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The Minority Science Writers Internship Program at Science
Oct 16 2016 – Feb 1 2017 all-day

The Minority Science Writers
Internship Program at Science

2017 Application Available Online
October 16 – February 1!

Please share this opportunity with your students!

The AAAS Pitts Family Foundation Minority Science Writers Internship is for undergraduates who are interested in journalism as a career and who want to learn about science writing. In addition to improving their skills, the program seeks to make a dent in the demographics of the profession: Although science is a global activity, the journalists who cover it don’t reflect that diversity.

Funded by the Pitts Family Foundation, the internship takes place each summer at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of AAAS’s Science magazine, the largest interdisciplinary journal in the world. Interns spend ten weeks at Science under the guidance of award-winning reporters and editors practicing what science writers do for a living. They have a chance to meet leading scientists, attend conferences and hearings, and cover breaking news. Interns are expected to contribute to all facets of the news operation, including writing bylined articles for the print magazine and online news service, engaging in social media, and contributing to other news products.

Interns receive a weekly stipend as well as the cost of a round-trip ticket to and from Washington, D.C. The internship runs from early June to mid-August. This year’s application deadline is Feb. 1, 2017. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate academic program at the time they submit their application.

Learn more and apply. 

Call for Papers: CASCA/IUAES2017 Conference in Ottawa
Dec 2 – Dec 19 all-day

Call for papers

The call for papers is now open and closes at midnight on December 19th, 2016. Before you propose a paper, audiovisual media contribution or a poster, please read the theme of the congress, the rules below, and then browse the list of panels.

The accepted panels have been divided into thematic streams:

  • Worlds in motion: Worlds, Hopes and Futures
  • Worlds in motion: Cultural Heritage, Artefacts and Tourism
  • Worlds in motion: Human rights, Laws and Trafficking
  • Worlds in motion: Global Flows
  • Worlds in motion: Anthropology in movement
  • Living landscapes: Nomadic and Sedentary
  • Living landscapes: Affective Ecologies
  • Living landscapes: Food and Water Flows
  • Living landscapes: Anthropocene
  • Moving bodies: Sounds and Resonance
  • Moving bodies: Affects, Movement and Stillness
  • Moving bodies: Medical Travels
  • Moving bodies: Shamanism, Spiritualism and Reliogiosity
  • Relational movements: Migration, Refugees and Borders
  • Relational movements: Lively Languages
  • Relational movements: Kin and Gender
  • Relational movements: States, Politics and Knowledge
  • Relational movements: Crossroads, Places and Violences

There is also an Audiovisual stream for films and other contributions of AV media, and a poster stream. When browsing through the list of panels, you can alternate between the All panels view that shows all the panels in one list, regardless of the stream and the All streams view that shows the list of streams.


  • Delegates may convene only one panel, although they may also make one presentation, be a discussant in one panel, and/or present a poster. We ask that convenors only propose one panel.
  • All convenors and presenters are obliged to be members of both CASCA and IUAES for 2017 and have paid their subscription before the inter-congress. You need not conform to this rule when making your proposal, but must address it after your proposal is accepted. Membership of both associations for 2017 will be included as part of the registration process/fee. A delegate who has already paid for one or both of these memberships for 2017 will be credited with an additional year’s subscription for the respective association(s) for 2018.
  • With the exception of IUAES Commission panels, all panels should be open to paper proposals through the website: panels should not be organised as ‘closed’ sessions.
  • Session length will be 90 minutes with four papers per session. Each panel may accept from four to twelve papers, which will then run over one to three sessions. No panel may run for more than three sessions of 90 minutes.
  • Proposals must be made via the online form only.

The call for papers closes on 19th December 2016.
Decisions over the paper proposals will be made by the panel convenors and these will be communicated to all proposing authors by 12th January 2017.

