Visual Anthropology at #AAA2014

The field of visual anthropology expands in new directions each year. The SVA actively incorporates this dynamism by supporting a diverse range of panels and events that respond to the new changes in the discipline, as well as in the program format for the 2014 AAA Annual Meeting. This year in Washington, DC, the SVA […]

SPA AAA Annual Meeting Preview and Save the Date for the SPA Biennial

The Society for Psychological Anthropology has put together an exciting selection of panels, roundtables, and other events for the upcoming AAA annual meeting in Washington, DC. This piece is a preview of SPA activities at the upcoming AAA meetings as well as a brief introduction to the SPA Biennial meeting in 2015. For more details, […]

Anthropology and Environment Society at #AAA2014

The Anthropology and Environment Society is pleased to be sponsoring 40 panels, three roundtables, and a dissertation writing workgroup at the 113th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC this coming December. Our selection process this year was influenced by two changes to the AAA program: double panels were no longer allowed, and there […]

Reflections from the Field

An Experience as a SAW Intern One of the first memories I have of my internship with United Workers, a human rights organization based in Baltimore, was attending a housing roundtable which had been organized to address the dearth of affordable housing for low-income residents of Baltimore City. At the table sat attorneys, community leaders, […]

More New Books in Feminist Anthropology

Following up on our spring review of new books in feminist anthropology, we are pleased to offer another round of exciting ethnographies that explore the relationships between gender and economic and political formations. Entrepreneurial Selves: Neoliberal Respectability and the Making of a Caribbean Middle Class (Duke U Press, 2014) By Carla Freedman (Emory U) Entrepreneurial […]

Tweeting the Hell Train

Moving Across Scale and Platform in Seoul Walker, Rider, Smartphone Talker In Ryu Shin’s 2014 Seoul Arcade Project, the author, in the persona of the “walker” (구보), explores Seoul through Benjamin’s “Arcades Project,” focusing on the phantasmagoria of Korean capitalism and spectacle over the course of a day’s travel from Gangnam to Gangbuk and back again.  […]

Anthropology and Climate Change

Climate Change Denial: The Organized Creation and Emotional Embrace of Unsupported Science Claims The August 13, 2014 issue of Arctic News begins, “A catastrophe of unimaginable proportions is unfolding in the Arctic Ocean. Huge quantities of methane are erupting from the seafloor of the East Siberian Sea and entering the atmosphere over the Arctic Ocean”. This […]

Self-organization, Integration and Homeless People

Some people are stigmatized as excluded, marginalized, the poor, extreme poor people, homeless and helpless, and other categories with which western capitalist societies tend to label the living situation of people who do not conform to common sense patterns of the market economy. Palleres (2004) has documented that over time, people living on the streets […]

Producing Anthropology of Palestine-Israel

Discussing the Calls for an Academic Boycott at the Annual Meeting What does it mean to produce anthropology in Palestine-Israel, to conduct fieldwork there, to write ethnographies of the hopes, dreams, and lives dwelling there, and to contribute to debate about politics and projects targeting them? Viewing this year’s annual conference theme, “Producing Anthropology,” from […]

Anthropology in the High School Classroom II

Including Anthropology in a high school curriculum provides important opportunities for students and instructors, but it also presents unique challenges. In this second installment of a two-part interview with Dexter Chapin, anthropology instructor at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (SAAS) in downtown Seattle, WA, he reflects further on the significance of  teaching cultural anthropology […]