Ethnography

History of the Louvre in 60 Seconds

Since it opened to the public amidst the turmoil of the French Revolution on August 10, 1793, the Louvre has become the most visited museum in the …

Paris

My Civil War: Re-enacting in the days of 9/11

In a way, none of it was real. No one got shot. The stakes of nationhood weren't on the line. But it was real to me<p>Some days I can’t believe it happened.<p>Now I live 3,000 miles away from the battlefields and small towns I haunted in my youth. I have carefully cultivated a partial fiction of healthy …

Culture

Animations Show the Melting Arctic Sea Ice, and What the Earth Would Look Like When All of the Ice Melts

It’s no secret that climate change has been taking a toll on the Arctic. But it’s one thing to read about it, another thing to see it in action. …

Global Warming

When Humanity Is Traitorous to the Nation

When I was a boy, I loved going to the fairs held on Saturday nights. The main street leading to the east entrance of Kamata Railway Station would be …

Culture

27 Scottish Words And Phrases To Describe The Weather

<b>‘Cast not a clout till May is oot’</b><p>Words of wisdom. Basically, you don’t want to look like ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ going about the place like a …

Culture

Huge Hands Rise Out of Venice’s Waters to Support the City Threatened by Climate Change: A Poignant New Sculpture

A post shared by Lorenzo Quinn (@lorenzoquinnartist) on May 12, 2017 at 4:35am PDT<p>Upon arriving in Venice in the late 1930s, columnist and Algonquin …

Cool Stuff

The History of the World in 20 Odd Minutes

Last year, we flagged Bill Wurtz’s “History of Japan,” an idiosyncratic video that covered 40,000 years of Japanese history in 9 minutes–everything …

Cool Stuff

A Brief History of the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb

Because of a large number of undocumented foreign workers in the area, primarily Korean and Chinese, total casualty estimates range from 39,000 to …

Japan

11 Beautiful Words That Will Make You Fall In Love With The Māori Language

Aotearoa: The ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ (the Māori name for New Zealand)<p>Initially only used to denominate the North Island, Aotearoa is believed …

Culture

There's a Special Japanese Word for People Addicted to Buying Books

Every language has its limitations and barriers – there are English words, phrases and syllables that don't exist in Arabic, for example – which is …

Culture

In defence of cultural history

Why study history? It’s a question which often gets asked, and the historian R. G. Collingwood’s answer – that history should enable us to ‘see more clearly into the situation in which we are compelled to act’- is one of the best responses. The idea that the study of the past should be applicable …

History

Virtual and Reciprocal Ethnography on the Internet: The East Mims Oral History Project Website

Virtual and Reciprocal Ethnography on the Internet: The East Mims Oral History Project Website<p>Abstract<p>This article examines a problem in the design …

Johns Hopkins University

Mimetic Inquiry: Ethnography, Creative Analysis, and Digital Tools

Mimetic Inquiry: Ethnography, Creative Analysis, and Digital Tools<p>Abstract<p>Abstract:<p>Over the past three years, the author has pursued a method for …

Johns Hopkins University

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Will Shaxpur stood before the queen, trying not to look at her breasts. This was difficult, as they were bare, painted bright blue, and court custom …

Culture

Victorian Marine Biologist Margaret Gatty’s Stunning Drawings of Seaweed

The tenderness of feathers meets the grandeur of trees in the otherworldly life-forms of the seas, which offered an unexpected entry point for women in science.<p>Although the Victorian botanist and photographer Anna Atkins became the first person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images …

Culture

How to Overcome Cultural Differences [While Traveling]

Knowing how to overcome cultural differences is an incredible skill. But, you may often have experiences where you just don’t connect with locals …

Culture

Belle Gone Bad

In September 2012, when Lynyrd Skynyrd appeared on CNN to discuss their new album, “Last of a Dyin’ Breed,” band members announced that they were …

Culture

Just another reminder that Native American headdresses shouldn’t be worn to Coachella

When people didn’t understand that they shouldn’t wear Native American headdresses on Halloween, many outlets created content to teach them about …

Cultural Appropriation

5 Ways Studying Anthropology Can Make You a Better Project Manager

<i>Olivia Jardine has worked in project management for five years. She has a B.A. in anthropology and history from the University of Sussex and the</i> …

Project Management

Say What? Amish Words & Phrases | Written by a real Amish Girl

<b>We say “all” instead of “all gone”.</b> Example: “The coffee is all.” Makes you wonder: all what???<p><b>“Outen the lights.”</b> Merriam-Webster Dictionary says …

Amish Mennonites

Interpreting Prince in American Sign Language - Prince Remembered

Friday 21 April 2017<p>Open in Pocket Casts<p>00:00<p>00:00<p>Shelly Lehner is an American Sign Language interpreter and a longtime Prince fan. Lehner was one of …

Linguistics

Hear What the Language Spoken by Our Ancestors 6,000 Years Ago Might Have Sounded Like: A Reconstruction of the Proto-Indo-European Language

As scholars of ancient texts well know, the reconstruction of lost sources can be a matter of some controversy. In the ancient Hebrew and less …

Linguistics

When is lexical innovation cultural appropriation?

In early April, Pepsi ran a controversial advertisement featuring Kendall Jenner, a woman in a hijab, and vaguely positive protest imagery. The ad …

Racism

13 Fascinating Facts about the Hungarian Language

The official language of Hungary is complex and unique: despite the country's location in central Europe, its dialect is nothing like those spoken in …

Linguistics

A Guide to the Fascinating Lost Cities of Egypt

According to Herodotus, the great Greek historian, Naukratis was the “only trading port in Egypt.” The city was the oldest settlement for the Greek …

Ancient History

Op Ed: Hearing Instructors in Sign-Language Classes Is ‘Cultural Appropriation’

If you’re concerned about ‘audism,’ then you should be delighted that these people have chosen to devote themselves to helping deaf people.<p>The …

Disability

2017 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award Winners Announced

The European Commission and Europa Nostra have unveiled the winners of the 2017 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, …

Architecture

The Great War and Modern Philosophy: A Free Online Course

Above, you can watch the lectures from a course called <i>The Great War and Modern Philosophy</i>. Taught by Nicolas de Warren, Research Professor in …

Military History

Interview with Prof. Bill Beeman on the ways ethnography can improve business - Putting people first

A fertile relationship is growing between anthropology and business. Marketers are finding that anthropologists gather very useful knowledge by …

University of Minnesota

This Under the Radar City Has Just Been Voted European Capital of Culture 2022

Kaunas, Lithuania's second largest city, has just been voted the European Capital of Culture for 2022, sharing the title with Esch-sur-Alzette in …

Europe