A Publicly Engaged Anthropology

SUNTA continues to maintain a strong presence in the AAA via the journal City & Society, panels at the Annual Meeting, our student and established scholar awards, and increased outreach through social media. SUNTA promotes and supports scholarship on urban environments and the global and transnational processes that connect a variety of kinds of places around the world. Important topics of emphasis include social movements, globalization, im/migration, nationalism, and questions of border security. SUNTA’s membership and leadership have long engaged with current, pressing issues of interest to the broadest public.

Members of the Liste des Sans-Voix in Paris’s 18th arrondissement protest outside the town hall for the right to vote for foreign residents in 2014, covering their mouths with the French Tricolour. The right to vote for foreign citizens resident in France has been promised by the Socialist Party since 1981. Carrie Benjamin.

In response to the global refugee crisis, and in collaboration with the Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP), SUNTA has revitalized the Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (CORI). In keeping with CORI’s mission of analyzing issues of forced dislocation, the provision of asylum, refugee resettlement, and the adjustment of immigrants, we have invited members to present their research in two forthcoming “Maintaining Refuge” series that will appear in Anthropology News.  We are also publishing CORI-themed essays in the SUNTA column, and will publish a CORI volume focused on refugees.

Each year SUNTA awards prizes to recognize distinguished scholarship by anthropologist at varying stages of their careers. These awards are the Undergraduate Paper Prize, Graduate Paper Prize, the Best Article in City & Society Award, the Senior Scholar/Lifetime Award, and the Anthony Leeds Book Prize. See our website for information on how to submit for our 2017 prizes. Deadlines for  the 2017 student paper prizes are September 20.

We have a new mentoring program to support the next generation of scholars and are resuming a Graduate Student Panel Prize to highlight student research. We also encourage students to publish with us through CORI’s new volume and our Anthropology News column. SUNTA is also committed to working across sections, and we are increasing the visibility of our members through social media—join our listserv, see our website, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. In this way, SUNTA aims to support a new generation of anthropologists while ensuring that all of our members’ work has the widest impact possible.

Jayne Howell is Professor of Anthropology at CSU Long Beach and SUNTA President (2016–2018).

Andrew Newman is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wayne State University and Secretary of SUNTA. For questions about this article, email him at andrew.newman@wayne.edu.

Cite as: Howell, Jayne. 2017. “A publically Engaged Anthropology.” Anthropology News website, August 4, 2017. doi: 10.1111/AN.552

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