Thomas Fillitz (thomas.fillitz@UNIVIE.AC.AT)
Fri, 24 Feb 1995 11:27:30 +0100

On feb. 22nd Faybienne Geenhuizen wrote:

>ANTHRO-L mail list. As an American (please), I have noticed it
>too. And I agree that it is mostly just because most of the
>writers are American, and as a matter of fact most of the audience
>is American too.

>What can be done about it? Can't do much about the audience, but
>participation is up to each of us. Step up to the microphone and
>let us hear what you have to say. I, for one, hunger for
>non-American viewpoints.

>From discussions with European colleagues about Internet, I want to make
the following remarks:
* Although reading the messages, many face a certain barrier in putting
messages themselves;
* In many cases the discussions seem to be concentrated on topics related
to anthropology in USA, but not in Europe - e.g. we have neither the strong
socio-biological impact, as it seems to me to be in this list, archaeology
is a science on its own, etc.;
* Some feel that their ideas, published in the list, might get stolen;

These are just some points - not wanting to produce "national scientists
patterns" (we are, you are, they are...).

As a matter of fact, we are running an Electronic Journal on World Wide Web
Theoretical Anthropology:

It is extremely difficult for us to get contributions, and most of the time
we feel that people get scared about the vision of the Internet community.
Another point is that an E-Journal is not a scientific Journal for them
(quite conservative opinion...)

By the way, we do neither get contributions by American colleagues - Can
anyone tell us the problem about it? We would appreciate to be told why! It
is there for you as well!

If it is just because of the ISSN-Number, we are getting it hopefully
within the next times.

Thomas Fillitz Institut fuer Voelkerkunde University of Vienna