Anthro in the news 7/25/11

• On extreme rightwing terrorism in Norway
Thomas Hylland Eriksen….published an essay in the Guardian in which he notes that rightwing extremists in Norway are not very visible and that it’s difficult to easily label various websites, blogs, and chat groups as “rightwing.” One thing the various loose networks and groups may have in common is resentment of the “defenders of diversity” who are seen as an “elite” who are “traitors.” Eriksen is professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo.

• Get back: to Chagos at last?
Cultural anthropologist Sean Carey published an article in the Mauritius Times that provides an update on the Chagos Islanders’ right of return.

• Nigeria improving women’s reproductive health
The Vanguard (Lagos) quotes Niyi Akinnaso, a lecturer in anthropology at Temple University, Philadelphia, on the three “delays” that predispose pregnant women and their infants to death. The World Bank is looking at Nigeria’s Abiye Project, in Ondo State, as a model for addressing the three delays, and more.

• Pride of Angola
Angola Press referenced Angolan cultural anthropologist Américo Kunonoca on the importance of the National Anthropology Museum in Luanda as a major scientific resource. It contains information on all ethnic groups in the country.

• Lo and behold: Wales claims oldest rock art in Britain
Faint scratching on the wall of a seaside cave in Wales, dated to 13,000 years ago, seem to depict a reindeer. Findings are reported by George Nash, visiting fellow in archaeology at Bristol University.

• Away from all that
Archaeologist Zahi Hawass, former Minister of Antiquities in Egypt, is quoted in the arts section of the New York Times, as saying: “I am retiring to focus on my own work, as a scholar and a writer, away from politics.”

• Read my very ancient footprints
Discovery News reports that the oldest known human ancestor footprints, dated to 3.7 million years ago, reveal that some of the earliest members of our family tree walked fully upright rather than partially upright. The findings are published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. If correct, this new interpretation pushes back the date for upright walking by nearly 2 million years.

• In memoriam
Georges Condominas, a French cultural anthropologist best known for his studies of the Mnong in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, died at the age of 90 years. Condominas was honored by the government of Vietnam in 2007 for his contributions. Born in the northern city of Hai Phong to a French father and Portuguese Vietnamese mother, Condominas spent many years living in the Mnong Gar people’s village in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak conducting ethnographic research. He also conducted studies in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Japan.

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