HRAF News Vol. 2021-6
HRAF to showcase eHRAF Workbooks at virtual event
We look forward to featuring our complete set of eHRAF Workbooks for Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology at the 2021 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition virtual event on June 23-29, 2021. If you are planning to attend, please be sure to "visit" the HRAF booth to chat with HRAF staff. Have you explored the new appearance of eHRAF World Cultures prior to the upcoming launch in Fall 2021? View our Quick Start Guide to get started with browsing, searching, and saving or exporting results. HRAF Research Anthropologist Ian Skoggard has written the forward to a fascinating new publication about the Enxet of Paraguay, one of the cultures covered in our eHRAF World Cultures database. We are also delighted to feature the important work of one of our 2021 HRAF Global Scholars, Sayema Khatun, Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department at Jahangirnagar University.
We hope you are enjoying our new eHRAF World Cultures (beta) experience. To learn how to access the beta, see this page. As a reminder, we will be officially launching the new design in Fall 2021.

In preparation, we have updated our Quick Start Guide to eHRAF World Cultures to walk you through the site navigation and improved features. You can find the Quick Start Guide on the beta landing page, or by clicking here. The following sections are covered in the guide:

  • What's Inside
  • Getting Started
  • Navigation
  • Browse & Search
  • Advanced Search
  • Search Results & Insights
  • Citations & Exporting
  • Full Context View
  • Tips & Tricks
  • Notebooks

HRAF Research Anthropologist Ian Skoggard has written the forward to an exciting new publication by Stephen Kidd, Senior Social Policy Specialist at Development Pathways.

In Love and its Entanglements among the Enxet of Paraguay: Social and Kinship Relations within a Market Economy, Kidd examines the affective discourse and value systems of the indigenous Enxet people. His analysis focuses on how the Enxet navigate the market economy in Paraguay and the tensions it exerts on their commitment to egalitarianism, generosity, and personal autonomy.

Ian recounts how he first discovered Stephen Kidd’s dissertation in the course of his work at HRAF. As a Research Anthropologist, he indexes ethnographic literature for our eHRAF World Cultures database.

Since the debut of the eHRAF Workbooks, we have been hard at work producing new activities in our first two workbooks, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Introduction to Archaeology.

For the Cultural Anthropology workbook, there are 25 activities across 16 subject areas corresponding to popular topics covered by most textbooks.

For the Archaeology workbook, there are 16 activities in areas including Great Discoveries, Comparative Archaeology, Methods, and Burial Practices.

Our latest activities include:

  • Archaeological Ethics
  • Jenné-Jeno
  • Dwellings 
  • Shell Working

HRAF has enjoyed positive feedback from faculty affiliated with our member institutions who have been teaching with the eHRAF Workbooks. We welcome your suggestions for future workbook topics.

We are pleased to feature the work of our HRAF Global Scholars for 2021. Our featured scholar this month is Sayema Khatun, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Jahangirnagar University in Bangladesh.

Sayema's research focuses on South Asian history, society, and culture. Specifically, she is interested collective identity, citizenship, nation-states, refugees, and the border crisis in South Asia and around the world.

Her current ethnographic research is on the Rohingya people, a minority Muslim community from Buddhist dominated Myanmar. Based on three months of fieldwork in Cox's Bazar and Dhaka, which included ethnographic interviews among the policy community of Bangladesh, Sayema examines the public policy response to the influx of Rohingya in Bangladesh.

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