Guatemala’s Recycler Women Champion Environmentalism

By Deimante Lersten • MSc Anthropology, Environment, and Development (alumnus) A group of Indigenous Mayan women are helping curb a plastic pollution crisis in their village, while breaking gender stereotypes and embracing their identity of protectors of the environment. The recycling treatment plant was once an old municipal laundry, situated in San Juan La Laguna,… Continue reading Guatemala’s Recycler Women Champion Environmentalism

Coronavirus vs Face Masks: Victims of Our Own Successes

By Elaine Wong • BSc Anthropology (alumnus) To mask or not to mask? That is the question.Alyssa Pereira, SFGATE and Brandon Mercer (2018) Even though more common and severe diseases have been around for much longer, the new coronavirus, COVID-19, has made buying face masks an extreme sport. By dividing the number of confirmed cases… Continue reading Coronavirus vs Face Masks: Victims of Our Own Successes

Transforming Dolphins and Transforming Landscapes: An Ethnography of Contemporary Myth-Telling in the Colombian Amazon

By Camilla French • MSc Social Anthropology (alumnus) Everyone wants to know about the dolphins. The truth is they are people. In fact if you see their bodies, they have a chest just like people, the female dolphin has genitals just like a woman. We are told to be weary of them because they are… Continue reading Transforming Dolphins and Transforming Landscapes: An Ethnography of Contemporary Myth-Telling in the Colombian Amazon

Revisiting Paradise: A Brief and Beautiful Recollection of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Jamaica

By Kelly Barrett • BSc Anthropology My parents sat under a coconut tree Landing into Montego Bay Airport is a sight that is truly unimaginable. Greeted with tropical waters and vast green land, you surrender to the beauty without having stepped on the Island yet. Due to the high amount of biodiversity, the local Jamaicans… Continue reading Revisiting Paradise: A Brief and Beautiful Recollection of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Jamaica

The Spaces of Anthropology in France and the UK

By Elie Danziger • MSc Medical Anthropology Galerie de l'Homme at the Musée de l'Homme, Paris. Source: Musée de l'Homme 20th of June, 2018. Three days later, the UK celebrates the second anniversary of its decision to leave the EU. Less than a month later, France wins the football World Cup, and the English swallow… Continue reading The Spaces of Anthropology in France and the UK

Co-Presence Technologies (part 3): Music concerts and the evolution of lights

By Elad Ben Elul • MSc Digital Anthropology (alumnus) This three-part post series about co-presence technologies started by introducing the assumption that digital communication tools are meant to bridge people who are far away from each other. I countered this assumption by discussing the digital game “Heads Up” as a technology that mediates and enhances people who… Continue reading Co-Presence Technologies (part 3): Music concerts and the evolution of lights