Bookmark this one…Greg Downey’s post at Culture Matters (crossposted at neuroanthropology) tells you everything you ever need to know about how to throw a middle-sized conference. Really…this is impressive. From division of labor to theme (don’t have one) to food (have a lot) to keynote speaker. This post covers it all.
In a Hot Mess- AFP issued a news brief on how Starbucks is in a venti cup worth of trouble with the Mexican government for its unauthorized use of Aztec images in a company promotion. Also, Richard Greenwald at In These Times reviews a new book from UC Press on Starbucks and the American Middle Class.
Novel Ideas: Tony Waters at ethnography.com gave a unique reading suggestion–the 1952 British novel The Deceivers by John Masters. The novel tells the tale of a British colonial official who has lived in India for two decades and must devise a culturally-appropriate method for law and order when a gang of native mercenaries terrorizing the administrative unit he governs. (Hint: Waters is hoping that this might serve as an allegory for some current events).
Unteachable Moments: Pamthropologist at Teaching Anthropology explains why anthropology courses are really about unteaching all the crap with which students are inundated before getting to the classroom.
Prize Patrol: Eugene Raihkel at Somatosphere linked to Ian Hacking’s Holberg Prize Symposium. The Holberg Prize has previously been awarded to scholars like Julia Kristeva, Jurgen Habermas, and Frederic Jameson, and its website has the talks given in honor of Hacking, and Hacking’s response. Links to the videos are listed individually on the somatosphere post.
A Fighting Shame: Gabriella Coleman is collecting stories for an Academic Hall of Shame, which will catalog how many post-docs are denied health insurance and other basic benefits of employment. You can go to her blog to comment.