So You’re A Graduate Student and You Want to Get Published: Takeaways from the Anthropod Publishing Series

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Originally posted on The Geek Anthropologist:

By Emma Louise Backe

Anthropod, the anthropology podcast run out of Cultural Anthropology, is an excellent resource for individuals both within and without the discipline (see what I did there?). Savage Minds has celebrated Anthropod’s content, with episodes that are often highly relevant to current events and make the discipline more transparent to the wider public. Their episodes cover a variety of topics, traversing disciplines and sub-disciplines, and facilitate conversations with some of the top anthropologists in the field, who provide reflections on their fieldwork and methodological orientations, conference presentations, ethnographic writing and conditions within academia. Anthropod is also one of only a few anthropological podcasts, including the American Anthropological Association, Podcasts from the Society for Applied Anthropology (SFAA)New Books in Anthropology, and Talking Anthropology. As a fresh new grad student, I was particularly drawn to their two part series “Publishing Anthropology.” Episode…

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Durrington Walls: Surveys, Stones and Superhenges

15 Sep

Originally posted on FragmeNTs:

When I got up last Monday I had little idea  it would turn out to be one of the most frenetic days I’d experienced since I first picked up a trowel thirty-odd years ago. At 6:45  in the morning I found myself  at Durrington Walls chatting with Karen Gardner of BBC Wiltshire as we waited to do a radio interview about the discoveries at Durrington Walls. After that I thought I’d head back to the office in Avebury, grab a coffee and settle down to work for the day.

In the quiet of a September morning with the sunlight breaking through the early morning mists as they swirled above the Avon it was almost possible to imagine the great sweep of the henge bank and ditch had always been there. But of course it hasn’t.

Few things are as you first imagine them. And although my day started peacefully enough within a few hours it had dissolved into a media frenzy…

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Welcome Homo naledi, a new and intriguing member of our genus

11 Sep

Our genus just got a lot more interesting…

F1.largeThis is Homo naledi, a fascinating composite of hominin traits. Unfortunately, there is no date associated with the find, which would do a lot to explain how these specimens fit into the evolution of early Homo.

Naledi, which means “star” in the local language has received plenty of popular press coverage, summarizing the results. If you’d like to read the primary literature, it is published online and freely available: Homo naledi, a new species of the genus Homo from the Dinaledi Chamber, South Africa.


Society for Cross-Cultural Research 2016 Conference – Portland, Oregon

11 Aug

Society for Cross Cultural Research Conference
February 17-20, 2016
Call for submissions

The deadline of October 1st for submissions of papers, posters and panel proposals for the Society for Cross Cultural Research conference in Portland, Oregon is fast approaching!

The host city: Portland, Oregon
We invite you to discover the local culture of Portland, famous for the large number of independent microbreweries, Waterfront Park, artisan handicrafts, Powells “City of Books” and food carts that contribute to the unofficial slogan “Keep Portland Weird”. Portland is a city of beauty, interesting people and fascinating history.

Accommodation and Conference site: The Embassy Suites Hotel, downtown
The Embassy Suites Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon. This historic all suite hotel was built in 1912, completely refurbished in 2014 and features vintage décor with a state-of-the-art meeting facility. Each allergy friendly suite includes a separate living area, private bedroom, free wifi, small refrigerator and microwave. A complementary full cook to order breakfast and complementary evening reception serving regional wines, local beers and spirits are added benefits. From the hotel, it is only a 3-5 minute walk to over 30+ restaurants, including Portland’s famous foodcarts, Powell’s bookstore, the Pearl district, shops and entertainment. Reservations (SCCR hotel rate deadline January 27, 2016):

Register for the conference now at:

Abstract submissions for panels, papers, and posters can be made at the conference website;

Deadline for abstract submission: October 1, 2015.
Notification by November 1, 2015.

We look forward to seeing you in Portland, Oregon!

Bonnie Hewlett and Jay Fancher
SCCR 2016 Program Co-chairs

Society for Cross-Cultural Research

5 Aug

Visit Portlandia!

The 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research (SCCR) will be held February 17-20, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.


This year’s keynote speakers include Ed Hagen (Washington State University-Vancouver), Paul Harris (Harvard), Catherine Panter-Brick (Yale), and Barbara Rogoff (University of California-Santa Cruz).

Plus, an invited lecture by Tony Johnson (Cultural Committee Chair for the Chinook Tribe).


SCCR is a multi-disciplinary organization with members sharing a common devotion to the conduct of cross-cultural and comparative research. Since its founding in 1971, SCCR has attracted professionals and students from the social science fields of Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, and related fields including Archaeology, Education, Nursing, Family Studies, Social Work, Human Development, Psychiatry, Communications, Ethnic Studies, and Business.

The SCCR conference provides a unique atmosphere encouraging attendees to get to know each other better, form lasting relationships, and provide genuine support to their fellow colleagues and students. Whether you’re a faculty member, independent researcher, or student, we invite you to consider organizing a symposium or presenting individual papers or posters.

Abstract submissions for panels, papers, and posters can be made on the conference website:
Deadline for abstract submission: October 1, 2015.
Notification by November 1, 2015.

Student Paper/Poster Award: SCCR will award two cash prizes $250; one for a student paper and one for a student poster. Current undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the award.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND CONFERENCE SITE: Embassy Suites Hotel, downtown Portland Reservations (SCCR hotel rate deadline January 27, 2016).

Embassy Suites Portland Downtown Exterior

Please feel free to contact Bonnie Hewlett ( or me ( if you have any questions. And share this invitation with anyone who might be interested. I hope to see you there!

The Challenge of Public Dissemination

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Originally posted on Welcome to the AAA Blog:

The following post was submitted by Elisa (EJ) Sobo, Professor of Anthropology, San Diego State University.

The New York Times recently featured an op-ed piece titled ‘Academics seek a big splash.’ In it, Noam Scheiber assesses recent changes in how scholars relate to the media. Concurrently, Huffington Post published ‘An anthropological approach to California’s vaccination problem,’ which concerned a forthcoming peer-reviewed anthropological article of mine regarding vaccine refusal. The essay, and news of it, spread quickly over the Web.

As Scheiber notes in the ‘big splash’ piece, although academics “once regarded the ability to attract attention with suspicion” we “increasingly reward it.” Our newfound interest in cultivating mass publicity is in part due to the fact that funding agencies like it when the work they sponsor is in the news. This “has led to a new model of disseminating social science research through the media.” When journalists…

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Archaeology Workshop: Avebury the Henge Years

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Sounds like an amazing experience if you’re in southern England on 14 July!

Originally posted on FragmeNTs:

On Tuesday 14 July the Curator of our Museum Dr Ros Cleal and I will be offering you the opportunity to step  into the world of the Avebury henge builders for the day. We’ll be sharing some of our latest discoveries; I’ll be taking you on a field visit to Avebury Henge and Stone Circles and Ros will be giving you the opportunity to see finds from the Museum collections that are normally behind closed doors.

Take a look at our events listings to find out more and to book yourself onto a journey into our ancient past.

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