Gender Representation in Authorship of American Anthropologist articles

In the September 2014 issue of American Anthropologist, Editor Michael Chibnik addresses the issue of the production—and citation—of scholarship by women. He cites a recent Nature article that finds women are undercited compared to men, noting that Catherine Lutz came to a similar conclusion in 1990 (Lutz 1990). Lutz posited that given scholarship by women […]

Come Out and Show Support for the ABA at #AAA2014

I am happy to provide an overview of some of the great events sponsored by and of interest to the Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA) at the upcoming AAA meetings in Washington, DC (December 3-7, 2014). In thinking about this year’s theme, Producing Anthropology, I want to encourage us to build community as we think about how to produce a stronger, […]

A Conversation with Christine Yano

Heidi Lam (HL): You’ve been making the rounds of the internet lately as the anthropologist who was told that Hello Kitty is not a cat.  How does that feel? Christine Yano (CY): I framed the book Pink Globalization in terms of headlines, because I’m talking about celebrity and iconicity through material and commercial culture.  And […]

Going to Pottery Barn

When the U.S. decided to liberate Iraq only a decade ago, Secretary of State Colin Powell issued a warning behind the closed doors and to the closed minds of the war planners. It was the Pottery Barn rule: you break it and you own it.  Before Pottery Barn broke on the mall scene, I remember […]

Capitalism vs the Climate

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just released its finalized Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) on the state of scientific knowledge about climate change. A central theme of the report is that climate change may have serious, pervasive and irreversible impacts on human society and the environment. The notable word here is irreversible. The […]

Public Sector Anthropology and the Annual Meeting

  As the annual meeting of our organization approaches, my e-mail inbox fills up with messages about exciting sessions and calls for papers, notes from friends and colleagues inquiring about coffee dates and committee meetings.  And yet, despite longstanding investment in “the AAAs,” I’m not going this year.  Many constituent groups within AAA have been […]

Why We Need an Open Discussion at #AAA2014 about the Academic Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

This year’s AAA is likely to host its liveliest conversations in a long time. The AAA Executive Board and the AAA Program Committee have scheduled a “Members’ Forum on AAA’s Engagement with Israel/Palestine” on Thursday, December 4, from 1-2:15 (Marriott Salon Ballroom 2). The AAA also welcomes contributions to its blog on the topic, and […]

Producing Feminist Anthropology

For the 2014 AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, the Association for Feminist Anthropology (AFA) has a compelling set of sessions—including four invited sessions; 12 regular sessions; and one poster session—that highlight the dynamic range of research interests within feminist anthropology. Coming on the heels of the Association for Feminist Anthropology’s 25th Anniversary as a […]

Archaeology at #AAA2014

The schedule for the archaeology sessions at this year’s AAA Annual Meeting in Washington DC is ready! Take a look and start planning. Please note that session titles marked with “**” are sponsored by the Archeology Division. Wednesday, December 3 Staying Ahead/Setting an Agenda for the World Archaeological Congress (Roundtable) 2:00-3:45 pm Organized by Stephen […]

The Writing on the Wall

One of the ongoing challenges we confront as professors at the U of Central Florida is dealing with weak or ineffective writing.  Despite the importance of effective communication to overall academic and post-graduation success and efforts made by colleges and universities to ensure that all students are writing on an appropriate level by the end […]