Archive for the ‘Lines of thought’ Category

“G20: a photo essay

In Lines of thought on April 8, 2009 at 21:47

G20: a photo essay

Britain’s policing problem, Guy Aitchison

Britain was once famous for its unarmed and relatively restrained police force, but the death of a man at last week’s G20 protests in London has brought into focus serious concerns with a new aggressive form of policing. Former police chief Andy Hayman today warned that “If left unchecked, we have a more violent crowd in uniform than the one demonstrating.”

An older group of interesting links follow..

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Darwin ban is a shame!

In Academia news, Documents, Lines of thought on March 12, 2009 at 14:05

Check out the related material below and more… 

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“Top Ten (Alternative) Valentine’s Songs

In Lines of thought on February 14, 2009 at 17:23

Metal Hammer editors provide you top 10 song lists on Valentines Day…….



India’s Shri Ram Sene, a right-wing Hindu group, is responsible for violent attacks on women who wear attire that they claim “violates Indian norms.” To counter the thuggery, Bangalore-based Alternative Law Forum (ALF) has launched a satirical campaign seen above, titled “A Consortium of Pubgoing Loose and Forward Women”. Found in Pink Panties to Counter Violence Against Women

A roundup- food for thought:

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Toby Miller on Trends and Issues in Cultural Studies

In Academia news, Lines of thought on January 28, 2009 at 12:03


Wolf Vostell, Coca-Cola, 1961 FOUND IN LACMA Features First U.S. Exhibition to Examine Art Developed During the Cold War

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“Government 2.0: How Social Media Could Transform Gov PR

In Academia news, Lines of thought on January 7, 2009 at 14:24

Political Islam, secular elite and democracy in the Middle East (1) by A. KADİR YILDIRIM

In Op-Ed

What is a bigger threat to democratization in the Middle East, reigning secular-elite parties and regimes or popular Islamic parties?

Government 2.0: How Social Media Could Transform Gov PR

In web 2.0

It’s easy to see governments as nameless, faceless monoliths, something impersonal or, even worse, untrustworthy. Much of that is because government culture remains steeped in traditional ideas about public relations and outreach work, notions that have become archaic in an Internet-enabled, hyper-connected world. Just as private companies are learning to embrace social media to manage brand reputations, governments must adapt if they wish to effectively communicate with their "customers" — a.k.a. their citizens and stakeholders.


Pieter Brueghel the Younger, “Paying the Tax (The Tax Collector)”, oil on panel, 1620 – found in Seven Decades of Collecting: Celebrating the USC Fisher Museum of Art’s Acquisitions

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“Pinter remembered for work on Kurdish rights in Turkey

In Lines of thought on December 28, 2008 at 23:43

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“The dangerous politics of market radicalism

In Lines of thought on December 24, 2008 at 20:58



David Park (USA, 1911-1960), “The Jazz Musicians,” 1954 found at Cantor Arts Center at Stanford Announces Exhibition Pop to Present: Art of the 1960s 

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“Designs for an Anthropology of the Contemporary

In Anthropology, Erkan's readings, Lines of thought on December 11, 2008 at 19:16

Designs for an Anthropology of the Contemporary

While I was busy and mostly stressed in the pre-defense days, I totally missed the release of this new book. I now have a signed copy from Prof. Faubion who kindly gave me as a gift after my defense:) I will be busy with revisions of my dissertation in the next days and maybe weeks, so I may only start reading it in the plane back to Istanbul…

Elizabeth “BJ” Warnock Fernea Has Passed Away………

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“Human Rights at 60………

In Documents, Lines of thought on December 11, 2008 at 07:15

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In Academia news, Anthropology, Lines of thought on December 5, 2008 at 16:19


A tribute to Professor Claude Levi-Strauss born 28th November 1908

Daniel Miller, UCL

Few of us are not entranced by tales of discovery. The magical feeling when something which previously existed but, but we were entirely unaware of, become known. Humanity is given a new consciousness that once we have gained seems impossible that we should ever lose it again. It’s easier to think about such discoveries in terms of natural science, such as the discovery of the atom or of penicillin. But we have been equally transformed over the last century by a series of discoveries in social science. It’s now hard to explain to people what it meant and what it was really like to live before feminism, that things that seem totally obvious afterwards, were previously simply not available to be thought about. In my memory the most profound, most long lasting, extraordinary and singular moment of discovery came when I was a student in anthropology at Cambridge. When Edmund Leach, who acted as John the Baptist, to this French Messiah, gave us a lecture about Levi-Strauss, and I knew, instantly, that I would never see the world again in the same way.

three face of Levi-Strauss VIA


The great divide

20 November 2008

The discipline of anthropology has split firmly into two factions – social anthropologists and evolutionary anthropologists. Hannah Fearn asks whether or not the warring sides can be reconciled

Renowned anthropologist Eric Wolf once described his discipline as "the most scientific of the humanities and the most humanistic of the sciences".

Perhaps he was attempting to capture the uniqueness of a subject that can talk to both academic camps but, by the time he died in 1999, his words articulated the growing split within the discipline.

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