Methods and Ethics: L.L. Wynn over at Culture Matters posted a fabulous description of the work she’s done creating an anthropology ethics training website at her home university. Like most anthropologists, Wynn is concerned with getting beyond the biomedical model of patient consent, and her comments on sex in the field, working with violent criminals, and protecting information sound more like conversations (or at least calls for conversations) than either normative or transgressive pronouncements. The Site itself is licensed under Creative Commons, and Wynn encourages readers to take, tweak and cite her training models. Also see a review of the site at the Institutional Review Blog.
The Other Side of Ethics: Christopher Beam at Slate explores the ethics of another cousin to ethnography…journalism. Beam writes on the father of the Slumdog Millionaire child star who reportedly offer to sell his child to a journalist posing as a rich sheik. But Beam focuses his scrutiny on the journalist, asking just what reporters are allowed to conceal about their identity to the people they investigate.
What Comes After ‘No.’ Wendy Laura Belcher at insidehighered.com offers advice on resubmitting articles after they’ve been rejected from the first, second, or tenth journal. Belcher outlines different strategies and suggests that hearing ‘no’ (or interpreting the different shades of no), can help scholars rewrite or retune their work. Or one can just forgo closed journals altogether and go…
Open Access…All the Time: As Lorenz at antropologi.info first noticed, there are two proposals for upcoming open access anthro blogging days. Sara at Sara Anthro Blog has run a series of posts calling for an open access May Day. And, on his other site, Open Anthropology, Kerim announced the expansion of last years Open Access Day to Open Access Week in October. Of course, no harm in celebrating them both, since every day (and week) should be an open access one.
Failed States, Failed Stories: Maximillian Forte at Open Anthropology writes on the collapse of the NATO master narrative in Afghanistan. Forte takes to task NATO officials as well as member governments for their blind praise of democratizing Afghanistan and anxieties over a Shia marriage law about which they rely upon vague descriptions to form their arguments.
This Week In Weird: Ashton Kutcher, twitter, mosquito nets in Africa.