The Relationship Between Applied and Theoretical Anthropologies

In their text on Applied Anthropology, Ervin emphasizes the “reciprocal relationship (Ervin 2005, 6)” between applied anthropologies and theory. Despite their inseparable interplay, the dividing distinction is often from direction. In classical, theoretical anthropology the topics are selected by researchers, usually relating to their personal interests. The applied direction on the other hand, can be … Continue reading The Relationship Between Applied and Theoretical Anthropologies

Three Views of a Cave Painting: How Intention Influences Archaeological Interpretations (2015)

Abstract This paper discuss three base perspective which influence interpretive efforts in the study of rock-art. The researcher’s view focuses on consuming rock-art as data. The manager’s view seeks to control and protect rock-art sites form contemporary site interactions. The creator’s view refers to the original experience at the site. These views reflect a tendency … Continue reading Three Views of a Cave Painting: How Intention Influences Archaeological Interpretations (2015)

Ethical Othering in the Past and Future: An Anthropological Dilemma

Introduction In their article “Race, Racism, and the History of U.S. Anthropology,” Baker and Patterson argue that the development of the anthropological discipline has been fueled by issues relating to race and racism. Along with racist perspectives invading research historically, the discourse of anthropological discipline that attempts to counter these problems creates an unintended oversaturation … Continue reading Ethical Othering in the Past and Future: An Anthropological Dilemma

Noble, S. U. (2018). Introduction: The Power of Algorithms. In Algorithms of oppression: how search engines reinforce racism (Summary)

Noble's book discusses how oppressive decisions are reinforced via algorithms. Since algorithms are programmed by developers, this shows a huge issue. Through multiple case studies, Noble shows that there are clear issues when it comes to what pages show up in searches related to race and gender. I think this text is an important wake-up … Continue reading Noble, S. U. (2018). Introduction: The Power of Algorithms. In Algorithms of oppression: how search engines reinforce racism (Summary)

Old Questions, New Technology: Today’s Digital Historians

Over the past two decades, the internet has touched every aspect of our lives, changing how we shop, learn -- even how we date. And while it represents technological progress and the promise of future innovation, it has also proven to be an invaluable resource for those interested in the past. Where genealogical researchers once … Continue reading Old Questions, New Technology: Today’s Digital Historians

What to Consider When Visiting Rock Art Sites

Visiting archaeological sites can be a great way to connect with nature and involve kids in a fun, family-oriented adventure. Yet when visitors flock to these important locations, they might end up littering or even damaging the site itself. It is practices like that, among others, which have slowly eroded the beauty of these sites. … Continue reading What to Consider When Visiting Rock Art Sites

How to Market History with Social Media

The Charleston Museum was the first museum in the U.S., opening in 1824. Since the 19th Century, museums have advanced in archival, storage and exhibition techniques. Yet the experience many museums offer to visitors is still severely outdated, especially in an age of ever-expanding digital technology. How Visitors Experience Museums The museum experience is extremely … Continue reading How to Market History with Social Media