Laura Fortunato from the Department of Anthropology at the University College London is writing to me telling about the Ethnographic Database Project. She is currently looking for anthropologists with fieldwork experience to take part in this project:
The Ethnographic Database Project (EDP) is a web-based tool for the collection of comparative ethnographic data. The EDP allows anthropologists to enter data about their field research using a set of standard codes developed for cross-cultural application; the codes relate to a society’s organization, kinship and marriage practices, subsistence economy, and pattern of sexual division of labor. The EDP is in the form of a web-based questionnaire, which can be accessed from any computer connected to the internet.
The EDP aims to complement widely-used comparative ethnographic datasets such as the Ethnographic Atlas and the Standard Cross-Cultural Sample by: (i) obtaining data directly from anthropologists who conducted field research in the societies of interest, (ii) using standard codes developed for cross-cultural application for all societies, (iii) expanding the range of societies for which coded ethnographic data are available.
(via Moving Anthropology Student Network) Another new anthropology journal and of course with open access for everybody: Omertaa, journal for Applied Anthropology. It was launched in January 2007 and is an international peer reviewed journal, associated with the organisation Expeditions, Research in Applied Anthropology.
The goals of the Omertaa journal are:
* To be a forum for anthropologists working in- and outside universities.
* To encourage a bridge between practice inside and outside the university
* To explore the use of anthropology in policy research and implementation.
* To serve as a forum for inquiry into the present state and future of anthropology in general.
As Sam Janssen explains in the introduction of the first volume: One of the main objectives of the journal is, to bring the knowledge and craftmanship of social and cultural anthropology back where it should come from: the field.
Another example of experimenting with the internet: The journal Museum Anthropology (MUA) has started publishing its book reviews in a blog called Museum Anthropology Review:
Its purpose is the dissemination of reviews, essays, obituaries and other editorially-reviewed content complementing the work of Museum Anthropology. It reflects the research and outreach interests of the Council for Museum Anthropology and is offered as a resource enhancing all fields concerned with the study of material culture and with the place of museums and related institutions in social life.
Journal editor Jason Baird Jackson explains:
On a case by case basis, I am asking authors of reviews-in-hand if they would be willing to publish their review online. Publishing reviews in this way takes advantage of the following benefits of the online medium (among others): immediate rather than delayed publication, free access to anyone in the world with internet access, the ability to incorporate internet hyperlinks, the ability to publish color images along with the review, the ability (if desired by the author) to turn on the blog's comment function for the review (thus allowing others to comment on the review or its subject matter), and the ability for an author to simply send an email link for the review to whomever they wish to share the review with.
Because reviews published thus are easily found by anyone doing internet searches, they may become a subject of discussion elsewhere on the web. They can also benefit from the power of the social networking dynamic of the web today, such as with folksonomy tagging. This strategy also provides more space for publication of peer-reviewed articles in the journal itself.
The journal has existed for a few years already but it seems to be one of the many hidden treasures on the web. It's called Focus Anthro and is an peer-reviewed undergraduate anthropology journal at Kenyon College, Ohio.
Lots of interesting papers to explore, among others The Concept of Tribe in Sub-Saharan Africa by Meghan Schaeffer that refers to our discussion of the term tribe in a recent post (it was by googling the book that Alex Golub recommended that I've stumpled upon this journal)
More and more anthropologists are blogging. Here a short overview over new websites and blogs that I've added recently to the "anthropology newspaper" sites http://www.antropologi.info/blog and http://www.antropologi.info/feeds/anthropology
Lots of longer articles (less "bloggy" than conventional blogs) in this group blog of scholars working in the anthropology departments of University College London and New York University. It "aims to create a new international community of academics, students, curators, artists and anyone else with particular interests in material and visual culture" (via announcement at Museum Anthropology).
Blog by anthropologist Michaela Lord (University of Hull, UK). She's finally started blogging about her research about British migrants in France.
Intute Social Sciences Blog
General university, education and social science news by Intute ( service created by a network of UK universities and partners)
German anthropologist Marc Murschhauser has promised to blog more about his fieldwork, "taking interviews, observating culture, asking the right questions, writing notes, and living within difficult conditions".
Engaged blog by students and staff of applied anthropology at Macquarie University (Australia) about emergent trends in applied anthropology.
Website by Marc K. Hebert from the University of South Florida, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology. Focus on how new media can contribute to a more public anthropology.
New website by the American Anthropological Association, including a blog, papers and presentations.
Two bloggers have moved their blogs.
Sarapen has moved from edublogs to anthroblogs. The new address of his blog about online anthropology on Filipino bloggers is http://www.anthroblogs.org/sarapen/ .
Anthronaut, currently on fieldwork in Peru has moved to wordpress.com and can now be found at http://anthronaut.wordpress.com/
Have i forgotten some new (social-) anthropology blogs?
56 artists, theorists, politicians, and grassroots activists from all over the world participated in the project that took place in Iceland, The Faroe Islands, Sapmi, Norway, Sweden and Finland. They exchanged colonial and postcolonial experiences and strategies, examined why this past has been forgotten and how it continues to reproduce itself as waves of intolerance, xenophobia, and nationalism.
A week ago the (impressive!) website of this project (which has also been published on DVD) has been launched in Oslo. You can spend hours and days, reading the papers, watching videos and movies, looking at exhibitions, listening to presentations.
In the introduction Frederikke Hansen and Tone Olaf Nielsen explain:
The colonial history of the Nordic region is a dark chapter that seems to have slipped the memory of many of the Nordic populations. Although it continues to make itself very much felt in the region’s former colonies, this history is alarmingly absent in the collective memory of the once-colonizing Nordic countries.
With Rethinking Nordic Colonialism: A Postcolonial Exhibition Project in Five Acts, we aim to shed light over this history. Not only do we hope to explain why this past has been forgotten in some parts of the region. We also want to show how this history continues to structure the Nordic societies today, and how our contemporary problems of intolerance, xenophobia, and nationalism have their roots in this past.
I'll come back with more blog posts about this website
anpere - Anthropological Perspectives on Religion is the name of a new journal that is freely available for everybody. It is edited by anthropologists Pierre Wiktorin and André Möller from Lund University (Sweden).
The aim of anpere is to offer a flexible and relevant channel for researches as well as lay people interested in questions pertaining to the anthropology of religion.
anpere do not stick to the traditional way of publishing, as it will publish as soon as any text is ready to meet the public. This means that we may publish three articles a day or three articles per month, depending on the quality and quantity of the articles received.
In order to faciliate the life of our valued readers, we will gladly send you an e-mail each time a new article or review is added on the anpere site.
The articles are written both in Swedish and English. At the moment there are three papers in English:
There are even lots of photos, among others related to Ramadan.
By the way, one of the editors, André Möller, maintains an interesting Indonesian Islam Blog.