The Addis Five

The photograph was taken in 1959 at a moment when this group of researchers happened to be in Addis Ababa at the same time

Moonwalk Memories

The topic of the Apollo 11 moonwalk on July 16, 1969, stirred a range of memories for senior anthropologists. Myrdene Anderson, then a graduate student at Yale, even remembers what she had to eat that evening: poached salmon, cooked by fellow grad student Michiko Takaki. Fifty years on however, she feels cause to question her recollections.

Retiring into the Future and the Present

I revel in community, a place and sentiment where I flourish. I can’t imagine living a life apart, and I feel flummoxed when I’m not around people with whom I can share ideas—and emotions. In the field, I participated as fully as I could in the life of Quinua, the Andean town where I  worked: […]

Supporting and Promoting the Living History of Anthropology

As they pursue thematic or regional specializations in the work of anthropology, several sections of the American Anthropological Association represent distinctive groups as well. What about older anthropologists? The Association of Senior Anthropologists (ASA) was founded almost thirty years ago.

Conversations across Generations, Part Two

During the 2018 AAA conference in San José, CA, several members of the Association of Senior Anthropologists participated in a conversation with a few younger anthropologists who recently completed or were in the process of completing their doctorates.

Conversation across Generations, Part One

At the 2018 AAA Annual Meeting, we gathered to talk across generations about how fieldwork has changed and how its transformations might be interpreted alongside transformations in the discipline. Technology has made field experiences radically different.