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:Continue Reading

[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 AnthropologyContinue Reading

[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 NamedniContinue Reading

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 QuaiContinue Reading

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 aContinue Reading