Anthropology in Austria @ Wolfson Room, British Academy
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Anthropology in Austria

From the “Blue Danube“ to studying the diversity of the world

Tuesday 8 November 2016, 10.00am to 6.00pm

Venue: Wolfson Room, British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Anthropology in Austria has long entertained lively, fairly continuous, and multi-facetted interactions with the UK. These have ranged from Habsburg Empire citizen Bronislaw Malinowski’s odyssey through London to the Trobriand Islanders, Siegfried Nadel’s emigration to England from Vienna through Berlin, Christoph Fürer-Haimendorf’s dissociation from Nazi-occupied Austria in moving to British India and later to SOAS; Vienna-born Scarlett Epstein’s affiliation with Max Gluckmann and the Manchester school, to Ernest Gellner’s engagement with those intellectual legacies of Central Europe in which his parents had grown up. Many of those past interactions in fact were related to Austrian movements of intellectual and political thought.

Yet Anthropology in Austria has completely re-organized itself in recent decades, and has opened up to the world more than ever before. Today it represents a major branch in German-speaking and European social anthropology. The RAI’s day of anthropology in Austria strives to take stock of these recent developments by presenting and discussing major trends, advances, and insights in the fields of regional studies, qualitative methodologies, and topical areas of interest. Several of anthropology’s key representatives in the Austrian Academy of Sciences and at the University of Vienna will reflect critically upon the directions anthropology in Austria is taking in the early 21st century. This will focus on studies in Eurasia, Africa, and the Americas, on comparative and historical methods, and on fields ranging from mobility and refugee studies to the anthropology of art and of the environment, and medical anthropology. Contributors will include several mid-career scholars as well as Ayşe Çağlar, Thomas Fillitz, Andre Gingrich, and Peter Schweitzer.

This event is free, but tickets must be booked.  To book tickets please go to


Welcome & Opening, High Representatives of the British Academy and the Royal Anthropological Institute

Welcome Address, HE Martin Eichtinger, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Austria to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Heinz Fassmann, Deputy Rector of the University of Vienna & Chair of the Austrian Academy of Sciences Academy Council

Morning Session

Andre Gingrich, A First Overview: Introducing Anthropology from Austria

Ayşe Çağlar, Migrants and City Making in a Multiscalar Perspective: Space and Time in Anthropology of Migration

Peter Schweitzer, Remote Connections: Human Entanglements with Built and Natural Environments in the Arctic and Elsewhere

Eva-Maria Knoll, In Motion: Genes, Identities and Mediated Lives in Small Scale Contexts

Discussant 1 Chris Hann, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle/Saale, G)

Lunch Break

Afternoon Session

Thomas Fillitz, Visual Research in Social Sciences, and an Anthropology of Contemporary Art

Elke Mader, Ritual Transformations: Vision Quest, Shamanism, and Globalization in Amazonia

Stephan Kloos, From Buddhist Deities to the Spirit of Capitalism: Tibetan Medicine and the Remaking of Inner Asia

Maria Six-Hohenbalken, On Violence and Displacement: Memories after Extreme Violent Experiences in Kurdish Society

Andre Gingrich, Critical Re-Assessments: Historical Anthropology and the History of Anthropology

Discussant 2 João de Pina-Cabral, School of Anthropology & Conservation, Univ. of Kent

For abstracts please go to the event page on our website,

Call For Papers: Refugee Migration and Urban Studies with IMISCOE
Dec 11 all-day

Refugee Migration and Urban Studies – Theoretical Challenges and New Approaches

Forced migration is a global phenomenon, which is regulated by supranational and national laws
and politics. However, it is the city where the arrival, accommodation and integration of refugees
predominantly take place. The city often overtakes a significant role – not only in implementing
national approaches, but also in developing innovative and progressive urban solutions in regards
to receiving, housing and integrating refugees. Especially in the context of the decline of the
nation state and globalization, cities – due to processes of localization and rescaling – have the
ability to overrule national migration regimes and to push for a migration agenda that has the
needs of refugees at its heart.

