Around the Web Digest: Week of July 6

I’m starting the process of relocating, so thanks for your patience. Here’s what you may have missed: a digest of some of the best of what the internet has to offer anthropologists this week. If you have something that you’d like me to share next week, send me an email at or on Twitter @dtpowis.


By anthropologists: 

July 11 was the Day of Archaeology. What did you do to celebrate? (Day of Archaeology)

The American Anthropological Association will be streamlining the book review process. (PDF)

Daniel Lende shared some thoughts on the new digital book review system. (Neuroanthropology)

In their latest installment of the series that calls for boycott, divestment, and sanction (BDS) of Israel, Isaiah Silver points to AAA’s tradition and precedent for such actions. (Savage Minds)

Adrienne Strong blogged from the field about the suspicions that some interlocutors have about her and her work. (Adrienne Strong)

John Postill authored an invited piece on “freedom technologists” – who they are, what they do – and introduces a new blog series that will examine their contributions to political change. (Savage Minds)

Emma Louise Backe wrote on the social metaphors of monsters. (The Geek Anthropologist)

Patrick Clarkin discussed estimates of civilian losses, refugees, and the Second Indochina War in Laos. (Patrick F. Clarkin, Ph.D.)

Stephanie Savell drew on her ethnographic experience to discuss the Brazilian military’s pacification of Rio de Janeiro during the World Cup. (Anthropoliteia)

Noah Coaburn shared with Allegra Lab the works of artist Aman Mojadidi, as well as the students of his Anthropology of Democracy course. (Allegra Lab: One & Two)

In the fifth installment of her (Fake) Geek Girl Project, Marie-Pierre Renaud wrote on the collection of data as she attempts to revise the history of geekdom and draw attention to the contributions of women. (The Geek Anthropologist)

Allegra Lab recorded and summarized a press conference in Helsinki with the author of Capital, Thomas Piketty. (Allegra Lab)

Johanna Römer wrote on the prison system, surveillance of public spaces, and prisoner re/integration in Catalonia, Spain. (Anthropoliteia)

Michael E. Smith took Jane Jacobs to task over her widely accepted ideas of the origin of cities. (Wide Urban World)

Maia Green offers some advice on getting a job in the academy – from the perspective of a search committee member and department chair. (Savage Minds)

I attempted to frame the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling in terms of ethnophysiology. (Savage Minds)

About anthropology:

Ethan Watters has authored a detailed profile of the work of Nancy Scheper-Hughes. (Pacific Standard)

Google founders discuss the 40-hour work week, with a little help from anthropologists. (Mashable)

For anthropologists:

Evangelicals move into impoverished neighborhoods, not for their hip urban locale, but for the wayward souls. (Al Jazeera)

Is Israel sending asylum seekers to African countries with counterfeit papers? (Africa is a Country)

Women in STEM are on the rise – just not underrepresented minority women. (

Explanations of mental illness affect the amount and type of stigma associated with that illness. (The Conversation)

Another study found a racial disparity in criminal prosecutions. (New York Times)

Foreign investors are making a killing on the real estate market in the U.S. (Pacific Standard)

Salim Muwakkil wrote on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ piece on reparations for slavery, and calls for a Marshall Plan for African-Americans. (In These Times)

David Bacon addressed 8 myths about why Central Americans are immigrating to the United States. (In These Times)

The Vatican took a step backward in the fight against witch-hunting by endorsing exorcism in Africa. (This is Africa)

Heterosexual sodomy is often overlooked while homosexual sodomy is criminalized in African countries. (This is Africa)

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