A Home for Professional, Practicing, and Applied Anthropology

The AAA has been a scholarly home for anthropology and anthropologists since its founding in 1902; it provides an intellectual home for its scholar constituents, and its membership appears stable. However, the membership of the AAA consists primarily of students and anthropologists in the academy. And, the largest and growing segment of the discipline, professional, practicing, […]

Democracy in Turkey (but not for Kurds)

No longer can we assume—if anthropologists ever comfortably did—that human rights and formal democracy are mutually constitutive. Worldwide we witness the rise of ostensibly democratically-elected leaders who violate the law and the spirit of both representative democracy and human rights as easily as they invoke these to justify repression or intervention. In this inaugural column […]

The Ethnographic Past

It is May 2015, and I am returning for a second fieldwork stay in the small Indiana town where I conducted doctoral fieldwork from 1989 to 1991. I have been on the phone from Ireland with some people I used to know. A former coal miner has told me that I am arriving just in […]

116th AAA Annual Meeting Call For Papers

Anthropology matters! is a call across the field to unite in our diversity, to embrace difficulty, be vibrant messmates, and promote the relevance of what anthropology is and does. Anthropology is best at describing the past, exploring the present, predicting the future, and navigating the processes of being and becoming human. Emphasizing the relationship between […]

Gone to #AAA2016!

AN will be at the AAA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis this week. We’ll be back in action soon. If you’re joining the fun in Minneapolis, check out our Annual Meeting content, including tips for the best places to grab a beer with friends, get your caffeine fix, check out the local foodie scene, and see the […]

Interns Work with Curators and Underwater Archaeologists

AAA’s donor-supported six-week summer internships match host organizations in the Washington, DC area with the research interests of advanced undergraduates and first-year graduate students. AAA provides interns with group housing in the Capitol Hill area, where they interact with other young adults who have wide-ranging internship placements throughout the city. Interviewed by telephone in August, […]

Anthropologists in and out of the Academy

Where do anthropologists work? We know that anthropology professors have a variety of professional homes, including two-year, four-year and research institutions; public and private universities; in departments from museology to medicine to music. What’s more, we know that many AAA members—and most anthropologists—are not professors, including those who work outside the academy in government, nonprofit […]

Featured Speakers

Opening Reception featuring Melissa Harris-Perry  Wednesday, November 16, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. “What Just Happened? Making Sense of the Election and Social Policy Priorities in the Post-Obama Era.” Former MSNBC talk show host and political commentator Melissa Harris Perry will try to make sense of the presidential election and social policy priorities in the post-Obama era. Melissa […]

AAA Annual Meeting Highlights Racism, Border-Crossers and Environmental Justice

Melissa Harris-Perry to shine spotlight on US elections. This year’s Annual Meeting theme, “Evidence, Accident, Discovery,” elicited a strong level of interest, with nearly 50 proposals submitted for a limited number of theme-specific Executive Sessions. The 22 panels accepted as Executive Sessions are distributed across the entire five days of the program and touch upon […]

A Gift of Giving with PIFFT

November 4, 2016 Dear Members, I write with great excitement to announce the launch of the Palestine-Israeli Fellowship Fund for Travel (PIFFT), a project that emerged as one among eight actions AAA has taken in response to conditions on the ground in Israel Palestine. Recognizing those Israeli government policies and practices that inhibit Palestinian and […]