The Spectacle and Hidden Costs of Global Sporting Events

More than 3 billion people were glued to their media outlets, watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. With mounting tensions and euphoria, fans from the 32 participating and the 164 non-participating nations watched, prayed, cursed, and cheered in hundreds of languages in homes, bars, and restaurants across the world. I remembered that during […]

Archeology Division News from the 2014 AAA Annual Meeting

As the incoming secretary of the Archeology Division (AD), I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to the membership. I will be overseeing this column for the next two years and hope to draw on my experience as the former Editor of The SAA Archaeological Record to make this column of use and […]

ABA President on 2014 AAA Annual Meeting

The 2014 AAA meeting in Washington, D.C. was a watershed moment for ABA. Indeed our efforts at the meetings demonstrated the myriad ways we are “producing anthropology”!

SACC Fest 2015 in Kona, Hawai’i

“A’o aku. A’o mai.” (Teach. Learn. Share.) SACC is gearing up for its annual spring meeting, SACC Fest 2015, in Kona, Hawai’i. Kona is on the west side of the big island of Hawaii, the youngest of the Hawaiian Islands. The island is truly a land of contrasts: black lava beds greet visitors upon landing […]

Applications for Anthony Leeds Prize in Urban Anthropology Due June 10

The Leeds Prize is awarded each year by the Society for Urban, National, Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) for the outstanding book in urban, national and/or transnational anthropology published in 2014. The prize is named in honor of the late Anthony Leeds, a distinguished pioneer in urban anthropology. The prize is awarded to a book that uses […]

Report on the 2014 SLA Business Meeting

The annual business meeting of the SLA in Washington DC was attended by about 150 people, and proved to be a lively and informative event. President Paul Kroskrity reported on two areas of general concern: increasing public engagement around issues of linguistic racism and the mentoring of junior colleagues within SLA itself. Paul reported on […]

SEAA 2014 AAA Meeting Highlights

SEAA-Sponsored Panels The Society for East Asian Anthropology (SEAA) sponsored 22 panels at the 113th AAA Annual Meeting in Washington DC. Of these panels, 12 engaged with topics across East Asia, six in China, two in Korea, and two in Japan. Three of the panels were poster sessions. The panels touched on a wide range of pertinent themes, […]

Chinese Independent Film Festivals

Archiving the Moment On Saturday, August 23, 2014, the eleventh Beijing Independent Film Festival (BIFF), held in Songzhuang village just outside Beijing, was forcibly shut down and two of its main organizers were taken into police custody. International newspapers and scholarly email listservs buzzed with eye-witness accounts, statements of solidarity from international film festival curators, […]

SANA Conference Will Explore Inequality, Equality, Difference

The 2015 conference of the Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA) will take place April 16-18 at John Jay College of the City University of New York with the theme “Inequality, Equality, Difference”. Inequality has recently found its way back into popular discourse. Buffeted by economic and ecological crises and haunted by a […]

Midwifery and the Millennium Development Goals in Mexico

The year 2015 will mark the end of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and governments worldwide have already been taking stock of their results. The MDGs, created in 2000, are a set of eight measurable goals which, taken together, were designed to speed development, end poverty, and improve human conditions worldwide. While significant […]