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Saturday, July 23rd, 2011
8:07 am

grimalkin2006
Maybe somebody can recommend research on initiations that has appeared after Eliade's classical book? Thank you!

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Sunday, May 29th, 2011
2:15 pm - 17th Annual Legacy Oral History Workshop

lilelf23
Museum of Performance & Design - San Francisco, CA
August 4-6, 2011
 
Learn how to plan, organize, and conduct fascinating interviews, use current technologies to produce digital media projects, refine your editing skills, and prepare oral history print texts for printing or publication.  
 
The workshop is designed to meet the needs of beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. Former workshop participants have included university faculty, master’s and doctoral candidates, personal historians, historical societies, library and museum staff, government and corporate employees, and board and staff of nonprofits. 
 
The three-day intensive is led by oral historians Jeff Friedman PhD and Basya Petnick.
 
This year there is a $50 discount off the regular early bird rate for museum staff.
 
Please see our website for more complete information: http://www.mpdsf.org/PAGES/PROGRAM/legacy.html. If you have questions or wish to request a registration form, please email legacy2011@mpdsf.org or call 415-255-4800, ext. *823.

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Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
1:54 am - ЗВЕРНЕННЯ ПРО СПІВПРАЦЮ

baluta_vadim
 

Шановні колеги!

 

З нагоди відкриття "Центру культурних досліджень" (Cultural Studies Center) при Бердянському університеті менеджменту і бізнесу (м. Бердянськ, Україна) пропонуємо співпрацю та шукаємо потенційних замовників і спонсорів досліджень.

Метою створення ЦКД є: регіональні дослідження соціокультурних змін (філософських, культурних, соціальних, релігійних, історичних, економічних, політичних), їх впливу й ролі в розбудові новітнього українського суспільства та формуванні громадської думки.

Завданнями діяльності Центру є:

§         проведення самостійних соціологічних, культурологічних, філософських, релігієзнавчих, історичних та інших досліджень, в тому числі спільно з іншими організаціями та громадянами;

§         ініціювання та організація наукових конференцій, семінарів, лекцій, круглих столів тощо;

§         організація польових досліджень із вивчення життя Південного регіону України, культурного феномену провінції, відмінностей сільського та міського способів існування на місцевому, районному, обласному та регіональному рівнях;

Закликаємо до співпраці філософів, культурологів, соціологів, релігієзнавців, політологів, істориків, етнографів, етнологів, антропологів, археологів, юристів, українознавців, народознавців, економістів, менеджерів та всіх зацікавлених у вивченні регіональної соціокультурної динаміки.

Пропонуємо виконання проектів на замовлення спонсорів та грантодавців, фізичних та юридичних осіб, державних і громадських організацій та установ, видавництв та ЗМІ.

 

Контактна інформація про Центр:

 

Директор ЦДК   Балута Вадим Володимирович

моб. тел.: 099 920 69 75

E-mail: baluta.vadim@gmail.com

Skype: baluta-vadim

ICQ: 467 286 595

 

Адреса ЦДК:

Бердянський університет менеджменту і бізнесу

м. Бердянськ, Запорізька обл., вул. Свободи, 117а

(з приміткою: кафедра "Філософії")

 

Каф. "Філософії" БУМіБ.: (06153) 6-43-62 (Сердюк Олена Олександрівна)

 

 

З повагою,

Директор "Центру культурних досліджень" Балута Вадим Володимирович

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Sunday, July 11th, 2010
4:02 pm - Terrorism in Republic of Moldova: possibilities and prerequisites.

cre_v


At the beginning, I would like to inform you that this thesis is subjective point of view of a student who has been studying the terrorist problem for almost 4 years. I, as an anthropologist, had a great chance to understand this phenomenon from different angles: psychological, political, economical and etc.

Talking particularly about RM, I don’t want to discredit today’s government or previous one, I just want to show Moldavian ‘possibilities’ to get in a list of countries that has a problems with ethnic terrorism and other resembling violence. Somebody can say that it’s a farfetched thesis, but I’ll try to show it’s possibility.

It’s very interesting to see how in our postmodern time, the content of the words such as terror, liberal, democracy is changing. The word remains the same, but the meaning that we put in it differs from10-20 years ago. With the ‘Terrorism’ happened the same things, for different people and of course government, it means different things. And this is a big problem for war on terror. The majority of people is trying to resolve this problem: different view on the same things can’t lead for one resolve and one definition.

