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The Purpose of Anthropology is to Make the World Safe for Human Differences Quote by Ruth Benedict

Video: Love/Hate Relationship with FACEBOOK

August 9, 2010

Charlene Shovic is Master’s student in Anthropology, and for her Linguistics class, she decided that creating a video would be MUCH more entertaining than writing a 20-page paper. And there might be a chance you would actually watch it. So here goes…Shovic attempts at showing you just how much is hidden in a little text when it comes to our love/hate relationship with FACEBOOK.

You can watch Charlene Shovic Video : Contradicting Facebook: A Discourse Analysis   here.

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Interview with Norman Finkelstein

August 3, 2010

You can read a current interesting interview with Norman Finkelstein conducted by Nael Shama here

Below is one of the popular youtube videos of Finkelstein. It is the one in which he responded to a question asked by a student in a lecture he gave at the University of Waterloo.

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Marwa Rakha:Open Access E-Books

July 27, 2010

Marwa Rakha lunched and took a step to encourage online free publishing of digital books in Egypt and other parts of the world. She took this step due to the abusive publishers. Rakha’s website includes and hosts great numbers of digital books for free in English and Arabic as well as her own work…Interestingly, this is one way to celebrate open access e-books for the public.

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On Writing Dissertations

June 14, 2010

In the below interesting interview, Alan Macfarlane discusses writing dissertations. He taught at the Department of Social Anthropology Cambridge University. As an anthropologist and historian he worked on different countries, such as England, Nepal, Japan and China. You can find more about him in his personal website.

Also check the post of Kerim at savage minds concerning his advice to post graduate students, who are working on writing their dissertations. I find writing around 500 hundred words works a day is a practical idea and this works well if you have the chance to follow it.

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The Narratives of Novelists

April 24, 2010

Ahdaf Souief, who is a novelist and political and cultural commentator lunched NGO PalFest that will conducted its

annual cultural roadshow, touring around Palestine. Because of the difficulties Palestinians face under military occupation in traveling around their own country, the Festival travels to its audiences. PalFest 2010 will run from May 1st to 6th and will tour to Jerusalem, Nablus, Jenin, Bethlehem, Hebron and Ramallah.PalFest aims to bring world class cultural events to Palestinian cities; to give Palestinian students access to some of the finest authors working today, and to create a forum for the exchange of ideas and stories between writers, readers and students.

The novelist Githa Hariharan interestingly interviewing  the novelists Ahdaf Souief and Radwa Ashour:


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Clash of Civilization: Imperialism and Multinational Corporation

April 24, 2010

A Question of Knowledge

You can watch further related interviews here

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Watch Free Documentaries

January 24, 2010

You can watch some interesting documentaries on Top Documentary Films

Here are some selected films:

Consuming Kids

Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies A People

Inside Mecca

Iraq – The Women’s Story

The Day My God Died

The Arrivals

If you found interesting ones, please drop a comment below…

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