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    • By John Cook        Aug 2, 2011
    • FBI Investigated the Father of Modern Anthropology For Being a ‘Jewish International Communist’
    • Claude Levi-Strauss is familiar to anyone who took Anthropology 101 as the most important anthropologist of the 20th century and a father of structuralism, the theoretical forebear to post-structuralism, post-modernism, deconstruction and all that weird subversive French philosophy your parents warned you about. Which may explain why the FBI spent close to a decade spying on him in the 1940s.

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    • Knocking Anthropology? Gov's Daughter Has Degree
    • October 13, 2011
    • When Florida Gov. Rick Scott singled out anthropology degrees as job market losers, maybe he had some inside knowledge. It turns out his daughter, Jordan Kandah, has an anthropology degree from Virginia's College of William & Mary.


       Commenting this week about the need to steer students toward degrees with better job prospects, Scott said, "You want to use your tax dollars to educate more people who can't get jobs in anthropology?"


       Kandah did not go to work in the field of anthropology. She was a special education teacher before enrolling recently in a Masters of Business Administration program.


       Scott spokesman Brian Burgess said Wednesday the governor wasn't knocking anthropologists, just making the point that there's a high demand for graduates with engineering, mathematics, science and technology degrees.

  • Nov 07, 11

    In line with what we laid out in our last article, we have prepared for the public the relevant video clips, audio clips, PowerPoint slides, and transcript involving remarks made by Dr. Christopher A. King, Social Science Director of the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System, at a public conference hosted by Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Institute for Global Security Law and Policy, on September 23, 2011, along with comments made in response by Dr. David H. Price.

    • 07 November 2011
    • Human Terrain Mapping: It's Still Scary and Troubling
    • In line with what we laid out in our last article, we have prepared for the public the relevant video clips, audio clips, PowerPoint slides, and transcript involving remarks made by Dr. Christopher A. King, Social Science Director of the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System, at a public conference hosted by Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Institute for Global Security Law and Policy, on September 23, 2011, along with comments made in response by Dr. David H. Price.
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  • Nov 07, 11

    What is especially troubling, however, is that Case Western Reserve University's School of Law is acting against academics and the wider public as a proxy censor for the U.S. Army, using whatever argument is conveniently at hand. Please remember that Dr. Christopher A. King is a government official, performing in his public capacities as a representative of the U.S. Army's Human Terrain System, at an event which Case Western Reserve University's School of Law confirmed in its email to Dr. Forte was a public event. Being a public event, and Dr. King being a public official, performing in an official capacity, it is therefore the case that no expectation of either confidentiality or privacy can be attached to his utterances. Even the very PowerPoint slides shown by Dr. King are all marked with the label: "UNCLASSIFIED" without any qualification (such as "Not for Distribution")--there is your "media release". Not even a mountain of signed or unsigned media releases, however, can change the fact that we are free to publish his statements, without impediment.

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      07 November 2011

    • Case Western Reserve University: Proxy Censor for the U.S. Army's Human Terrain System
    • Regarding two of our previous articles, Anthropology at War: Human Terrain Social Science Director Admits Human Terrain Mapping is Scary, Troubling and Human Terrain Mapping at Home is "Scary": The Video the Human Terrain System Does Not Want You to See, Case Western Reserve University is acting to block copying and republication of its own deleted video, given pressure from the U.S. Army's Human Terrain System and in particular its Social Science Director, Dr. Christopher A. King. The claim is that Case Western Reserve University's School of Law by "mistake" published the video to YouTube, a "mistake" since "one of the participants" had not signed a "media release" and apparently did not want the video online. AJP has confirmed that neither of two of the three featured participants--Dr. George Lucas and Dr. David H. Price--has asked Case Western Reserve University to take down the video, and in the case of David Price, he is adamantly critical of the move. The third participant was Dr. King. (Update: Dr. King has himself confirmed that he was the one who wanted the video taken down.)

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    • Weekend Edition November 25-27, 2011 
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      Anthropology's Shadow World of Debt and Despair  

      Student Loan Fury in the Occupy Movement

    • by BRIAN McKENNA
    • Young people in the U.S. now recognize that the university has become part of a ponzi scheme designed to place on students an unconscionable amount of debt while subjecting them under the power of commanding financial institutions for years after they graduate. Under this economic model of subservience, there is no future for young people. 


      Henry Giroux, Casino Capitalism and Higher Education, CounterPunch, October 31, 2011


      “Students Ought Not Be a Means of Profit,” Nate Grant scrawled on a cardboard sign as he sat cross-legged on a wall at the Occupy Wall Street encampment (Baum 2011). Grant, 22, was an English major. 


