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Multimedia in Anthropology News Articles on Cultural Heritage

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Anthropology News (AN) is excited to present two essays in our series on Cultural Heritage that feature multimedia content and demonstrate how anthropologists can incorporate new technologies into their work and writing. By using multimedia technologies, readers are able to engage with and experience articles on AN in new and exciting ways. Contributors to Anthropology News can also use this technology to bring further texture to their research, analysis and writing. We encourage readers and contributors to try it out!

Multimedia in the Cultural Heritage Series

Antoinette T. Jackson’s article, “Intangible Cultural Heritage and Living Communities” allows readers to hear community members, Ms. Bertha and Ms. Florence as they share memories and reflections of their community, Nicodemus, KS. Listening to their voices, the reader is able to uniquely experience the history of this community and connect it with the work of the researcher. Jackson emphasizes the role “that the living community plays in cultural heritage preservation” and with the embedded sound clip, readers gain a deeper understanding of this role. Read the full article here.

Hülya Sakarya in, “Complexity of Heritage in Post-Conflict Settings,” shares with readers her fieldwork experience in Tiblisi, Georgia. Through an accompanying video, Sakarya brings readers into her fieldwork experience as she explores the complexity and ambiguity of the reopening of the  Abkhazian House at the Open Air Museum of Ethnography in Tiblisi, two decades since an ethnic conflict with Abkhazian separatists in Georgia. Click here for the full article.

For more in this great series on cultural heritage, check out the In Focus section of Anthropology News. Kathryn Lafrenz Samuels writes on “What is Cultural Heritage?,” Henrike Florusbosch explores the politics and economics of local heritage initiative in Mali and Ghana, Rabia Harmanşah describes doing fieldwork in contested places, such as Cyprus, Michael A Di Giovine and Sarah E Cowie consider, “The Definitional Problem of Patrimony and the Futures of Cultural Heritage,” Maria F Curtis provides analysis of the celebration of Nowruz in Houston, Richard Meyers, Charlotte E Davidson, April Eastman write on “Embracing Cultural Heritage in Higher Education Institutions,” Blaire O Gagnon discusses the use of the phrase “lean back” by an artisan-vendor in Mexico in comparison to Sheryl Sandberg’s promotion of “leaning in,” and Alejandro J Figueroa reflects on “Successful Local Cultural Heritage Management” in Honduras.

 

Become an Op-Ed Columnist or Contributing Editor for Anthropology News

Anthropology News is seeking Op-Ed Columnists and Contributing Editors for its Opinion section on www.anthropology-news.org These volunteers will be an integral part of shaping AN’s online content and conversation on its website by developing columns that relate to anthropology in any of its myriad forms.

Op-Ed Columnists and Contributing Editors will commit to one year of monthly op-ed essays to be published as part of AN’s exclusive online content. Columnists write their essays themselves, and Contributing Editors are responsible for managing their column that either they write themselves or edit a piece they solicit from an author. The specific topic will depend on each AN volunteer’s expertise and experience. There is great opportunity for creativity and fruitful in-depth discussions about any of the many facets of anthropology.

The term will begin in September 2012 and go through August 2013. Columns have a flexible word count, between 600 and 1000 words, and we encourage the use of multimedia content. You will also have the option of publishing additional columns in any given month. All columns will be publicly available at www.anthropology-news.org throughout the publication month, plus the following month. After that, they will be available to AAA members through AnthroSource.

If you are interested in being considered as a columnist or a contributing editor for this new endeavor and are a current AAA member, email a brief proposal of your column theme and summary of your qualifications to Assistant to the Director of Publishing Emilia Guevara at eguevara@aaanet.org by May 15, 2012.

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