Finding Anthropology through Humanism

A Personal Story Leopards break into the temple and drink to the dregs what is in the sacrificial pitchers; this is repeated over and over again; finally it can be calculated in advance, and it becomes part of the ceremony. -Franz Kafka In 1986 at a liberal arts college amidst Iowa cornfields, with my English […]

2016 AES Parsons Prize Winner

The next round of submissions for AES’s graduate student paper prize, the Elsie Clews Parsons Prize, will be due January 1, 2017. Please watch for submission details. We are pleased to announce the 2016 winner. At the AES spring meetings in Washington, D.C. on April 1, Ivan Sandoval-Cervantes (U. of Oregon) was awarded the […]

Anthropology and Urban Foodways

An Interview with Alex Hill of the Detroit Health Department Alex B. Hill is an epidemiologist in the newly reorganized Detroit Health Department and holds an MA in anthropology from Wayne State University. His research (see draws on mixed methods and ethnography, in particular, to foreground the relationship between food access and social inequality […]

Deadline Reminder: Prizes for Graduates and Undergraduates

SUNTA Graduate Student Paper Prize. Submissions Due: September 10, 2016 The Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) is pleased to announce its graduate paper prize competition. We are seeking student papers that address SUNTA’s interests, including transnational social processes, impacts of globalization, refugees and immigrants, urban life, space and place, and poverty and homelessness. […]

Digitizing Endangered Languages and Recovering Voices at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, as part of the Recovering Voices program, has recently completed a $1 million grant-funded project from the Arcadia Fund to launch the first two years of a long-term project of digitizing endangered-language materials currently housed in the museum’s National Anthropological Archives. The materials found in this archive preserve an […]

Small Fish in a Big Pond

Student Archaeologists in the AAA This is the last in a series of AD Section News Columns focusing on what different archaeologists are doing in the AAA, the value they feel their involvement has for them, and how they feel they are contributing to the discipline as a whole through their membership and service. Previous […]

Interdisciplinary Collaborations around Language and Social Justice

In recent years, AAA’s Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) has generously supported a range of efforts intended to create interdisciplinary dialogues. In 2014, this support took the form of an Invited Colloquium at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), conceived of by then presidents of AAA and AAAL, Monica Heller […]

Changes Coming to Annals of Anthropological Practice

The Annals of Anthropological Practice (AAP), the flagship publication of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA), is undergoing a major refocusing, shifting from its highly successful single-theme format to an all-volunteered submission structure. Given the substantial and ongoing increase in the number of anthropological practitioners, NAPA felt that there is a clear […]

See you at SACCfest 2017 in Boise, Idaho

This month’s SACC Section News is an invite to join us at the April 2017 SACCfest. After its absence in 2016, the conference for the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC) will be taking place in Boise, Idaho from April 6-9, 2017. Boise is a new destination for SACC members. It offers a wide variety […]

Speaking Ethnography to Policy

Interdisciplinary Conversations on the Affordable Care Act Mainstream policy studies schools rarely attend to anthropological approaches to policy processes or effects in their curricula. Anthropologists are nearly absent from policy school faculties. Even highly regarded, interdisciplinary training programs in policy studies and administration routinely exclude not just the ethnographic approach but qualitative and interpretive scholarship […]