Welcome to another installment of Around the Web. I am thinking about dedicating a future edition of this post to “Blogs in the Field,” a roundup of what people write online before they write up. People who are blogging from the field or know of someone who is should email me at email@example.com. And in other news…
Migrating Mongolians: National Geographic is reporting that climate change is forcing Mongolians to move to cities.
Shaking up the grant pool: Nature.com reports on the NIH proposals to revamp grant application process. Not without controversy, the new recommendations ostensibly help younger researchers. But some of the comments posted worry that the proposed process might lack rigor.
Adopt an anthropologist: The Turkish Daily News recently caught up with Leyla Neyzi, an adopted Yuruk daughter. The story continues:
After completing her education in Stanford University, Cornell University and the City University of New York in the U.S., Neyzi gave up modern amenities and wealth to live in the mountains in 1984 to gather data for her dissertation . . .Severing all ties with modern life, Neyzi started to behave like a Yuruk, embracing her host family deeply and changing her eating habits, style of speech and behavior.
Don’t Try this at Home: Check out this site dedicated to Bad Archaeology.
Academicese– A nice thought piece in the Columbia Spectator on the need for translation between disciplines. I especially like the comparison of the jargon of two colleagues with the lingo using only Napoleon Dynamite references.
Double Bind: Maximilian at Open Anthropology writes on the Catch-22 of contemporary indigenous identity.
Future of Communication from the Field? Most people are probably already aware of Skype, the uber-popular internet service that lets users make calls to landline and cellular telephones. In this short post, Ted from Fieldnotes ponders the use of Skype for field research. Ted makes an interesting point, but isolated ethnographers might not be the only people using Skype in far-off places. As initiatives like One Laptop per Child endeavor to provide affordable computers and Internet access to rural areas and the Global South, some areas of the world might jump past telephone communications and go straight to communication via Internet video conferencing.