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Unfortunately no new content was published here last year. Nevertheless, this blog received lots of visitors. Looking at last year's statistics about the most viewed posts and pages, I find three clear winners.
The three most viewed posts are:
1. The Five Major Challenges for Anthropology (4806 visits)
This post from 2006 is about the book Plausible Prejudice by Marianne Gullestad.To understand the problems of the world today, we need to "decolonize anthropological knowledge", she writes.
2. Yes to female circumcision? (4254 visits)
This is also the most commented post on antropologi.info. It is about Sierra Leonean-American anthropologist Fuambai Ahmadu who attacks Western feminists, media and anti-Female Genital Mutilation campaigns and accuses them for presenting a one-sided, ethnocentric picture of female circumcision.
3. Free Open Access Anthropology Journals (3880 visits)
This is a regularily updated overview over Open Access journals in anthropology in several languages
The following posts and pages have significantly lower page views
A post about a statement by the ASA (Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth) in 2007
5. The Anthropology Newspaper (1128 visits)
This pages provides an overview over the recent blog posts by anthropologists in English, German, and Scandinavian languages around the world.
6. Selected quotes from "On Suicide Bombing" (942 visits)
A post about a book by Talal Asad where he asks questions as: What actually is terrorism? What kind violence is labelled as “legitimate” and why? Is there really a big difference between soldiers at war and suicide bombers?
A review by Tereza Kuldova of "The Power of Looks. Social Stratification of Physical Appearance" by Bonnie Berry
8. Why anthropologists should become journalists (912 visits)
A post about an article by Brian McKenna in Counterpunch where he writes: "We need courses and programs in “Anthropology & Journalism” to help create the critical public intellectuals of the 21st century."
9. Why we need more disaster anthropology (833 visits)
A post about Uy Ngoc Bui's master’s thesis about the role of NGOs, the state and the people themselves’ in the period after typhoon Durian hit Bến Tre province in Southern Vietnam.
10. On African Island: Only women are allowed to propose marriage 759 (visits)
A post about an article in USA Today about negative consequences of Christian missionaries on an island who try to convince the islanders that it is men, not women, who should make the first move and propose.
11. The Anthropology of Suicide (722 visits)
A post after the death of a close friend. Suicide is best approached by getting out of the confines of biomedical sciences and into the domains of anthropology and sociology. A suicide is not primarily a sign of “that there was something wrong with a person", but also that something might be wrong with society as a whole.
12. How racist is American Anthropology? (704 visits)
A post about the book Reversed Gaze by Kenyan anthropologist Mwenda Ntarangwi who conducted an anthropological study of American anthropology. Whereas Western anthropologists often study non-Western cultures, he studies “the Western culture of anthropology".
A post about Shahram Khosravi's journey from Iran to Europe as “illegal” refugee whose life was saved by a human smuggler.
14.Thesis: Hijab empowers women (541 visits)
A post about Siham Ouazzif's thesis “Veiled Muslim Women in Australian Public Space.
A post about an article by Lila Abu-Lughod who critizes the images of Muslim women that are constructed in the "West" especially after 9/11.
After 12 years it was time to update the layout of antropologi.info. I tried to keep some of the old elements while adjusting the look to our new times. The design still needs some tweaking, I will work on it during the holidays. If you encounter any errors, let me know!
Maybe one or two new posts might show up as well, one never knows. Since my last post in April this year, I was finally able to leave Egypt with my wife and move to Germany where I found a job as German teacher. This is a quite demanding job, so I will have to reserve a few hours during the weekends for blogging!
Anyway, this was just a short post to say hi, this blog is still alive! Enjoy the holidays if you have some, and all the best for the next year. See you soon!
Today I have finally upgraded the antropologi.info's blogging software (b2evolution, not Wordpress!) and made its templates mobile friendly.
So, now, finally, antropologi.info no longer looks so weird when you visit it with your mobile phone. In my tests it looks ok now, let me know if it works for you.
The upgrade isn't finished yet, there are still some things that have to be put in place, like search and new cover images. And here and there, things might not work as expected. On some pages, the sidebar does not show up for some strage reason. I'll fix these things tomorrow, I hope. Feel free to report any issues you might face. Thanks!
Another thing: You may now access antropologi.info with https, partly at least. When the page includes elements from non-secure sites then most browsers will display a warning. This is the case with most pages on antropologi.info as images are referred to with their http://antropologi.info/media URL instead of the secure https://antropologi.info/media I will try to fix that as well. And maybe, soon there will be some new content as well...
Would you like to get an overview over the most recent anthropology blog posts? The old newsticker did no longer work reliably, so I've created a new one. It is still work in progress, but so far it seems to work well. I tried to make it look more attractive, with a newspaper look, images and short excerpts with responsive design that also looks good on mobile devices. It also provides a tagcloud from all the categories that the blog authors assigned to their posts, a probably useful tool for exploring previous posts.
The feeds are updated every two hours. Have a look at the new Anthropology Newspaper here http://www.antropologi.info/feeds/
So far, 100
70 blogs are included, so far only English and German ones. I might add more languages later. Please let me know if there are other blogs that I should add or if things are not working as expected, either here in the comment field or via the contact page.
As mentioned, I'm still working on it, there is a lot more that can be done with the current set up. It was not easy to find a good solution. I was about to go for a commercial solution but then I was so happy to find the free and opensource feed aggregator FeedWordPress by "web developer, student of Philosophy, and sometime political activist" Charles Johnson. The more I more I've used the more fascinated I became by this plugin. I am also very thankful for the smart template Ocomedrev that web developer Antonio Sánchez created. I only modified it slightly.