Migration research and refugee studies have traditionally explored the nation state and
supranational migration regimes in regards to refugee resettlement, housing challenges and
integration practices. In the fields of urban studies, the city in relation to migration has been
often applied as a container in which migrants settle consequently neglecting the impacts of
refugees on urban development and the transformation of urban politics and society. However,
in the passing years a growing body of scholarship has emerged addressing the importance of the
local scale and the city as an actor in regards to migration and particularly the arrival of refugees.
These research works apply and develop theories and/or conceptualize ideas of (im)mobility,
infrastructures, arrival, local migration regimes, governance, localization and rescaling processes
as well as planning theories and theories of space.

With focusing particularly on the (political, societal, cultural and economic) arrangements of the
arrival of refugees in metropolitan areas, this panel discusses the dynamic and complex
relationship between refugee migration, urban development and restructuring from a theoretical
angle. It examines concepts to study the role of the city (and its various actors) in managing
refugee migration in relation to national political systems, trends of globalization and thus in
regards to rescaling processes and “scale jumping”. It asks which theoretical approaches are
suitable to develop research designs for the study of the organization and negotiations of the
arrival of refugees in cities. Consequently this panel brings together the theoretical and
conceptual fields of urban studies and refugee/migration research. It invites contributions that
work with the mentioned concepts and other approaches focusing on theorizing (aspects of) the
urban in regards to refugee migration.

If you are interested in participating in the session please send an abstract of no more than 250
words before December 11 to and birgit.glorius@phil.tuchemnitz.
de. We will give a pre-decision on the papers until December 15th. The final decision
upon acceptance of the panel is taken by the IMISCOE office in the course of February 2017.

Organisers of the panel:

René Kreichauf, MA Urban Studies, PhD Candidate at Freie Universität Berlin and Graduate
School of North American Studies (GSNAS), John-F.-Kennedy Institute for North American

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Birgit Glorius, associate professor at Chemnitz University of Technology, Institute
for European Studies, Chair of Human Geography of East Central Europe, Chemnitz, Germany


IMISCOE is the largest European network of scholars in the area of migration and integration.
The focus is on comparative research and joint research projects. The annual IMISCOE
conference is a key-moment in the agendas of most migration scholars in Europe. In addition,
IMISCOE contributes to the training of young researchers and their exchange throughout
Europe. Also IMISCOE plays an important role in the mutual dialogue between researchers and
society (policy, politics, civil society).

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Call for Applications: Halperin Memorial Fund
Dec 15 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.

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 15, 2016. We will announce awards by February 15, 2017.

  1. Proposal Cover sheet
  2. Abstract (100 words)
  3. Project description, < 500 words about research goals, itinerary, primary research tasks,

potential outcomes

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. 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.

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Call for Papers: CSAS Annual Meeting
Dec 15 all-day

Faculty, students, independent scholars, and practitioners are encouraged to submit abstracts for papers, posters, organized sessions, workshops, and round-tables in all fields of anthropology, including applied, for the 96th Anniversary Meeting of the Central States Anthropological Society, which will be held at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, Nebraska, April 6 through April 8, 2017.

The annual CSAS conference is student-friendly and features a paper competition for both undergraduate and graduate students (go to Awards page for more information). It  offers an opportunity for anthropologists from throughout the Midwest, from institutions large and small, to meet, talk, and network in a welcoming and professional environment.

This year’s conference will offer two extraordinary plenary talks.  The 2016 Distinguished Lecture will be given by Dr. Fred Smith. And a second special plenary address will be given by Dr. Richard Lee.

You must register for the conference before you can submit an abstract.  If your abstract is not accepted, you can ask for a refund of your registration fee.

This year, the registration rates for CSAS members have been reduced.  So if you are a member of AAA, join CSAS for $20 ($10 for students) and you’ll save on registration!

