Hope Versus Critical Awareness?

Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything and the Politics of Climate Change in the Classroom” We live in a world of environmental uncertainty where climate change, water shortages, deforestation, degradation, dispossession and pollution threaten not only the present, but also our collective future. As anthropologists concerned with human-environment relationships, how do we discuss, teach and confront […]

Teaching Anthropology in Border Town Classrooms in the American Southwest

Teaching at a tribal college on the Navajo Nation and in the “border towns” of Flagstaff, AZ and Albuquerque, NM, I have struggled as an non-Native educator to create a safe space for all students in my classroom when addressing fraught issues relating to the politics of belonging, social citizenship and civic estrangement within Native nations. […]

Highlights from SACC Fest 2015

A’o aku. A’o mai. (Teach. Learn. Share.) The Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges’ conference, SACC Fest 2015, was held in Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i on March 2-5. The theme of the conference, “A’o aku. A’o mai. (Teach. Learn. Share),” was chosen to highlight our unique conference location and the foundation of our organization. The theme invited […]

SUNTA Graduate Student Paper Prize Submissions Due Sept 20, 2015

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. The prize includes a cash award of $250. The winner will be announced […]

Society for Psychological Anthropology 2015 Biennial Meetings

The 2015 Society for Psychological Anthropology Biennial Meetings were held April 9-12 at the Omni Parker House in Boston, MA. The conference featured paper presentations that represented the breadth and depth of psychological anthropology and that illustrate how psychological anthropology is contributing to important issues of our times. In addition to papers, the meeting featured […]

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 […]

Fieldwork Equipment That (Hopefully) Won’t Break the Bank

Digital Audio Recorders Every task necessitates a tool and ethnography is no exception. As twenty-first century student anthropologists, we have a staggering amount of options when it comes time to selecting a field recorder, camera, camcorder, editing software, and storage devices. While some students’ home institution can provide them with these resources, many are unable to […]

Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology Announces 2015 Book Prize Competition

The Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA), a section of the American Anthropological Association, announces the opening of its annual book prize competition. The prize aims to recognize distinguished anthropological work that advances the understanding of the Americas in innovative and potentially transformative ways. The winner is announced at the annual meeting of […]

ALLA Incoming President’s Report

Well into my first year as ALLA president, I remain eager to continue building on the programs and goals to which this community of critically engaged scholars has been committed. It is a joy working with this vibrant group of colleagues. In 2014 we celebrated a book award, sponsored a series of exciting panels at […]