— Michael Taussig 2004
— Michael Shanks 1997, Photography and archaeology
— My anthropology professor, when discussing cognition.
I teach an undergrad tutorial (as many of you know) and next week we are starting on biological/evolutionary anthropology. I like to play funny, anthro themed videos before class starts while I wait for all the students to file into the classroom. Next week we’re looking at human, ancestral and primate skulls and talking about the creation of cladograms. If anyone know of any funny or clever videos related to human evolution or early human ancestors SEND THEM MY WAY, please and thanks :) You can reblog this, or send me an ask or email me at email@example.com
I also send funny meme macros to my students when I’m emailing them course content so if you know of any funny ones, also feel free to send them my way.
(related: I’m also looking for funny videos related to writing essays so send those to me too!)
People who don’t understand anthropology yet complain about the discipline: I’m sorry. I just CAN’T. If I have to explain to one more person about how anthropology is NOT the study of the “other” anymore, or how anthropology is NOT about pseudo-colonial development projects I’m going to scream. Ruth Benedict was incredibly correct when she said that the role of anthropology was to make the world safe for human differences. If you don’t think that anthropology is a feminist ally, I’ll direct you to my copious amounts of anthropologist friends who are working on issues of gender equality, feminist representations and rape culture. If you think that anthropologists ignore queer issues, I implore you to speak to my (both straight and queer) friends who are tackling research projects, both in Canada and abroad, that involve LGBT issues and historical perspectives. If you think that anthropology is racist, I’m just going to roll my eyes and ask if you’ve read anything written in the last two decades. Like, almost ANYTHING. As with any discipline, we have some problematic researchers attempting to work within the discipline, but anthropology is inherently open to human differences. In fact, I think anthropology works to both celebrate and normalize them.
No more anonymous, aggressive and threatening PMs, ok?
— Leslie A. White (1945) History, Evolution and Functionalism: Three Types of Interpretation of Culture
If you happen to be in, or around Toronto today I highly suggest you come see this month’s Got Anthropology speaker, Travis Steffens. Travis is an anthropologist, primatologist, explorer, and all around awesome dude!
“Hectares of forest go up in flames, all lemur species are now threatened with extinction and people live in poverty. The situation in Madagascar seems bleak but through collaboration with local communities one Anthropologist feels that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Come join Explorer-in-Residence Travis Steffens as he shares his experiences as an Anthropologist turned conservationist working in remote regions of Madagascar.”
Where: 150 College St, room 103
When: TONIGHT AT 7:30pm
Why: Because LEMURS that’s why! Also, I’ll be there.
visit the facebook event for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/371212926348650/
As always, the event is free and there will be food!!!
Probably until the new year (I have SO much marking). But just a reminder that the Holiday Card Exchange has reached it’s time limit. Make sure to check the post to see who reblogged directly after you and send them an ask for their address:
Have fun and be safe! I’ll see you in 2014 (if not sooner)!