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19th Annual Ethnographic Field School
When: Summer, June 2 to July 14, 2019
Where: Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
What: Learn how to design, conduct, investigate and write up your own independent project while living with a local family on the shores of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. Throughout the program, you will learn about Maya culture while developing skills in project design and fieldwork as you carry out your own research project.
Who: All Majors welcome! This program is open to students from any major and all universities. Whether you are an undergraduate, a graduate student, or just finished college, learning how to collect data and talk to people is beneficial not only for those in anthropology, but also for those in many other majors, including sociology, international studies, public health, history, education, textiles, natural resource management, business and management, sociolinguistics, political science, psychology, design and engineering. Anyone interested is encouraged to apply. We work with students with a variety of interests to help develop individualized research projects.
How: See what research is really like, do your own project, manage your own time and work according to the needs of your topic. Challenge yourself by living in a Maya community with a local family. We keep the seminars to a minimum, so students can have enough time to work on their projects; we want students to learn by doing, with intensive and in-depth hands-on learning.
Costs: The $4000 fee includes room and board, insurance, in-country travel, and tuition for 6 credit hours (airfare not included- about $600). Get in touch with us for ideas about funding your study abroad experience!
Apply: Apply through the CSUDH Study Abroad Website. Visit the Guatemala EFS Program website for more information and photos from previous years. The application deadline is February 1, 2019. Applications received after this time are accepted on a rolling basis as space permits.
We are pleased to announce a new National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU) opportunity, sponsored by NSF, the University of South Alabama and Quinnipiac University – The Bioarchaeology of Bronze Age Social Systems.
Students accepted into the 8-week program will learn to conduct hands-on research with archaeological human skeletal remains from Bronze Age Arabia, receive mentorship from guest scientists, and engage in public outreach. Student travel (up to $450), housing, and field trip fees will be covered by the NSF, in addition to a $500/week stipend. Eight Fellows will be selected from the pool of applicants. According to NSF eligibility requirements, students must be a US citizen or permanent resident, and currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.
The Bioarchaeology of Bronze Age Social Systems project will focus on two large Bronze Age skeletal collections from the Umm an-Nar period (2700-2000 BCE) of the United Arab Emirates. An analysis of these skeletons presents an opportunity to examine the socioeconomic, political, and environmental circumstances in which populations in southeastern Arabia resisted stratification, adapted to environmental change, and negotiated their own identities.
For more information about the project and field school check out our website (https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/artsandsci/syansw/anthropology/reu/research.html)
Website and Online Application: http://goo.gl/kgCi1B
Application Deadline: March 23, 2019
Field School Dates: May 22 – July 15, 2019
Field School Location: University of South Alabama, located in Mobile, AL
Contact Information: Dr. Lesley Gregoricka ([email protected]) and Dr. Jaime Ullinger ([email protected])
Join the live webcast! “CARTA 10th Anniversary: Revisiting the Agenda” is the topic of a free public symposium hosted by the UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) on Saturday, March 23rd (1:00-6:00 pm PT), co-chaired by Fred Gage (Salk Institute) and Pascal Gagneux (UC San Diego)
More than 20 years ago, a small group of La Jolla academics began periodic meetings for transdisciplinary discussions on anthropogeny (explaining the origin of humans) – an effort that blossomed into an international intellectual collaboration organized by UC San Diego and the Salk Institute as the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA).
At the formal opening of CARTA, just over 10 years ago, a group of CARTA leaders and advisors attempted to “define the agenda”. Much additional relevant information has since emerged, and an expanded group of experts will now revisit the agenda by addressing the following questions on a broad array of selected topics: What do we know for certain? What do we think we know? What do we need to know? How do we proceed? – Effectively, a whirlwind tour of many but not all approaches to anthropogeny.
Access the live webcast here on March 23:
Deadline for all calls: March 30, 2019
ADVANCED ACADEMIA: Fellowships for International Scholars
The Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS Sofia) announces a Call for Applications for its 2019/2020 In-Residence Advanced Academia Fellowships for International Scholars in the field of the humanities and the social sciences.
ADVANCED ACADEMIA: Fellowships for Bulgarian Scholars
– 9-month fellowships for Bulgarian scholars at the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia for 2019-2020.
RE-LINK ADVANCED ACADEMIA* Fellowships for Bulgarian Diaspora
– 3-month fellowships for Bulgarian scholars residing abroad.
ADVANCED ACADEMIA: Pforzheimer Senior Fellowship
Advanced Academia programme offers opportunity for Senior Bulgarian scholars to apply for 5-month research fellowships at CAS.
