What’s in Your Annual Meeting Bag?

Over the summer, AN asked anthropologists what they pack in their field bags. This time, anthropologists share what they’ve packed for the AAA Annual Meeting.

Oguz Alyanak

Three items stand out in this backpack. First, the Turkish passport. It is not its presence but its absence that I fear—perhaps more than ever today. Second, the evil eye. My mom said to carry it on me all the time: No matter how small, or discreet, it would protect me for malevolent gazes. And third, the lotions. Without them, my skin would turn redder than my backpack.

Oguz Alyanak is author of the “New Turkey Chronicles” Opinion column.

Luzilda Carrillo Arciniega

Like most, I carry a laptop for those last minute deadlines (e.g., editing my talk)! Coming from CDMX, I brought my Frida mirror and a notebook for all the golden insights and that random citation. Also, a battery so that my cellphone can keep up with my texting and e-mailing.

Luzilda Carrillo Arciniega is author of the “Diversity in the Workplace” Opinion column.

Anna Babel

In my bag: Dark-colored, comfortable clothing. Book manuscript and gel pens for proofing, student work for grading. Water bottle and painkillers. My trusty laptop and power cables. Wallet, phone, keys. Dark chocolate for emergencies. A blank book for to-do lists and notes. And Ken, who I stick pins into when people run over their 15-minute presentation time. Ken has not fared well at past AAA meetings. (Just kidding, I would never do that. Probably.)

Anna Babel is Contributing Editor for the Society for Linguistic Anthropology.

Gina Athena Ulysse

To not get overwhelmed and continue to ride the fantastic wave of The Baltimore Conference (NWSA), I  put How We Get Free in my bag so I can read as much of it as I can while I am here. Latest book announcement and professional cards. That protein powder in a bottle of water can be serious sustenance. The daybook is so I don’t forget my appts. After my presentations, AAA for me is really all about reconnecting with dear colleagues.

Gina Athena Ulysse is a member of the Anthropology News Advisory Board.

Bianca Williams

When I was younger, my mother repeatedly scolded me because I hated carrying purses. She would be so happy to see this! My water bottle: Because the Colorado altitude trained me to stay hydrated, especially during long, busy intellectual marathons (otherwise known as “conferences”). My phone: Because #BlackLivesMatter and I can take notes on it. And my scarf: Because what anthropologist comes to AnthroCon (as Shalini Shankar’s son calls “AAA”) without one?

Bianca Williams is a member of the Anthropology News Advisory Board.

Cite as: Alyanak, Oguz, Luzilda Carrillo Arciniega, Anna Babel, Gina Athena Ulysse, and Bianca Williams. 2017. “What’s in Your Annual Meeting Bag?” Anthropology News website, December 1, 2017. doi: 10.1111/AN.717

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