Thursday, February 26, 2009

Written in Bone: A New Smithsonian Exhibit

"Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th-Century Chesapeake" opened February 7th at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Curated by forensic anthropologists Doug Owsley and Kari Bruwelheide, the exhibit provides information both on 17th-Century Chesapeake ways of life and also on forensic anthropology as a field. It incorporates 340 objects, artifacts and humans bones from more than 20 archaeological organizations and museums, and also includes educational components, such as a hands-on forensic anthropology lab, companion books and an interactive website.

AAA staff Dinah Winnick and Joseph Jones attended a special preview of the exhibit. Speaking about the purpose of exhibit's educational components during the event, Owsley remarked, "I never heard the words 'forensic anthropology' until college. One professor can make a huge difference." He highlighted the importance of educating kids and the general public about anthropology, and the necessity of teaching scientific methodologies, so that they can learn to ask the right kinds of questions.

For photos of the exhibit, see the Anthropology News Flickr gallery. Also, visit the exhibit website to learn more. The exhibition will be on view through February 6, 2011.

Photo Contest Images Now on Flickr

Winners of the 2008 Photo Contest have been announced and their photos are now available online!

The contest committee reviewed 294 entries from 73 participants, selecting 54 photos as semifinalists. From that group 20 finalists were selected, including four top winners. All images selected as finalists and winners can be viewed online through our Flickr gallery. These photos will also be featured in March AN and will be hung as prints in the AAA office beginning late spring. Semifinalist photos will be available on Flickr soon.

Curious about the recording featured in the Peter Biella's winning photo? An excerpt is available here and through the AAA podcast.

Stay tuned to Anthropology News and this blog for information on the 2009 contest, coming soon.

New AN CFP: Codifying Anthro Ethics

Anthropology News seeks contributions for a thematic series on anthropological ethics at a key moment during the AAA Code of Ethics revision. We ask our members to pause and consider what this process should entail. What are your thoughts about the notion of codifying ethics? Have you encountered ethically complex situations where guidance would have been helpful? How have available guidelines and advice met or failed to meet your needs?

View the full call for proposals and submission guidelines on our website

Proposal submission deadline: May 25, 2009.
Early submissions are encouraged.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Best of Anthropology Blogging 2008

What do Norse rune stones, the Sarah Palin effect, Neanderthal language, and the anthropology of YouTube have in common? They are all part of Best of Anthropology Blogging 2008.

Anthropology online has gone mainstream. Millions of people have interacted with the digital content anthropologists create everyday. The Best of Anthro 2008 shows that content off using the best work from 36 anthropology blogs. The posts cover the entire spectrum of anthropology, including all four fields as well as medical and applied anthropology and media studies.

For fun, start with the all-inclusive Best of Anthro 2008 prizes, ranging from Best 3D Inuit Map to Best Use of Ritalin. You can also check out everyone’s submissions and the list of participating blogs.

The Relevance of Anthropology-Part One uses this online collection to discuss public anthropology, our anthropological vision, and definitions and debates about being human. Part Two shows how anthropology delivers critique and public commentary online, contributes to scholarship, employs language in innovative ways, and demonstrates how blogging and other types of online interactions represent a powerful new domain for anthropology.

As a resource for teaching, the Best of Anthro provides an online reader that students can explore. It’s also an easy and entertaining way for the public to discover what anthropology is about. After all, it’s only a click away.

The Best of Anthro was created by Daniel Lende at the University of Notre Dame, and is hosted at Anthropology News thanks Daniel for this post and welcomes comments on the Best of Anthropology Blogging 2008.

Monday, February 2, 2009

February In Focus Now Online

The AAA website is now featuring February Anthropology News In Focus commentaries under the themes "Reproductive Technologies" and "Reproductive Subjects."

Reproductive Technologies
The development and increasing availability of assisted reproductive and contraceptive technologies worldwide has dramatically impacted the ways in which families make reproductive choices. Here, five contributors examine such technologies and the political, social and economic contexts within which they are employed by parents-to-be, surrogates, gamete donors and healthcare providers in both public and private health sectors. See articles by Viola Hoerbst, Lara Braff, Emilia Sanabria, Suzanne Pelka and Kalindi Vora

Reproductive Subjects

Reproductive practices engender a variety of complex subjectivities that are locally experienced and articulated in compelling ways. Contributors to this series examine the construction of reproductive subjects through conception, pregnancy, birth and infant care, as well as contraceptive practices. Their commentaries provide insight into the diverse forms of personhood constructed through reproduction—from “credible” sexual assault victims, to “responsible” pregnant women, to parents as “informed consumers.” See articles by Sameena Mulla, Cecilia McCallum/Ana Paula dos Reis/Greice Menezes, Sallie Han, Ellen Lewin, Charlotte Faircloth and Rebecca Howes-Mischel.

Visit our website to read these articles today. Complete electronic access to February AN will be available soon via AnthroSource.