SUNTA’s New Mentoring Lunches and Breakfasts at the Annual Meeting

With the help of a grant from the AAA, the Society for Urban National and Transnational Anthropology is launching its first annual mentoring program. The program is open to all graduate students or early career anthropologists who wish to discuss one of the four research, work, and career related topics listed below. We plan for a group size of about three to five participants. 

To sign up for one of these mentoring meetings, please contact the respective mentor/moderator to reserve a seat, and to get further and details  about the meetings. For general questions, please contact Petra Kuppinger at [email protected].

1. Preparing/making a career outside the USA

Lunch: Friday December 1, 2017, 12:30–2:00 p.m.

The United States is a highly competitive and tight job market, but it is not the only option to look for employment after graduation. There are very good and attractive options beyond the United States. Based on my own experience, in this lunch I will help students consider the international job market, what is important to keep in mind, and discuss the pros and cons before making such a decision. 

Friederike Fleischer (Departamento de Antropología, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia). [email protected]

2. Collaborative/participative approaches to ethnography

Lunch: Friday December 1, 2017, 12:30–2:00 p.m.

“Participative” and “collaborative” forms of ethnographic research are gaining traction in anthropology and similar fields. These approaches have emerged in response to a variety of critiques leveled at the traditional “ethnographer/informant” framework, but they are not without their own ethical, intellectual, and methodological problems. Our discussion examines different approaches as well as complications that arise in various contexts.  

Andrew Newman (Department of Anthropology, Wayne State University, Detroit MI). [email protected] 

3. Getting the first paper published

Breakfast: Thursday November 30, 9:00–11:00 a.m.

Getting one’s first academic publication can be a challenge. Where should you send your manuscript? How much should you revise your manuscript before sending it out?  How should you interpret feedback from your reviewers? How should you communicate with the editors and copy editors? Based on my experience editing City & Society, I will share insights with aspiring authors on these and other questions related to challenge of publishing one’s first article.

Suzanne Scheld (Department of Anthropology, California State University at Northridge, Northridge CA). [email protected]

4. Preparing/making a career at a liberal arts college

Breakfast: Friday December 1, 2017 8:30–10:30 a.m.

Graduate students often assume that research and work in large research universities is the only academic career path for anthropologists. There are, however, interesting other places and options, very prominently among them liberal arts colleges. Based on my own experience, in this meeting I will describe and discuss my own experiences at a liberal arts college. We will discuss pros and cons of such a work environment.

Petra Kuppinger (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Monmouth College, Monmouth IL). [email protected]

Andrew Newman is SUNTA secretary and associate professor of anthropology at Wayne State University.

Cite as: Newman, Andrew. 2017. “SUNTA’s New Mentoring Lunches and Breakfasts at the Annual Meeting.” Anthropology News website, November 17, 2017. doi: 10.1111/AN.701

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