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Scar1Isabel Scarborough is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Parkland College and Research Affiliate at the Anthropology Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2007, while a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois, she received a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation to aid research on ‘Market Women Mothers and Daughters: Politics and Mobility in the New Bolivia,’ supervised by Dr. Andrew Orta. In 2012, she received the Engaged Anthropology Grant to return to her fieldsite in Cochabamba, Bolivia to conduct a three-day workshop and produce a children’s book based on her research on the country’s informal markets. 

Find out more on The Wenner-Gren Blog!

In  a new ranking published by the New York Times, the U of I ranked as #24 among the Top 100 Universities in the World!.  Read the story and see the full ranking here: Logo

Dayak Religion in the Borneo Rainforest

Local religion vs. the (Indonesian) state:

“Morgan Harrington, an Australian anthropologist, is studying traditional beliefs in small villages deep in the rainforest of Indonesia.”

Watch a NY Times video about his work here:

 Islamophobia has become the defining mental state of the new Europe, concentrated mainly in the image of the female Muslim immigrant, writes Rita Chin. What began as the expression of concern for Turkish women became the articulation of boundaries between East and West.

Read more here:

Medical anthropologist Paul Farmer (who is also a practicing physician) has long been celebrated for the important work he has been doing in Haiti (and elsewhere), combining his training as both a cultural anthropologist and a medical doctor.    The recipient of a MacArthur (“Genius”) fellowship, he is considered a visionary, and has become a hero to the current generation committed to using realistic knowledge about local realities to find workable solutions for the world’s poor.   He’s been speaking in many places recently abouthisa new book, just released (July 12, 2011), Haiti: After the Earthquake.   You can see him speak about the book, and the current situation in Haiti, on the PBS show, FRONTLINE (“The Quake):

A powerful report on Haiti’s tragedy, with never-before-seen footage. What can be done now – and who will do it?

Is Michele Bachmann a Spirit Medium?

Cultural anthropologist Paul Stoller offers his usual provocative take on the contemporary American political scene.  You can read his latest post about Michelle Bachmann here:

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University of Illinois and Archaeologists Researching the Pottersville Site in Edgefield, SC

May 25, 2011

EDGEFIELD – Researcher George Calfas adjusted his St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap and looked out over the hill to a warm Edgefield County sunrise. It was a stunning view. And it was only the beginning.

The grand, six-week archaeological dig meant to uncover the hidden mysteries of Edgefield’s historic Pottersville site may have set off to a rather inglorious start on Monday behind several hours of tough weed-eating and brush-clearing, but for Calfas, nine University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne students and other volunteers it was worth it.

History awaited them, but first things first.

“It’s like an orientation day today,” Calfas said of Tuesday’s field foray.

Much of the morning was consumed with a tour of the site, a brief overview of the project’s goals (to uncover more exact measurements of the site’s kiln) and general site mechanics (day-to-day scheduling and responsibilities).

However, that was hardly all planned for the day. The clock was already ticking.

“We’re going to get some digging done too,” Calfas added.

That was just fine with the University of Illinois students (some majoring in history, anthropology and other disciplines) – even though the temperature for the day would reach well into the 90s, unseasonable for them to say the least, they were here to dig.

“It’s just a nice opportunity to get out here and actually see what we’ve been reading about and discussing in class,” said senior Theartis Butler.

Kristen Moore, another senior student, agreed.

“Just being able to be here is incredible,” she said.

The Citizen News contriuted to this report

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Wonderful interview with Ghosh in Guernica Magazine here:

Summer 2011 Anthropology Courses

See: Summer ’11 Courses

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