In Praise of Who We Are and What We Do

In an article published twelve years ago, I wrote, “We are at the dawn of a new century that seems to promise as much violence as occurred in the twentieth century.  People are afraid of annihilation and desire protection.  Instead of providing protection, our world leaders are manipulating deeply felt fears, distorting these emotions for other ends.  At this time, I fear to imagine the future.” Little did I know how bad it would get.

Doing Fieldwork among People We Don’t (Necessarily) Like

Last year’s Annual Meeting of American Anthropological Association (AAA) took place in a cold and wintry Minneapolis, less a week after the global shock that was the election of Donald Trump as president of the US. It was only natural and that talk in the corridors and in quite a few panels and roundtables should […]

A Cross-Field Mission from Night Elves to Teaching

One of the largest, most diverse sections, the General Anthropology Division (GAD) is an evolving coalition that connects and celebrates anthropology across the span of contemporary subfields, multidisciplinary inquiries, and publics. Cross-disciplinary engagement and small-group governance make GAD a home in the AAA for those whose interests transgress disciplinary categorization. GAD supports new areas of […]

“Speaking Justice to Power” Since 1973

The study of politics and law is critical to unpacking the operation of power in society and identifying possible pathways to social change. For contemporary political and legal anthropology, our greatest challenge may be the very unboundedness of that charge, and the almost staggering potential for our work to influence understanding, policy and practice, and […]

A Commitment to Racial and Social Justice

In today’s political climate, the Council on Anthropology and Education’s (CAE) mission to resist all forms of oppression is as relevant today as when it was created. A persistent disregard for facts and an over reliance on ideological opinions heightens the need for evidence-based knowledge that is accessible to a broad public. Members of the […]

The Future of Culture & Agriculture

With the launch of a weekly newsletter, updates to Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE), the dynamic “Weekly Gleaning” series on our website, and increased engagement with our membership, Culture & Agriculture (C&A) is energetically enhancing its work and mission. Through these new initiatives, we’re supporting and bringing together academics and practitioners in innovative and […]

Inside the Annual Meeting Scheduling Process

The anticipation is building as our 2017 Annual Meeting approaches. The theme, Anthropology Matters! generated an exciting, dynamic, and at times wonderfully radical array of session submissions that that promise an engaging and memorable conference for all those attending in Washington, DC. The initial scheduling for the 5700 submissions is now well underway, however, as […]

ASA Update June 2017

It took a while for the ASA to adopt to the resignation of our long-time editor Paul Doughty.  Replacing indefatigable Paul has been difficult; the ASA is forever in his debt. But we have been busy! Jim Weil has been hard at work creating sessions for our usual Thursday slot at the DC meetings, including […]

APLA Graduate Student Paper Prize 2017

Writing Mentor, Cash Award, Travel Expenses & Publication Opportunity The Association for Political & Legal Anthropology (APLA) Board invites individuals who are students in a graduate degree-granting program (including MA, PhD, JD, LLM, SJD, etc.) to send stand-alone papers centering on the analysis of political and/or legal institutions and processes. Topics may include citizenship; colonialism […]

Financialization and Beyond

Society for Economic Anthropology 2017 Annual Meeting Financialization is the universal explanans of the moment; ready at many an academic’s lips when something needs to be explained. As of April, the concept appears in about 21,000 entries on Google Scholar, an eye-catching expansion from the mere 77 mentions it received until 1990. Most of these […]