Tag Archives: cross-cultural

Why Are Gods Thought to Cause Weather?

Carol R. Ember and Ian Skoggard In many societies known to anthropology, people look to their gods for help and for explanations of unfortunate and traumatic events. Anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski (1948) suggested that religion is…

Knowledge is power: anthropology of proverbs

Francine Barone Proverbs are a simple way of expressing a well-known truth or adage based on common sense or experience. They are usually considered to be imbued with ancestral wisdom, passed down from generation to…

Summer Institutes for Cross-Cultural Anthropological Research 2021-2023

Summer 2021 The National Science Foundation, in a grant to the Human Relations Area Files (BCS #2020156), is supporting three years of Summer Institutes for Cross-Cultural Anthropological Research. These Summer Institutes will train faculty, researchers,…

HRAF Global Scholarship Feature: University of Caldas, Colombia

The Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University is pleased to feature one of our institutional winners of the HRAF Global Scholarship. Founded in 1943, the University of Caldas (Universidad de Caldas) is a…

Ethnographic Insights Across Cultures: An online introduction to anthropology

In the third post in our series dedicated to online learning, we explored how the dynamics of classroom teaching everywhere are changing due to temporary campus closures. For instructors grappling with compiling work-from-home-friendly syllabi in…

Society for Anthropological Sciences annual award named for Dr. Carol Ember, President of HRAF at Yale University

The Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University is pleased to announce that the Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) has named their annual book prize after Dr. Carol R. Ember, President of HRAF. SAS is…

Gender – A New Topical Summary for Explaining Human Culture

A new topical summary on Gender is now available in Explaining Human Culture, our open access database that summarizes the results of over 1,000 cross-cultural studies. The gender module is co-authored by HRAF President Carol R. Ember, along with…