Anthro in the news 11/26/12

• Beware of the 4°: Climate change is real and dangerous Several media sources, including U.S. News and World Report,  mentioned Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank and a physician and cultural anthropologist, in discussing a new report from the World Bank pointing to the need to take climate change/global warming seriously. • [...]

Walking the cockney walk

by Sean Carey Until I found a copy online, it had been some years since I had read Marcel Mauss’s seminal 1934 essay, Les Techniques du Corps. He focused on how membership of a particular society obliges people to use their bodies appropriately in activities like walking, running, sitting, eating, climbing, jumping, swimming, and marching. [...]

Anthro in the news 11/19/12

Anthropologist’s dark past revealed A 1957 photo shows Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff (center) with his wife, Alicia, and Clifford Evans of the Smithsonian Institution. Credit: Augusto Oyuela-Caycedo. The recent revelation of the secret Nazi past of Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff, one of Colombia’s best-known anthropologists  and a visiting professor at UCLA in the 1970s, has shaken academic circles. According [...]

Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge

The current issue of the Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge contains 31 articles on food sources and livelihood. For example, Singh, Singh and Bhardwaj write about a particular plant food and its relationship to the livelihood security of Adi women in Arunachal Pradesh, in eastern India. The Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge is open access. [...]

Anthro in the news 11/12/12

• Healing after the storm In Atlantic City, New Jersey, Hurricane Sandy spared the first phase of a five-year, $13 million public art project that organizers hope will enhance the city’s image. An article in The New York Times quotes Joseph Rubenstein, an anthropology professor at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey who is active [...]

How to know what works when intervention programs lack time and money for evaluations?

A report describing results from a systematic review of programs seeking to reduce female genital mutilation/cutting in several African countries offers this conclusion: [Our] systematic review shows that there is a paucity of high quality evaluations of the effectiveness of interventions to reduce the prevalence of FGM/C. We included eight controlled studies assessing the effectiveness [...]

“Localizing Development: Does Participation Work?”

President Jim Yong Kim and Chief Economist Kaushik Basu discuss “Localizing Development: Does Participation Work?” on Thur. Nov.15 at 9:45am in in MC13-121 Auditorium Please use the Visitors Center to pick-up your building pass. Bring your ID. The Visitors Center is located on the the corner of the building on 18th and H street. RSVP [...]

Anthropological Summer School project in Malta, Europe for July 2013

Don’t have plans for this summer? Here’s one possibility: Anthropological Summer School project in Malta, Europe for July 2013 Here is a quick tour to some pages that are of interest to get a basic view on the project: General information: Scholarships: Online documents: Recommendations from previous participants: Optional courses: [...]

DC event of interest: “Child Exploitation and Trafficking: Global Challenges and U.S. Responses”

Mon. Nov 12 at 12:30PM in J1-050 Auditorium RSVP to or click here.

Cambridge IDC 2012: Ethical development?

Should government aid be conditional upon human rights or economic reform? How can a gap year truly make a difference? Do religious groups use charity as an evangelistic tool? Can Corporate Social Responsibility change the world? Is the very idea of International Development ethical? Join the debate at the Cambridge International Development Conference this December in a [...]