Meet the Staff: Jeff Martin

Jeff Martin joined the AAA staff in March 2015 as the director of communications and public affairs. In this role he will be responsible for directing the association’s media outreach, public education and government relations programs. A 25-year communications veteran, Jeff brings a wealth of public relations experience to the table having worked for the […]

On Fieldwork

In the northern hemisphere, the fieldwork season is about to begin for many of us, including me. This is one of the signatures of our discipline, deeply embedded in our practices and our ways of speaking. Doing it for the first time is a rite of passage. Other anthropologists will give you a pass on […]

SIMA Faculty Fellow

Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology Faculty Fellows The Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of its first two Faculty Fellows, who will join SIMA for the 2015 program. Robert W Preucel, director of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology and professor of anthropology at Brown University; and Jennifer Shannon, curator […]

Pauline Kolenda

Pauline M Kolenda, 86, died on March 15, 2014, in Oakland, CA. Born in Manchester, NH, February 4,1928, she earned a BA in sociology and anthropology at Wellesley College in 1949 and, in 1955, a PhD from Cornell University in sociology, cultural anthropology and social psychology. Her dissertation (written as Pauline Moller Mahar, 1955) examined […]

Virginia Hymes

Virginia Hymes (née Dosch) died on March 31, 2015 at her home in Charlottesville, VA. She had a long career as a researcher and teacher in anthropological linguistics, culminating in her lectureship in the University of Virginia department of anthropology from 1990–2000. Through her research on Sahaptin and other languages, she worked to demonstrate the […]

Erika Eichhorn Bourguignon

Erika Eichhorn Bourguignon, 90, died in Columbus, Ohio, February 15, 2015. She was professor emerita of anthropology at The Ohio State University, where she taught for more than 40 years. She is best known for her contributions to psychological anthropology, anthropology of religion, and the anthropology of women. Born in Vienna in 1924, Bourguignon arrived […]

Interview Methods of an Artist

Casual and formal interview methods are research techniques shared by artists and anthropologists. The conversation from these interviews becomes a resource for the development of knowledge and is used in a myriad of ways between the two disciplines. Artist Maryann Worrell is investigating art and ecology. Worrell was interested in studying participatory artwork and wanted to shift her own studio […]

Anthropological Listening as a Genre

Linguistic anthropologists are accustomed to exploring the way speakers create structures of relevance that provide directionality to social activity. Could we also say the same for listeners? Listening has the potential to generate a specific context by listening “in a particular way;” for example, when a mechanic is deciphering the semantic meaning of the sounds […]

LGBT in Central Asia

2014’s Most Pivotal Moments Last year proved to be a turbulent year for LGBT politics in Central Asia. The passage of Russia’s “gay propaganda law” ignited discussion of the presence of LGBT people throughout the former Soviet Union. While Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan had repealed Soviet era legislation criminalizing male-male sex acts in 1997 and 1998 […]

Culture Through The Photographer’s Lens

Photographer Damari McBride uses his camera to not just capture people and places, but to give voice to the stories and memories that are threatened to be silenced. In a small Brooklyn coffee shop, I sit down with McBride to discuss his background in traveling, teaching and experiencing culture through photography.  He orders a Peruvian blend coffee, black; […]