seventythree percent

Just a li’l rant in-between, because this is hilarious and I have to let off a bit of steam.     I played through ‘↑Far Cry 2‘ (FC2) till 73% of the story mode, and now I am stuck. I have done all missions available, and the game prompts me to reach a briefing point to get a new mission. The only spot marked on the map where I can get a new mission is the headquarters of the ‘Alliance for Popular Resistance’ (APR) in Mosate Selao.     So I head there, the guy at the door takes away … Continue reading

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cfp cyberculture

From 14th through 17th September 2011 this year’s installment of the biannual conference of the ↑German Association of Anthropologists (GAA aka DGV) will take place in Vienna, Austria. Since 2005 I organize workshops on ‘things cyber’ at the GAA conferences, this time a workshop titled ‘Cyberculture,’ in accordance with the conference’s overall theme: ‘Wa(h)re “Kultur”? Kulturelles Erbe, Revitalisierung und die Renaissance der Idee von Kultur’ (‘True/commodity “culture?” Cultural heritage, revitalization, and the renaissance of the idea of culture’). As of today the conference website isn’t up yet, only a .pdf with the ↓collected Calls for Papers. As I have invited … Continue reading

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african roads

Motor roads, together with their rules and conventions for using them, are quite literally cultural constructions. In this sense, the road regime in large parts of the African continent is still under construction. Road-making and road use draw from North Atlantic models but observation of the African road makes clear that beyond the surface of adaptation to the North Atlantic model lie large spaces of creative reinterpretations and modifications …     For an anthropological research project on roads, transport and traffic in Africa, we offer a position for one doctoral student (E13/2), funded initially for two years by the … Continue reading

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afrigadget

solving everyday problems with African ingenuity    Yet another blog collecting instances of cultural appropriation of technology, in the case of ↑Afrigadget it’s a group-blog: “The purpose of Afrigadget is to showcase African ingenuity with technology. Many times Africans do not have access to the same quality tools or items that are found in other areas of the world. What is available to be used to solve problems or fix equipment can be wide and varied. You would be surprised at what can be made, fixed or created with bailing wire, inner-tubes and wood.” Afrigadget features not only high resolution … Continue reading

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bedford’s appropriation

the social organisation of craftsmen’s innovation in Sudan project by Prof. Dr. ↑Kurt Beck, Chair of Anthropology, University of Bayreuth    The glistening Sifinja [meaning “Sandal”, the local name for the modified Bedford TJ], after hundreds of thousands of kilometres still a blazing beauty. On the streets of Latin America, Asia, and Africa, richly decorated trucks are a common vista. Occassionally this has been noted, alas, the fact escaped that the trucks are not merely outwardly decorated, but are reconstructed from scratch up in extremely unorthodox fashions, and thereby are adjusted to local conditions and indigenous cultural orientations. Without any … Continue reading

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africa

  Anthropology is very much concerned with the representation not only of its findings, but with what it looks upon: cultures. The whole Writing-Culture debate and everything in its wake revolves around this. It triggered new experimental means of mediating anthropological knowledge up to ethnographic fiction or even poetry. “Anthropological knowledge” itself has been challenged, and still is. Then there is visual anthropology, occupied with media decidedly different from the written text: images, the moving image, ethnographic film. Finally the so-called ‘new media’ came into focus, too—the digital, computer-driven media with their interactive potential, able to generate and support decidedly … Continue reading

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african village

German sociocultural anthropology indeed is engaged in contemporary issues! On 4th of July 2005 the authors Prof. Dr. Nina Glick Schiller, Dr. Data Dea, and [my friend! :-)] Markus Höhne (Ph.D. candidate) have submitted a report to the ↑Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle/Saale Germany) called: ↑“African Culture and the Zoo in the 21st Century: The ‘African Village’ in the Augsburg Zoo and Its Wider Implications” [↑deep link .pdf | 1.6MB] The report (48 pages—in English) is based on ethnographic fieldwork at said zoo during the four days of the event. The executive summary: The announcement by the zoo … Continue reading

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bedford’s metamorphosis

hotbeds of creativity — the appropriation of the truck in Sudan Gabriel Kläger has produced a substantial update to his website Africars, a subpage of the website of the Institute for Sociocultural Anthropology, Munich. As I still am a tremendously generous and forthcoming webmaster, I immediately set the update online. Kläger transformed Prof. Kurt Beck‘s article “Bedfords Metamorphose” (Beck 2004) into html, ‘hyper-augmented’ with a load of exclusive, illustrative and commented photographies, stemming from Beck’s recent fieldwork in Sudan. The pictures document the technological process of appropriation and make the latter comprehensible. Since ‘globalization’ and ‘glocalization’ became issues in anthropology, … Continue reading

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scambaiters

Nigeria, fraud, and counter-fraud Years ago, at the very beginning of my “journeys into cyberspace”, I was quite careless with my e-mail address. As a result I became the target of junk-mails, spam-mails and what you have. Meanwhile I’ve got a powerful firewall and filter which kicks all of them into killfile-oblivion. Only two categories of junk-mails still manage to sneak through: A heap of advertisement from Korea (Which I can’t even read—the bot ignores the most obvious of all ‘cultural borders’, the language-barrier-reef. ‘Cause of that those advertisements vanish into oblivion, too.) and mails from Nigeria which promise midean … Continue reading

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