Greetings to everyone at the SAA meetings this week. Also, I defend my dissertation on Thursday so wish me luck! As always, if you write or read anything interesting in the anthroblogosphere, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will include it here.
This is an article published last year by Business Insider Australia, recently republished by the New Zealand mag Stuff. I include it because I’m currently facing the job market and I have questions. First, where are these companies and why are they not stalking my LinkedIn profile? Second, why are these kinds of stories of anthropologists in the private sector getting passed around? Do we cling to them as signs of the commercial value of our field? Why Companies are Desperate to Hire Anthropologists
In its breaking news section, NPR discusses the discovery of tools with signs of knapping that are 3.3 million years old, unveiled at this week’s Paleoanthropology Society meetings in San Francisco: New Discovery of World’s Oldest Stone Tools
Given that I have little context for interpreting it, I found this post on stone grave markers beguiling and full of the kind of strange passion we feel towards our research subjects. Here’s a sample: “their bestial qualities are endearing. The Govan stones illustrate my point; they are like large, ugly, chunky huggable pets. Ok, perhaps they are cold, monotone, unaffectionate and sullen pets.” Hogbacks are for Life, Not Just for Christmas!
Powered by Osteons features a poster session from the 2015 American Association of Physical Anthropologists Conference focused on teaching strategies, given that teaching positions are becoming more common: Triumphs and Tribulations in Teaching
Anthropologi.info features a rundown of recent stories, including this one with an interview with Theodoros Rakopoulos on bartering and volunteering alternatives to the austerity economy in Greece: From Economic Crisis to Solidarity Economy
The Geek Anthropologist continues its series on anthroblogging with an interview with The Rockstar Anthropologist, who recommends working with the public in museums and reading one of her favorite blogs: Savage Minds!
Anthropoliteia features this review of Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention by Séverine Auteserre: Tales from Peaceland: The Nuts and Bolts of International Intervention
The University of Capetown website featured this article by anthropologist Francis B Nyamnjoh on the resurging hostility towards foreigners in South Africa: Xenophobia at Odds with SA ‘Rhetoric of Inclusivity and Human Rights’
This older article on the satire site The Onion popped up again on my feed. Check it out if you missed it the first time: Archaeologist Tired Of Unearthing Unspeakable Ancient Evils
I’ll see you this time next week!