SUNTA 2017 Recap and Plans for 2018

It was a pleasure to see so many SUNTA members at our business meeting in DC, where we recognized SUNTA members’ research, and discussed initiatives in 2017 that will continue in 2018.

Board transitions

We welcomed five new members to the board: First-Year Councilor, Sylvia Nam (University of California, Irvine); Secretary, Faedah M.Totah (Virginia Commonwealth University); Student Councilor, Camille Frazier (University of California, Los Angeles); and City and Society co-editors, Sheri Gibbings (Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo) and Derek Pardue (Aarhus University).  Deborah Altamirano (SUNY Plattsburgh) is now in her second term as treasurer.  Many thanks to outgoing City and Society editor, Joshua Barker (University of Toronto); Secretary, Andrew Newman (Wayne State University); Councilor, Jeremy Rayner (Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales, Ecuador), and Student Councilor, Susan Hill (University of Wisconsin). We appreciate their years of dedicated service.

Awards

Congratulations to Ted Bestor (Harvard University), the first recipient of the newly established SUNTA Senior Scholar/Lifetime Achievement Award. Ted has made many contributions to the discipline, and is the author of Neighborhood Tokyo (1990) and Tsukiji: the Fish Market at the Center of the World (2004). Congratulations as well to Leeds Prize awardee Yukiko Koga (Hunter College) for Inheritance of Loss: China, Japan, and the Political Economy of Redemption After Empire(2017). Ted’s acceptance speech and more information about Yukiko’s wonderful book are available at sunta.org.

Alix Johnson (University of California, Santa Cruz) received the Graduate Student Paper Prize for “Compromising Connections: Ambivalent Infrastructure in an On the Way Place” and the Undergraduate Student Paper Prize recipient was Sarah England (Dalhousie), who was nominated by Martha Radice for her essay “Picturing Halifax: Young Immigrant Women and the Social Construction of Urban Space.”

Mentoring program

Thanks to the efforts of Past President Petra Kuppinger the inaugural mentoring session was held in DC. Mentors Friederike Flesicher, Andrew Newman, Suzanne Scheld, and Petra Kuppinger met with over 20 students and early career scholars. We will announce details about the San José mentoring program in October. SUNTA is also a proud supporter of the AAA Summer Internship Program.    

Committee on Refugees & Immigrants

Given the increasing poignancy of debates regarding refugees, the Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (CORI) became active again in the past year to follow up on interest expressed at the AAA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. CORI focuses on the global problems of forced dislocation, the provision of asylum and resettlement to refugees, and the adjustment of immigrants. To this end, CORI (in conjunction with SUNTA and the AAA) published the volume Maintaining Refuge (2017), edited by David Haines (George Mason), Jayne Howell (California State University, Long Beach) and Fethi Keles (Clarkson University). The full-text, with 22-essays, is available at http://mason.gmu.edu/~dhaines1/CORI_2017_Final.pdf. In addition, CORI coordinated five “In Focus” articles for the Anthropology News website in June 2017. Thank you to all contributors for your thoughtful and insightful perspectives. Details about and the call for essays for the 2018 CORI volume will be announced in this column and on SUNTA’s social media.

The guidelines and deadlines for the 2018 SUNTA prizes are posted at sunta.org.

Please contact SUNTA President Jayne Howell ([email protected]) or Program Chair Jeff Maskovsky ([email protected]) with questions about, ideas for sessions, or special events in San José. Ideas for SUNTA’s Anthropology News columns should go to Faedah M. Totah at [email protected].

Jayne Howell is SUNTA president and professor of anthropology at California State University, Long Beach.

Faedah Totah is contributing editor for SUNTA’s AN column ([email protected]).

Cite as: Howell, Jayne. 2018. “SUNTA 2017 Recap and Plans for 2018.” Anthropology News website, February 27, 2018. DOI: AN.783

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