That’s why, we need to talk about the definition of terrorism before to continue this thesis. For this work it will be: terrorism is systematical violence, which leads to death of the part or the whole of big social group, in reaching same political goals.

This definition was deduced while I was working on my thesis degree on modern and postmodern terrorism. You can see that this definition is reminding definition of word ‘terror’. Same scholars can’t see the differences between these two defined notions. They argue that ‘Terror’ it’s a government’s violence from the government. In my opinion, ‘terror’ and ‘terrorism’ are the same now, because, for example, in the Gaza Strip, as we know, Hamas – organization which same call ‘terrorist’ organization – won the election and became legitimate one. And we can not talk about orientation pro and con government in definition of ‘terrorism’ now. ‘Terrorism’ absorbed ‘terror’ meaning. This phenomenon become very diffuse and absorbed various qualities and absorbed different types of terrorism, as political, religious, persuasion and etc.

From this point of view, we can talk not only about terrorism against government - or whole world if we talk about world terrorism - but about ‘legal terrorism’ from government. Somebody can say that’s not true and if it is government it has possibility to use legal violence against own people for saving harmony in the state. But what can we say about Hamas, invasion in Iraq and Afghanistan with peacekeeping and antiterrorist mission within ‘War On Terror’. Maybe it’s not time to mix this two notion – terror and repression - but, I think, it’s a great chance to think about it more deeply. While the whole world is fighting against terrorism, we – intelligent people - have to understand this phenomenon by peeking into the eyes of this problem.

The phenomenon of terrorism, unfortunately, became the part of our daily life: 9/11, London, Madrid, Moscow, Bagdad – this list we can continue for a long time. The problem of terrorism influences on international affairs and the home policy, in the light of it other cultures was understood. Terrorism problem influences on home policy - toughen home law and level of government violence.

It became big ethic problem - we can not discriminate somebody because he or she has countryman, who suspected in terrorism or in supporting them. But there will be the biggest problem and mistake if we don’t start to talk about prevention the terrorism beforehand. I think, regarding Moldova, we can not talk about proliferation of terrorism from the adjoining or remote countries. The nearest terrorist group is Hizb ut-Tahrir, which has been widening at Crimea. This kind of organization proliferated only on historical places which was a part of Islamic empire on certain period of time or in courtiers which has the big Islamic Diaspora.

There is only one possibility of the terrorism appearance in our country:

  •    Terrorism as unite method for consolidation of society. It’s a good way to unite our society. As we know, Kant said that there is only one possibility to unite human world – appearing alien threat. He talked about extraterrestrial threat, but his thoughts works in our reality too. Only hidden enemy can call both: unite society round government and fear before new enemy.

I won’t talk about political crisis in RM; you can find the information about it in newspapers. I want to say that it always will be this kind of a problem in a country which have survived cultural and reality break. RM stays on the board between 2 worlds – post soviet world with pseudo-democratic and liberal systems and western world with democratic and liberal values and beliefs.

Terrorism as uniting method can help to convince the public opinion to one of the part of the board – it’s like a walk on the razor's edge and the ‘uniting violence’ is the one of the way of consolidation.

I think, there was already attempt to do this. When on Chisinau day in the central of a capital of Moldova was exploded antipersonnel grenade, was said that this made al-Qaida. Of course, it wasn’t any terrorist organization it was accident, but Department of the Interior tried to make from this accident antigovernment action.

How does it work?

‘Government’ means the groups of people, who need same extremist act for discriminate antigovernment group and thereby unite the society by war against terrorism in the state.  

Government in uniting aim makes movement for perceptible pressure on the same group that find exist government bad and nonlegal. This pressure can be really different - prohibition of antigovernment party or other. After this, if there is no answer on this pressure, pressure will be repeated again and again until the antigovernment group will answer as government want. “Extremist group” will answer by violence against government, I think, not only against politics but against same government symbols as new monuments or etc. This action will be interpreting by mass media as terrorist act, and in the end can help in consolidation of society and the government become stronger by using legitimate violence.

Terrorism became political force, and our state – Moldova – isn’t exception of this list. This ‘pressure-answer method’ seems to be very useful not only in post-soviet society, but in other part of the world, too.

