Mentoring as Anthropological Praxis

C&A Re-Launches Notes from the Field

The Culture & Agriculture (C&A) Section of the American Anthropological Society (AAA) has been hard at work revamping and growing its member offerings. September celebrates the re-launch of the monthly Notes From the Field column. There, members and other contributors share their fieldwork experiences and work out nascent theoretical threads about the method, process and analysis of ethnography, especially as it relates to endeavors in food, agriculture, and environment.

C&A kicks off with a piece from Professor James McDonald, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, University of Montevallo. In his article, entitled On the Mentor-Mentee Relationship as Critical Anthropological Praxis, Professor McDonald examines the nature and value of mentoring in the profession and calls on the section to establish its own mentoring program to connect up-and-coming anthropologists with experienced members to aid them as they chart the increasingly more difficult and alienating academic and non-academic job, publishing, and teaching landscapes.

McDonald mentoring students during a Maya field school in Guatemala. James McDonald

Other recent Notes from the Field pieces include:

Contributions of 800–1,200 words are welcome from all C&A and AAA members. We encourage accessible reflections on one of the following themes:

– The joys of fieldwork
– New (or old) methods that may be particularly relevant to research that is at times literally in a field
– The non-visual sensorium of fieldwork—i.e., the sounds, smells, and tastes of research
– Ethnography as a unique mode of knowledge production
– Ethical dilemmas and how you navigated them in or after the field
– Please also feel free to suggest your own theme—and perhaps some other contributors!

If you are interested in submitting a contribution, please email [email protected] with “Notes from the Field” in the subject line and our editors will be in touch with more details.

Ioulia M. Chuvileva is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Emory University and co-editor of the Culture&Agriculture Anthropology News section column ([email protected]).

Cite as: Chuvileva, Ioulia M. 2017. “Mentoring as Anthropological Praxis.” Anthropology News website, October 10, 2017. doi: 10.1111/AN.629

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