HRAF News Vol. 2023-04
HRAF offers webinars for transition from legacy to new version
As we prepare for the decommissioning of the legacy version of eHRAF World Cultures on July 31, monthly webinars will be offered to librarians and faculty who need assistance with the new version of the database. We are pleased to announce our new HRAF Academic Quarterly, featuring research being done with HRAF resources. Check out our article on the HRAF homepage titled Women, gender and power which was published in honor of International Women's Day.
Lastly, HRAF has extended the application deadline for the Melvin Ember Internship to May 5, 2023. Please share this opportunity with recent graduates of anthropology programs who may be interested.
ln anticipation of the eHRAF World Cultures legacy application being discontinued on July 31, 2023, HRAF is offering a series of monthly webinars. These webinars are designed specifically for librarians and faculty who need assistance in preparing for the application switchover. Each webinar will take place via Zoom and will last approximately one hour, with training followed by time for questions and answers.

Here is the webinar schedule:

Thursday, April 27, 11 AM EST  
Tuesday, May 30, 1 PM EST  
Tuesday, June 27, 11 AM EST  
Wednesday, July 26, 1 PM EST  
Wednesday, Aug 23, 11 AM EST  

To register for one of the scheduled webinars listed above, please contact Matthew Longcore at

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new HRAF Academic Quarterly, which shares some of the exciting work being done by researchers with data from the eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology databases as well as Explaining Human Culture (EHC), Teaching eHRAF, and other open access materials from HRAF.

Our first edition features recent publications with fascinating findings on children's learning, forager tool use, cultural knowledge, myth, love, environmental resilience, land ownership, human-canine bonds, and teaching and learning anthropology.

Want to be informed of the latest eHRAF research? Sign up here to receive an email when our next summary is available.

The application deadline for the one-year full-time internship in honor of Melvin Ember has been extended to May 5, 2023. The purpose of the internship is to learn about cross-cultural research through practical experience. Duties include reading and analyzing recent cross-cultural research with the goal of summarizing materials in Explaining Human Culture, as well as participating in ongoing cross-cultural research projects.

The internship will be reimbursed for living expenses and travel costs. Preference will be given to candidates who intend to pursue graduate study in anthropology or a closely related field, or who have already started graduate school. Candidates must have accomplished academic records, particularly in their major fields and in anthropology courses.

In honor of International Women's Day (March 8, 2023), Dr. Francine Barone published an article titled Women, Gender and Power in eHRAF.

How does the relationship between gender and power vary cross-culturally? Are there cultural commonalities for what makes a powerful woman across different societies? What other means for measuring female power exist besides those relied upon in the West?

Globally, power for women is not always equated with access to financial gain, fame, or political influence as seen in the West. Instead, female power resonates differently from place to place and culture to culture. It is not only in the boardroom or running a global media empire that women can be legitimately powerful.

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