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Saturday, May 29th, 2010
9:38 am

lilelf23
Hello all!

Anyone going to be in the San Francisco Bay Area this summer? The Legacy Oral History Program is putting on an oral history workshop at the Museum of Performance & Design August 5-7! It is designed for people of all levels of experience in putting together oral histories, if anyone is interested. It is given in a lecture/discussion format, with opportunities to apply presented material, covering project design, funding, legal and ethical issues, audio and visual technologies, interview techniques, transcription and editing. You can email legacy2010@mpdsf.org to register or get more information. The Museum's website is http://www.mpdsf.org. The price goes up July 1st! Hope to see some of you there!

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
10:22 pm - Religion and the Expatriate Experience

vampirekat
Hi Community,

Wonder if you guys could help me out...

I am looking for ethnographies on expatriate/emigrant communities in the United States. I am specifically interested in the religious aspect, and was wondering if you guys have any recommendations on stuff you particularly like or have heard good things about.

Thanks so much!

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Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
12:21 am - Anthrogeeks and SF nerds UNITE!

sporkyoracle
(x-posted to anthropologist)

(apologies to any who find "geek" and "nerd" offensive - I assure you in my personal lexicon, they are positively marked and I apply them to myself often and with relish)

I am writing my (anthropology) senior thesis on SF and fantasy novels!

My chapters are tentatively as follows:
1. A thematic history of SF and fantasy, attempting to relate trends to movements in social science/popular imagination of the culture concept, etc.
2. the social scientist/cultural relativist as hero/sympathetic character
3. borrowing from actual cultures in order to construct fictional worlds: does the author employ common stereotypes? are they treated with more complexity? do certain cultural forms (nomadism comes to mind) have certain moral associations?
4. ethnography, ethnographic fiction, and SF/fantasy: textual strategies of representing the Other

I already have quite an extensive bibliography, but I am here asking for sources, particularly ways of anthropologically discussing literature as cultural texts. If anyone knows of any writing on the genre of fantasy, that's the thing I am having the most trouble with. There are extensive histories of SF as a genre, but fantasy is proving problematic to research. I also would welcome recommendations of novels in those two genres that you loved for their cultural/anthropological content!

I'm on to Chad Oliver and Ursula K. Le Guin, but you can never get enough rec's!

Thanks a ton in advance!

current mood: grateful

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Sunday, July 20th, 2008
2:30 pm - Picture perception query

xombje
Hello anthropologists. 

I'm a philosopher writing a paper on depiction. Does anyone happen to know if these images, which originally featured in a study carried out by William Hudson (1960) on cross-cultural picture perception, are in the public domain? If they are not, would anyone happen to know who owns the copyright? Thanks.
 

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Monday, June 16th, 2008
11:53 am

heartrevolt
The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition is pleased to announce the release of its 2008 GENIUS Survey in partnership with Ernst & Young. GenderPAC works to ensure that classrooms, communities and workplaces are safe for everyone to learn, grow and succeed.

The Gender Equality National Index for Universities & Schools (GENIUS), GenderPAC’s most recent effort to end discrimination and promote awareness, encourages colleges and universities to recognize the benefits of a GenderSAFE campus - supportive equitable and protective for all students. Choosing to participate in GENUIS sends a strong public statement that bullying or discriminating based on the race, sex or gender of a student, faculty, or staff member is not tolerated at your institution

Fill out the survey at: www.gpac.org/GENIUS2008survey, and make sure that we have data for as many schools as possible. Your voice will help us continue to work towards a safe and welcoming environment for every student

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Saturday, March 15th, 2008
2:21 pm - boundary
vukmanovic Can someone recommend to me books and essays about boundary in mythical and ritual sense, but also in wider anthropological sense.
Thanks,
Ana

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Thursday, March 13th, 2008
10:41 am - A chance to exercise our social responsibility

gwydion01



Her contact info follows, I've already made calls and emails, feel free to do the same:

Capitol Address:
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Room 332
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 557-7348

District Address:
2713 Sterling Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73127

Email:
sallykern@okhouse.gov

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Monday, February 11th, 2008
5:37 pm - New positions open at the Beehive Collective!

quamono
---THE BEEHIVE COLLECTIVE IS SEARCHING FOR NEW WORKER BEES!---

In anticipation of our most exciting and busy year to date, featuring the
launch of two new graphics campaigns, our swarm of eleven is in need of
five more workers. We are currently seeking a few passionate and
committed organizers, educators, and artists to join us full-time in
Maine, at satellite Hive locations, and on the road, beginning as soon as
possible.