Call for Applications: GERDA HENKEL Fellowship
The five-month in-residence fellowships are granted under the framework of the CAS Advanced Academia programme and support PhD holders from the following countries: Afghanistan, China, and the former Soviet space.
CAS Sofia is an independent Institute with international and multidisciplinary profile. Located in Sofia, Bulgaria, it promotes high-level scholarship in the social sciences and the humanities. In addition to supporting focus-group research, CAS Sofia invites outstanding scholars to pursue their individual research projects during in-residence periods of up to five months.
More details can be found on our web-page: http://cas.bg/en/news-and-events.html?showmonth=1&eventList=2019-03-1
The 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society
October 16-19, 2019 • Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor • Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Proposal submission deadline: March 31, 2019
You can’t stop the people of Baltimore, Maryland, from expressing the enduring traditions that define this City of Neighborhoods, where community-based efforts drive culture, spark change, and sustain place-making. Come to Baltimore and experience what it means to be community driven in a city that illuminates the diverse geographies and peoples of Maryland and the surrounding region—urban, rural, Appalachian, and estuarine.
This meeting will explore what it means for the folklore world to be of, by and for the people—community driven. We invite participants to reveal how communities use the tools of folklore to build partnerships, foster innovation and sustainability, respond to injustice, and create conditions for reconciliation in a time of division and distraction; to explore community-driven curation and preservation in a digitally connected world; and to participate in discussions on building capacity to help folklorists better serve the communities with whom they work. Equally, we invite reflections on folklore as an instrument for constructing and shaping communities themselves, recognizing that this is not always a benevolent process for either insiders or outsiders.
In focusing on what is community driven, we also draw attention to:
- Local responses and resistance
- Work fostering new connections
- Grassroots curations of action and sustainability
- The role of cultural workers in sustaining communities and expressive life
- The value of (and definitions of) community in times of division
- Folk and vernacular culture in a digitally connected world
- Community resilience and solidarity on the front lines of climate change
The Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society will bring hundreds of US and international specialists in folklore and folklife, folk narrative, popular culture, music, material culture, and related fields, to exchange work and ideas and to create and strengthen relationships and networks. Prospective participants may submit proposals for papers, panels, forums, films, and diamond presentations, or propose new presentation formats. Presentations on the theme are encouraged but not required. We especially welcome proposals for creative presentations in any format that are populated robustly by community members telling their own stories in their own words. Contact [email protected] to discuss alternative presentation formats.
You can find more information about the meeting, including the full theme statement, instructions for submitting proposals and more about meeting events at http://www.afsnet.org/page/2019AM.
Proposals may be submitted February 15–March 31, 2019.
The 1st International Conference on Asia Pacific Ethnology and Anthropology (ICAPEA) is being organized by the School of Ethnology and Sociology, Yunnan University, Kunming, China from May 20-24, 2019.
The inaugural theme is “Imagining Futures in the Asia Pacific Region.” Papers in alignment with this theme might include topics on China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the ways it is changing the Asia Pacific region; temporal imagination in Asia Pacific communities; local critiques of and responses to development; political realignments and imagined futures; climate change and its effects on communities; globalization, transnationalism, regionalism and many, many more topics.
Please refer to our official Call for Papers for more details: http://www.msxy.ynu.edu.cn/info/1145/2819.htm
For an alternative link with the same details, try the Wiki: http://www.wikicfp.com/cfp/servlet/event.showcfp…
Deadline for submitting abstracts is April 1. We accept past work or work-in-progress. Hope to see you here!
The Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) announces the annual juried competition for the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing. The late Victor Turner devoted his career to seeking an accessible language that would reopen anthropology to the human subject, and the competition recognizes the innovative books that further this project.
A $1,000 first-place, a $500 second place and a $250 third-place prize will be awarded at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 20-24, 2019.
Eligible genres include single and co-authored ethnographic monographs, narratives, historical accounts, biographies, memoirs, dramas, creative nonfiction and fiction works, and single-authored collections of essays, short stories, or poems. Book publication year may be 2017, 2018, or 2019 (through the submission deadline). Books may be entered into the competition by authors, publishers, book editors, or colleagues. No formal letter of nomination is needed. Books published in 2017-2018 entered in last year’s competition may be resubmitted this year with the appropriate entry fee.
The deadline for receipt of all required materials is April 1, 2019. For more information, visit the SHA website here.
