Anthropology Goes Virtual

Let's use this space for members of the Greater Boston Anthropology Consortium (GBAC) to share examples and resources as we consider how new media technologies and social media are tranforming our practice as professional anthropologists.

We will discuss these issues in more detail at our faculty roundtable, Anthropology Goes Virtual, at Wheaton College on Friday, October 16, 2009 from 2:00 pm-7:00 p.m.

GBAC Members and Social Media

  • Mark Auslander (Brandeis) writes: Since January 2009, I have maintained a blog, Cultural Productions, and a YouTube channel, and I twitter from time to time,(MuseumMark). I also have a Facebook account through which I have followed (though not yet participated in) the recent on line listings of greatest hits in Anthropology; increasingly I find my informants in Southern Africa and the rural U.S. South contact me through FaceBook and update me on their lives and respond to my ethnographic blog postings, sometimes enthusiastically and sometimes not. As our interdisciplinary grad program, Cultural Production, has developed, our collaboratively edited wiki and our CP program YouTube channel have been invaluable spaces for the exchange of ideas. I also maintain a teaching blog for the College Admissions office, which I hope gets a few prospective undergraduates interested in Anthropology. have put a good deal of time working with my long-time informants and community partners in Newton County, Georgia to develop a community-edited wiki and youth-run YouTube channel on local African American culture and history."

  • Ellen Schattschneider (Brandeis) writes: "I haven't done much with social media, but a webpage I authored several years ago, about my research on Japanese wartime mascot dolls, has led to many informants (including military veterans and their families) around the world contacting me with fascinating and important ethnographic and historical narratives. "

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