Please pass this note on to others who might be interested!

**********CURRENT POSITIONS AVAILABLE*********

- Archivist/Documentarian (Mountaintop Removal Mining campaign)
- Graphics Campaign Coordinator (Mesoamerica Resiste)
- Education Coordinator (Mountaintop Removal Mining campaign)
- Illustration Collaborator (pen & ink, Mountaintop Removal Mining campaign)
- Distribution, Networking & “Pollination” Coordinator (core Hive
position)

Detailed descriptions at www.beehivecollective.org


**********THE HIVE'S ALTERNATIVE TO SALARIES**********

In exchange for their efforts and commitment, all Bees, both full and part
time, are provided with (exceptionally amazing) food and housing for the
time they are involved, in Maine or on the road. Indeed, this does not
cover other expenses that you may have such as healthcare or debt, but we
will support you in coming up with a work plan that can address your
specific needs. Bees committed beyond six months are eligible to receive
Americorps benefits such as school debt deferment, an education stipend
and health care. Thus far, we've found this approach to be the best way
for us to honor the work of each of us equally, while avoiding dependency
on unstable foundation funding.

**********ABOUT THE BEEHIVE**********

We are an all volunteer, non profit art-activist collective, dedicated to
making anti-copyright images for use as educational tools. Our mission is
to "cross-pollinate the grassroots." We value collaborative work,
creative problem solving, and dismantling colonial mentality. As the bee
metaphor dictates, we are endlessly busy in the effort to illuminate the
connections between single issues and the "big picture." Our organism
requires long hours, patience and a solid sense of humor, but is
consistently surprising, rewarding and personally transformative.

**********CURRENT CAMPAIGNS**********

*****MESOAMERICA RESISTE: Now four years in the making and extensively
researched throughout the region, this project is focused on giving voice
to the many grassroots and community-based alternatives to the Plan Puebla
Panama (PPP). The PPP is a massive trade corridor and industrial
development plan that would span southern Mexico, Central America, and
Colombia. Unprecedented in scale and sold by its designers as a regional
integration plan, the PPP is actually an acceleration of five hundred
years of colonialism and genocide founded on racism, military occupation,
short-term consumerism, and foreign control of land and resources.

Depicted by the Beehive as an elaborate pen and ink drawing, with over 450
distinct species of plant and animals, Mesoamerica Resiste is in the
homestretch of completion. In many ways, when this illustration hatches,
our work will have just begun. To release this graphic into the world and
ensure that it returns to the region to serve as a participatory tool for
resistance movements, we are seeking a CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR. This person
would join our team as soon as possible, for part-time for training in
Toronto (or possibly Philadelphia), full-time work through the summer in
Maine, and touring in the Fall.


*****MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL MINING (MTR): With support from the Provisions
Library for Art & Social Change, and collaboration from the grassroots
groups Rising Tide and Mountain Justice Summer, the Hive has
enthusiastically agreed to pursue a campaign illuminating the most extreme
form of surface mining for coal. With this new campaign we hope to further
develop our image-based storytelling methods to cross domestic
geographical, class, and literacy barriers. We intend to produce a
learning tool that artfully captures the human and ecological scale of
shortsighted resource extraction, while participating in the rich
storytelling tradition of Appalachia. This project has an very tight
deadline, with the illustration component going to print in August.

For the MTR campaign we are seeking multiple roles: an EDUCATION
COORDINATOR, DOCUMENTARIAN/ARCHIVIST, and an ILLUSTRATION COLLABORATOR.
These three folks would join us on the road this Spring, at our Hive in
Maine in the Summer, and possibly tour with the finished graphics campaign
in the Fall. We intend for this project to be the first of many graphics
campaigns focused on Climate Change issues.


**********HOW TO APPLY**********

More information about each of these roles is currently on the front page
of our website. We'll be filling these positions by early March, so it's
best to get in touch immediately if you're interested. Write or email us
a letter of introduction using our “20 Questions” as a guide. Call us at
(207) 669-4117 and we’ll mail you a hard copy, or check out
http://www.beehivecollective.org/english/wbee_twentyq.htm

---------------------------
the beehive design collective
www.beehivecollective.org
bees@beehivecollective.org
3 elm st | machias maine | 04654
----------------------------

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Sunday, June 17th, 2007
8:00 pm - Question

bluegreen_lens
Help! This is one of my ideas for an area of cultural or applied anth to specialize in, and I want to start researching it thoroughly...

