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Anthropolitics « anthropology, politics and human security

About the blogger: I am Gerhard Hoffstaedter, a senior lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Queensland. My research focuses on development (especially the role of religion), multiculturalism, refugee politics, Islam in Southeast Asia and identity politics in Asia-Pacific.




About this Blog

As of August 2009, anthropologyworks joins the growing list of blogs related to the discipline of anthropology. Drawing on insights from contributors worldwide, I hope this blog will:

•        provide an important place for highlighting what is new and important in anthropology and how anthropology connects to important current affairs

•        share information and approaches for enhanced teaching within and beyond anthropology at all levels

•        energize future research through exchange

•        contribute to policy dialogue and policy formation

•        lead to a more global anthropology that crosses regional divides

•        help us be more informed about real people around the world, the challenges they face and how they are attempting to deal with them

This blog is a project of the Culture in Global Affairs (CIGA) research and policy program of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Along with several colleagues at GW and anthropological professionals working in the Washington area, I founded CIGA in 2002. Its mission is wide-ranging: to promote awareness of the relevance of anthropological knowledge to contemporary issues and to enhance discussion and debate within and beyond anthropology about contemporary issues.

While centered on cultural anthropology, CIGA’s mission, and that of this blog, encompasses all four fields of anthropology as defined in anthropology: archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology (in alphabetical order).

For example, the situation of mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda has much to do with poverty, employment, and cultural survival of forest peoples in the region. The effects of war and military occupation on archaeological sites in Iraq incontestably links the present with the past and with policy questions of culpability and compensation.

From Aug. 2009 to Aug. 2010, Graham Hough-Cornell assisted with publishing the blog posts, and he contributed several guest posts as well. Graham received an M.A. in Middle East Studies at the Elliott School in 2010 and has an interest in culture and culinary history.

From Sept. 2010 to July 2012, Erica Buckingham managed publishing blog posts. She received her M.A. in International Development Studies at the Elliott School in 2012 with a concentration in gender and anthropology.

Starting in July 2012, Cait O’Donnell took over the publishing of blog posts. Cait has a B.A. from Berkeley in English and Global Poverty and Practices. She spent two years with the Peace Corps in Ukraine where she led civic education and HIV/AIDS-related initiatives.

I am grateful for financial and other support from the Elliott School, and its Dean Michael E. Brown, which makes this blog possible. In the early design stages, I was expertly guided by Menachem Wecker, then working in the Elliott School’s public affairs group, and Jaclyn Schiff, a journalist/media consultant.

Above includes amongst others the following sub-websites:


Anthro | Religion | Media

Musings on the intersection of religion, media, culture, and politics...with an emphasis on Islam/Muslims post-9/11.



Anthropology beyond Good and Evil

(Refers to Islam, War on Terror etc.)



Blog-site der AAA

u.a. ad. Syrische Flüchtlinge

e.g. blog.americananthro.org/.../the-plight-of-syrian-ref...



antropologi.info - anthropology in the news blog



Beinhaltet u.a. Diskurs ad. Flüchtlinge in Ungarn. E.g.


About Hunagarian Spectrum Org:

Hungarian Spectrum features daily analyses of news from Hungary—political, economic, and cultural. Its editor and primary pundit is Eva S. Balogh, who formerly taught East European history at Yale University. Guest contributors include Kim Lane Scheppele, professor of sociology and international affairs at Princeton University; Charles Gati, senior research professor of European and Eurasian studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Randolph L. Braham, distinguished professor emeritus of political science and director of the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; and Janos Kornai, professor of economics emeritus at Harvard University and Corvinus University of Budapest.

The site, which is archived at the Library of Congress, is recognized by diplomats, journalists, scholars, and representatives of non-governmental organizations as a source of thoughtful analysis and high-level discussion of contemporary Hungarian affairs.



FocaalBlog is associated with Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology. It aims to accelerate and intensify anthropological conversations beyond what a regular academic journal can do, and to make them more widely, globally, and swiftly available.