Although it was ten years ago I started this blog and anthropology portal, I am not sure if there is something to celebrate. The website has been more or less dormant for nearly two years now. Despite several attempts to start up blogging again, I failed to keep it going. But now, because of the anniversary, what about starting another attempt?
Life is more or less upside down after I went to Cairo, Egypt, three years ago and got stuck here. It was supposed to be a short trip, but I ended up getting married here. That was the most wonderful thing that ever happened to me. But I still have to find out how to combine my new life as husband with my previous favorite activities like blogging.
That’s not the only thing.
I will have to think about how to continue. The blogging world has changed tremendously. Ten years ago there were hardly any blogs, now there are endlessly many, and it’s no longer possible to follow all of them. While until a few years ago antropologi.info has been regarded one of the most important anthropology blogs, the situation is different now.
Not only because there are lots of great new blogs like Allegra (my new favorite anthropology blog), but also because people consume news and information primarily via quick links that are posted on Facebook and Twitter. Until I would have finished writing my summaries of news stories, most readers will already have read them via links others have shared on Facebook or Twitter. Blogs are also supposed to have their own Facebook and Twitter (and maybe even Google+, Linkedin etc) pages. That’s where the readers are. Shall I give up my resistance against this trend? What kind of content shall I focus on? And shall I continue blogging in three languages?
Sometimes I wonder if antropologi.info is still needed as there is no shortage of anthropology online now. But then I realise that blogging is something I am also doing for myself. I learn so much through searching for new stuff to blog about, and such intellectual stimulation is good for my mental health (an especially important point when you’re living in a dictatorship, you know!).
And I enjoy being part of the anthropology community, I made many friends via blogging both online and offline. It is also encouraging that old posts still get mentioned on Facebook and Twitter (now it’s my overview about Open Access Journals on the Facebook page of Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory with 56 shares), and despite lack of activity I get still notifications about people who are subscribing to antropologi.info’s newsletter (currently only in Norwegian).
Then I often think that anthropology still suffers from US-centrism that needs to be challenged. Not only because there are so many US-based bloggers but also because of their often rather limited perspective. When for example one of the more famous anthropology blogs wrote about the crisis in anthropology, they had the crisis in American anthropology in mind, but without mentioning it. Anthropology for them only seems to mean American anthropology. One of the aims of antropologi.info has always been to also present a more global anthropology.
Not at least therefore I am happy with the Allegra blog, running from Finnland giving fresh new perspectives. They also addressed the US-centrism during their coverage of the largest gathering of anthropologists in Europe that many of their American colleagues “pay next to no attention”.
Finally, I have to think about financial aspects. Getting married in Egypt always means financial disaster - for me as well of course. I am deeply indebted which makes me wonder if I actually can afford to spend time on activities like blogging. I should focus on my freelance job at the University of Oslo, instead. Antropologi.info with all of its content will of course always be open for everybody, but nevertheless I might have to think about opening up for some kind of micro payment and voluntary subscriptions. That would help me in updating and developing this website.
So to get started again what about declaring that I will reserve at least half a day for antropologi.info every weekend?
PS: I was just reading my historic 2009-post 5 years antropologi.info and was surprised about reading that in 2004, spam did not exist!
PPS: Another thing: As I was told already some time ago, antropologi.info might need a design makeover as it is not responsive enough, neith tailored for today's bigger computer screens, nor for the smaller one's on our mobile phones...
Call for papers or films? Interesting events? Jobs and scholarships? Antropologi.info now has its own multilingual announcement blog at http://www.antropologi.info/blog/announcements/
As some of you might have noticed, I've taken down the old bulletin board as it had become too popular among both human and non-human spam bots.
So send me your announcements, and I will (most probably) post them.
Currently, there are call for papers for the panels CFP: Economies of growth or ecologies of survival? and CfP: Rethinking assisted conception: dynamics of law, morality and religion at the EASA conference in Talinn, and another one for a conference in Poznań, Poland called International Conference on 'Localities through Mobility. Cultures of Motorway in Contemporary Europe'
I wanted to write this post long time ago. As you might have noticed, there haven’t been any new posts on this blog since the 24th of October last year.
So what has happened?
Well, at about the same time I wrote my last blog post, the most wonderful woman entered my life. Two months later we already got engaged. And in a few months, I hope, we will get married.
So yes, now I am a truly engaged anthropologist! !
Getting married in Egypt is for me a wonderful, but not actually a cheap endeavour. My economic situation forces me therefore to focus on my paid job at the University in Oslo. Nevertheless, I hope there will be some time for blogging and developing the website soon. I really miss it and I’d like to start up again!
In the meantime you can have a look at the website of the new research project by anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen that I am currently working for. It’s called Overheating. The three crises of globalisation.
Here is some of the stuff I’ve written there:
- Anthropologists to study humanity’s biggest crises (Interview with Thomas Hylland Eriksen)
- Of Suicides and Offshoring (An increasing number of companies move their businesses to low cost countries. Elisabeth Schober is studying what offshoring means for workers and local communities)
- When melting glaciers take away people’s water (Poor people are most affected by climate change, economic crises and discrimination. Anthropologist Astrid Bredholt Stensrud wants to find out how people go about it)
- – Academics, speak out against neoliberalism! (It was one of the worst economic crashes in history: A conversation with anthropologist Gísli Pálsson about the meltdown in Iceland, dubious entanglements between universities and business, racist and sexist neoliberal discourses, and the need for academic activism)
I’m about to upgrade the blog engine (antropologi.info is powered by b2evolution) and I hope everything will work fine, but you never know, upgrading can get tricky. In any case, the blog will be unavailable for at least for a few minutes during the upgrade process.
I hope I’ll resume blogging shortly afterwards, it has been quiet here too long already!!
PS 18:06 - Upgraded! And everything seems to work as it should, yeah!