Around the Web Digest: Week of August 31

It’s that time of the week again! Here are some items you may have missed in the last few days. If you have something to share for next week, please let me know by email ( or on Twitter (@dtpowis).

Let’s see…

Tanya Luhrmann discussed the subjectivity and plasticity of sensory perception across cultures. (New York Times)

Missing something? Kristina Killgrove was in receipt of some human remains – without provenience or explanation. Just another day in an anthropology department. (Powered by Osteons)

Kristin Yarris and Heide Castañeda explored the concept of “transit” (vs. origin/destination) for Central Americans making their ways through Mexico. (Somatosphere)

Andrew Tarter, a recipient of a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, wrote the first in a four-part series of blogs on collaboration and fieldwork. (Wenner-Gren)

Sandy Smith-Nonini and Don Nonini urged anthropologists to read and engage Timothy Mitchell’s “Carbon Democracy” as a point of departure for rethinking the relationships between neoliberalism, labor, and climate change. (Focaal Blog)

The American Anthropological Association sent a letter to University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise lamenting the revocation of Stephen Salaita’s employment offer. (AAA Blog)

In an interview for Cross-Check, Theresa MacPhail criticized the media’s fear mongering with respect to Ebola. (Scientific Americas Blogs)

Violent architecture can tell us much about urban conflict, particularly in Gaza. (The Guardian)

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