Practicing Anthropologists Make Anthropology Matter

The 2017 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, was the usual whirlwind of presentations, meetings with colleagues and friends, and far too many coffees, but something was a bit different this year. More than ever, participants were talking about the meeting theme, “Anthropology Matters,” including discussions about how our discipline can be relevant in our current […]

SACC Matters!

The recent AAA Annual Meeting was, as usual, a great opportunity for Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges members to showcase their strengths. The Annual Meeting theme of Anthropology Matters encouraged presenters to move anthropology out of the rather siloed realm of academics into one that highlights the practical and highly relevant attributes of the discipline. […]

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

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 we do, it runs the risk of masking what anthropology inherited from colonialism, hiding its racial legacies. Instead […]