Around the Web Digest: Week of January 17

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This Decasia post argues that half-formed, abandoned and unpublished projects represent intellectual work and should be acknowledged more openly in professional circles as part of the process of creating knowledge: Failed Research Ought to Count

The Anxious Anthropologist reflects on the power of dress (in this case, a suit jacket) to claim membership in a community and assert authority, particularly in gendered contexts: The Jacket

Allegra looks back at its most popular posts from the last year: Top 10 (or Thereabout) of 2015

Teaching Culture looks forward to the topics and trends that will preoccupy us in the coming year: 2016: Trends in Teaching, Publishing, and Anthropology

In his blog on HuffPost, Paul Stoller looks at presidential candidate Trump as a classic example of a big man, whose unstable power derives from relentless self-promotion: Trump, Fear and the Big Man

This Somatosphere post asks Why Does Everyone Hate Martin Shkreli? It questions the ire directed at this one detestable individual by contextualizing his decision to hike the price of a toxoplasmosis drug within modes of practice within larger biomedicine systems.

This post from the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography discusses how creating graphic novels in the classroom forced students to think deliberately and from a visual perspective about how they wanted to present their narratives and analyses: “Making” Graphic Novels as a Creative Practice in Anthropology: Learning Outcomes from the Classroom

In this AAA webinar hosted on Anthropologizing, Amy Santee discusses how she applies anthropological insights to her career in improving user experience: Practicing Anthropology in User Experience, Design and Business

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).