An interview, about the current perspective of Central-European and Polish anthropology, with Dr. Marcin Brocki (PhD adjunct professor - Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology - University of Wroclaw, Poland).
- We are surprised how popular ethnology is now. There are almost 200 candidates each year for the study in Wroclaw. It is definitely fashionable discipline. I suppose that it is because of interdisciplinarity of the course, emerging "anthropologization" of humanities and social sciences (especially sociology and philosophy), and also general trend toward searching for more stable structures in our culture.
- People are seeking for something to rely on against globalization, "McDonaldization", "hypermarket" culture, and they usually think of ethnology as a kind of remedy or a good source of alternative knowledge (alternative views). Due to those processes we are observing a growing interest in ethnical issues, ethnic music, roots searching, so that is the reason why students come to us in such a "giant" number.
No other museum in the world has, on such a scale, devoted itself to this fresh and unusual approach to the story of Native Americans. Its planners have created what they call a "museum different" that might make it very hard for museums on the drawing board ever again to tell a story about people from a detached, third-person point of view. The new National Museum of the American Indian is built around native communities expressing their own authentic voices and their own interpretations of events -- part of its mission to change myths and stereotypes. >> continue
Practical Gatherings is a organisation that was created to provide services and support for the growing profession of workplace anthropology. It was founded by anthropologist Patricia Sachs.
On their website (that is partly still "under construction") they have collected interesting stuff, incl. and a history of workplace anthropology and lots of articles >> continue
Wayne State University
The economy is becoming increasingly international; workforces and markets, increasingly diverse; participatory management and decision making, increasingly important; communication skills, increasingly in demand. Anthropology is the only contemporary discipline that approaches human questions from historical, biological, linguistic, and cultural perspectives.
Demand for business anthropologists is increasing stimulated by a growing need for analysts and researchers with sharp thinking skills who can manage, evaluate, and interpret the large volume of data on human behavior. Many corporations look explicitly for anthropologists, recognizing the utility of their perspective on a corporate team. >> continue
African Voices is a permanent exhibition that examines the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africa’s peoples and cultures over time in the realms of family, work, community, and the natural environment. Video interactives and sound stations provide selections from contemporary interviews, literature, proverbs, prayers, folk tales, songs, and oral epics. >> visit the exhibition
Medical anthropologist Sabina Faiz Rashid, The Daily Star Bangladesh
The assumption often among policymakers is that mere provision of health services and better choices will improve health of the poor. Universal education in public health and biology and the availability of Western medical care are seen as preferred forms of intervention to improve the health situation of the country. However, throughout my fieldwork, I was confronted by overwhelming structural and social inequalities which have led to high unemployment, crime, widespread substance abuse and the breakdown of family networks and marital relations in slums.
For the poor, health cannot be separated from social and political -- economic conditions of everyday life. If we truly want to see improvements in the health of poor women and men in Bangladesh, we need a more radical and broader based approach to health, where social and economic justice need to be an integral part of medicine and public health interventions. >> continue
Anthropologists stepped into a hornets' nest on Monday, revealing research that suggests the original inhabitants of America may in fact have come from what is now known as Australia. The claim will be extremely unwelcome to today's native Americans who came overland from Siberia and say they were there first.
Silvia Gonzalez from John Moores University in Liverpool said skeletal evidence pointed strongly to this unpalatable truth and hinted that recovered DNA would corroborate it. She said there was very strong evidence that the first migration came from Australia via Japan and Polynesia and down the Pacific Coast of America. >>continue
The Australian/ eniar
THE skeletal remains of up to 18 Aborigines, stolen by a Swedish anthropologist 90 years ago, will be returned to Australia this month in a landmark repatriation agreement. Aboriginal elders from Western Australia, Queensland, NSW and Victoria will travel to Stockholm in late September to receive the ancestral remains and begin the process of spiritual healing.
Most of the remains - which are held in Sweden's Museum of Ethnography - were removed from the Kimberley by Swedish anthropologist Eric Mjoberg between 1910 and 1911.
Mjoberg's methods were said to include bribing Aborigines to lead him to remains and then smuggling the skeletons out of Australia by telling authorities the bones were from kangaroos. >> continue