Sunday, April 24


The last few days saw quite a bit of change in my little corner of the blogosphere. Chana , a belgian student, who's writing a thesis on weblogs has changed the focus of her research a bit and put her chapter index online for discussion. The new question reads as follows:

Blogging is a phenomenon on the rise in the world of the WWW; what is this new tool, and how can it affect the life and research of one student?

...sounds very interesting, but surely I'm havily biased.

Then there's John, who found me through my blog. He's an us-based anthopologist working on "urban life, racial and ethnic identity, and the ethnography of the middle classes in Brazil" but currently he is interested in online communities and software developers.

They've founded a group called the "Media Anthropology Research Circle", which meets neatly with our interests here in Vienna and also overlaps a lot with what the Media-Anthropology-Group of the European Association of Social Anthropologists is up to.

John has started two websites - one is anthroblogs were he's trying to convince anthropologists to blog (was about time someone did that!) and the other one is anthrowiki which " aims to be 1) an academic & anthropological analogue to the wikipedia, 2) a site for special collaborative anthropology projects."

"Both these sites are affiliated with Rob Borofsky's Public Anthropology
and conceived as a way broadening and reforming anthropology as a public and engaged discourse."

Reforming anthropology is sth. that is discussed here in Vienna too. One argument is that, if anthroplogists voices would be presented in the media that'd really "change the world". While I agree on part of that, with it comes also this assumption that "we know it better than everyone else", which can be quite problematic.

Anyway: I'm really, really curious about how all these projects develop and you can bet I'll keep an eye on it!

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