      Anthropology students know this grievance well. But universities do not highlight the issue in such stark terms. The media sometimes comes closer.

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      • Noted Political Anthropologist Marc J. Swartz Dies at 80 


         Marc J. Swartz, an American anthropologist and founding faculty member of the anthropology department at UC San Diego, died Dec. 14. He was 80 years old. 

    • Marc J. Swartz, a leading American anthropologist, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla of complications related to sepsis. He was 80 years old.
    • Swartz earned his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1958 where he studied under leading social scientists of the time, including Clyde Kluckhohn and Talcott Parsons. He was a founding member of the Department of Anthropology at UC San Diego, where he served as a member of the faculty for 36 years. During his career, Swartz was a founding member of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, former chairman of the American Society for Political Anthropology, a life member of the American Anthropological Association, a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and a member of the National Geographic Research board of editors.

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      The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at the University of Manchester is inspired by the need to conduct rigorous research and to support postgraduate training on the impact and outcomes of contemporary and historical crises.


      This programme is driven by a desire to inform and support policy and decision makers, to optimise joint working between partner organisations, and to foster increased accountability within a knowledge gathering framework. Bringing together the disciplines of medicine and the humanities to achieve these aims, the HCRI will facilitate improvements in crisis response on a global scale whilst providing a much needed centre of excellence for all concerned with emergencies and conflicts.


      The Institute is developing a novel configuration for research and teaching which will uniquely associate practitioners, non-governmental organisation (NGO) partners, theoreticians, policy makers and analysts in sustained intellectual engagement. Combining a targeted programme of research with the provision of timely analysis on current emergencies, the institute will seek to develop new methodologies in the emerging field of humanitarian and conflict response research.

    • Anthropology of International Development and Humanitarian Assistance MSc
      • Course Content


        Typical Modules

        The following modules are a selection and are subject to change.


        • Anthropology of International Development
            Main topics of study: introduction to international development; anthropology and the colonial encounter; anthropology as critical political economy: questioning policy, practices and perceptions of international development; development and the nation-state; development and indigenous knowledge; education and development; poverty alleviation and development; gender and development; anthropological perspectives on the environment; hidden livelihoods; economic analysis and the informal economy; international development and human rights.
        • Anthropological Perspectives on War and Humanitarianism
            Main topics of study: contemporary warfare and complex emergencies; humanitarian responses to contemporary warfare; origins of humanitarianism: from the founding of the Red Cross to Medecins Sans Frontier; war and ethnic violence; war, famine and scarcity; refugees and mass forced displacement; international criminal justice and humanitarian assistance; re-building war-torn societies. Ethnographic case studies from East Africa, West Africa, South America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East will be used to engage with these topics.
    • About the Course


      The course will appeal to graduates from a variety of backgrounds, including: anthropology, sociology, economics, politics, geography, law and development studies. It will provide the necessary training to enable students to seek employment with NGOs (such as Oxfam and Save the Children Fund), international agencies (such as the World Health Organisation and the World Food Programme) and the civil service (such as the UK Department for International Development). It will also provide a useful stepping stone for those seeking to undertake doctoral research in international development.

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    • Thinking about Social Justice

      Monday, November 19, 2012
    • Built into the architecture of western societies and their socio-cultural and economic structures is a cumulative bias towards certain groups and worldviews over others. This bias resides in supposedly objective categories, knowledge, and laws that cloak the workings of power.




        For example, this bias can be seen in a racially-slanted legal system, the sexual division of labour, wage inequality, and the guise of supposedly neutral government policies and decision-making. For those interested in social change, one particular method for engaging such power is “social justice.

    • Social justice is a term that seems common-sensical. Many of us are familiar with the term through the local political party the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ). Others may remember the term from various historical labour and civil rights battles or perhaps liberation theology in Latin America and other religious connections including the life of St Thomas Aquinas, Catholic social teaching, or ancient Hindu society.




        For some social justice is a dirty term, an impediment to unrestrained economic growth as the sole purpose behind modern society. It suggests a redistribution of resources. As such, most neoliberals and neoclassical economists—not to mention moral relativists—recoil at its claims to scientific and intellectual relevance. Their criticism is often that social justice is about brainwashing people rather than good education.




