A Cross-Field Mission from Night Elves to Teaching

History of Anthropology interest group (HOA) annual lunch at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. Ira Bashkow

One of the largest, most diverse sections, the General Anthropology Division (GAD) is an evolving coalition that connects and celebrates anthropology across the span of contemporary subfields, multidisciplinary inquiries, and publics. Cross-disciplinary engagement and small-group governance make GAD a home in the AAA for those whose interests transgress disciplinary categorization. GAD supports new areas of inquiry, encourages member initiatives, and mentors members in leadership roles through our committees, publications, slate of awards, and annual GAD Distinguished Lecture on the Friday of each Annual Meeting. Bonnie Nardi, pioneering scholar of human-computer interaction and author of My Life as a Night Elf Priest: An Anthropological Account of World of Warcraft, will give the upcoming 2017 Distinguished Lecture.

GAD Awards

Kristina Killgrove, 2016 GAD New Directions Award winner with GAD President, Robert Myers who created the prize.
Kristina Killgrove, 2016 GAD New Directions Award winner with GAD President, Robert Myers who created the prize. Jennifer Cool

At each Annual Meeting, GAD hosts an awards ceremony for four prizes: the Diana Forsythe Prize for feminist anthropological research on work, science, and/or technology; the GAD Prize for Exemplary Cross-Field Scholarship; the CASTAC David Hakken Prize for best graduate student paper in the anthropology of science and technology; and the GAD New Directions Award, created to recognize the myriad ways anthropologists are expanding the discipline across diverse media and awarded for the first time last year to Kristina Killgrove for her energetic public outreach across new media platforms, among them Forbes.com and mental_floss.

Regna Darnell (left), 2016 2016 GAD Distinguished Lecturer, with Luke Eric Lassiter, GAD President Emeritus. Robert Myers
Prize Winning Selfie: Eben Kirksey (left), 2016 Diana Forsythe Prize winner, with Radhika Govidrajan (right), 2016 GAD Exemplary Cross-Field Scholarship Prize winner, at the 2016 GAD Award Ceremony. Jennifer Cool

GAD Publications
General Anthropology provides a bulletin of timely, readable ideas from across the subfields and applied anthropology. Co-edited by Conrad Kottak, Kathryn Kozaitis and Christopher A. Furlow, it was helmed until 2015 by founding editors David McCurdy and Patricia Rice. GAD membership includes an electronic subscription to Anthropology Now to promote interdisciplinary conversations and support anthropology in the classroom.

GAD Committees & Publications

The Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC), publishes Platypus, a blog for anthropological studies of science and technology.

The Teaching Anthropology Interest Group (TAIG) blog Teaching Anthropology, is a forum for stimulating discussion on teaching the discipline we all share.

The Federation of Small Anthropology Programs (FOSAP) publishes Anthro-Writ-Small, an annual digital bulletin of articles and resources supporting colleagues in small (<5) anthropology programs.

The History of Anthropology interest group (HOA) organizes an annual lunch at the Annual Meeting and maintains a listserv. It encourages AAA members to subscribe electronically to the free History of Anthropology Newsletter, an open access web publication featuring book reviews, bibliographies, news, and articles.

Whether your interests lie in study of the digital world, the discipline’s history, teaching and collegial support, or in launching new cross-disciplinary initiatives, GAD welcomes new members. Please check us out.

Jennifer Cool (University of Southern California, [email protected]) is the contributing editor for the General Anthropology Division.

Cite as: Cool, Jennifer. 2017. “A Cross-Field Mission from Night Elves to Teaching.” Anthropology News website, August 4, 2017. doi: 10.1111/AN.550

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