SAFN Presents Three Annual Paper Awards

SAFN presented four students with its three annual paper awards during the 2018 annual AAA meeting. The Christine Wilson Award is presented to outstanding undergraduate and graduate student research papers that examine topics within the perspectives in nutrition, food studies and anthropology.

New Design for the NAPA Website

What is the purpose of an association website? For NAPA, the main objective of the association’s website is to serve members and potential members. In addition, along with NAPA’s social media outlets, it serves as the primary public face of NAPA.

Readmission Policy and State-NGO-Funder Relations in Malawi

How can ethnographic attention to the production of a revised student pregnancy policy complicate scholarship on the weakening of the African state in relation to funders and NGOS? Is state disempowerment in places like Malawi—where international funders provide approximately 40 percent of the country’s annual budget—wholesale? Who gets to define the legislative parameters around youth sexuality, a locus of transnational moral anxiety?

Ritualized Violence in Urban Guatemala

Gang-style homicides and lynch mob beatings occur regularly in the Guatemalan city of Quetzaltenango, where gang and vigilante violence have supplanted state violence as the primary registers of power. Public records in Guatemala reveal young men are the most frequent perpetrators of violent crime, but they are also its most likely victims.

There Is Life After Retirement

Last May, I retired after 44 years as a member of the Kent State University faculty. I still felt energetic and committed to my discipline and university, and I continued to find fulfillment in my research, writing, and interaction with students. I was left with a question faced by most of us when we reach our 70s: what do I do now? My answer is that there is life after retirement.

Watching Our Words

“It’s creepy, don’t you think?” It’s the day after Christmas and I’m walking with my sister-in-law Mette through the woods of Central Jutland, Denmark. She described how, just the other day, she had been speaking with friends about their new dog. Now she keeps seeing targeted advertising from pet food companies on her Facebook feed.

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.

Kathryn Mariner’s Contingent Kinship

In adoption, the child is an imagined future that is produced not only through the investment and circulation of money, but also through practices of observation, waiting, and worry, involving tremendous investments of time and affective energy too. Adoptive kinship is thus highly speculative, in more ways than one. My hope is that within the contemporary climate of neoliberalism, a multivalent concept like intimate speculation can help us think through various social formations beyond adoption.

Attending to the Dark Side of Medicine

Decades of medical anthropological work have helped disrupt notions of biomedicine’s soteriological basis, its unquestioning moral rightness, and its fundamental commitment of doing no harm. In our cross-border research on public health systems in Indian and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, respectively—two of the most militarized places on earth—we try to trouble and even undo the assumed good or neutrality of medicine by evaluating its darker, shadow side. As medical anthropologists, we are interested in how long-term conflict leaves traces in public health infrastructures, and how medicine’s soteriological foundations are manipulated, twisted, or mangled in everyday clinical practices, such that the lines between practice and malpractice can become exceptionally blurred.

MES Book Prize, Student Paper Prize Announcements

The Middle East Section is now accepting nominations for its biennial book award. This award is given to an anthropological work (single- or multi-authored, but not edited volumes) that speaks to issues in a way that holds relevance beyond our subfield. Criteria may include: innovative approaches, theoretical sophistication, and topical originality.