEMBER 201920-24 Nov 2019 AAA annual meeting jointly with Canadian Anthropology Society. Vancouver Convention Centre Vancouver, BC, CAN


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