Letter from SEAA President Glenda Roberts

The theme of the summer issue of AN, Anthropological Futures, has been much on my mind as I took up residence in this historic city far from my home in Tokyo. So why does an anthropologist who has spent nearly her entire career in Japan decide to take her sabbatical in France?

SEAA at the 2017 AAA Annual Meeting

SEAA had an active presence at the past 2017 AAA Meetings, from sponsoring panels to hosting mentoring workshops and member gatherings. This past meeting, the section sponsored a total of 20 panels that covered topics such as tourism and heritage, media, politics and subject formation, labor, and mobilities in a wide range of areas that also define East Asia beyond conventional geographical terms.  

SEAA Mentoring Workshop and Graduate Student Dinner

In the past decade, SEAA has dedicated itself to the support of robust and rigorous research and the growth of anthropologists in East Asia and beyond. We have consistently worked on providing graduate students with opportunities to communicate with junior and senior scholars and better preparing them for professional development. Since its very beginning, SEAA has been hosting mentoring workshops and informal graduate student dinners during the AAA Annual Meetings.