Anthropology Matters! in Brief

Anthropology News invited members to report on the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, from reflections on a panels, to gonzo-style reporting, to anthropological impressions of the District.  On “Detained on Trumped up Charges: Migrants and the Ascendant US Security-State” Fiona Murphy 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, November 29—After a jetlagged night, I wake in the […]

What’s in Your Annual Meeting Bag?

Over the summer, AN asked anthropologists what they pack in their field bags. This time, anthropologists share what they’ve packed for the AAA Annual Meeting. Oguz Alyanak Three items stand out in this backpack. First, the Turkish passport. It is not its presence but its absence that I fear—perhaps more than ever today. Second, the evil eye. My mom said to carry it […]

Four Stories, A Lament, and an Affirmation

Alisse Waterston’s Presidential Lecture at the 116th AAA Annual Meeting No doubt these are dark times. What of us, as anthropologists, in these times? How will we pass the time that is given us? I take the opportunity of this talk to reflect on this moment of being in anthropology. Referring back to and in […]

A Resistance-Friendly Guide to Washington, DC

Despite cries to drain the swamp, the marshlands of our nation’s capital remain vibrant with signs (literal and figurative) of the resistance. In this short guide to Washington, DC, I invite you to gather outside of the White House for a protest, stroll along the waterfront, peruse the historical and literary scene, and visit the […]

Ask Me about My Science

Curious public means many opportunities for biological anthropologists willing to speak up I once took a cast of a Neandertal skull with me on a research trip, packing it in my carry-on luggage. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the TSA agents at the small Midwestern airport when that bag went through security. To […]

Anthropology in Unseen Spaces

Documenting the human costs of the US security-state. This spring, Esperanza, a Salvadoran woman in the small California Central Valley town of Mendota, was on her way to church when the police pulled her over for having “overly tinted windows.” As is becoming more common in this rural town in conservative Fresno County—a county that depends […]

Advocacy Session Highlights

Engaging with Policymakers and Physical Scientists around Climate Change: Best Practices and Challenges (3-0350) Thursday, November 30, 10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Susan A. Crate Shirley J. Fiske Heather Lazrus Keely Maxwell Nicole D. Peterson In Matters of Peace, Security, and Foreign Policy: Anthropological Engagement and the Power Elite (3-0885) Thursday, November 30, 2:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. Elizabeth […]

Latinx America and an Anthropology of Dissent

[pquote]Instead of proclaiming and declaring anthropology’s importance, we should step back and ask: What is the matter with anthropology?[/pquote]Our Annual Meeting theme has a problem. “Anthropology Matters!” both asserts the discipline’s relevance and considers anthropology’s subjects of study, but as an anthropologist of color, I question the wisdom in upholding this at face value. If […]

Bending the Arc of Change

A conversation at AAA 2017 with Paul Farmer and Jim Yong Kim. Paul Farmer and Jim Yong Kim, co-founders of Partners In Health, will open the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) on Wednesday, November 29 in Washington, DC by reflecting on the remarkable trajectory of their organization, and what their work […]

Congratulations to AAA Award Winners

Margaret Mead Award Congratulations to Sameena Mulla, the 2017 recipient of the Margaret Mead Award, presented jointly by AAA and SfAA, for her scholarship, including the book The Violence of Care: Rape Victims, Forensic Nurses, and Sexual Assault Intervention. The following quotes from the reviewers speak to the intellectual quality, clarity and understandability, and breadth […]