Around the Web Digest: Week of March 16

Student protests in Taiwan, International Day of Happiness, and the Society for Applied Anthropology meeting in Albuquerque – it’s been a busy week. If you went to SfAA this week, and you have a blog or some sort of coverage that you’d like to share with us, please let me know – as with anything you might want to see in the Digest – by email ( or on Twitter @dtpowis. Anyway, as I said last week, there is one article that I’d like to highlight for those that might be short on time. Now, it might just be the goth kid in me that I’ve been trying to suppress since just after high school, but I really enjoyed Miia Halme-Tuomisaari’s critique of happiness (or, at least measures of happiness). Check it out below.

March 20 was the International Day of Happiness. Here’s a video of 74 year old Congressman John Lewis making sure that you know he’s happy. (Politico)

This one: Now that you have that silly grin on your face, check out Allegra’s Miia Halme-Tuomisaari wonders: Whose happiness are we talking about and how is that defined?  (Allegra Lab)

How did I know you had a silly grin? Kristin Castner discusses the “post-panoptic” shift and what it means for law enforcement. (Anthropoliteia)

Kerim has written up a concise and helpful introduction to the student movement going on right now in Taiwan. (Savage Minds)

Once you’re finished with that, check out Jeff Martin’s perspective (two parts so far) on the protests in Taiwan. (Anthropoliteia: First part and Second part)

In another Anthropologies/Savage Minds article on Student Debt, Ryan Anderson urges those thinking about going into a PhD program: Don’t do it without funding! (Savage Minds)

Sarah Kendzior explaines why there aren’t very many women in foreign policy, and what needs to be done about it. (Al Jazeera)

Our very own Rex has just published his latest, Leviathans at the Gold Mine, available now from Duke University Press. And if you haven’t seen it, be sure to check out all of the publications of the Savage Minds writers. (Duke University Press & Savage Minds)

Here’s how massive multiplayer online games can be used to describe the structure of social groupings. (MIT Technology Review)

A recent study now suggests that the protection of indigenous lands could help to stem drug trafficking in Central America. (Tico Times)

Rex chatted with Michael W. Scott about ontology, Marilyn Strathern, Roy Wagner, wonder, and fieldwork. (Savage Minds)

In the fourth and final installment of “A reader’s guide to the ‘Ontological Turn,’” Annemarie Mol provides her approach to introducing ontology to students or colleagues. (Somatosphere)

The first in a Field Notes series on “Care,” Emily Yates-Doerr submits Provocation. (Cultural Anthropology)

In this latest addition to Somatosphere’s ongoing Transcriptions series, Lukas Engelmann and Janina Kehr discussed their symposium which explored an epistemology of tuberculosis, HIV, and co-infection. (Somatosphere)

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) meeting was this week, and if you were there, perhaps you had the opportunity to see Daniel Murphy from University of Cincinnati present his work on Multi-scale, Interactive Scenario Building and climate change – or, as calls it, a “back to the future approach.” (

The Royal BC Museum is working with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council to develop an exhibition called “Our Living Languages.” (Royal BC Museum) 

Darjeeling tea pluckers are grossly underpaid for what the product costs. (Business Standard)

An anthropologist working with the Hadza find that hunter-gatherers may not actually use any more energy than sedentary peoples. (ScienceLine)

It’s confession time: If it didn’t cost so much, I would drink at least a quart of milk a day; I love milk like it’s no one’s business. That was, until Robert Martin started freakin’ me out. (Psychology Today)

Finally, if you haven’t, I highly recommend you draw your professor. (It is taking everything I have not to draw most of the Savage Minds readers that I know to be professors.) (Draw Your Professor)




Dick Powis

Dick Powis is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, and is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His research interests include men and childbirth, prenatal screening technologies, and reproductive health in urban settings in Senegal. Read more at

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