Archive | July, 2016

Anthropology Feels Like Home

21 Jul

Welcome to the AAA Blog

This post was submitted by Callie Randall, a high school senior and anthropology student interning with the AAA.

When I was a little girl, I began to realize I was different than a lot of my peers. It was beyond the apparent truth of being the only black kid in gifted or intensified classes and more than feeling like I was the only child that said please and thank you to the lunch ladies. It was something less transparent. My ability to acknowledge the things that made me different set me apart from many others. In the simplest of terms, I was observant. I took in my surroundings everywhere. As I got older, I tried to understand why things were the way they were and why people chose to do certain things or why they chose to not. The world was big and beautiful and mysterious and with wide eyes everything…

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Anthropology Changed the Way I See the World

7 Jul

Welcome to the AAA Blog

This post was submitted by Veronica Sirotic, a high school senior and anthropology student interning with the AAA.

For the longest time, I thought anthropology was a chic boutique for women’s clothing. Little did I know, anthropology would change the way I see the world.

My interest in anthropology began two years ago when I signed up for a two-year anthropology class. Many friends recommended it to me and I heard it was an easy A. My first class started with a plain definition of anthropology: Anthropology: the study of humans, past and present. We were given a packet to skim. At first glance, the packet detailed a wacky and bizarre society. The people in the unnamed society would stick themselves in ovens in order to darken their skin. They would only eat at particular times during the day and the food they ate strictly adhered to the time of…

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Anthro Blogging 101: Allegra Lab

1 Jul

The Geek Anthropologist

In this edition of Anthropology Blogging 101, we welcome Miia Halme-Tuomisaari and Julie Billaud, Editors in Chief at Allegra Lab.

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Tell us a little about Allegra Lab. How did it get started? What would you say is the purpose of Allegra Lab and what are its anthropological and digital orientations?

First, thank you giving us the opportunity to present Allegra Lab, the funkiest blog in the anthropological blogosphere (after the Geek Anthropologist, of course)! We started Allegra Lab in 2013, mostly because of our dissatisfaction with the way anthropological knowledge was shared with the world. Our primary aim was to create a space where anthropologists could show the best of themselves, demonstrate the richness of their work while simultaneously speaking to a broader audience, not limited to our small academic circles. Our vision was that anthropologists had important things to say and that it was high time to make their voice…

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