Registration rates:  Early online registration rates are:  CSAS regular member: $50; CSAS student member: $20; regular non-member: $90; student non-member: $40. (After March 6th the on-site registration rates are:  CSAS regular member: $70; CSAS student member: $30;regular non-member: $110; student non-member: $50.)

To register:  got to this AAA webpage.  Click on “register” under Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS) 2017 Spring Conference. AAA members should login to their account; non-AAA members should create a temporary account. Once you complete item 3, “Select Meeting,” the registration categories will appear.

All meeting participants are welcome to attend the business lunch; the subsidized ticket price is $8.

To submit an abstract:  Once you register (and pay fees), you will receive a registration confirmation email from aaameetings with a link to the submissions website. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS December 15, 2016.


If you have questions about the conference, or wish to discuss submitting panels or workshops, please contact:

Nobuko Adachi, CSAS 2017 Annual Meeting Program Chair
Illinois State University
(309) 438-8036

Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences
Dec 16 all-day

We are accepting applications for the 2017 cohort beginning September 1, 2016.  The deadline for applications to be received is Friday December 16, 2016.  The retreat is planned for June 26-28, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences is funded by the National Institutes of Health through the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR), and is the only program of its kind in the United States.

The program fulfills a national need for training in mixed methods and is a natural next step following the publication of the OBSSR “Best Practices for Mixed Methods Research in the Health Sciences.”.

Mixed methods research is defined as the collection, analysis, and integration of both quantitative (e.g., RCT outcome) data and qualitative (e.g., observations, interviews) data to provide a more comprehensive understanding of a research problem than might be obtained through quantitative or qualitative research alone. Typical applications of mixed methods in the health sciences involve adding qualitative interviews to follow up on the outcomes of intervention trials, gathering both quantitative and qualitative data to assess patient reactions to a program implemented in a community health setting, or using qualitative data to explain the mechanism of a study correlating behavioral and social factors to specific health outcomes.

An increase in proposals submitted to NIH using mixed methods reflects the growing awareness of the importance of this approach in addressing population and behavioral health.

Medical Anthropology Scholar needed: “Catalyst: A Social Justice Forum”
Dec 31 all-day

Catalyst:  A Social Justice Forum, an open access, no fee, e-journal based at the University of Tennessee, is preparing a forthcoming special issue on “Rebuilding Social Sciences”.

We are seeking a Medical Anthropology graduate student(s)/scholar to complete a partly outlined essay for publication to appear with full author’s credit to whomever writes the piece.  No financial compensation is offered but the editor will work with the author and assist in guiding the piece to publication while helping reduce uncertainty and time commitment.

The issue has opened a slot for a short piece that examines the history of the sub-field of Medical Anthropology and the rise of “Critical Medical Anthropology”. The piece will challenge CMA as an anti-science approach to health and an example of “critical studies” movements undermining social science and deterring potentially beneficial applications.  Authors should be comfortable taking this position as well as acknowledging opposing views.

The piece requires background information on anthropology as a discipline, medical anthropology as a subdiscipline, the rise/entrance/fit and misfit of CMA, an understanding (and/or hypotheses) of referee processes/ideologies in the sub-discipline, ideas on criteria and measurement of value and fit, and a willingness to offer ideas for improvement/change.  There will also be space for clear methodological statements on how one defines and measures academic fields and their value as well as ideologies and influences on them today.  The piece will be peer reviewed but as an essay where the standard will be to fact check while fully protecting author opinions.  Other very short contributions that could complement this article will be considered for publication.  Note that rebuttal opinions may appear in future issues.


Send a short letter in clear, jargon-free prose, outlining how you can contribute to this piece, along with a c.v. to the Special Issue Editor, David Lempert, at  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  Applicants should also note whether they are available to be considered as reviewers for the piece if not selected as author.

2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Jan 1 all-day

The National Science Foundation invites faculty to register as a potential 2017 Graduate Research Fellowship Program panelist. Serving as a GRFP panelist is an excellent opportunity to apply research and career expertise to help identify future science and engineering leaders. Please visit for more information.



