HSU Unconference: How I Learned Shareout Building a Better Search by Going into Categories and Searching by Subject

From the Humboldt State University Library: “Nikki Martensen explains how to build a better search by going in to Categories and then searching by subject. By searching by subject, you’ll be exposed to related words that will enrich your search.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nisK0wJnps

Ritual Experience: Stable Isotopes in Archaeological Interpretation

“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure science”~Edwin Hubble Stable Isotopes as Archaeological Data Stable isotopes are the non-radioactive versions of an atom (Malainey, “Stable Isotopes”, 2011). Atoms are the smallest unit of a unique element. Atoms are comprised of protons, neutrons, and electrons in different unique […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

An Annotated Bibliography of Experience Research in Cultural Sites and Institutions

Armbrecht, J. (2014). Use value of cultural experiences: A comparison of contingent valuation and travel cost. Tourism Management, 42, 141–148. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2013.11.010 In this study, Armbrecht compares Customer valuation method (CVM) and Travel Cost method (TCM) to study which better assesses use value for cultural institutions. The author compared a concert hall and a museum. This […]

An Annotated Bibliography of Business Anthropology, User Experience, and Customer Experience Research Methodologies

Burgh-Woodman, H. de, & Brace-Govan, J. (2007). We do not live to buy: Why subcultures are different from brand communities and the meaning for marketing discourse. The International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy; Bingley, 27(5/6), 193–207. https://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/01443330710757230 This conceptual paper describes a literature review and case study that the authors utilized to inform a discussion […]

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 […]

An Annotated Bibliography of Qualitative Research and Analysis Methods

Ahearn, L. (2013). Keywords as a Literacy Practice in the History of Anthropological Theory. American Ethnologist, 40(1). Ahearn studied keywords and titles that she generated from the keywords and title of articles from the American Ethnologist journal. The samples chosen were the years 1982, 1992, 2002, and 2012. On discussing the survey results, Ahearn argues […]

Liminal Workspace in the Middle Range

Theory is a tricky concept. It is also a tricky word. A very tricky process. To attempt a discussion on theory is to commit yourself to hours of back-and-forth between definitions and ideas, fully knowing there will be no resolution. So why attempt a discourse on theory? Roy Ellen remarks that the different forms of […]