#Cultural Anthropology


REVIEW: Star Wars Visions Episode 6 – “TO-B1”

Star Wars: Visions Episode 6, “TO-B1” is a heartwarming short produced by Science Saru. As one of my favorite studios in anime, Science Saru has brought to life dark stories like Devilman Crybaby (2018) and heart-wrenching dramas like Japan Sinks: 2020. With “TO-B1,” we see a short that thrives on adorable art (much different than what I’ve come to expect from the studio), warmth, and love. With techy beeps and a sci-fi score that feels light and airy as opposed to the epic orchestral scores we see in the series, Star Wars: Visions Episode 6 is the most unique among the series. This short is directed by Abel Gongora and written by Yuichiro Kido.

Library to host Zoom with Native American storyteller

BERLIN — Berlin Public Library will host storyteller Anne Jennison via Zoom at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 21. Anne Jennison is a New Hampshire-based Native American storyteller, historian, educator and craftsperson with both European and Abenaki heritage. Jennison's Native American storytelling performances draw from Abenaki and Northeast Woodlands traditions, and...

"An Archaeology Led by Strawberries: Reclaiming, Storywork, & Indigenous Wellbeing"

The Archaeology Brown Bag Series of the Department of Anthropology and the American Indian Studies program present “An Archaeology Led by Strawberries: Reclaiming, Storywork, & Indigenous Wellbeing," a virtual talk by Dr. Sonya Atalay (Anishinaabe-Ojibwe), Provost Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She will present her work on land-based archaeology and repatriation projects using a community-based participatory research approach with Indigenous youth and elders. Centering Anishinaabe epistemologies and concepts of well-being, she will explore how reclaiming traditional knowledge, ancestral remains, Indigenous language, and sacred sites can contribute to healing and well-being. She will discuss her use of arts-based research and knowledge mobilization methods—including collaborative comics, storybaskets and counter mapping, and augmented reality applications—as part of Indigenous storywork, demonstrating how lessons drawn from reclaiming tangible and intangible heritage provide a model for imagining decolonial research futures.

State Hispanic Latino Commission names Dr. Montemayor-Vazquez new executive director

The Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan announced this week that Dr. Isabel Montemayor-Vazquez has been selected for the position of Executive Director. A commission committee made the selection based on Isabel’s “extensive experience and professional achievements.”. The purpose of the commission, according to supplied material, is to develop a unified...

REVIEW: ‘Star Wars: Visions’ Episode 4 – “The Village Bride”

Star Wars: Visions Episode 4, “The Village Bride,” is a look into the culture of a planet and adds to the lore of the Star Wars franchise beautifully. Animated by Kinema Citrus, this episode is directed by Hitoshi Haga and written by Takahito Oonishi and Hitoshi Tani with an ethereal score by Kevin Penkin. The episode also features the voices of Karen Fukuhara, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Nichole Sakura, Christopher Sean, Stephanie Sheh, and Andrew Kishino.

Bronze Age City Destroyed by Bolide

Guest “They nailed this one” by David Middleton. Scientific archaeology is essentially forensic history. It is an interdisciplinary effort, involving multiple disciplines, often including: archaeology, geology, geophysics, physical geography, geochemistry, paleontology physical & cultural anthropology and ancient history. When properly executed, it often yields a fascinating historical reconstruction. This is...

Listen as NASA transforms stunning space photos into cosmic music (video)

NASA has released three new 'musical pieces' based on astronomical observations of distant stars, black holes and galaxies by an X-ray telescope in space. Based on X-ray observations by NASA's Chandra X-ray Space Telescope and other ground and space-based telescopes, each of the new pieces reflects the distinct nature of each of the celestial objects. Scientists created them with a technique called sonification that translates observational data into sounds.

On the Politics and Ethics of What-Comes-After: An Interview with Townsend Middleton

This post builds on the research article “Becoming-After: The Lives and Politics of Quinine’s Remains” by Townsend Middleton, which was published in the May 2021 issue of the Society’s peer-reviewed journal, Cultural Anthropology. In the following interview, Townsend Middleton and Michelle Hak Hepburn reflect on starting from the “excluded elsewhere”...

Loss for Bechdel test but a win for Grey’s Anatomy

The Bechdel test is an activity that my classmates and I did during our Cultural Anthropology class at the University of Minnesota Morris. It involves watching a show or movie of your own choice for 15 minutes and recording how many times 1) there are women present, 2) two or more women speak to each other, and 3) how many times they speak to each other about something other than men. The significance of this test is to bring light to the gender inequality and underrepresentation of women.

Friends: The life of a cultural anthropologist, part 3

During one semester that was part of my studies in cultural anthropology in Munich, I worked exclusively in its library. Eight different departments of the institute had moved to the former building of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, which included political science, communication science, computer science, Japanese studies and cultural anthropology.

Assistant Professor Native North American History - Department of History and Department of Ethnic Studies: University of California at Berkeley

Assistant Professor Native North American History - Department of History and Department of Ethnic Studies. The University of California at Berkeley seeks applications for a joint tenure-track faculty appointment at the level of assistant professor in the Departments of History and Ethnic Studies in Native North American History. Region and time-period open. We particularly welcome applications from scholars who employ the methods of Native American and Indigenous Studies.