Slideshow on online publication and blogging for academics

I’ve just put up the slides for  presentation I did on online writing, blogging, web presence, and related topics for the grad students at the Woolcock Institute. They’re at Slideshare, so it’s easy to access them:

Presenting a lecture at the U of Maryland

I’ll be in the US at the end of November and beginning of December for Thanksgiving and the meeting of the American Anthropological Association. On 2 December, I’ll present a lecture on capoeira: Dance of the Disorderly: Capoeira, gang warfare and how history gets in the brain, in Saint Mary’s Hall at the University of Maryland (4:00-5:15 pm).Downey flyer Dec. 2 The flyer for the talk is attached.

I’m very lucky to be hosted by the Latin American Studies Center with the Departments of Anthropology and Physical Cultural Studies/Kinesiology, all thanks to the logistical prowess of Assoc. Prof. Laurie Frederik.

There will also be a live demonstration after the talk by the UMD Capoeira Club, so who knows what will happen?

First video in ‘Neuroanth 101’: WEIRD psychology

I’ve just launched publicly the first video in a new project, ‘Neuroanthropology 101: Body, Brain, Culture.’ The first video is on Youtube here, and it’s titled: WEIRD Psychology.

More information, including the script of the video can be found at in a new section for Neuroanth 101. For the moment, this is the first piece of the puzzle, but I’ll be slowly rolling out new videos.

There’s lots I could say about this video. It’s my first attempt at a ‘no budget, no camera’ conceptual video, using a wealth of public domain and creative commons resources. I’m excited about using this channel as a way to expand my ability to produce open resources and to share neuroanthropology. So far, the reception on our Neuranthropology Interest Group has been really positive, but this is a very sympathetic audience.

New video for Anth 151 for prospective students

The Macquarie University teaching weblog, Teche, picked up and promoted our new video to promote Anth 151, ‘Human evolution and diversity.’ Their story is here: What’s New in Anthropology?

I’m trying to experiment with low budget and zero budget video, to show what is possible given the new ubiquitous technologies of video and photography.  Virtually every one of us in Australia is now carrying a video camera at all times on our phones, and yet we are only slowly using video as a teaching tool. At the same time, the visual literacy of our audience is growing, including their capacity to deal with and process visual information from handheld devices. The tools for producing videos that come standard on a laptop, or are available at very reasonable prices, have made it possible to produce remarkable visual presentations.

One example of what I’m trying to do is the promotional video for the Fiji Field School (Anth 225, 2015):

A little more sophisticated is the video we did with technical support (but using prosumer technology and a quick turnaround):