All inquiries should be directed to Dr. Neni Panourgiá, prize coordinator, at [email protected]
NSF Funds Research Coordination Network for Household Water Insecurity
The National Science Foundation (Geography and Spatial Science Program) has funded the Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) – Research Coordination Network (RCN) to operate at the strategic intersection of social science discovery, policy, and practice. The project is under the direction of Principal Investigator Dr. Wendy Jepson (Department of Geography, Texas A&M University) and Co-PIs Dr. Justin Stoler (Department of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Miami), Dr. Amber Wutich (Department of Anthropology, Arizona State University), and Dr. Sera Young (Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University).
RCN Goals and Activities
The HWISE-RCN’s mission is to build a community of practice and collaboration that fosters key analytics and theoretical advances coupled with the development of research protocols and standardized assessments to document, benchmark, and understand the causes and outcomes of water insecurity at the household scale. Our objectives are to promote cutting edge research about the experiences and assessment of household water insecurity, and to create a network that supports scientific discovery and professional development. Our goals are to (1) integrate geospatial methodologies into existing HWISE research (2) evaluate how HWISE methods and concepts can be translated to household water insecurity experiences in high- and middle-income regions, and (3) establish and cultivate key pathways to translate HWISE discoveries to NSF research priority efforts.
HWISE Collaborations now include over 40 scholars from 24 U.S. and international institutions across the career spectrum and disciplines including social sciences, public health, water-sector professionals, policy makers, and development practitioners. Please visit our website to learn more about the project or how you can join as a member.
The network organized special sessions at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in Washington, DC from April 3-7, 2019. We are excited to announce five panels on April 4 with the following themes: HWISE Data, Methodological Advances, Thematic Engagements, Research in Economically Advanced Countries, and Quantitative Approaches. We will conclude with an open reception for networking.
For more information on the HWISE-RCN, visit hwise-rcn.org.
Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC) Bi-annual National Conference
April 10-13, 2019
Metropolitan State University of Denver
890 Auraria Parkway
Denver, Colorado 80204
Please join us for this exciting national conference of the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado. The conference will be hosted by President-Elect, Evin Rodkey of Muskegon Community College, Michigan ([email protected]).
Our bi-annual SACC-fest offers attendees a great opportunity to learn about SACC, network with new friends and contacts, acquire new skills and teaching tips, and enhance awareness of what is happening in other anthropology departments.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Please consider both attending and presenting at this conference. If you have ideas about teaching, a favorite lesson plan or teaching strategy, we want to hear from you! If you would like to discuss current issues facing faculty or departments or have resources that you would like to share, let us know! And, if you have a student project, club or other activities to share, bring your students and let them inspire us!
Paper presentations are tentatively scheduled for 15 minutes. If you would like to organize a discussion, or give a demonstration of a teaching method or assignment we can schedule a longer period. Abstracts should be no longer than 125 words. Call for papers will be announced soon.
You will be able to register for the conference after January 15, 2019 (est.). All registration will be handled by the AAA on their website http://www.americananthro.org/.
The conference hotel with a block of rooms will be the Springhill Suites by Marriott, 1190 Auraria Parkway, Denver CO. The hotel is very close to the university. https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/densd-springhill-suites-denver-downtown/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIy9qXwu6I3QIV1YTVCh0JGgVvEAAYASAAEgJu5vD_BwE
About SACC: SACC is a network of people who teach anthropology. A section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), SACC was founded in 1978 to encourage dialogue, collaboration and excellence in the teaching of anthropology. Visit us on the web at http://sacc.americananthro.org/.
Providence, Rhode Island, 9–12 November 2019
The EPIC2019 theme is Agency: What does it mean to have agency in an increasingly automated world? Businesses are investing in “intelligent” technologies that promise to take humans “out of the loop.” But human agency is not disappearing—it’s evolving, and humanistic perspectives are more essential than ever. EPIC2019 will explore how our models of behavior and culture shape spaces of opportunity and risk for diverse people and organizations. We invite ethnographers and technologists of all backgrounds to advance the value of our work through the prism of agency. Read the full conference theme.
The Program Committee invites proposals for Papers, Case Studies, PechaKucha, Film, Gallery, and the Graduate Colloquium. Most contributions should draw on theoretical advances in ethnographically informed social science research and aligned disciplines, coupled with applied best practices from professional fields. We welcome contributions from any discipline, industry, or organization in the private, public, or nonprofit sectors that creates and applies ethnography.
General registration for EPIC2019 opens April 30 and anyone can attend; it is not necessary to submit a proposal (see registration FAQ).
- Submission deadline – April 12, the last midnight on earth!
- Acceptance notification – June 28
- First draft submission – August 5