Commissioned Anthropology

The account of the history and current position/role of anthropology has effectively been co-opted by academics, at the expense of the many anthropologists who “choose instead to practise anthropology along career paths outside of academia: for example, in public service, NGOs or commercial organisations” (MacClansey 2017). One of the main employment arenas of anthropologists and …

Public Anthropology: Engaging Social Issues in the Modern World

When I met Margaret Mead in the 1970s I felt like I was in the presence of a superstar. Here was an anthropologist with an international reputation who was willing to put her career on the line by criticizing the war in Vietnam, supporting the campus protests of university students, and promoting the rights of …

Academic Politics of Silencing

Table of Contents: Introduction: Confronting Silencing, Antonio De Lauri Unravelling the Politics of Silencing, Laura Nader It Wasn’t a Tenure Case: A Personal Testimony, with Reflections, David Graeber The Sounds of Anthropological Silence, David Price Having Company: An Antidote to the “Politics of Silencing”, Susan Wright   ——————————————————————————————— Introduction: Confronting Silencing, Antonio De Lauri The featured image …

Applying Anthropology: Glimpses from Bergen. Past and Current Relevance

An experience involving Fredrik Barth (who established the anthropology department at the University of Bergen in 1963) was for several years seen as indicative of the official attitude to anthropology in Norway, according to Signe Howell (2010). When the Norwegian government embarked on their first aid project in 1952 through a fisheries project in Kerala, …

“Then What is the Point of Coming all this Way?” Anthropology and Public Engagement

“And then you will give recommendations to our government, no?” I had just explained the scope of my study to the person sitting next to me on the bus going to Kano. He had stared perplexed at this white lady in Nigerian clothing whilst entering the bus and it did not take him long before …