HRAF News Vol. 2019-10
HRAF Announces Global Scholarship 2019
We are pleased to announce our second annual HRAF Global Scholarship . This year there are two categories, institutional and individual. We have also published a topical summary on Sexuality in Explaining Human Culture . Additionally, there are two new posts in eHRAF Highlights this month, Towards an Anthropology of Fear and The Return of the Comparative Method in Anthropology .
As part of our philanthropic outreach efforts, the HRAF Global Scholarship program has been established with the goal of expanding access to  eHRAF World Cultures  and   eHRAF Archaeology   for scholars around the world.

This year we are pleased to announce two scholarship categories: Institutional (for educational institutions and research organizations) and Individual (for graduate students in master’s degree or doctoral level programs).

Candidates must come from low-income or middle-income countries, as  defined by the World Bank and affiliated institutions must be eligible for our  special country dues category . The application deadline is December 1, 2019.

A new topical summary on   Sexuality  is now available in  Explaining Human Culture , our open access database that summarizes the results of over 1,000 cross-cultural studies.
The purpose of the topical summaries is to overview what we think we have learned about a particular topic, such as sexuality, and to point out some of the things we do not yet know from cross-cultural research.

It is our hope that these summaries will not only be useful for classroom use, but will also stimulate further research to fill in the gaps in our knowledge.
The summary provides more in depth information to supplement the teaching exercise   and the in-class activity   available on   Teaching eHRAF .
Our recent post, The Return of the Comparative Method in Anthropology , revisits a longstanding topic in the social sciences: the value of comparative cultural studies.

The post was inspired by Where Have All the Comparisons Gone? , a series from the Society for Cultural Anthropology.

We explore the history of the intellectual debate over comparative methodologies which goes back to a twentieth century split in anthropological theory between two divergent perspectives: early evolutionism and historical particularism.

As demonstrated in the post, comparative anthropology is making a comeback and HRAF continues to be at the forefront.

Towards an Anthropology of Fear , our Halloween post, explores the question: are some things universally terrifying around the world?

From haunted houses to headless horsemen, there are many spooky legends in Western culture. Fairytales tell of evil conjurers lurking in dark forests to capture and deceive innocent children. Hollywood movies feature bloodied cheerleaders stalked by psychopathic murderers.

We searched the eHRAF World Cultures database and found that many folk superstitions are not so far removed from a contemporary horror film. When it comes to horrifying characters, there are certainly a lot of similarities between menacing figures across cultures.

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