Around the Web Digest: Week of March 1

Greetings anthroblogosphere! Do we have a word for our readers? Savage Minders? Pansies? As the new Around the Web intern, I’m going to be collecting and sharing anthropology-themed blog posts that I find interesting. If you come across (or produce) anything that you’d like me to share next week, please email me at I could particularly use some recommendations for physical/biological anthro blogs.

National Anthropology Day was February 19th and I’m nothing if not observant, so here’s an older post from Glossographia: How and Why (Not) to Go to Grad School 

This interview in Guernica with Lily King, the author of Euphoria,  a novel inspired by the life of Margaret Mead, explores the experience of ethnographic fieldwork, what it feels like to be an outsider, and intellectual eroticism: Ethnographic Invention: Megha Majumdar interviews Lily King

In a discovery that could be straight out of the fifth Indiana Jones movie, a site that could be the fabled “City of the Monkey God” has been discovered in Honduras. National Geographic reports: Exclusive: Lost City Discovered in the Honduran Rain Forest. *UPDATED to include this post by anthropologist Rosemary Joyce, who views the popular articles about the site as misleading and exoticizing: There’s a Real Archaeological Surprise in Honduras…

It’s been a good week for archaeology: LiveScience reports that the remains of an elderly woman have been found in a lead coffin near the body identified as Shakespeare’s most interesting king: Mystery Woman Buried Near Richard III 

Anthropologist Ida Susser writes in Al Jazeera America that HIV studies need to take social and behavioral factors into account to be successful: Blame Research Design for Failed HIV Study

After it melted the Internet over a week ago, #TheDress continues to reverberate through online intellectual production (for the record, TeamWhiteAndGold). The color debate inspired this post on Language Log, It’s Not Easy Seeing Green, that calls foul on recent claims that Namibian groups’ color words or lack thereof make it easy for them to see green and hard to see blue.

Using Einstein’s theory of relativity as a metaphor, this Neuroanthropology post refers to culture as “a curvature of human lives and history due to the mass of ourselves, because the ways we interpret – our language and meaning, those webs of significance – warp us.” Check it out: Culture Like Relativity

If, like me, you missed Dorothy Roberts’ keynote address from the 2014 meeting of the American Anthropological Association, entitled “The Future of Race in Science: Regression or Revolution?,” then you’re in luck! It’s featured in this episode of AnthroPod

To round out this inaugural Around the Web digest, here are two of the pop culture posts I love so dearly:

The Geek Anthropologist gets excited about Agent Carter (2015): The Weekly Geekout: Heroes Need to Woman Up 

They Might Be Giants get a shoutout on the CASTAC (Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing) blog: Are You Singing of Science?

Nice to meet you, pansies, and see you next week!

Rebecca Nelson

Rebecca Nelson is the executive director of América Solidaria U.S. She recently graduated with a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on volunteer tourism in Guatemala and how it is opening up new avenues for tourists and hosts to develop more cosmopolitan understandings of the world (as well as opening up new forms of friction over the circulation of knowledge).

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