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For The Love of Anthropology

Valentine’s Day is one of those tricky holidays that people either love or love to hate. Which ever camp you side with, one thing is certain – your love for anthropology. What is it about anthropology that drew you to the field?

Were you one of those students who started college as an Anthropology major? Or did you have a professor that shared their contagious passion for anthropology with you? Perhaps you now are teaching the next generation of anthropologists or a practitioner leaving your anthropological mark in the most unusual place.

Whatever your love story may be, we want to hear it. Jot down your lines of love for anthropology in the comment section. On Friday, we’ll re-post the compiled love stories here on the AAA blog.

13 Responses

  1. I love anthropology because it is the most exciting discipline for me! I could study people and culture all day long!!!

  2. I love Anthropology because I discover a different world in every culture! =)

  3. I am a museum educator with a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology. I find that my love for anthropology shapes what I do and how I do it in a museum setting. I use ethnographic research whenever possible with a variety of people. I run a film series that often explores other cultures, other cultures’ thought processes, ways of being and living. My mission is to open up minds in a small community to see the diversity of peoples’ lives and beliefs. I participate in curating exhibits: my most recent effort was sleuthing the archaeological record in Southern New Mexico for early settlements and evidence of mobile peoples’ presence in the landscape. I combine art and anthropology in exhibits on Native peoples’ creative processes and art, run lecture series with art historians, Native film makers, and artists. My exhibit interpretations involve very specific ethnographic research with local Indian tribes and with local residents in the Hispanic and Anglo communities. For a weaving exhibition, I conducted extensive interviews with Indian, Hispanic, and Anglo weavers, some of whom had trained with each other. I train docents with great attention to the diversity of cultures. When I retire I will get to read all the delicious new works that sit on my bookshelf, beckoning, and I’ll look forward to visiting Navajo country with unlimited vacation days.

  4. Anthropology,the field i love must,and there I fined myself teaches me to love everyday not only on february 14th of every year,that is that my fellow anthropology,just be super fantastic.

  5. I love that once you start learning about Anthropology, you realize that the whole world is an Anthropology classroom. There is always so much to learn, observe, and ponder. There are so many people to listen to with their wonderfully different thoughts and perspectives. People are fascinating and anthropology is the greatest foundation for appreciating people and all that they do.

  6. I started my university years as a Chemistry major. I took some Anthropology courses as electives, and fell in love with it. Instead of studying the Chemistry of liquids and solids, I decided to study the social chemistry of people. Nothing seemed more beautiful than studying how diverse yet similar we are. Anthropology occupied my heart <3

  7. My love of anthropology can be attributed to a brilliant, inspiring professor, Elizabeth Hopkins, who taught me at Smith College. Though it was late in my college career, I managed to eke out a minor in anthro & then went to grad school in it at NYU, where I met another brilliant, inspiring professor, Cliff Jolly. Thank you both for teaching me so much — including how to think — and giving me many happy years of intellectual inquiry.

  8. I fell in love with archaeology after writing a history paper in 6th grade on Ancient Egypt. Then my wonderful college professors made me love the entire field and eventually converted me into an ethnographer. :)

  9. I started my college career as a PR major. Sophmorr year my friend needed help in a class she had to retake; anthropology. The professors of the department at our school Bloomsburg University are so enthusiastic about the subject, that I just HAD love to get involved. I made it my minor, but have now declared it as my second major. Its truly the people who teach me that have inspired me to become passionate about the field (even if other people look at me oddly when I explain my majors).

  10. I am a korean psychiatrist, and I am going to study Anthropology at seoul national university from this upcoming semester. I am a little bit anxious about the new , at least, for me, field of academy now. I don’t know why my professor, Dr. Park, accepted my application for entrance of graduate school of anthropology. I don’t know what the anthropology is. I am just one ordinary psychiatrist. If I wore her shoes, I never accept medical doctor as a graduate student. A few months ago, I don’t know even the right spelling of anthropology. HA!. So, I’d like to say ‘thank you’ to my professor Dr. Park and I wanna do meaningful achivements when it comes to evolutionary anthropological understanding about mental disorders with her. :D

  11. I am a Korean psychiatrist. And I am going to study the evolutionary anthropology at seoul national university. Actually, I don’t know why my professor, Dr. Park, accept my application for entrance of graduate school. I don’t know what the anthropology is and even what the right spelling of anthropology is. HA! If I wore her shoes, I never accept medical doctor as student.. So I’d like to say thank you to her. I want to get the opportunities to broaden the scope of anthropology to mental problem and understanding of mental apparatus and disorder by evolutionary anthropological perspectives. Thank you for accept me. Dr. Soon Young Park.

  12. I love the Anthropology because we never to know everythings about the world,the people and the culture own and foraigner,this is so interesting!because always we can to learn new things about it! i enchant this!

  13. When I was a child and colored in coloring books, I saw human beings as a blot on the landscape, and continued with that view all through my teens, even though I loved my mother and fell in love with an assortment of boys, all human. At school I hated history (as it was taught) and geography (as it was taught). I thought of anthropology as dusty museums full of dusty things.
    But then, in college, I read The Savage Mind, by Claude Levi-Strauss, and everything changed. I was drawn by his work, but the nature/culture distinction seemed just wrong, because at some point I had come to the conclusion that human beings are not separate from nature, but part of it. We are part of nature. Then I started studying anthropology, and realized that in anthropology one could study and do research about both medical science and poetry, and write of them both – at the same time! And I saw a glimpse of what I wanted to do.
    A little later, eighteen months of fieldwork in India, though harsh in many respects, convinced me that this was what I wanted to do. And so I have stuck with anthropology all this time.

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