NSF welcomes both new and returning panelists each year during the annual GRFP review panel meeting, to evaluate the current competition’s applications. GRFP applications are reviewed by disciplinary panels composed of disciplinary and interdisciplinary scientists and engineers and other professional graduate education experts, who read a selection of applications in their discipline(s) and evaluate them based on the Merit Review Criteria of Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts, as described in the 2017 GRFP Program Solicitation.

NSF seeks diverse panels composed of outstanding researchers from a wide range of institutions, geographic locations, and backgrounds.


Panelist Qualifications

  • Outstanding research in an NSF-supported field
  • Ability to evaluate interdisciplinary proposals
  • Knowledge of NSF Merit Review Criteria
  • Experience in mentoring graduate students


GRFP Panelists Include:

  • Faculty who work with undergraduate and graduate students
  • Individuals who conduct research in NSF-supported fields
  • Individuals who are able to review interdisciplinary research plans


Panel Process And Overview

The 2017 panel process will be conducted online, with no travel requirements.  Panelists will convene for an orientation session (webinar) in November, and will be granted access to an assigned pool of applications to read and review online for a period of several weeks, starting in December. In January, panels will convene online for two virtual panel sessions scheduled on two different days (Monday and Thursday, or Tuesday and Friday).


Flat Rate Fee

NSF will provide a flat rate fee for participation in the virtual panel sessions (4 hour minimum duration).


Panelist Timeline

  • September/October: Invitations issued to panelists
  • November: Online orientation webinars held for all panelists
  • December: Applications made available for review
  • January: Virtual panel sessions convene

Contact Information

If you have questions about serving as a panelist for the NSF GRFP please contact us at or 1-866-673-4737.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies
Jan 1 all-day

The 2016 cohort of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Fellows and institutional grantees in Buddhist studies received over $2.1 million in support for research, writing, and teaching. Twenty-eight scholars and two universities representing 10 countries were selected from a diverse and competitive pool of applicants through a rigorous review process administered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Congratulations to all awardees!

Now in its third year, this innovative program continues to grow and respond to the needs of the field it has been strengthening. Two new competitions, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies and The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies, were added this year, based on advice received from a growing network of Fellows, advisers, reviewers, and Foundation staff.  Research Fellowships support a year of research and writing at any stage of a scholar’s career.  Grants for New Professorships provide seed funds to universities, in any country, to establish new positions in Buddhist studies.

“The enthusiastic response to the first call for applications in the two new competitions signals that the Foundation’s support is needed and will contribute to the growing network of Buddhist studies,” noted Andrzej W. Tymowski, director of International Programs at ACLS.

Awardees will use their tenures to study and teach Buddhist traditions through a variety of disciplinary approaches. Selected projects focus on diverse geographic areas in South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia, and cover many historic periods, from medieval China to contemporary Cambodia.  The Fellows themselves span the globe in their academic training and affiliation, coming from Switzerland, Norway, Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, and the United States, among others.

“Our Foundation believes that Buddhism has an important part to play in addressing today’s challenges,” said Foundation Chairman Mr. Robert Y. C. Ho. “We are delighted to support Buddhist teaching and scholarship, in collaboration with ACLS, and highly encouraged by the broad range of excellent applicants for the Program. Now in its third year, the grant scheme is making real progress towards realising my family’s vision of developing a global, non-sectarian Buddhist learning network.”

ACLS President Pauline Yu added: “The current year of awards has seen an expansion in the range of topics, geographies of research, and home countries of award recipients. We also note with pride the development of a truly international network of Foundation-supported Fellows. The network was visible in 2015, when the Foundation sponsored a three-day symposium for Dissertation Fellows at the University of British Columbia. The cross-fertilization of ideas at the meeting benefited both Fellows and senior scholars who attended.”

The 2016 Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Fellows in Buddhist Studies are:

The 2016-17 competitions will open in July. Further information is available at