A Partial Perspective – Dr. Sarah Willen on Pandemic Journaling Project & Linking Migrant Health and Dignity in Israel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CVarDpv270 Dr. Sarah Willen on Pandemic Journaling Project & Linking Migrant Health and Dignity in Israel Season 1 Episode 5: Recorded June 11, 2020 In this next episode of A Partial Perspective is with Dr. Sarah Willen a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut. She’s authored several articles and books in her career,... Continue Reading →

A Partial Perspective – Dr. Kiran Jayaram on the Anthropology of Education During COVID 19 & Island Anthropologies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfPqasVaFJs Dr. Kiran Jayaram on the Anthropology of Education During COVID 19 & Island Anthropologies Season 1 Episode 4 Recorded 4 June 2020 The following conversation is with William, of the podcast A Partial Perspective and Dr. Kiran Jayaram, a professor of anthropology at the University of South Florida. In this conversation they discuss topics... Continue Reading →

A Partial Perspective – Dr. Heide Castaneda on Protests, Medical Anthropology, and Migrant Health During COVID-19

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiJon4qIMYs Dr. Heide Castaneda on Protests, Medical Anthropology, and Migrant Health During COVID-19 Season 1 Episode 3 Recorded 2 June 2020 In this episode, William, of the podcast A Partial Perspective, talks with Dr. Heide Castañeda, a professor of anthropology at the University of South Florida. They discuss issues in legal anthropology and how she... Continue Reading →

Anthropology of Policing

Race is a social construct. We have spoken on the concept of race, here, before. Anthropology has been at the forefront of redefining race, ancestry, and ethnicity. And many anthropologists have advocated for concepts such as race to be phased out of our culture and our police. Current events have elucidated the importance of continuing... Continue Reading →

Göbekli Tepe Skull Cult

The internet has been buzzing about a potential 11,500-12,000  year old skull cult from Göbekli Tepe in Turkey. Göbekli Tepe was just discovered several years ago. The site is decorated with pillars depicting carvings of headless humans, snakes, and scorpions. It is thought be world's oldest known Neolithic monumental religious complex. Yesterday, in  Science Advances German... Continue Reading →

Over at the Washington Post, there's an interesting article documenting how two Amazonian Awá tribeswomen have escaped the modern life after being forced out of their traditional life styles. The Awá are one of many endangered tribes, threatened out of existence due to deforestation and modernization. Theye estimated to be about 450 people who now mostly... Continue Reading →

All 62 of Ötzi's tattoos have been mapped. They are mostly located over joint spaces and are thought to play a therapeutic role given he suffered from degenerative joint disease. We will never know if these were tattoos served as markers for therapy, like acupuncture, or they were treatment themselves. The full text publication can... Continue Reading →

What’s Wrong With Anthropology?

In December, I linked up Ann Gibbons' article in Science about anthropology's poor reception in the scientific community. I forgot to mention that months before that, in August, Kiplinger named anthropology "the worst major for your career." Two months later, Forbes followed suite and ranked "anthropology and archaeology," as the No. 1 on its list of "worst... Continue Reading →

Evolution 101: People Don’t Look Like Goats

On the lighter side of anthropology...  The Onion takes a satirical look at what outrageously pseudoscientific research into human origins might look like.  Their headline reads: "Anthropologists Trace Human Origins Back To One Large Goat" 'Wait, That Can't Be Right,' Scientists Say" In addition to being funny, the article, by contrast, helps show the strict... Continue Reading →

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