Anthropology Major Fox

Hello, and welcome to Anthropology Major Fox, the meme for us Anthro freaks.

You don't have to be a major or minor to appreciate the submissions, you just have to love that tricky little field of Anthropology. Submissions about all four (perhaps five) areas of Anthropology will be accepted; Cultural, Biological, Linguistic, and Archeological Anthropology, as well as Applied Anthropology (if you think that's separate).

Just fixed the spreadsheet, it was on view only, now you can edit it!

AnthroFox University Spreadsheet - Google Sheets

Hello everyone, so, I’ve cleaned up the list a bit, added some stuff, and also added a column for contact information if you’d like to field questions about your university. Please try to add your school in correct alphabetical order. (You can do this by clicking on the school above or below where yours needs to go, then clicking Insert “Row above” or “Row below” appropriately).

I’ve also completely transferred the original data into a new spreadsheet on a different account, because the original sheet was on my personal google account. This one is on the official Anthropology Fox account (Under the name “Schliemann Wasadick” because i think I’m hilarious).

That account is also where you can contact me and send emails regarding this blog, but I’ll make a separate post for that later.

So here is the spreadsheet, please add your school and share with your friends, colleagues, and anyone you think might have information. This is all in the interest of helping out people looking to apply for various programs, so be as detailed as possible! After all, the more people we inform at an earlier age, the more our fields will grow, and the more work, money, and respect we’ll all have. Hopefully.

Good News!

I finally have a new laptop (its a super cool Lenovo Yoga 2. It can fold 360 degres so I can use it as tablet in the field and a laptop for school. It also has 8gb of RAM so I can run GIS programs and statpacks and all sorts of fun stuff. If anyone wants info about it, let me know. I swear i’m not being paid by Lenovo, i just really like this computer.)!

So this means I will be working on updating and revamping this blog. I need to build up the queue which will take some time because i’m going to be making original posts, but it WILL be happening. This blog will be more active than it has been in recent months.

Hope everyone is having a good field season/summer/winter depending on where you are in the world right now :]

currentsinbiology:

Young Scientists Say They’re Sexually Abused In The Field (NPR)

In a survey of scientists engaged in field research, the majority — 64 percent — said they had personally experienced sexual harassment while at a field site, and 22 percent reported being the victim of sexual assault.
Most of the people reporting harassment or assault were women, and the vast majority were still students or postdocs.
And for female victims, the perpetrator was more likely to be a superior, not a peer. “This is happening to them when they are trainees, when they are most vulnerable within the academic hierarchy,” says evolutionary biologist Katie Hinde , an author on the study in PLOS ONE. Hinde and her colleagues say this could be a factor in the large number of women who enter scientific fields but don’t continue.

Students work at an archaeological dig near Silchester, England.

currentsinbiology:

Young Scientists Say They’re Sexually Abused In The Field (NPR)

In a survey of scientists engaged in field research, the majority — 64 percent — said they had personally experienced sexual harassment while at a field site, and 22 percent reported being the victim of sexual assault.

Most of the people reporting harassment or assault were women, and the vast majority were still students or postdocs.

And for female victims, the perpetrator was more likely to be a superior, not a peer. “This is happening to them when they are trainees, when they are most vulnerable within the academic hierarchy,” says evolutionary biologist Katie Hinde , an author on the study in PLOS ONE. Hinde and her colleagues say this could be a factor in the large number of women who enter scientific fields but don’t continue.

Students work at an archaeological dig near Silchester, England.

(via janegoodall)

Hey guys, it’s your trash mod here. So, I had a ton of updates ready to go and all sorts of new stuff planned and then disaster struck and my computer completely bit the bullet. I just wanted to make sure that you all didn’t think I was breaking another promise to update stuff and be a ~better blogger~. I’m really very committed to turning this into a real resource. But for the time being I only have my phone, so I can’t do anything I wanted to do.

As soon as I have my computer situation sorted, I will let you know and the new Anthro Fox era can begin :)

[Picture: Background — a six piece pie style colour split, alternating purple and green. Foreground — a picture of a fox. Top text: “ [Is this bone or wood?] ” Bottom text: “ [lick it to find out] ”]

[Picture: Background — a six piece pie style colour split, alternating purple and green. Foreground — a picture of a fox. Top text: “ [Is this bone or wood?] ” Bottom text: “ [lick it to find out] ”]

Updates and Hellos!

First of all I would like to welcome the 35+ new followers who have all shown up within the past 24 hours. And anyone else who falls under the category of “recent follower”.

Secondly I would like to sort-of apologize for not posting as often as I probably should. And also for being kind of archaeology- and biological anthropology-heavy within the past few months. As many of you know I’m studying Archaeology so thats where my personal interests lie, but thats not really an excuse. I will try to vary posts in the future.

As for the future, I’m done with my heavy course load and I will be able to start planning out posts and content now, and I will try to post at LEAST twice a week, if not more often.

As always, feel free to submit posts for my approval, whether they are the traditional memes or anything else you think people might enjoy.

Oh! Exciting news for anyone interested, I’m now kind of helping out with the blog Feminist Archaeology.