Does anybody know of any literature that focuses on systems of justice/methods of maintaining social harmony in stateless societies (preferably societies with little to no hierarchy in their social organization).

What I'm really looking for is alternatives to prisons, courts, police, military.

I'm an anth/journalism undergrad who's finished the anth coursework, and am trying to see what research is out there on this, don't know where or with whom to start (besides Harold Barclay). Obviously there will be certain sections of books by cultural anth's that deal with the topic for a given culture, but what'd be even better is studies, key researchers, publications or organizations geared towards the topic.

Any ideas???

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2007
10:29 pm - wayuu solidarity stuff

quamono
para los interesados en la lucha del pueblo wayuu-

blog- http://organizacionwayuumunsurat.blogspot.com

myspace- http://www.myspace.com/orjuwat

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for those interested in the struggle of the wayuu people-

blog- http://organizacionwayuumunsurat.blogspot.com

myspace- http://www.myspace.com/orjuwat

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007
4:38 pm - the/el yanama

quamono
report back and photos from third yanama: women & territory
info y fotos del tercer yanama: mujer y territorio

en español & in english.

wayuunaiki101.blogspot.com


jl

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Thursday, March 29th, 2007
2:14 pm - topical areas

gogglehead84
Hi everyone I need help with a paper I am doing for my anthropology class, I was hoping someone could help me. One section of my paper says to describe the topcial area within cultural anthropology that would help me achieve a certain career goal. But I can't find what the topical areas of Cultural Anthro. are, does anybody know? Any help is much appreciated. Thanks :)

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007
2:12 pm

gwydion01
Hey. I'm doing some work and i need some resources on what are generally considered to be the main set of archetypes, jungian or otherwise. I'm doing stuff with religious pantheon comparisons if that narrows it down.

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
9:06 pm - A disturbing trend...

futurebird
I have noticed a disturbing trend on the wikipedia. Articles on the topic "race and Intelligence" contain lopsided information and occaionly racist information mostly from researchers such as Arthur Jensen, Charles Murray and Richard Lynn (Richard Lynn wrote a book called "IQ and the Wealth of Nations" that tries to prove
that people are poor in places around the world because they are genetically inferior...)

All of the work looks, on first glance, to be very scholarly, there are numerous citations and lots of flashy graphs, but fundamentally, the historical context is missing and the cultural context is missing. Becuase of this the information is highly misleading.

I have undertaken a project of revising these articles (I've rewritten portions of these articles, using the work of Gardner, Gould, Etienne Wenger, Robert Serpell as my sources) but I am in over my head. I'm really just a high school math teacher. I'm not an expert on intelligence. I need the help of smart dedicated editors who can help bring some balance to these articles.

I see the impact allegations of inferiority can have on young people in the classroom all of the time. I felt it growing up as a minority student during The Bell Curve controversy. I think that improving these articles is important work, and I hope you can help me find the right people to work with me on this project. Here is a link to the main article. I encourage you to take a look at it and forward this email to anyone you know who can help.

-Susan Murray

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_and_intelligence

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4:19 pm - a letter

quamono
Dear all,

Some of you I know personally, some I do not. Some of you have already heard about the trip I am about to embark on and others have not heard from me in quite sometime, I apologize for this.
Read more...Collapse )

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Friday, February 2nd, 2007
1:20 pm - Gender and Medicine

thalionhiril
Hi. I suppose first I should introduce myself...my name is Alyce. I'm an undergraduate anthropology student. This semester I'm taking a course 'Intro to Ethnomedicine'...which is fascinating by the way and the professor is amazing. However, one of my friends and I were discussing after class the effect gender plays on beliefs in medicine, specifically ones ability to trust or find validity in more traditional medical practices such as homeopathy or acupuncture.  I was just wondering how people feel about more traditional medical practices, and if you feel your gender has anything to do with this. Also, I'm doing a project later this semester on the midwifery and birthing practices of the Inuit. So if anyone knows of any resources, please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it.

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