Savage Minders, was your Sunday ruined by the absence of the Around the Web Digest? I’ll have to cast the blame on my intermittent Internet access here in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Thanks to those who’ve sent me links for the digest at firstname.lastname@example.org! (For those who haven’t, make this your resolution for next week).
This post on Cotton Belt Journal connects recent debates about the Confederate flag to the archaeology of African American history: This Place Matters: Remembering African American Heritage Sites
I’m becoming a big fan of Food Anthropology… their posts on “food pedagogy” always make me want to revisit my syllabi and push myself to engage more with the local environment: “You Can’t Talk About Food Without Talking”: Aimee Hosemann with a Professor’s Perspective on the Course “Food and Culture”
Ethnography.com asks, Why Is Queen Nefertiti’s Bust in Berlin and Not Egypt? and answers, “colonialism.” As familiar as this story may be, it’s a good reminder that archaeology takes place in a postcolonial landscape.
In the same vein, the blog Museum Anthropology also features news updates about antiquities and issues of repatriation, like this one: Feds Petitioned to Investigate Sale of Native Objects by East Coast School
Living Anthropologically provides some resources to answer the question, “What are you planning to do with that?” Anthropology Major Jobs: Advice for Undergraduate Majors
Guernica Mag also provides a passionate rebuttal to undergraduate students’ increasingly desperate search for the perfectly utilitarian undergraduate major: Matt Burriesci: The Arts and Humanities Aren’t Worth a Dime
It appears to be primarily sociological, but the blog Understanding Society has a lot of content that should be interesting to anthropologists, like this post about whether the use of social media tends to stimulate real debate and a deeper understanding of political issues or tends to create echo chambers: Deliberative Democracy and the Age of Social Media.
The Scientific American blog Anthropology in Practice also takes up this theme, looking at how technology (from party lines to neighborhood Facebook groups) is used to delineate group membership: How Information Builds a Community. It also makes me think about those groups on social media that are used to explicitly define local identity, like “You Know You’re From Potsdam, NY When…”
Also focused on technology and space, this post from Ethnography Matters suggests harnessing smartphone technology as a method to record the sights and sounds associated with places in the field: Sensory Postcards: Using Mobile Media for Digital Ethnographies
I include this post from Publishing Archaeology mostly to bring this blog to your attention (World’s Worst Book Review)… although I must say, it does sound like a pretty bad book review. Can anyone top it?
This post on Archaeology, Museums and Outreach reminds us that MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) are not necessarily the enemy: Recent MOOCs I Have Taken and How They Helped Me on the Job
See you next week (minus one day!)