See more at: www.focaalblog.com

About Us FocaalBlog

Editors: Don Kalb Massimiliano Mollona Patrick Neveling Ida Susser The Blog seeks to serve as an intellectually vibrant, socially astute, and genuinely cosmopolitan platform for the discussion of anthropological research. In particular it seeks to strengthen a historical, relational, and world-anthropology of the big issues that confront humanity—in all of its situated differences and amid all of the interconnected inequalities and unevenne.

See more at: www.focaalblog.com/about-us/



Blog of Refugees International

includes blogs about Syrian refugees: e.g. “one Syrian passport”:



Middle East Eye offers blogs on various issues related to the Middle East, e.g. refugee crisis in Europe,



Blogs by International Crisis Group, includes information on ISIS, etc.



Blog des Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) an der Oxford University/ UK


www.forcedmigration.org/what istfm.htm

FMO [Forced Migration  Online]

Forced Migration Online liefert umfassende Informationen zum Thema Human Displacement

Die Website enthält unter anderem Verweise zu ExpertInnen, eine digitale Bibliothek und Diskussionsgruppen und Links zu Begriffsklärungen, wie z.B. „What is Forced Migratione?“

Expert Guides

This section contains an archived collection of research guides, on issues relating to refugees and forced migration. Each of these research guides provides an in-depth introduction to a particular issue, as well as links to further resources. The guides are written by experts in the field. See more at:


Forced Migration Discussion List

The Forced Migration Discussion List (also known as the FMList) is an email-based community, moderated by staff at Forced Migration Online. The list provides regular updates on major news, publications and events relating to forced migration. Posts will often include information about relevant funding opportunities, job vacancies and new research projects. Subscribers to the List also have access to an invaluable community of experts in the field of forced migration, and may occasionally use the List to request specific information on issues relevant to forced migration - See more at:




Blog Link of Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University/ UK

e.g. The aid crisis for Syrian refugees | Dawn Chatty; 25 November 2015




Dieser Blog diskutiert Fragen zu Flüchtlingen und Migranten in Europa



blog of the Odysseus Academic Network.

This mission of this blog, launched in October 2015, is to provide a critical analysis of recent developments in the immigration and asylum law and policy of the European Union.

Through a predominantly legal analysis of legislation and jurisprudence, as well as political developments and institutional considerations, this blog aims to enhance and deepen the debate on EU immigration and asylum. Following developments in the field as they happen, the subjects discussed will include the Common European Asylum System, border control, visa policy, legal migration and the free movement of people. Contributions to the blog will focus on the European Union, although significant developments at the national level in EU Member States will also be covered.

The articles published on the blog are written by university academics from across the European Union who specialise in immigration and asylum law. This diversity provides a pan-European approach to current events. The working languages are English and French, however, no attempt is made to systematically translate all blog articles.

We look forward to welcoming large numbers of visitors to the blog!

For any query regarding the blog please contact odysseusomnia@ulb.ac.be.

This blog is managed by the Odysseus Academic Network in the framework of the OMNIA project. More information about the Odysseus Network can be found on our website.

Recent articles on the Odysseus Network Blog:  e.g.

Migration flows and the reintroduction of internal border controls: assessing necessity and proportionality

by Evelien Brouwer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The current arrival of large numbers of refugees and migrants to Europe is an important test of European states' capability to cooperate and to apply shared rules of asylum and migration law based on the principles of solidarity and mutual trust. ‘Dublin' and ‘Schengen' are two important mechanisms of this cooperation which seem no longer self-evident. Since September 2015, EU Member States including Slovenia, Germany, Hungary, Austria and the Netherlands reintroduced or reinforced border controls at the internal borders of the Schengen area.



Cyber Orient (Established by Daniel Varisco)



Website des The International Rescue Committee

Liefert auch Erläuterungen zu den Begriffen „Refugee“ und „Migrant“



Brussels blog der Financial Times zu EU' Aussenpolitik, u.a. Flüchtlingskrise



Datablog zur Refugee crisis

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