ASA at the 2017 Annual Meeting

Dear colleagues—

Each year for the annual meeting, the ASA coordinates a series of events that draw from the lifetime experiences of its members to address matters of historical interest and ongoing concern in anthropology. Descriptions of the activities follow the list of times and places.

This year we are especially pleased to have arranged a tour and reception at the National Anthropological Archives. Instructions for signing up for the field trip on the AAA website can be found at the end of this announcement.

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Thursday, November 30

Anthropological Conversations Across the Generations
8:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
3-0180 (Roosevelt 4, Exhibition Level, Marriott)
Round table
Panelists: Sidney Greenfield, Pablo Landa, Sydel Silverman, Paul L. Doughty, Mario J. Bick, Abraham Rosman, Sofia Pinedo-Padoch, Saul Schwartz.

Generational Transitions in Anthropological Careers: Women’s Experiences in Training, Research, Employment, and Life Course Engagement
10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
3-0430 (Roosevelt 4, Exhibition Level, Marriott)
Paper session
Presenters: Susan Kenyon, Paula Rubel, Myrdene Anderson, Barbara Joans, Abby Gondek
Discussant: Ann Jordan

Business Meeting/Luncheon
12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
3-0650 (offsite)
Lebanese Taverna at 2641 Connecticut Ave. NW — one block from the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel)

Field trip to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Anthropological Archives and the Anthropology Collections of the National Museum of Natural History
2:15 p.m.–7:45 p.m.
3-0980 (offsite)
(see box below for registration procedure)

Saturday, December 2:

Anthropological Legacies: the Forgotten, the Missing, and the ‘Re-discovered’ – Part 1
8:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
5-0035 (Balcony B, Mezzanine Level, Marriott)
Paper session
Presenters: Ira Jacknis, Genevieve Dempsey, Caitlin Haynes, Alan Bain, Robert Leopold Discussant: John Homiak

Anthropological Legacies: the Forgotten, the Missing, and the ‘Re-discovered’ – Part 2
10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
5-0375 (Balcony B, Mezzanine Level, Marriott)
Paper session
Presenters: Herbert Lewis, Justin Spence, Samuel Redman, Ricardo Punzalan, Hadley Jensen
Discussant: Ira Jacknis

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What’s happening

On Thursday, November 30th, a full day of activities begins at 8:00 a.m. with a round table discussion. Senior scholars and young colleagues at the beginning of their careers engage in a conversation on topics such as changes in anthropological thinking and practice over the last half-century, the proliferation of special interest groups and their consequences, gender relations, reduction in traditional forms of employment, and alternative job possibilities.

A paper session follows at 10:15 a.m. with five personal accounts of the ways women with long anthropological careers have approached changes in the discipline. Together they demonstrate how reflexivity and public engagement played out not only in the development of particular careers, but also have contributed to transformations in the practice of anthropology. Issues addressed at different stages in the life of these ethnographers include social positioning, choices of sub-disciplinary specializations, and criteria of personal and professional commitment, along with paradigm shifts and effects of aging on late-career engagement. The case studies demonstrate ways in which each anthropologist’s life can both reflect and illuminate broader disciplinary and social concerns. The session is intended to elicit implications of the experiences of senior anthropologists for the challenges now facing anthropologists at earlier stages of their careers.

The combined business lunch and meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. to review activities of the past year, share information about ongoing projects, and consider new initiatives. The cost is covered by section dues ($15), and new members can join at that time. Current members and others planning to attend should notify Sid Greenfield ([email protected]) by November 20th so that he can finalize arrangements with the restaurant: the Lebanese Taverna at 2641 Connecticut Ave. NW.

At 2:15 a.m., right after the business lunch and meeting, a bus departs from the restaurant for a field trip to the National Anthropological Archives. Space is limited, and participants must register and pay the $25 transportation fee in advance (see the box below for instructions). The event is open to everyone, so please let your spouses/partners/friends/students who are not members of the ASA know! We are very excited about this wonderful opportunity to learn how research notes and other materials can be preserved, organized, and made available for present and future generations. Read on for further information about the archives.

On Saturday, December 2nd, a pair of sessions explores the work of the NAA, a part of the Smithsonian Institution located in Maryland. The papers address the research value of archived anthropological data, considering the impact of documentation that has gone missing, been temporarily forgotten or has been “re-discovered” by contemporary anthropologists in the field notes, papers and correspondence of their predecessors. Papers focus on themes that include reexamining the published monographs of scholars against their field notes, recuperating the archives of scholars whose materials have been lost, highlighting the unexpected impact of little known fieldworkers whose careers were suddenly truncated, surveying the unanticipated uses of primary anthropological data, appraising the archival materials of scholars to assess their contributions’ trends in the discipline, and reviewing ethical concerns in relation to access and/or source communities posed by archived anthropological materials.

Find out more from head archivist and photo archivist Gina Rappaport’s ASA column on the National Anthropological Archives in the October Anthropology News, prepared in anticipation of the tour and reception and the paper sessions.

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How to Sign Up for the Field Trip to the National Anthropological Archives:

 

1. Enter the AAA website at www.americananthro.org

 

2. Click on the white Login button at the middle-top of the page. Enter your e-mail address and password in the boxes indicated and click on the Go button

[If you have not yet registered for the annual meeting, you will have to do so and log in again before continuing]

3. If you already have registered for the annual meeting, you can click on

Annual Meeting WORKSHOPS/EVENTS/BADGES

which should appear just below the blue block panels on the upper part of the page

4. Find and click on

Add Workshops

which should appear near the top of the page under the Meetings/Other Events header on the left side of the line for the 2017 AAA 116th Annual Meeting

5. Scroll down and click on the box next to the 15th item on the list

£ ASA National Archives Field Trip

 

6. Scroll the rest of the way to the bottom right of the page and click on

Save/Add To Cart

 

7. Under the heading quantity change the number from 1 to a higher number if you wish to purchase more than one seat; then scroll down to the bottom right of the page, click on

Check-Out,

and follow the rest of the payment instructions

Jim Weil is the ASA Program Chair

Cite as: Weil, Jim. 2017. “Association of Senior Anthropologists at the 2017 Annual Meeting.” Anthropology News website, November 15, 2017. doi: 10.1111/AN.683

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