Evolutionary Anthropology Graduate Programs

The California Schools This is the first in a series of posts that highlight current evolutionary anthropology graduate programs—an update of a similar series written by Mary Shenk in 2005 and 2006. Each program was asked the same 6 questions and you can find their answers below. They all put a lot of time and […]

Awkward Objects of Genocide

The Holocaust and Vernacular Arts in and beyond Polish Ethnographic Museums   Eastern Europe witnessed 14 million deaths in a period of little more than a decade between 1933 and 1945. The local impact of such widespread and wanton killing as it reverberated in towns, villages, and communities over the subsequent decades is only just […]

Questions of Refugee Deservedness

The Anthropologist as an Ally As anthropologists of forced migration, we are used to being kept on our toes as the nature, causes, consequences, and policies that enshroud forced migration are constantly fluctuating. When I returned to Cameroon for ethnographic fieldwork after over a decade living in the region as a humanitarian professional, I came […]

Local Knowledge, Methods, and Manioc Landraces

Culture and Ag Profiles John R. White Each year, the Culture and Agriculture Section invites anthropology graduate and undergraduate students to submit papers for the Robert M. Netting Award, named after one of the foremost contributors to the field of cultural ecology. The call for this year’s awards will go out this spring. In this […]

NAPA’s Mentorship Program

Paths to Professionalization The NAPA Mentor program was created to provide guidance and support along the path from university training to the world of professional anthropology. Prior to the NAPA Mentor Program’s creation, there was no path at the American Anthropological Association for aspiring professional anthropologists to identify assistance and create useful professional relationships. The […]

What Are Students Learning in Anthropology?

My first thought for this month’s article was to consider the role anthropology can play in our new political reality, but, for many, the very newness of this reality is too raw and, like a festering wound, too painful. Since time can be our friend, and since I am in the midst of writing my […]

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 […]

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 […]