What's Wrong with This Picture: The Hegemonic Construction of Culture in AIDS Research in the United States

Thought I’d share a paper with you guys since I haven’t been posting nearly as much as I should.

This paper is from 1992, but its still very relevant to discussions about applying anthropological views of marginalized groups to health studies. When the onus of prevention and treatment are put on marginalized groups because of their so-called “high risk” activities, it creates a negative view of these cultures and sub-cultures held by medical professionals that spreads to the greater public.

raisingnome asked: Hello, this is an ask for anyone willing to answer. I'm currently studying cultural anthropology and will be graduating in a year, so I've decided to look for grad schools. I've been Googling for hours but am overwhelmed; I'm trying to find schools that fit with my anthropological interests (folklore/mythology, religion, visual/performance art, crafts, and linguistics). So what I'm asking is: does anyone have any suggestions on which schools I should look at? Thanks!!

Anyone have any advice for raisingnome?

2048: Hominin Species Edition

I just did a thing.

This custom 2048 includes, in this order:

  • Sahelanthropus tchadensis 
  • Kenyanthropus platyops
  • Australopithecus afarensis
  • Australopithecus africanus
  • Paranthropus bosei
  • Paranthropus robustus
  • Homo habilis
  • Homo ergaster
  • Homo erectus
  • Homo neanderthalensis
  • Homo sapiens idaltu

(Note: I mostly made it to help myself A) procrastinate and B) remember the order of the species. This isn’t a “these species are inherently and progessively ‘better’ ” thing its a “this is the sort-of-but-not-completely-chronological order” thing. Also I couldn’t include every single hominin species because there is a limited number of tiles you can name.)

The hunting hypothesis and its sociobiological implication (the inevitability of aggressive behaviors), together with the social version of the Darwinian ideal of the survival of the fittest, may have had an important contribution, outside academic circles, for contemporary colonial practices of exploitation of underdeveloped countries, as well as, indirectly, for warfare. Several outstanding academic figures in the beginnings of the twentieth century (such as Smith, Morton, Keith, and others) not only based some of the most important human evolutionary achievements on the acquisition of a hunting behavior by hominids in a very remote time period, but also justified present human behaviors based on that perspective. Therefore hunting became the most diagnostic behavioral trait to distinguish what was human from what was not.

—Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo [2002. Hunting and Scavenging by Early Humans: The State of the Debate. Journal of World Prehistory 16(1): pg. 2] (via siuilaruin)

(Source: bonequeer)

lavapotion asked: What kind of computer/laptop would I need for an archaeology focus?

To be honest there really isn’t a clear choice. I personally have a Macbook, but thats just because I like them better. But as long as your computer can support various statistics programs, maybe some digital imaging programs if you’re artistically inclined enough, and can open pdfs you should be fine. So pretty much any laptop out on the market is good.

Don’t feel obligated to have a fancy new computer. My Macbook is like 4 years old and it serves me fine. Stay within your price range, make sure your comfortable with operating it, etc.

I was tagged by anthrocentric for this (but I’m not gonna tag anyone else because all of the anthro blogs have been doing this and tagging each other so people are gonna end up with like 5 to do, so I’m just gonna answer lol)

1. What was the last thing you toasted to?

I don’t really toast to things, but I say “Sláinte” every time I drink with people, so I guess I toast to people’s health a lot.


2. What was the best compliment you ever received?

My manager told me the other day at work that she was relieved I got there for my shift because she needed someone who was actually competent on register instead of the 3 brand new hires she was dealing with. It made me feel good about the fact that I’ve gone from being brand new myself in October to being the person who my manager relies on.


3. What was the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? How was it?

Well, “strange” is really relative, because different things are “normal” for different people, but the most unique to ME thing that I ate recently was elk jerky. It was delicious and I want to by more.


4. What would be the background song of your life?

"Hot Mess" by Cobra Starship probably lol. Or "Problem" by Natalia Kills when I’m feeling particularly badass.


5. Someone is being unfair and an total ass to you. How do you respond?

Burn down their house. (No, of course not. If its in academia I just use sneaky academia politics and bullshit to get my way, and if its in ~real life~ I start a fight probably).


6. What’s the best present you’ve ever received?

A crock pot.


7. If you could have any pet (besides the whole ethical, safety, and practical aspect), what would it be?

An ocelot or a capybara. Better yet, an ocelot and a capybara who were best friends.


8. What time period aesthetic do you like most?

I really like the fashion of the 1890s for women.


9. If you can solve only one problem in the world, what would it be?

Finding out where the fuck socks go when you lose them. (I’m deliberately not choosing one of the many, MANY problems that are more serious than that, because they are all very interrelated and dependent on each other so you can’t just solve one of them. Like, you can’t get rid of “poverty” without addressing the myriad things like racism, ableism, classism, and capitalism that work to create it.)


10. How would you take down the world?

With an army of bonobos. Which, now that I think about it, wouldn’t be that effective as soldiers. They’d get bored with warfare and just start having sex.


11. Would you want to live on Mars? 

If it was terraformed, maybe. But the implications of that scare me.

Thanks to everyone who has been following from the beginning!

Thanks to everyone who has been following from the beginning!