When anthropology is begging for attention: PopAnth website launched
Comment from: Gawain Lynch [Visitor]
Thanks so much for the feedback, we really apreciate it! I agree with much of what you say, especially your call for our writers to as ‘the big questions’. We look forward to your submission :-)
We’d love to make our site more ‘global’ and are actively working on trying to do just this. If there’s anyone out there who’s passionate about public anthropology, feel free to put your hand up - there’s plenty more room for authors, editors and community advisors!
In fact, we’re already doing pretty well, considering that it’s early days. Less than half of those involved are from US or UK backgrounds, and even fewer still reside in those countries. John McCreery has lived in Japan for some thirteen years; Keith Hart’s based in Paris and Pretoria. We have Gaby and Igor from Mexico, Melanie Uy from The Philippines (but residing in The Netherlands), and David Slattery from Ireland (definitely not the UK!).
Looking forward to continuing the conversation. For those who want to be involved, the OAC group is a great place for discussions, and the PopAnth website forums were also set up for that purpose.
Hi Erin and Gawain, thanks a lot for your comments. Yes, I see the big popup is already gone! Good to hear that we you’re making it more global and that we actually don’t disagree (didn’t expect that either)
Us neither! We’d love to hear people’s thoughts on how we can build a PopAnth global community. I’ve started a discussion topic in the OAC PopAnth group for this purpose. Hopefully we’ll get some pro tips as to who to contact and what to do.
Comment from: David Slattery [Visitor]
As an anthropologist from, living & working in a former-colony I am familiar with questions around the representation and even legitimacy of anthropology. Consequently, I am obsessed with how to represent myself! I think the problem of who is representing what and to whom is core to the current manifestation of our anthropology crisis - to be addressed partly by making it more accessible, intelligible and readable. Anthropology is set to continue in crisis into the future because we live in an unequal world. I am convinced that one of the reasons why anthropology has adopted a gratutious elitist jargon, driven by academize, is a consequence of its origins in colonialism where the object of the study must be distanced from the superior perspective of the researcher. This site supports plain speaking and that is why I am on-board.
But are we supposed to solve this massive conundrum before we even begin to build a forum with the glorious goal of facilitating more voices. Equality is more than the simple expression and aspiration for equality that we make at the beginnings of our struggles. It is the struggle itself! I am ready to struggle on this site.
Go David! Happy to be struggling with you.
Wise words, David! Thanks!
Comment from: Jonathan Mair [Visitor]
This looks like an excellent initiative…but please, please, please provide an RSS feed, I’m sure this would enable many others to keep up with the site too.
Yes, RSS is essential! There is a RSS-feed. I just took a look at the source code of the site and found a reference to an RSS-feed there. The RSS-feed is http://feeds.feedburner.com/PopAnth
So, now I’ve added PopAnth to the anthro news ticker at http://antropologi.info/feeds/anthropology and will add it to the more popular overview at http://www.antropologi.info/blog/ as well
Comment from: Jonathan Mair [Visitor]
Hooray! - thanks. I’ll be reading, good luck with it.
Thanks guys! Please do keep telling us what you think could be improved. This is a work in progress and we are experimenting a lot.
Besides delivering content, the idea is to provide a tool that everyone doing popular anthropology can benefit from. We intend to use the Analytics to tell us what works and what doesn’t, and we’ll share what we’ve found publicly.
Regardless of PopAnth’s future, I’ll consider it a success if we can help launch some careers in popular anthropology production. We already have some really fantasticc expertise on board and some great tip-sharing!
Thanks so much for the feedback, all well noted, and some changes already made!
I have agonised for a while on the sharing and internal promotional elements of the site, and am by no means done. It is early days, we really have only been operational in a practical sense for a little over a month. I would comment that sharing options is a matter of taste and you can’t please everyone, and as I mention, we’re still experimenting to see what works.