Tag Archives: Cultural anthropology

The Culture Concept

The culture concept — which overtime has been contrasted, combined, and entangled with the related concepts of society, personality, identity, symbolism and practice — weaves together the history and core philosophical and methodological debates of anthropology as a discipline. Yet, today the concept that lies at the center of what anthropology is and does is […]

Being a Curious Potential — #AAA2013 Presentation

This is the presentation I gave at the 2013 American Anthropological Association meeting in Chicago. Turn up on your speakers or headphones because audio is included. Enjoy!

AAA Conference Preview: Being a Curious Potential

My Presentation Being a Curious Potential: Collaborating With Muslims On Ethnography and Conversion Angela Kristin VandenBroek (Binghamton University, State University of New York) Friday, November 22, 2013: 11:15 AM-11:30 AM

Will there be another Boas? What will be the next big turn in anthropology?

Generalists and Specialists During my History of Anthropological Thought course (with Dr. Thomas Wilson & Dr. Mike Little) last Thursday, a student asked, “Will there be another Boas?” We had been discussing Boas, Kroeber and some of their contemporaries and how holistic they were during their careers. These holistic scholars shaped the path of anthropology in a […]

Virtual Communities, Selves and Others

This semester I am taking a course in Digital Anthropology Dr. Josh Reno. We each have to lead discussion and write a short paper on one of the readings. Below is my short paper on one of this week’s readings. The Reading Boellstorff, Tom. 2012. Rethinking Digital Anthropology, in Digital Anthropology. Pp. 39-60. In “Rethinking […]

Ethnographic Analysis – Research Proposal Assignment [Part 2]

I am taking a graduate seminar this semester on ethnographic analysis with Dr. Douglas Holmes. The project for the term is to produce an exploratory research proposal. See part one, the research problem. Research Question & Hypothesis How are iamamiwhoami, Minecraft, and the Curators of Sweden Project situated within a practice of design and the […]

Ethnographic Analysis – Research Proposal Assignment [Part 1]

I am taking a graduate seminar this semester on ethnographic analysis with Dr. Douglas Holmes. The project for the term is to produce an exploratory research proposal. The first assignment was to state the research problem. Here is mine. The Research Problem Today, Sweden has one of the most highly developed social welfare systems in […]

It Isn’t Just About the Falsehood – Follow Up on the Chief Raoni Crying Meme

Well, Internet, I am humbled by your affections. The post I wrote last Sunday about the Crying Chief Raoni meme has gotten 103,000 unique visitors from 197 countries in the last week. For a blog that usually ranges around 50-100 unique visitors a week, that is pretty amazing. Thank You! All of those new readers brought […]

This Image Should NOT be Seen by the Whole World

If your response is either “I shared it and this is not what I meant!” or “The ends justify the means!” then consider this: Follow Up Post Why is Chief Raoni Metuktire of Brazil’s Kayapó tribe crying? According to a popular meme, it is because he received devastating news about the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam. THIS IMAGE […]

[Online or Offline?] Part II: Do you have to be using the Internet to be online?

Go to Part I: [Online or Offline?] Part I: Residue of the Past Mike Rugnetta says no and I agree. In part one of this post series, I wrote about how many users think about digital data and tools as digital replicates of tangible tools and content because they learned computing during a transitional period between […]