During the 4th conference on "Cultural Attitudes Towards Technology and Communication", Internet researchers from about 30 countries focused on the differences, the potential conflicts and cultural discrepancies in cyberspace understood as a "urban metropolis".
A special focus was laid on the investigation of the ICT access and usage by indigenous peoples. The ritual collective artwork of Australian aborigines seems to be endangered by a second expropriation in the anonymous global data worlds. On the other hand, a multi-lingual Internet could help to rescue small languages at the edge of extinction to survive in a kind of virtual reservoir.
Especially exciting were those presentations paying attention to alternative forms of Internet usage by the seemingly unprivileged and marginalized cultures. Thus the escape from spatially closed Internet-environments in South America or India underlined the potential creativity of these non-conventional solutions (Rodrigues). >>continue
The Daily Star - Lebanon News
TERBOL, Lebanon: In an old peasant house in the village of Terbol, everything is so perfect, so miniature that you'd think you were wandering around in a doll house. The "Earth House," as this newly opened museum in the Western Bekaa is called, aims to revive the traditional house style of the rural Bekaa region.
"This project was conceived thanks to a book by anthropologist, ethnologist and photographer Hoda Kassatly called "Terres de Bekaa"", said the museum's coordinator Nicole Nachnouk.
"The Earth house is just what we and the younger generations need to get over our 'lost memory' and to remember how our ancestors used to live," the Bekaa photographer Kassatly said. And indeed, as Kassatly explained further, the museum is specially dedicated to the Bekaa inhabitants whose "ignorance and lack of interest" in their ancestors' culture is "alarming." >> continue
For those of you with a fast broadband connection: On the website of the Visual Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Social Science, University of Tromsø, you can download / view several anthropological films:
Conversation with the Weyto (by Zerihun Abebe):
This film is about a small group of people, found in northwest Ethiopia and categorized as Weyto. In the conversation, which my friend and I made with some members of the group, I tried to convey the voices of the Weyto and also the virtual experience of being Weyto. >> continue
Boys Will Be Boys (by Brigt Dale):
A film shot during student fieldwork in social and visual anthropology, "Boys Will Be Boys" tells the story of the inexperienced fieldworker, trying to master a foreign environment, and how his appearance and behaviour produce knowledge. >> continue
Across troubled Water (by Petia Mankova):
The film is about the everyday life in Krasnoschelye, an isolated village in the heart of the tundra on Kola peninsula (North-West Russia) and how the local eople experience the political and economic reforms of the last ten years. >> continue
CNN/ CBS News
-- For 12-year-old Anju Sharma, hope for a better life arrives in her poor farming village three days a week on a bicycle rickshaw that carries a computer with a high-speed, wireless Internet connection.
Designed like temple carriages that bear Hindu deities during festivals, the brightly painted pedal-cart rolls into her village in India's most populous state, accompanied by a computer instructor who gives classes to young and old, students and teachers alike.
The bicycle cart is the center of a project called "Infothela," or info-cart. It aims to use technology to improve education, health care and access to agricultural information in India's villages, where most of the country's 1.06 billion people live. >> continue
(via Danny Yee's Blog)
What is Chinese cultural heritage? How do we pass it on to the next generation, particularly as it changes in the context of U.S. society? These are issues shared by many adoptive Chinese families and Chinese American families.
Since 2000, Dr. Andrea Louie, a cultural anthropologist from Michigan State University, has been interviewing St. Louis area families who have adopted from China. Her research focuses on whether, how, and why adoptive families teach their children about China and Chinese culture. She conducts her research by participating in adoption-related events, such as those organized by local adoption agencies and by the St. Louis chapter of Families with Children from China. She also interviews adoptive families about their adoption stories and attitudes toward China and Chinese culture. >> continue
The Piraha of the Amazon have almost legendary status in language research. They have no words at all for number. They use only only three words to count: one, two, many. To make things confusing, the words for one and two, in Piraha, are the same syllable, pronounced with a falling or rising inflection.
And to make things really difficult, the word for one can sometimes mean "roughly one", and the word for two can sometimes mean "not many". The Piraha have puzzled anthropologists for decades.
Peter Gordon, a behavioural scientist at Columbia University in New York, reports in Science today that the Piraha may may not be very good at counting because because they do not have the words for it. >> continue
Zaman Daily, Turkey
Being the meeting point for many peoples and cultures in global tourism activity, Antalya and its environs are turning into a permanent homeland. People from different cultures, nations and with different mentalities, continuously buy land in Antalya, choosing it as their second homeland. Like a junction, Turkey is hosting a new sociological structure that came along with globalization >>continue