On Being a Near-Native Speaker

On my recent trip to Bolivia, my mother-in-law looked at me curiously, then commented, “You know, Anna, you sound almost just like us.  But there’s always something; there’s always some little thing…” she shook her head, as if trying and failing to put her finger on what, exactly, made me different. While the insider/outsider dichotomy […]

Anthropology of Work at #AAA2014

We look forward to seeing colleagues in the “anthropology of work” in Washington DC in December for the AAA Annual Meeting. Samuel Weeks (UC Los Angeles) and I co-edited the program; we are pleased to announce the wonderful SAW events that will take place at the meetings. SAW Business Meeting, Friday, December 5, 6:30-7:45 pm […]

A Hopeful Retrospective of Humanistic Anthropology

It was at the 1974 AAA meetings in Mexico City that I was approached by Bruce Grindal of the Florida State University with an idea for an organization and a publication devoted to humanistic anthropology.  We had never before met, but we were aware of one another as recent students of theoretical anthropologist David Bidney […]

Contact and Its Allure

Using Phaticity to Explore Social Relations, Technology and More   There is more hidden life in opening a door than in asking a question. —Robert Walser, Jakob von Gunten There is a relatively new type of criminal activity in Japan colloquially known as ore ore sagi: literally, the “It’s me, it’s me!” fraud. In 2004 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Intellectual Cornucopia for Educational Anthropologists at #AAA2014

Catch the CAE Program at the 2014 AAA Annual Meeting Greetings fellow educational anthropologists!  It’s my pleasure to provide you with an overview and updates about our upcoming CAE program at this year’s AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. This year’s scientific program, as the AAA calls it, is as strong and stimulating as ever, and […]