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Call for Applications- Wenner-Gren Foundation President
Nov 3 – Dec 3 all-day

The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (“Wenner-Gren”) seeks a distinguished and passionate professional leader as its next President. The Foundation works to support all branches of anthropology and closely related fields concerned with human, biological, and cultural origins, evolution, and variation. The next President will have a singular and visible opportunity to head a highly respected organization, one that plays a critical role in enhancing humankind’s understanding of itself and its place in the world.

Since its beginning in 1941 as the Viking Fund, the Wenner-Gren Foundation has nurtured the study of anthropology and been a leader in the discipline’s continued evolution. As a grant funder, Wenner-Gren provides over $5 million annually in support of a variety of programs for anthropological research and scholarship. As a convener of experts, the organization runs some of the most compelling symposia in the field. As a creator and purveyor of knowledge, Wenner-Gren publishes Current Anthropology, one of the premier journals in the discipline, and is launching SAPIENS, a new web portal that, when complete, will help to popularize anthropology with a broader audience outside the discipline.

The next President will not only oversee Wenner-Gren’s successful activities, but will also be empowered to work closely with the Board of Trustees, Academic Advisory Council, and Foundation staff to explore the creation of new efforts to further and sustain the organization’s goals. With strong and stable finances, a knowledgeable and experienced staff, an engaged and thoughtful board, and an excellent reputation, the Foundation seeks a leader with the vision and ability to promote and sustain anthropology globally.

Wenner-Gren’s next President should have a deep knowledge of anthropology, understand the rigor required for excellent scholarship, and grasp the scholarly and customary differences among its sub-disciplines. A compelling vision of the relevance of the discipline, a proven ability to translate vision into reality, and a demonstrated record of effective management will also be necessary in the next leader.

Applications will be received until the position is filled, but for full consideration, please send your materials by December 3rd.

This search is being led by Isaacson, Miller, a national retained executive search firm. All inquiries should be directed in confidence to:

Anita Tien, John Muckle, Matthew Tzuker

Isaacson Miller

263 Summer Street

Boston, MA 02210

Australian Anthropological Society (AAS) Conference @ The University of Melbourne
Dec 1 – Dec 4 all-day

The meetings will be held on campus, and a call for panels will be issued early next year.

We are thrilled to welcome Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Joel Robbins and Akhil Gupta as keynotes addressing the conference theme: Moral Horizons.

Please see our website for conference details:

Please also connect with the conference via:

tw: @AusAnthro #moralhorizons

The Society for Ethnomusicology’s 60th Annual Meeting @ The Hilton
Dec 3 – Dec 6 all-day

The Society for Ethnomusicology will hold its 60th Annual Meeting on December 3-6, 2015, at the Hilton Austin, hosted by the University of Texas at Austin. For the Call for Proposals, abstract submission instructions, and preliminary meeting information, please visit the SEM website at and select “Conferences” / “Current.” The deadline for submission of all abstracts is February 20, 2015.

In conjunction with the SEM Annual Meeting, the University of Texas will hold a pre-conference symposium, titled “Music, Property and Law,” on December 2 in Austin.

Call for Applications: Halperin Memorial Fund
Dec 11 all-day


The Rhoda Halperin Memorial Fund celebrates the life and work of Rhoda Halperin by supporting PhD students in anthropology who emulate her love of economic anthropology and concern for people on the social margin. In memory of Rhoda’s convivial collegiality, the Fund also encourages student professional development through participation in the scholarly meetings of the SEA and AAA. To meet these goals, students engaged in economic research focused on social exclusion and poverty are provided small grants for preliminary dissertation fieldwork and subsequent travel money to present their findings at the Society for Economic Anthropology annual conference.

See website here

Because Rhoda Halperin’s career exemplified the integration of anthropological theory with social activism, for the purposes of this award, economic anthropology is broadly defined to include applied and non-applied perspectives, research that engages with issues of poverty, exclusion from the political process, and access to education.



