Features

Sharing “impediments and catalysts”: notes on the MAYS meeting in Tarragona, June 10-11 2013

From June 10th to June 14th, the Catalan city of Tarragona, Spain, saw its population rise by about 500, as medical anthropologists from over 51 countries arrived for two associated conferences, the Medical Anthropology Young Scholars (MAYS) Annual Meeting and the Joint International EASA-SMA Medical Anthropology Conference. While the EASA-SMA conference certainly took the central stage, the MAYS Annual …

Features

On collaborating with journalists

FEMA trailers at an auction in Hammond, Louisiana (Nick Shapiro)

Last spring I found myself in rural Alabama, sitting between an investigative journalist and a candid salesman I’ll call Sid, who was hawking used and potentially contaminated former FEMA trailers to those displaced by a series of tornados. These trailers had originally been issued by the federal government after Hurricane …

Features

On Concept Work

The most recent edition of Cultural Anthropology is dedicated to Writing Culture as an episode in the history of anthropological thought. George Marcus (2012) provides one of two vistas of the relation of Writing Culture to experiments and experiences in anthropology today.

He writes in his abstract, “Fieldwork today requires a kind of collaborative concept work that …

Features

Are IRBs a Stumbling Block for an Engaged Anthropology?

Lorna Rhodes argued in a 2001 article entitled “Towards an Anthropology of Prisons” that we as a discipline have largely neglected the prison as a subject of anthropological attention. Loic Wacquant named this phenomenon “the curious eclipse of prison ethnography” among American anthropologists. In trying to understand the reasons behind such elisions, both Rhodes and Wacquant …

Announcements

Call for abstracts: Ethics in the translation of neuroscience research to psychiatric and neurological care

This announcement is being circulated by Eric Racine (IRCM):

Call for abstracts – Brain Matters 2: Ethics in the translation of neuroscience research to psychiatric and neurological care

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that the call for abstract (talks, panels, posters) for Brain Matters 2, an international conference in neuroethics, is now open. The deadline for submission is …