Bringing art to breast cancer care: 3D nipple tattooing

Few people realize how long and complex breast cancer treatment is. The Komen Foundation and Avon rarely highlight post-surgery debacles in their fundraising literature, and the visceral reality of scars is seldom discussed unless being celebrated. As the model Matuschka showed in her 1993 photograph and more recently anthropologist Lochlain Jain in her bio-ethnography Malignant, … Continue reading Bringing art to breast cancer care: 3D nipple tattooing

(Re)-Remembering the Trail of Tears

September 16th is Trail of Tears Commemoration Day. This was news to me. As an Oklahoman, living in former Indian Territory, the place where tribal-altering and life-shattering journeys brought Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole and Muscogee-Creek peoples, one would think there would be a general awareness of this holiday. Welcome to modernity, a world where an … Continue reading (Re)-Remembering the Trail of Tears

AAA Webinar Wednesday Returns with Lenore Manderson September 2nd at 2 PM Eastern

Medical Anthropology in the 21st Century with Lenore Manderson The AAA’s Webinar Wednesday is back for the Fall Semester. Medical anthropology has expanded in its fields of study and the number of people who identify as medical anthropologists. Yet it is hard to describe what we do: studying people’s experience of sickness and heath, care … Continue reading AAA Webinar Wednesday Returns with Lenore Manderson September 2nd at 2 PM Eastern

Race and Rachel Dolezal: A Conversation with Patricia Sunderland

Recent news surrounding Rachel Dolezal has led to quite the discussion on race. Our associates at the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC) pointed us to an article (‘You May Not Know It But I’m Black’: White Woman’s Self-Identification As Black) that Patricia Sunderland, a longtime AAA member and leading consumer researcher, wrote about in Ethnos 18 … Continue reading Race and Rachel Dolezal: A Conversation with Patricia Sunderland

Applied Anthropologist Spotlight – Elizabeth Briody at Cultural Keys LLC

Cultural Keys LLC is a consultancy that I founded in 2009 to help firms and nonprofits understand and solve cultural-change and consumer issues.  We specialize in three work streams:  improving organizational culture, increasing partnership effectiveness, and understanding and reaching customers. Cultural Keys uses an anthropological approach and a combination of techniques (e.g., observation, individual and … Continue reading Applied Anthropologist Spotlight – Elizabeth Briody at Cultural Keys LLC

Over 300 Anthropologists Oppose a Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

Today’s guest blog post is written by AAA member, David M. Rosen (rosen@fdu.edu). More than 300 anthropologists have now signed a statement strongly opposing efforts by the political organization Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) and it supporters within the American Anthropological Association to organize a boycott of Israeli academic institutions (http://anthroantiboycott.wordpress.com). The goal of the … Continue reading Over 300 Anthropologists Oppose a Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions