HRAF News Vol. 2020-3
HRAF Celebrates World Anthropology Day
In celebration of World Anthropology Day 2020 , HRAF hosted the UConn Stamford Anthropology Society for the new club's inaugural event. From March onwards, we will be featuring our 2019-2020 HRAF Global Scholars that your donations to the HRAF Global Scholarship Fund have graciously enabled us to support. Our first featured scholar is Getnet Tibebu Alemayehu of Ethiopia. We are also happy to announce the addition of an Art module to Explaining Human Culture. If you are seeking the elusive luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day, check out our latest post that takes an anthropological approach to luck and chance featuring Rural Irish folklore.
A message to our members

As we continue to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 global crisis, HRAF would like to express our heartfelt wishes for the health, safety, and well-being of students, faculty, librarians, and researchers around the world. While we all adjust to unprecedented circumstances, HRAF will seek to provide as much support to our members as possible. We are continuing to handle ongoing membership activities, and will engage with you on our homepage and via social media. For students and faculty in a period of transition to online learning, our social media channels are always open to you. Over the coming days and weeks, we will seek to do our part to help with this transition with enhanced guides to our eHRAF databases, as well as our open-access resources, all of which can support and accommodate e-learning. Please do not hesitate to contact Matthew Longcore .
In celebration of Anthropology Day 2020 , HRAF hosted the UConn Stamford Anthropology Society for a full-day event in New Haven. The day featured presentations from HRAF staff members, famous New Haven pizza, and a tour of the Yale Peabody Museum .

This was the inaugural event for the new student club, which is based at the University of Connecticut in Stamford. The club’s advisor is   Matthew Longcore , HRAF's member services manager who also teaches Anthropology at UConn.

Students enjoyed presentations from HRAF President  Carol Ember , Melvin Ember Intern  Abbe McCarter , and Research Assistant  Emily Pitek .

Is belief in luck a cultural universal? How can anthropologists understand the concepts of magic, fairies, or witchcraft alongside luck and chance? The latest post by Fran Barone exploring Irish folklore and legends is a great place to begin. eHRAF's Rural Irish collection  contains 2,347 expertly curated pages of ethnographic data.

In understanding the power of fairies as depicted in local folklore, anthropologists may conclude that a belief in “fairy magic” is not entirely about invisible beings or their quirky personalities. Instead, the interconnected cosmology of magic and chance can represent a societal coping mechanism for dealing with economic risk and uncertainty.

A new topical summary on Art is now available in Explaining Human Culture , our open access database of cross-cultural studies.

Art in some form occurs in all cultures, but varies dramatically in form, content, and who produces it. While many think of art as largely a product of individual expressiveness, art shows clear cultural patterns. Cross-cultural researchers try to explain both cultural universals and patterned differences. Some of the strongest findings relate to societal differences in social inequality, modes of subsistence, and child-rearing. This summary focuses particularly on visual art, music/song, dance, and folktales.

HRAF is pleased to announce our new monthly feature showcasing the research of HRAF Global Scholars . This month we are featuring Getnet Tibebu Alemayehu , a PhD candidate at Addis Ababa University. His thesis topic is language politics in African literature. Getnet is using eHRAF World Cultures to further facilitate his study of Africa.

Getnet’s research seeks to compare and contrast African political systems with Western systems, as well as those in other parts of the world. He is committed to social justice and gender equality. We wish him continued success with his research.

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