PhD Graduate's AAA book success

Aberdeen anthropologists take part in British Museum exhibition!

Arctic: Culture and Climate is a major new exhibition at the British Museum highlighting the effects of climate change on Arctic indigenous cultures. The exhibition features research from scholars from the Department of Anthropology who have collaborated with the museum curators. Staff members at the department, the only UK research unit specialising on the Arctic indigenous cultures and the North, liaised with indigenous Arctic communities, researched and secured artefacts, and provided valuable advice.

Dr Amber Lincoln, Lead Curator of the Exhibition and Dr Peter Loovers, Project Curator, our former graduate students, have been the driving force of this timely and important exhibition.   

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Image of woman in flowered top sewing sealskin. A photographer is taking a picture of her.

Image 1. Mittimatalingmiut Arnait Miqsuqtuit Collective at work digitally documenting sealskin sewing skills.   Their films were part of the exhibition. Photo: Nancy Wachowich © Mittimatalinqmiut Arnait Miqsuqtuit Collective

Image of a model festival carved from mammoth tusk on a wooden table.

Image 2. Model of Sakha summer festival by Fedor Markov exhibited at the British Museum. Photo: Amber Lincoln.

Image of a man in a blue apron holding a mammoth tusk.

Image 3. Fedor Markov, a Sakha artist, with a mammoth tusk. Markov’s new mammoth ivory carving commissioned by the British Museum is displayed at the exhibition. Photo: Tanya Argounova-Low

PhD Graduate's AAA book success

University of Aberdeen Anthropology PhD graduate Dr. Penny McCall Howard has won the American Anthropological Association's Society for the Anthropology of Work Book Prize for 2018.

The prize is awarded to books published within the past three years, based on the significance of the research, relevance for the anthropology of work, clarity and effectiveness of the presentation, and appeal to a wider audience in anthropology and beyond. The prize was formally awarded at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting in San Jose, California on 17 November.

The book is titled Environment, Labour and Capitalism at Sea: ‘Working the ground’ in Scotland, published by Manchester University Press. It is based on research that Howard carried out for her PhD at the Anthropology Department of the University of Aberdeen. It explores how fishers make the sea productive through their labour, using technologies ranging from wooden boats to digital GPS plotters to create familiar places in a seemingly hostile environment. It shows how their lives are affected by capitalist forces in the markets they sell to, forces that shape even the relations between fishers on the same boat. The book makes a unique contribution to understanding human-environment relations, examining the places fishers create and name at sea, as well as technologies and navigation practices. It combines phenomenology and political economy to offer new approaches for analyses of human-environment relations and technologies.

To celebrate the prize, the publisher is offering 50% off the book using the code OTH115 at checkout on the publishers website (until 31 December 2018), here:

Download the leaflet here.

Penny is now an Honorary Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Sydney, and combines her anthropology with work in the union movement as the National Research Officer of the Maritime Union of Australia.