  1. Any student enrolled in an anthropology (or allied field) doctoral program, regardless of citizenship or nation, is eligible for the award.
  2. Strong preference is given to students early in the dissertation process rather than to those who are further along and have already developed their proposals.
  3. The funds are not intended for language study.



Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements may apply for the award by providing the following materials by the deadline listed below. All materials should be submitted via email to Daniel Murphy ( by December 11, 2015. We will announce awards by February 15, 2016.

  1. Proposal Cover sheet
  2. Abstract (100 words)
  3. Project description, < 500 words about research goals, itinerary, primary research tasks, potential outcomes
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Letter of recommendation (included or under separate cover)

Find application forms at [].



Recipients receive $2,000 for preliminary PhD research, issued upon acceptance of the award and notification to the Treasurer of the SEA []

Recipients receive a one-year membership in the Society for Economic Anthropology.

Recipients receive $500 to supplement the costs of traveling to the SEA spring conference during the year following the research award to present a poster or paper on the dissertation research or background work.



The Halperin Memorial Fund is a fund of the Society for Economic Anthropology, a Section of the American Anthropological Association, which is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations to The Halperin Memorial Fund are typically exempt from federal income tax, as are membership fees, but please consult your tax advisor regarding your specific situation. When you make a donation to support the Halperin Memorial Fund by check, please make your check to “SEA/American Anthropological Association” and note that the donation is for the Halperin Memorial Fund.

American Anthropological Association

attn: Accounting

2300 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 1301

Arlington, VA 22201-3386

Penn Postdoctoral Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics @ University of Pennsylvania
Dec 14 all-day

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Penn Postdoctoral Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics


The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine invites applications for the postdoctoral Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics.  This 2-year Fellowship seeks to train scholars and future leaders in academic biomedical ethics.  Appointments will commence in Summer 2016.

Fellows will participate fully in the life of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, which is among the world’s leading bioethics departments.  They will have full access to the intellectual resources of the Penn community.

Fellows will receive a generous annual stipend, benefits, full tuition for a master’s degree in bioethics, and funds for academic books and travel.

Applications are invited from scholars with doctoral degrees in hand (MDs, PhDs or equivalent, JDs), or who will receive such degrees by May 2016.  Doctorates may be in any relevant field, including but not limited to philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, economics or anthropology.  Prior experience in bioethics is not required.

Interested applicants should visit for more information. Application deadline is December 14, 2015.

Call for Applications: The Philosophy of Death and Dying @ University of Helsinki
Dec 15 all-day

Call for Applications: International Interdisciplinary Winter School- “The Philosophy of Death and Dying”
With Prof. Sami Johannes Pihlström
February 15th – 18th, 2016
This year’s Winter School focuses on the problem of death and dying both in a philosophical and a metaphilosophical way by approaching not only the conceptual issues that arise with this matter, but also the ethical problems. The definition and criteria of death, the existential significance of mortality and the metaphysics of death are only some of the topics to be covered during the Winter School. Metaphilosophically, the crucial question emerging from the present situation in the philosophy of death and dying is whether there is in the end anything that could appropriately be called “philosophical thanatology” and what exactly does it imply. The one-week-long winter school, intended to doctoral students and advanced undergraduates from related fields of research, will consist of a series of lectures, based on Pihlström’s book manuscript in progress (tentatively titled Death and Finitude: Toward a Pragmatic Transcendental Anthropology of Human Limits and Mortality), as well as presentations by the course participants. All applicants doing research in an area related to the topics of the Winter School are invited to indicate their willingness to present a paper.

Submission Information

In order to participate applicants have to submit a completed application form downloadable from our website together with a cover letter stating the motivation to participate and a CV according to usual standards. Those who intend to give presentations must also attach to the application a short abstract (1000 words max.) in order to outline the project or case study to be introduced during the Winter School.
Deadline for the receipt of complete application is December 15th, 2015. A letter of admission will reach successful applicants by December 20th, 2015.
Further information about the 2016 Interdisciplinary Winter School can be found at this link.

