Reflections on Minneapolis from the Section Leadership

As we noted in an earlier column, ASAP was active at the Minneapolis meeting with fifteen sessions on the regular program and another round of our now traditional mentoring session. The two of us wanted to provide some reflections on those sessions so that the insights do not disappear into the ether as we think […]

Academic Freedom in an Age of Populism

It only took five days for the assault on academic freedom in an age of populism to materialize in the US. And that it came in the form of censoring scientists working for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),  an agency which bafflingly enough will be led by a nominee who cares so little about environmental […]

SUNTA President’s Report

Looking back at 2016 This report summarizes the most important activities or changes for SUNTA in the last year as chronicled in more detail in the attached reports of the various SUNTA officials and committees. Overall, SUNTA continues to do well!! Thanks to everybody for their great work!! Membership The AAA overall experienced a significant […]

Racialization, Affect, and Refuge

How do we begin to grapple with the racialization of empathy? How do we capture, both ethnographically and politically, the differential allocation of sympathy, compassion, and the kind of care that mobilizes? For some people, these disparities are exemplified by the recent mass demonstrations of the Million Women March in cities around the world, with […]

Displayed, Not Played

Musical Objects in Shifting Contexts As much as many of us would like to deny it, the art/artifact dichotomy is still with us, and denies many objects comfortable homes in art, anthropology, or natural history museums. Moreover, it runs the risk of alienating the individual viewer within a mass of academic debris, simultaneously blurring aesthetic […]

The Superpower of a Super Sport

    If anthropology’s job is to make the strange familiar and the familiar strange, then what should anthropologists make of sports like American football? The approaching Super Bowl, the annual championship spectacle of the National Football League, which will take place Sunday, February 5th, is familiar to most Americans, but may be strange to […]

Rada (Demerec) Dyson-Hudson

July 8, 1930–April 14, 2016 Rada Dyson-Hudson died on April 14, 2016 in Ithaca, New York after an extended illness. She was born on July 8, 1930 into a scientific family: her mother, Mary Ziegler, was an engineer and science teacher and her father, Milislav Demerec, was a distinguished geneticist who was a member of […]

Victoria S. Lockwood

Victoria S. Lockwood died on October 3, 2016. Born in 1953 in Panama City, Florida Lockwood was a gifted anthropologist and beloved teacher, mentor, and person. She joined the faculty of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 1986 after completing her PhD in anthropology from UCLA, and remained a vital intellectual force throughout her career. In […]

Diversity and Inclusion and the Rise of the Alt-Right

Diversity refers to the variety of similarities and differences among people. Inclusion is a dynamic state of operating in which diversity is leveraged to create a fair, healthy, and high-performing organization or community. The above definitions were taken from the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World, an 80-page tool created […]

CAE’s Call to Action: Reflections on the 2016 Presidential Election

  The recent outcome of 2016 US presidential election has heightened fear and angst among a growing sector of historically marginalized communities, evoking millions to take to the streets in resistance. This evolving political climate is ever more defined by voter suppression, control over women’s bodies, anti-immigrant sentiments, and a growing presence of market-based, privatization agendas […]