SUNTA Update from Denver 2015

President’s Report

This report summarizes the most important activities or changes for SUNTA in the last year as chronicled in more detail in the attached reports of the various SUNTA officials and committees. Overall, SUNTA continues to do well!! Thanks to everybody for their great work!!

Membership

Membership has been amazingly consistent since last year. In September 2014 SUNTA had 636 members, a year later in September 2015, there were 637 members. With 637 members SUNTA is the 10th largest of the 41 AAA sections and groups (The Association of Feminist Anthropology has one member more than SUNTA).

Finances

Thanks to Deborah Altamirano for all of her work and the very detailed report!! SUNTA continues its strong financial record. As of September 15, 2014 the SUNTA account balance was $148, 273.66 (compared to $129,975.85 a year ago). At last year’s meeting we agreed to increase the (professional) dues from $ 25 to $ 29. (This seems to have worked well for SUNTA.) We left the students dues at $10.

As we already noted last year, with the continued open question about the long-term future of AAA publishing, the revenue/cost for City & Society remain an unknown. Until September, SUNTA received $ 5337.50 in royalties from City & Society. We had budgeted $7750.00. The difference ($2412.50) is covered with dues.

This year SUNTA is spending $ 2050 on prizes (Leeds Prize, Graduate student paper prize, undergraduate student paper prize).

SUNTA has allocated $5850 for the AAA meeting (Board dinner, shared reception with ABA, AFA, ALLA, AQA, SAW, and SLACA, and the prizes listed above).

Finally SUNTA spent $ 3150 on maintaining the website and listserv.

SUNTA’s two quasi-endowments for the Leeds Prize ($ 15,000 endowment; QE504) and the SUNTA student prizes ($ 35,000 endowment; QE503) which were invested for a five year period (starting last year) are doing well. QE 503 is currently at $ 36,425.96; QE504 is at $15,611.12). In four years SUNTA will need to re-visit these endowments.

THANKS again to Deborah for her work!!

SUNTA’s Program at the Annual Meeting

Jayne Howell is pleased to report SUNTA is incredibly visible at the Denver meetings. There will be will have 44 sessions at AAA, with four co-sponsored, and with one all SUNTA invited sessions.

SUNTA received 39 volunteered panels (a considerable increase from last year’s 28!).

SUNTA was given six credits for invited sessions. We ended up with 5 invited panels, 4 of which were co-sponsored (with SAE, AfAA, and SANA).

SUNTA received 32 (down from 43 in 2014) individually volunteered paper abstracts. This continues a larger trend of decline in individually volunteered papers. This might be related to the fact that with the various listservs is has become much easier to recruit participants for volunteered panels.

Overall, the scheduling of SUNTA panels was very good, with the exception of our highest ranked invited panel, which ended up at 8am on Saturday morning. Otherwise the AAA tried to accommodate the program committee’s requests and needs.

City & Society

Thanks to Suzanne Scheld and Joshua Barker for their work with City & Society!

City & Society published three issues since the last meeting (one at the end of 2014, two in 2015, the thirs 2015 issue is in progress. The journal’s acceptance rate stands at a healthy 25 percent. The journal has three guest edited issues lined up for 2016 and 2017 and has a good number of individual papers in the pipeline. City & Society welcomed Sheri Gibbins as a new assistant editor this year.

The journal editors explored the possibility of publishing book reviews on the SUNTA website to foster traffic on the site. The board approved this plan and Anna Jaysane-Darr (Tufts University) was invited to oversee book reviews.

Suzanne Scheld’s term as editor will end by December 2015 and Joshua Barker will take over as editor. Sherri Gibbings will become associate editor. Derek Pardue will become the new assistant editor.

THANKS to Suzanne for all her work for City & Society!!!!

SUNTA Prizes

Thanks to Bob Rotenberg for his work on the Leeds Book Prize. The Leeds committee for 2015 consisted of Robert Rotenberg (DePaul), Danny Hoffman (UWashington/Seattle), Daniel Goldstein (Rutgers) and Mun Young Cho (Yonsei). After careful deliberation, this year’s prize committee decided to award the Leeds Prize to Kristin Peterson for her book Speculative Markets: Drug Circuits and Derivative Life in Nigeria (Duke University Press, 2014) Dr. Peterson is an associate professor at University of California at Irvine. Danny Hoffman is rotating off the committee after serving for four years. He will be replaced by Kristin Peterson.

Kristin Peterson accepts the Leeds Prize for Speculative Markets: Drug Circuits and Derivative Life in Nigeria from Robert Rotenburg. Photo courtesy Liza Youngling

Thanks to Jeremy Rayner for chairing the Graduate Student Prize committee! The other members were Ellen Moodie and Suzanne Scheld. Thank you! This year’s prize was awarded to Catherine Buerger from the University of Connecticut for her paper The Politics of Inclusion: Human Rights Participation and Political Subjectivity in Accra, Ghana.

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Catherine Buerger accepts the SUNTA Graduate Student Prize for “The Politics of Inclusion: Human Rights Participation and Political Subjectivity in Accra, Ghana” from Jeremy Rayner. Photo courtesy Liza Youngling

 

Thanks to Aranzazu Recalde for chairing the Undergraduate Student Paper Prize committee! The other members were Ellen Moodie and Liza Youngling. Thank you! This year’s prize was awarded to Nicholas Healey from University of Victoria, Canada for his paper “Controlling Celtic Pasts: The production of nationalism in popular British archaeology of Celtic peoples. Nicholas’ paper was nominated by Professor Daromir Rudnyckyj.

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Erin McGuire and Daromir Rudnyckyj accept the SUNTA Undergraduate Prize from Petra Kuppinger on behalf of Nicholas Healey. Photo courtesy Erin McGuire

CONGRATULATIONS to the three winners!

SUNTA Listserv and Website

Thanks to Jessika Tremblay for her work with the website!

(Report to come)

Conclusion

I want to thank all current and especially the outgoing SUNTA board members for their work this year. It has been a productive year and SUNTA continues to do well in its different ventures and activities. SUNTA furthermore remains in very good financial shape (in spite of all sorts of pessimistic predictions…).

I also want to take this occasion to especially to send very special greetings and wishes to Nancy Abelmann for her dedication to SUNTA since she won’t be able to attend the meetings. Be well, Nancy!!!!

Andrew Newman is contributing editor for SUNTA’s AN column.

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