[URBANTH-L]New Network of Concerned Anthropologists

Nibbs, Faith G. fnibbs at mail.smu.edu
Sun Sep 30 16:39:27 EDT 2007

What are we meaning when we say we will not engage in research "in related theaters in the 'war on terror'? Do those related theaters include consulting on our own domestic groups that would, say, plan on attacking the school my children attend? 


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I am sure this plan is well-intentioned.  However, there is a part of  this
that sounds counterproductive to the stability of our country as well as  that
of others.  Consider this:  Would it be better to have a ban  of all
anthropologists as consultants to counter-insurgency  agencies and have a bunch of PAC
guided politicians run the show (as has  been in the past)?   I would think
the inclusion (not  exclusion) of conscientious research-oriented
anthropologists  has more of a chance in bringing some sanity to this chaotic mess.  

In a message dated 9/30/2007 12:10:07 P.M. Central Daylight Time, 
jancius at ohio.edu writes:

From:  Robert T. O'Brien <robrien at temple.edu>

Please see below and  attached and forward as appropriate.


Forwarded from:  Andy Bickford <bickford17 at yahoo.com>:    

The  Department of Defense and allied agencies are
mobilizing anthropologists  for interventions in the
Middle East and beyond.  It is likely that  larger,
more permanent initiatives are in the works.

Over the last  several weeks, we have created an ad hoc
group, the Network of Concerned  Anthropologists, with
the objective of promoting an ethical  anthropology.
Working together, we have drafted a pledge  of
non-participation in counter-insurgency, which we have
organized as a  petition (see attachment). We invite
you to become a part of this effort by  taking the
following steps:

Download and print the attached pledge  (in .pdf
format). Ask your colleagues to sign the pledge, and
promptly  send it to us via regular mail. Our address
is Network of Concerned  Anthropologists, c/o Dept. of
Anthropology, George Mason University, 4400  University
Drive, MS 3G5, Fairfax, VA 22030 (USA). If it is  more
convenient, email a .pdf copy of collected signatures
and send it  to us at
concerned.anthropologists at gmail.com.

Forward this message  to your colleagues, and encourage
them to sign.

Join our network by  emailing us at
concerned.anthropologists at gmail.com. Be sure to
include  your name, title, and affiliation. We will add
you to our email  list.

Visit our web site at 
for more  information and updates.

Email us at  concerned.anthropologists at gmail.com if you
would like more information or  if you have questions.

Sincerely yours,
Network of Concerned  Anthropologists

Catherine Besteman
Andrew Bickford
Greg Feldman 
Roberto Gonzalez
Hugh Gusterson
Gustaaf Houtman
Kanhong  Lin
Catherine Lutz
David Price
David  Vine

Breathe in. Breathe  out.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
Forget this and attaining  Enlightenment
will be the least of your problems.

Robert T. O'Brien 
Assistant Instructor
Department of Anthropology
Rutgers, The State  University of New Jersey
robertob at rci.rutgers.edu
robrien at temple.edu 

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