        Yet their ideas are as man-made, politically biased and brainwashing as any social justice discourse. Anthropologists are often advocates of social justice. This is an outcome of their research. As the rich and powerful are generally loath to be subjects of anthropological research, anthropologists often do long-term research with the less powerful. This type of fieldwork means anthropologists are well-placed to offer perspectives on social justice.

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      August 2012


      Worst College Majors for Your Career


      1. Anthropology

    • Unemployment rate: 6.9% 

      Recent grad employment rate: 10.5% 

      Median salary: $40,000 

      Median salary for recent grads: $28,000 

      Projected job growth for this field, 2010-2020: 21% 

      Likelihood of working retail: 2.1 times average  

      Many of today's anthropology grads are studying a culture they didn't expect: the intergenerational American household, as seen from their parents' couch. New anthropology majors face stifling unemployment, forcing nearly a third to take low-paying office or sales jobs. More dramatically, recent grads stand to make a mere $28,000 per year – less than the median pay for someone with only a high school diploma. If foreign cultures are your thing, a major in international relations promises both a higher salary and lower unemployment rate.
    • The School of Humanities and Social Sciences

      The School of Humanities and Social Sciences has patterned their liberal arts programs after those found at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The degree programs are designed to train leaders in all aspects of society by providing a well-rounded education in social sciences, humanities, and sciences. The school prepares the student for the intellectual challenges that they will encounter in their life and career, regardless of their choice of profession. Today in most developed nations a liberal arts education is considered essential preparation for a career in business, government, education, the military – indeed, for any profession that requires advanced training. A liberal arts education constitutes the basic intellectual preparation for any form of high-level work, and provides the basis for more advanced training in other fields from mathematics or medicine to anthropology, philosophy, or teaching.

    • • Anthropology
    • The SHSS International Partner is the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)
      • Daniel Pugh 

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         Acting Vice Dean at JSC Nazarbayev University 


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       I am a very broadly trained anthropologist with expertise in a diverse array of archaeological methods and theories.My interests involve the articulation of material culture with social identity, innovation, the non-linear flow of culture hisotories, and the landscape.

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    • John Schoeberlein
    • John Schoeberlein is Lecturer in the Dept. of Anthropology, as well as Director of the Program   on Central Asia and the Caucasus under the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard   University, which he was instrumental in founding in 1993.  The program   coordinates activities at Harvard related to the study of Central Asia/Eurasia, extending from the Crimea and Caucasus to the Volga Basin,   Mongolia, Western China, Afghanistan and the former Soviet Central Asian republics.    His research focuses on identity, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion,   and community organization among the Islamic peoples of Central Eurasia.    He has conducted a total of over six years of anthropological field research   in various parts of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan.  He received   his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University.  He has taught   courses in the anthropology, history and politics of the region as Lecturer   on Central Asian studies at Harvard University since 1993.  During 1998-99,   he headed the United Nations' Ferghana Valley Development Programme, working   on participatory approaches to conflict resolution in the region.  During   2000-2001, he was Director of the Central Asia Project of the International   Crisis Group, working to diminish the possibilities of conflict in the region.    He regularly lectures internationally and in the U.S., with recent appearances   in London, Toronto, Baku, Bishkek, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Yerevan, Ankara, New York, Ann Arbor,   and Washington, D.C. (for information on some recent lectures:
    • His current research topics include the changing role of Islam in Central Eurasia including issues related to radical Islamism,   secular and religious orientations, the politics of culture and national ideology, the impact of national state formation on identity in Central Asia, the impact of economic “reforms” on pastoralism communities, and the changing role of Russian culture in Post-Soviet contexts.  He has done development   consulting work on the potential of local communities to participate in economic   reform efforts and other issues of social development.  He gives   frequent consultations to various governmental and international organizations   and the press regarding developments in Central Asia.  He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the journal Central Asian   Survey (London) and of the Board of Advisors of the Journal of Central Eurasian Studies (Tehran).

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    • How Napoleon Chagnon Became Our Most Controversial Anthropologist
    • Among the hazards Napoleon Chagnon encountered in the Venezuelan jungle were a jaguar that would have mauled him had it not become confused by his mosquito net and a 15-foot anaconda that lunged from a stream over which he bent to drink. There were also hairy black spiders, rats that clambered up and down his hammock ropes and a trio of Yanomami tribesmen who tried to smash his skull with an ax while he slept. (The men abandoned their plan when they realized that Chagnon, a light sleeper, kept a loaded shotgun within arm’s reach.) These are impressive adversaries — “Indiana Jones had nothing on me,” is how Chagnon puts it — but by far his most tenacious foes have been members of his own profession.

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