Survey for Anthropologists

The Open Anthropology Cooperative exists because back in 2009, a group of like-minded anthropologists from around the world came together to create something genuinely new using a combination of free and open technologies, social media and self-government. In 2014, we're now looking at a fairly altered media landscape. Anthropology has also moved on, with greater awareness of open access, public anthropology and academic power imbalances, all originally sources of the OAC's founding philosophies. We were occupying academic anthropology before it became mainstream!

The OAC homepage has nearly 8,000 members. Our Facebook group is catching up with almost 4,000 members joining in the first year alone. What's more, some (probably a lot) of those new FB members do not have an account or profile at the OAC network. How can we unite the two audiences and encourage more participation between platforms? What are your most meaningful interactions at the OAC and how can your experience be improved? It's time to re-evaluate, grow and develop the site. For this, we need your help.

Take the brief survey here: OAC Member Survey 2014 (Survey closes March 31, 2014)

This survey is part of an effort by a team that includes Keith Hart, Ryan Anderson, Kate Wood and myself (Fran Barone). If you're up for the challenge, you can always join the team.

You can also post any comments or questions about this survey or your ideas for future site development in the OAC forum.

Not familiar with our Facebook page? Explore the OAC on Facebook.

Full details about my panel at IUAES/JASCA Inter-congress 2014 are now available. View the complete list of accepted papers and abstracts here. The conference will take place from 15th to 18th May 2014 in Chiba City, Tokyo, Japan. Please share and attend!

The overall theme of the conference is The Future with/of Anthropologies. Registration is open. Follow the link for information and fees.

Global cities: digital urbanisation in the 21st century (Commission on Urban Anthropology)

The landscape for Anthropological investigation is changing rapidly with the approaching ubiquity of digital communications, the social relations forged on these, and the material outcomes of distributed social networks and processes that emerge on a global stage. Digital relationships must not be viewed as a 'special' aspect of people's social lives, but as increasingly central in day to day life.

Late 20th Century thought anticipated a homogeneous global culture occupying a virtual global village. Instead, digital social relations increasingly are critical elements in the social networks of formerly locale based rural and urban populations. Rather than moving towards a mono-cultural global village, we find an increase in local heterogeneity, with individual fractions spanning a global venue. We are seeing great changes in the organisation and operation of urban and rural locales, whether we are considering people in the remote Pamir Corridor in Tajikistan, or Silicon Valley in the USA.

At the turn of the 21st century, the concepts of place and space are being revalued, and the relation of people to places and spaces is being reconsidered mainly within experiential and phenomenological approaches. The connection of people with places acquires new meaning in the context of digital networks, where a sense of place is rapidly being displaced and altered by new technologies. These new technologies attribute increased significance and value to places through 'opening up' places to a world net-based audience and by enhancing the specific and unique character of each locale through provision of direct comparators.