Tag Archives: Research

3 Doctoral Scholarships on West Africa

Just got this in the mail: Stipendium: 3 doctoral scholarships (Bonn) in research project on land use and climate change adaptation/ West Africa The three doctoral candidates will work on the following research subjects: 1. Historical relations between demography and land use in West Africa 2. Decision‐making within rural households in West Africa 3. The… Read More »

On the ethnography of finance

From keith Hart: The anthropology of finance has flourished in the last decade or so. The doyen of this field is Bill Maurer who conducts research on law, property, money and finance, particularly new and experimental financial and currency forms and their legal implications. He is the author of Mutual Life, Limited: Islamic Banking, Alternative… Read More »

RCT, economics and qualitative research

Imagine how gratifying it is for me to wake up this morning and find this post by Edward Caar through a Twitter link: What brings me to today’s post is the new piece on hunger in Foreign Policy by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo.  On one hand, this is great news – good to see… Read More »

Done with the Ph.D.

On 11.01.10, I had a public defense of my dissertation at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, Germany. The questions were firm but fair, and I came away with a nice grade (yes, German Ph.D. dissertations are graded). Thanks to everybody who in one way or another made writing the dissertation less… Read More »

Call for PhD Application

Motor roads, together with their rules and conventions for using them, are quite literally cultural constructions. In this sense, the road regime in large parts of the African continent is still under construction. Road-making and road use draw from North Atlantic models, but observations of the African road makes clear that beyond the surface of… Read More »

Post-Doctoral Fellowships for Research on ‘The Human Economy’’

POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS FOR RESEARCH ON ‘THE HUMAN ECONOMY’ UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria invites applications from suitably-qualified researchers for Post-Doctoral Fellowships to contribute to an interdisciplinary project on ‘The Human Economy’. People always insert themselves practically into economic life on their own account. But what they… Read More »

“Children and adults are different forms of Homo sapiens,”

writes Gopnik in The Philosophical Baby, a tour through the recent findings of cognitive science about the minds of young children. For one thing, the prefrontal lobe, which has a major part in blocking out stimuli from other parts of the brain and fostering internally driven attention, is undeveloped in young children, and doesn’t fully… Read More »

CFP: Recycling Textile Technologies

“Recycling Textile Technologies” A workshop to be held at the Department of Anthropology, University College London, on June 14th 2010 This interdisciplinary workshop will bring together researchers who work on textile recycling, including anthropologists, geographers, historians, political economists, designers, and materials scientists. This is with a view to develop a research agenda that explores innovation… Read More »