All Applications should be sent to or to our postal address:
Doblerstr. 33
72074 Tübingen

Call for Book Chapters
Dec 15 all-day

Book for Intellect Publishing on Women Police Detectives throughout the World.  Chapters about 25 manuscript pages. It will be a companion to their Journal collection on male police detectives. 

Call for Applications- An Inquiry on the Societal Implications of Astrobiology
Jan 15 all-day


Center of Theological Inquiry: Princeton, NJ

SEARCHING FOR LIFE: An Inquiry on the Societal Implications of Astrobiology

With Support from the NASA Astrobiology Program & John Templeton Foundation


Call for Applications in the Social Sciences

Societal understanding of life on earth has always developed in dialogue with scientific investigations of its origin and evolution.Today, the new science of astrobiology extends these investigations to include the possibility of life in the universe. As astrobiologydevelops and its discoveries become more widely known, scholars in the humanities and social sciences will have newopportunities to bring their explorations of humanity and society into dialogue with scientific study of the conditions that make lifepossible. This Inquiry offers one such opportunity. Searching for Life is for scholars who are open to this  new  angle  of  vision on perennial  questions.

The Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) is an independent research institution with an interdisciplinary program. Each year the Center convenes a research team of resident scholars whose individual projects contribute to a larger inquiry on a global concern.

Applications for 2016-17 are invited from scholars in the humanities and social sciences as well as theology whose work will add to the core conversations with scientists during the Inquiry. Successful applicants will be awarded fellowships of up to $70,000 and provided with offices, subsidized housing, and library access to enable them to work full-time as members of the resident research team at the Center in Princeton, NJ, from September 2016 to May 2017, pursuing their research on the inquiry topic, participating in a weekly colloquium on work in progress, and a symposium series on astrobiology and its societal implications.

More information about the Inquiry as well as the online application can be found on the Center’s website at Questions should be emailed to the Application Manager at


CTI gratefully acknowledges support for this Inquiry from NASA & John Templeton Foundation.

Call for Papers: Invisible Resistances
Jan 15 all-day

From June 8 to 1, 2016 will take place in Bergamo (Italy) the 6th Conference of Ethnography and Qualitative Research, organized by the University of Bergamo in collaboration with the journal Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa and the Italian publisher Il Mulino.

Pietro Saitta (U of Messina) solicits contributions for the following workshop:

Submerged Conflicts. Ethnography of the Invisible Resistances in the Quotidian

The present call for papers solicits either ethnographic or qualitative contributions that deal with the theme of invisible resistances in the realms of everyday life, labor and public space, and that show how politics and struggles move to private and quotidian plans, often illegal, which parallel the more conventional forms of collective action. Methodological contributions, based both on primary research accounts and secondary ethnographical and historical data that reflect on the problems of the recognition of resistances and the politics of writing, are also encouraged.

For a richer description of the workshop, please visit here.
Deadlines and submissions:
Authors interested in this initiative should submit an abstract (1,000 words) by January, 15, 2016 to:,
For further information about the conference click here.


Harvard University Postdoctoral Fellowship, U.S.-Japan Relations @ Harvard University
Jan 15 all-day

Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations offers postdoctoral fellowships for social scientists in a broad range of fields, including anthropology, economics, education, history, law, political science, public health, public policy, and sociology.  Projects that focus on Japan or Japan’s international role from a comparative, historical, or global perspective are welcome. Knowledge of the Japanese language is not required.

The postdoctoral fellow has the option to teach one undergraduate course during the academic year. Awards are for the academic year and provide $50,000 over 10 months. The application deadline is 15 January 2016. Candidates must hold a doctoral degree by 1 August, prior to the start of the academic year. Application forms are available at, or by contacting: Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, 61 Kirkland Street/Cambridge, MA  02138-2030 (e-mail: