At the Crossroads of Linguistics and Anthropology

Disciplinary Perspectives on Language Documentation For a long time in anthropology, the documentation of languages on the brink of disappearing was negatively tainted as salvage: quaint in its Boasian particularism, inappropriately objectifying speakers as passive vehicles of an authoritatively rendered tradition, naïve in uncritically adopting the folk category of language as an analytic one, and […]

Elegy for Ethnographic Poet, Kent Maynard

This poem is in honour of an ethnographic poet that the world lost earlier this year.  Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor writes: “Kent organized countless panels and special events showcasing creative ethnography generally and ethnographic poetry in particular at annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and through the Society of Humanistic Anthropology (SHA).   Kent was an […]

Ethnographic History versus the Ethnography of History

The lines between history and anthropology blur when it comes to doing research about the recent past. I think of ethnographic history as oral history’s anthropological cousin, but rather than doing a series of interviews about a subject’s life over a fixed period of time, ethnographic interviewing is less formal and requires trust and multiple […]

Confessions of a Shark Anthropologist

Earlier this year I received a phone call from an unknown number. “This is the National Geographic Channel. Is it true that you are a shark anthropologist?” I paused— “Yes, I guess you can say that.” “Great, we are doing a program about sharks and are asking experts why sharks attack at certain times and […]

2015 Climate Science Day

Lobbying for Science There is a fine line between lobbying and advocacy for a cause or issue. In this case we advocated for science-based decisions and offered assistance in serving Congress’s science needs. I spent February 10 and 11 involved in “2015 Climate Science Day” on Capitol Hill, organized by the Ecological Society of America […]

Disavowing the Law and Engaging Politics in Rural China

APLA Student Paper Prize 2014 This month, APLA is proud to present a column by the winner of the 2014 Graduate Student Paper Prize, Andrea E Pia, a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics. Submissions are now open for the 2015 competition (until July 1): start polishing your papers! —The APLA editors A […]

Transitions within Public Sector Anthropology

Anthropologists have long studied the concept of transitions as it applies to people and their cultures. Transitions can come about through various means but are always accompanied by change. Although we study and read about how other cultures are changing, one thing I have heard less about is how applied anthropologists change as they transition […]

Kudos to Risa Cromer, Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Winner

Risa Cromer, a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, has been selected as a recipient of the Charlotte W Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2015. Cromer is a doctoral candidate in anthropology. Her dissertation, Saved: Science, Religion, and the Frozen Embryo Problem in the United States, examines the […]

Introducing the 5th Cohort of Concha Delgado Gaitan CAE Presidential Fellows

I’m delighted to introduce this year’s Concha Delgado Gaitan CAE Presidential Fellows and to share with the AAA community a bit about this program. The program was officially started in 2010, under the leadership of Bryan Brayboy and Teresa (Terri) McCarty, as a way to “invest in the future by supporting early career scholars and […]