Responding to Turbulent Times

2016–2017 has been a turbulent year for science in general and biological anthropologists specifically. With the rapidly changing political climate, anthropologists stand to be at the forefront of change as researchers embedded in communities around the globe and as academics faced with a changing funding climate. For the inaugural Sections Edition of Anthropology News, the […]

Engaged Platform Initiative and Biennial Highlights

Psychological anthropology is building capacities to address current critical societal issues. Drawing upon the discipline’s cumulative insights on self, subjectivity, emotion, perceptions of “other” in relation to “self,” and generative factors in resilience, health, and well-being, the Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA) has initiated an “engaged psychological anthropology” platform to leverage the expertise of members […]

Deforestation, Illegal Logging, and Violence in Brazil

The Anthropology & Environment Society strives to understand human-environment relationships in changing contexts throughout the globe, such as the case of rising deforestation and violence in Brazil. Members engage in research, scholarship, and advocacy on timely topics in order to develop new understandings of contemporary issues and strategies to create better futures for people and […]

Economic Anthropology

The Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) is a lively section of AAA bringing together scholars interested in the connections between economic and social life, past and present. The SEA was founded in 1980 and remained an independent scholarly society until 2013, when the organization voted to become a section of the AAA. In this Sections […]

New Work on Zar and Possession Rituals

The Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR) seeks to facilitate the research and teaching of the anthropology of religion. We support anthropological approaches to the study of religion from several scientific disciplines, to stimulate cross-fertilization and communication among scholars sharing the interests of anthropology and religion. For this Sections Edition of AN, we summarize […]

Elliott P. Skinner Book Award

The Association for Africanist Anthropology (AfAA) exists to stimulate, strengthen, and advance anthropology by promoting the study of Africa, as well as Africanist scholarship and the professional interests of Africanist anthropologists in and outside of the African Continent. We do this in many ways, including book and paper awards to distinguished scholars, graduate student members, […]

Promoting Indian Anthropology

The Association of Indigenous Anthropologists (AIA) is a small but growing section that emphasizes the roots of American anthropology as inextricably intertwined with Native people—American Indians. We have a board consisting of Richard Meyers, Valerie Lambert, Jason Younker, Terry “Scott” Ketchum, and Wilena Old Person. AIA works to promote anthropological study of Indigenous peoples, to […]

On Being an Anthropologist

For this issue, senior anthropologists reflect on why they still identify as anthropologists and what being an anthropologist means to them. Barbara Joans When I retired from teaching (chair of anthropology at Merritt College and director of the Merritt Museum of Anthropology), I realized that I need explicit projects. I was 75 when I stopped […]

New Initiatives in 2016–2017

The Council for Museum Anthropology (CMA) fosters the practice and development of anthropology in museums, heritage sites, galleries, libraries, and related institutions. In addition to publishing Museum Anthropology, the CMA blog, our Facebook and Twitter feeds, granting awards, and developing annual meeting panels, we launched two new initiatives this year: an inaugural conference and the […]

Advocating for Anthropologists-In-Training Since 1985

The National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA) is the official student section of the AAA and the largest organization of student anthropologists in the world. It got its start when Roland Foulkes—then a graduate student at UC Berkeley—wrote a “Call for a National Association of Student Anthropologists” in the April 1985 issue of the Anthropology […]