SUNTA 2017 Recap and Plans for 2018

It was a pleasure to see so many SUNTA members at our business meeting in DC, where we recognized SUNTA members’ research, and discussed initiatives in 2017 that will continue in 2018. Board transitions We welcomed five new members to the board: First-Year Councilor, Sylvia Nam (University of California, Irvine); Secretary, Faedah M.Totah (Virginia Commonwealth […]

Colonialism’s Orchestrated Disasters in Puerto Rico

“María, María, perdí la esperanza, María, María, perdí la esperanza.” I am reminded of these lyrics from the bomba group, Yuba Iré, when I see the pictures and videos of our beloved nation of Puerto Rico in ruins. Some of us had lived through hurricanes before, but nothing had prepared us for this level of […]

Policy Matters

A Preview of ASAP Panels at the 2017 AAA Meeting The 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, DC, will soon unfold alongside policy trends that reflect nationalist, xenophobic, and populist movements in Europe and the United States. The panels sponsored by the Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) reflect these […]

Humanitarian Pedagogies of Transit

[pquote]One of the most basic educational challenges in refugee settings is that of school dropouts.[/pquote]Despite the traditionally temporary character of their interventions, humanitarian agencies providing ad hoc services in crisis-affected areas are increasingly viewing education as a necessity. As such, education has been progressively integrated into the standard humanitarian toolkit. Delivering formal education in crises, […]