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The CAE has a variety of events planned that will appeal to anyone interested in racial and social justice in human learning, both inside and outside of schools.

The mission of the Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) is to advance anti-oppressive, socially equitable, and racially just solutions to educational problems through research using anthropological perspectives, theories, methods, and findings.

The Council advocates for

  • research that is responsive to oppressed groups.
  • research that promotes practices that bring anthropologists, scholars from other disciplines, and educators together to promote racial and social justice in all settings where learning takes place.

We invite CAE members and non-members alike to join us for this year’s CAE activities and panels at the 2021 American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting in Baltimore in person and virtually. All are welcome as we give voice to and collaboratively seek solutions to the unsettling problems and challenges faced by the communities with which we work.

Below are some of the many CAE events being held during the 2021 Annual Meeting. We are especially pleased to continue a tradition of offering mentoring events to students and early career scholars. Please check the conference program and CAE’s Announcement Section of AAA’s Communities for more information on locations and times, updates, as well as links to virtual events. Also, please note that the CAE Business Meeting is being held before the start of the 2021 Annual Meeting.

CAE Business Meeting
Date and time: Friday, November 5, 8:00 p.m.

CAE Town Hall
Date and time: TBA

Past President’s Distinguished Lecture and Awards Recognitions
Awards include the Shirley Brice Heath Award, New Scholar Travel Award, Outstanding Book Prize, Foley Early Career Award, Erickson Outstanding Dissertation Award, and recognition of this year’s Concha Delgado Gaitán Presidential Fellows.
Date and time: TBA

New Member Welcome and George and Louise Spindler Award Recognition
Date and time: Thursday, November 20, 8:00–11:30 p.m.
Location: On-site, PACA

Community Event
Where songwriting and poetry meet: Performances by ethnographic poets and songwriters
Date and time: November 18, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Pratt House, 206 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Organizers: Melisa (Misha) Cahnmann-Taylor and Kristina Jacobsen.

Mentoring Events
Students of color LGBTQ mentoring session
Date and time: TBA

Works in progress mentoring session
Date and time: Saturday, November 20, 12:15–¬2:00 p.m.
Location: On-site, Tilgham

CAE invited new scholars podcast (formerly poster session)
Virtual (podcast)

Concha Delgado Gaitán Presidential Fellows and mentoring session (open to new 2021-2022 awardees)
Date and time: Thursday, November 18, 12:15 p.m.

Featured session
The culture of belonging: A CAE conversation
Date and time: Wednesday, November 17, 4:30–6:15 p.m.
Organizer: Carla McNelly
Moderator: Eric Johnson

As the global community is beginning to awaken and venture out from the Covid-19 pandemic, we seek to engage activism and community connectedness from within and from outside the Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE). Now is the time for us to encourage more collective and individual activism especially since the pandemic has illuminated the disparities in education with communities of color and language learners. We look to senior scholar, Concha Delgado Gaitán, to lead our conversation about lifelong mentoring and inspiring us into action. We also invite the incoming CAE President, Mariela Nuñez-Janes to share a few words about her vision for the upcoming year.

Special Event Co-Sponsored with the Middle East Section
Growing up Palestinian: Childhood and adolescence in the Israeli settler colonialism
Date and time: Wednesday, November 17, time TBA

For more information

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Council on Anthropology and Education

The Council on Anthropology and Education is a section of the American Anthropological Association founded in 1968 to advance scholarship on schooling in social and cultural contexts, and on human learning both inside and outside of schools.

Cite as

Executive Board, CAE. 2021. “Council on Anthropology and Education Events at the 2021 Annual Meeting.” Anthropology News website, November 5, 2021.

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