Haidy Geismar, UCL and NYU In 2006, the New Economics Foundation (nef) published the Happy Planet Index, a quantification of the “happiness quotients” of the world’s nations which considered life expectancy, the experience of wellbeing and, most importantly, ecological footprint as indicators of happiness, displacing the usual measure of happiness:
These photos of the Yangtze River from yesterday show how the river mysteriously turned bright red – how can something of this scale not be understood? Will there be any answers? The river that DID run red: Residents of Chinese city left baffled after Yangtze turns scarlet | Mail Online.
Ode to the List – Multimedia Feature – NYTimes.com.
Danny Miller, UCL Although this site was started as a collaboration between Haidy in New York and Danny in London, from the beginning we were hoping to attract postings from a global interest in this genre of academic work. We do pretty well in this regard, with contributions from academics,
[image from The Globe and Mail] Recently, Canadian art collector and philanthropist Michael Audain acquired a carved Nuu-chah-nulth club that Captain Cook had collected at Friendly Cove on Nootka Sound, British Columbia on his Third Voyage in 1778. In March, Audain donated the rare object to UBC’s Museum of Anthropology
[image found here] A recent article by Vadim Nikitin on nostalgia in Russia for the USSR called my attention to a number of current projects and publications that focus specifically on fond reminiscences of the unique material culture of Soviet life: The multivolume glossy, expensive books arising from the Namedni
Since 2001, WIPO has convened an intergovernmental committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore. In the last two years, these negotiations moved to text based negotiations on the content of the Treaties (there are three planned, of which genetic resources is one) which aim to be
Via Fred Myers, NYU In The Australian (newspaper), an interesting commentary on the show “Exhibitions: The Invention of the Savage, the Origins of Racism” at Musee du Quai Branly: Colonialism, racial theory and a belief in Western superiority acquired legitimacy through these exhibitions. But the three curators of the Quai
Alan Moore, the author of V for Vendetta on how his creation has become an inspiration and identity to Anonymous. And check out Gabriella Coleman’s latest piece about Anonymous, Our Weirdness is Free.
The New York Times recently ran a story about legislative efforts to protect objects left on the moon by NAASA, especially during the Apollo 11 and 17 missions, including landing modules, flags, boots (and their footprints), and bags of urine. Anthropologist Beth O’Leary (New Mexico State University), prompted by a
Today, January 18th, a massive internet strike is being held across the globe to protest the potential passing of the restrictive bill, Stop Online Piracy, or SOPA by US Congress. Check out google or wikipedia’s webpage if you don’t believe us. Material World supports this protest against internet freedom. The