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Anthro Blogging

When I first started this blog I had a hard time finding other anthropology blogs to use as models or inspiration. In recent days, however, I have found my way to terrific anthropology blogs and become engaged in interesting discussions and debates. Several other people have also commented on the appearance of new anthropology blogs or on their growing obsession with blogging (see here or here for examples) and I am pleased that they have added my blog to their lists. Thank you.

I might add that when I started FieldNotes I truly believed that these ‘musings’ would be occasional (as my header suggests). Yet, like Will’s comments in The Journal, I am finding that blogging is becoming an obsession. I attribute this to a number of things: classroom discussions that wander home with me in my head, living away from my academic home at the University of New Mexico and wanting a ready community in which to talk, the fascinating range of ideas that are circulating around in this growing circle, and the fact that the comments are as much personal as they are academic.

I look forward to continued indulgences here and hope to attract my students and friends at New Mexico into the conversation.

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  1. orange. wrote:

    I hardly believe your blog is running for only two months now, as your archive says.
    What do you associate with “professionality” within scientific blogging–something you can read often about in academic weblogs–it has to do with the degree of “privateness” in ones writing, for it is usually mentioned when the writingprocess is reflected in regards of development and change.
    I started mine at almost the same time in early April this year. I do run sblog to accompany my current work on the academic/scientific concept(s) of Virtual Reality which is meant to become a contextualizing overview in both historiographic and ethnographic approach.
    I agree, the interdisciplinary academic blogosphere is fascinating in many regards. See e.g. Open Access Movement and moreover the impact of blogging on the scientific/academic processes of knowledge production, thinking in terms of transparence on the one hand and networking on the other.
    I´m heavily impressed by the interdisciplinary information flows and the potencials of communication and action on and across the internet that are given by academic weblogs.
    Furthermore, it`s great fun, isnt it?

    Friday, May 20, 2005 at 2:59 am | Permalink
  2. Administrator wrote:

    It is definitely great fun … a terrific way to participate directly or indirectly in the ponderings of others. This blog is professional in the sense of it related to my academic work … I distinguish it from my personal blog which I don’t advertize and is only read by family and a few friends. It’s a way of keeping areas of my life separate … I presume no one here wants to read about the latest mess my kid made (although my mother does), and my mother doesn’t want to read about interdisciplinarity in the social sciences. Anyway …

    Thanks for the link to your blog … I will follow it with interest. Your work sounds neat and I look forward to hearing more. Tad

    Friday, May 20, 2005 at 5:46 am | Permalink
  3. orange. wrote:

    “This blog is professional in the sense of it related to my academic work … I distinguish it from my personal blog which I don’t advertize and is only read by family and a few friends. It’s a way of keeping areas of my life separate … “

    I see. Well, mine is my first and only one and actually I find it hard to imagine sharing ´daily and private life` on the internet–which means publishing anyway–allthough no one ever really manages to keep private and unprivate spheres totally separated, even within progessional academic weblogs.
    u r welcome,

    Friday, May 20, 2005 at 12:07 pm | Permalink
  4. Administrator wrote:

    I agree. It is impossible to keep ourselves out of these blogs and that’s where the ‘professional’ blogs get their flavour … and what makes them fun! Tad

    Friday, May 20, 2005 at 1:22 pm | Permalink
  5. Jamie wrote:

    A question that I have been playing with lately has to do with the impact that blogging will have on the academy and academic writing. Academics and professors are now able to publicly share (publish) the things that they are working on without having to go through the traditional publishing channels and gatekeepers. A lot of the limitations that prevented less traditional scholars from publishing their research are being pushed out of the way creating opportunities for different voices to be heard (or more whacky stuff published – depending on how you look at it). Granted, peer-reviewed periodicals and books will probably still be the accepted norm, but I wonder if some sort of underground academy will emerge – opensource and able to quickly adapt to changing research needs. With so many young profs working sessionally and new opportunities to easily and anonymously publish information internationally emerging rapidly, I can’t help but thing that some interesting stuff will be coming down the line that will radically alter the way that academics communicate their findings.

    Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 4:14 pm | Permalink
  6. Administrator wrote:

    Jamie … I just came across this reference — “‘My blog is me’: Texts and persons in UK online journal culture (and anthropology)” (Adam Reed) — in the June 2005 issue of Ethnos. I have not read it, but the abstract suggests it discusses many of the things you are thinking about …

    Friday, May 27, 2005 at 6:35 pm | Permalink