anthro in the news 7/11/16

Attack in Dhaka

News coverage of the attack in the Gulshan neighborhood of Dhaka. Source: Creative Commons
News coverage of the attack in the Gulshan neighborhood of Dhaka. Source: Creative Commons

The Pioneer (Bangladesh) reported on the background of most of the Gulshan attackers of July 1-2 as upper class and thus not conforming to the stereotype of “terrorist” killers as underprivileged and marginalized. The article includes insights from Seuty Sabur, associate professor of anthropology at BRAC University:  “With the neoliberal turn in the early 1980s, we saw major shifts in the economy and lifestyle in Bangladesh. It was not only the MNCs and NGOs penetrating the economy, but the corporate education system as well…. English-medium schools mushroomed in Dhaka. Many members of the aspiring cosmopolitan middle class thought these schools would be the playground for global citizens, and a gate pass for achieving a higher status. Surely this served as entry to a lifestyle which was alien to these parents.”


Minangkabau community through photos

Minangakau longhouse. Source: Creative Commons
Minangakau longhouse. Source: Creative Commons

The Washington Post carried a photo essay documenting life in a changing Minangkabau village in West Sumatra, Indonesia. The Minangkabau, the world’s largest matrilineal society, are facing challenges in terms of maintaining their traditional long houses as well as livelihoods and kinship system in the face of increased outmigration among other factors. The text includes a comment from cultural anthropologist Frederick Errington, emeritus professor at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, about how adat (custom) allows for assimilation of new elements, as long as the core remains.


Lenore Manderson on the move

The Conversation published a bionote by medical anthropologist Lenore Manderson who is visiting distinguished professor of environmental studies at Brown University in the U.S. and distinguished professor of public health and medical anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Previously she has held positions in Australia as professor of tropical health at the University of Queensland, professor of women’s health at the University of Melbourne, and professor of medical anthropology at Monash University.


Speaker series on nukes and more

The Daily Post (Los Alamos, California) reported on an upcoming series of public talks entitled Nuclear Testing, War Crimes and Native Sovereignty Topics. The talks, sponsored by the Summer School For Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, include three by cultural anthropologists: Hoda Bandeh-Ahmadi, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan who will discuss “Anthropological Generations: A Post-Independence Ethnography of Academic Anthropology and Sociology in India;” Hugh Gusterson, professor of anthropology and international affairs at George Washington University, on “Tinkering with Armageddon” on why the U.S. decided to give up nuclear testing and how the weapons labs developed a new organizational culture; and Tracy L. Brown, professor of anthropology at Central Michigan University on “‘Half Indians’: Pueblo Governance and Sovereignty after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.”


Take that anthro degree and…

…get a job in public works. Susan Cline is newly appointed as director of Santa Monica’s Public Works Department in California. She served as assistant director for over six years and has overall nearly 20 years of leadership experience in public sector planning, operations, and management. As assistant director, she managed a $125 million operating budget and oversaw nine divisions with a workforce of more than 500 staff members. Cline has a B.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of California Irvine and a Master of Planning from the University of Southern California. She assumes her position as director on July 11, 2016 with a salary of $261,240. [Blogger’s note:  this is the first time I have seen salary information for anyone included in the feature “take that anthro degree and….”].

…become a professor of academic leadership. Farough Amin Mozaffari is associate professor of academic leadership and organizational behavior at the University of Tabriz in Iran. His teaching is about organizational behavior, SPSS, advanced statistics, research methods, population analysis, cultural anthropology, industrial sociology, advanced management theories, complex organizations, and sociology of science & technology. He also teaches at Alghadir University and Farabi University and has published several books and papers. He has a B.S. in social research from the University of Tabriz, an M.S. in anthropology from the Islamic Azad University of Tehran, an M.S. in management and an M.S. in social research from the University of Tabriz, and a Ph.D. in higher education management from Shahid Beheshti University.

…become director of a health equity program. J. Neil Henderson, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is currently professor of public health at the University of Oklahoma and head of its American Indian Diabetes Prevention Center. In August, he will take up the position of head of the new Medical Discovery Team at the University of Minnesota Medical School. The team will promote health equity, rural health access, and Native American health. He will be a professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences on the Duluth campus. Henderson has a B.A. in soociology/anthropology from the University of Central Florida, an M.S. in psychological anthropology from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in medical anthropology from the University of Florida.


Cannibalism among Neanderthals

CBS News and other media reported on the discovery of evidence of cannibalism at a Neanderthal site in Belgium, the first evidence of Neanderthal cannibalism in northern Europe. The remains are radiocarbon-dated to be about 40,500 to 45,500 years old. “These indications allow us to assume that Neanderthals practiced cannibalism,” said Hervé Bocherens, a lead researcher from Tübingen’s Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment.

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