III. Against the Anthropocene


On May 16th, 2015, the “Paddle in Seattle” demo unleashed its kayak flotilla, a mass direct action against Shell’s Arctic-bound Polar Pioneer drilling rig temporarily stationed in the west coast city’s port. Word and images of the “S(h)ell no!” protest spread widely online, accompanying reports in indie media and some mainstream press, distributed by environmentalist and Indigenous movements, adding momentum to the popular challenge to extreme extractivism in the far North.

 ‘Shell No’ protesters take to the water on Saturday heading near Royal Dutch Shell’s Polar Pioneer drilling rig near Seattle. Photograph: David Ryder/Getty Images


Ethnographic Interventions



20150526_105320A substantial body of literature suggests that women change what they eat when they eat with men. Specifically, women opt for smaller amounts and lower-calorie foods associated with femininity. So, some scholars argue that women change what they eat to appear more feminine when dining with male companions.

For my senior thesis, I explored whether women change the way they eat  alongside what they eat when dining with a male vs. female companion. To examine this phenomenon, I conducted 42 hours of non-participant observation in two four-star American restaurants in a large west coast city in the United States. I observed the eating behaviors of 76 Euro-American women (37 dining with a male companion and 39 dining with a female companion) aged approximately 18 to 40 to identify differences in their eating behaviors. (gehiago…)

Convocatoria: Seminario “Dignidad en la teoría política feminista: violación, prostitución y pornografía ” via @PUEG_UNAM


El PUEG convoca a estudiantes de posgrado, académicas/os e investigadoras/es,
con interés en el tema, preferentemente —aunque no necesariamente— en áreas
de las humanidades y las ciencias sociales, a participar en el:

“Dignidad en la teoría política feminista: violación, prostitución y pornografía”

Coordinado por la Dra. Amneris Chaparro Martínez
13 y 20 de agosto, 3 y 17 de septiembre, 1 y 15 de octubre, 5 y 19 de
noviembre de 2015
10:00 a 14:00 horas
Aulas 1 y 2 del PUEG
Piso 7, Torre II de Humanidades


Convocatoria: XXII Coloquio Internacional de Estudios de Género via @PUEG_UNAM


XXII Coloquio Internacional de Estudios de Género

21 y 22 de octubre de 2015

Envío de propuestas: 31 de julio de 2015.

Libros electrónicos del catálogo del INAH



Desde su creación en 1939, el Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) de México, ha dado a conocer a través de sus publicaciones los resultados de las investigaciones que realiza destinadas a recuperar, conservar y divulgar el patrimonio y la historia de México. Hasta el momento ha publicado cerca de 2,300 títulos escritos por casi mil trescientos autores.

Con la finalidad de difundir por medios electrónicos este universo de publicaciones, ahora pone a disposición de los interesados una primera entrega de libros electrónicos para consulta y divulgación entre el público en general. La idea de ofrecer en formato digital estos libros es la de complementar la labor editorial que el Instituto realiza. (gehiago…)

Awe may promote altruistic behavior


WASHINGTON – Inducing a sense of awe in people can promote altruistic, helpful and positive social behavior according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

“Our investigation indicates that awe, although often fleeting and hard to describe, serves a vital social function. By diminishing the emphasis on the individual self, awe may encourage people to forgo strict self-interest to improve the welfare of others,” said Paul Piff, PhD, assistant professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine. He was lead author of the study, which was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. (gehiago…)

How Places Let Us Feel the Past


T. M. Luhrmann

WHAT gives certain places their extraordinary power to move people so deeply?

Many years ago, I met a man who as a teenager had been irritated that the comfortable, middle-class Jews he met in his Northern California synagogue did not take God seriously. He’d see them in the temple on High Holy Days — the only time many of them came to services, he thought — and be appalled at the flirting and the gossip. He would look around at the congregation and think: Who are these people? But he also felt like one of them — ignorant of the Torah, naïve about his faith.


Design Anthropological Futures conference


August 13-14, 2015
Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Design Anthropological Futures conference explores future-making from a design anthropological perspective. The concept of futures relates both to the creation of visions and practices of the possible through transformative processes of anthropology and design, and to the exploration of new frontiers for the field of design anthropology.


Design anthropology is an emerging transdisciplinary field, which is enjoying growing attention in recent years. In an interconnected world where the boundaries between physical, social and digital environments become increasingly challenged, the conventional distinctions between social science and design research no longer hold. The conference explores different perspectives on design anthropology as a holistic and critical approach to complex everyday and societal issues, with the aim of creating potential futures with diverse communities and stakeholders.

With a starting point in a forthcoming book based on a selection of papers (to be made available to the participants) prepared under the auspices of the Research Network for Design Anthropology (2013-2015) the conference addresses future concerns in design anthropology, and its particular approaches to futures-in-the-making through two keynote speeches, four thematic discussions and an exhibition space for workshops on emerging design anthropological practices.

With this call we invite participation of researchers, professionals and research students with an interest in these concerns in design anthropology. Participants can prepare their contributions to the conference discussions by submitting position statements for the thematic discussions or by proposing exhibits and workshop proposals for the exhibition space (for details of submission see below). Participation without submissions is also welcome, but the total number is limited to 100 participants.

There are three ways to participate in the conference:

Position Statement. We encourage you to explore the preliminary outcome of the Network’s three preceding seminars (available here: https://kadk.dk/co-design/research-network-design-anthropology), and submit a position statement in response. The format of the position statement can be one of the following:
– a three page position paper (following this template), or
– a twitter-length statement (140 characters including spaces) and a high resolution .jpg photo suitable for print in A2 (see here for an example).
Position statements will be made available to conference participants.

Interactive exhibition. If you would like to share a concrete design anthropological experience in an interactive format this is for you. The format involves multi-sensory presentation material (visual, audio, physical etc.) along with a specific suggestion as to how an audience of approximately 15 persons can be invited into your concrete design anthropological encounter during a 30 minutes mini workshop. Submit a precise description of what you would like to exhibit, and how you expect people to interact with it.

Without submission. All interested are welcome to participate in the conference without submitting a contribution, simply by registering (here).

Capacity is limited to 100 seats. Participants with a submission are prioritized.

Deadline for submission of position statements and Interactive Exhibition items: June 15, 2015.
Notification: Authors will be notified of acceptance of submissions soon after we receive them.
Registration (by email to the address below): May 10th – July 30th.
Conference: August 13th – 14th 2015

Registration (and submissions) must be send to: designanthro-futures@kadk.dk

The Research Network for Design Anthropology is established in collaboration between the CoDesign Research Center (CODE) at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, the Contemporary Ethnography program at the Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, and SDU Design at the University of Southern Denmark. All of these institutions have a strong track record of cultivating and furthering the field of design anthropology, both in terms of academic courses, PhD student supervision, conferences and publications. The strong ties and collaboration between the three institutions have created the platform for the development of the international Network for Design Anthropology and a planned book publication. The network is funded by the Danish Research Council (grant number 13923).


Seminario Permanente de Estudios de Género 2015