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Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science Research Associate Application Deadline
Jan 15 all-day


Deadline: January 15

Purpose: To conduct short-­term focused research at the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens as part of a program of research that addresses substantive problems pertaining to the ancient Greek world and adjacent areas through the application of interdisciplinary methods in the archaeological sciences. Laboratory facilities are especially well equipped to support the study of human skeletal biology, archaeobiological remains (faunal and botanical), environmental studies, and geoarchaeology (particularly studies in human-­landscape interactions and the study of site formation processes). Research projects utilizing other archaeological scientific approaches are also eligible for consideration, depending on the strength of the questions asked and the suitability of the plan for access to other equipment or resources available elsewhere in Greece.

Qualifications: Individuals actively enrolled in a graduate program and individuals with a higher level degree in a relevant discipline. Applicants are welcome from any college or university worldwide. Independent scholars are also welcome to apply.

Term: Variable up to nine (9) months with the next term beginning early September. It is expected that the applicant will maintain a physical presence at the Wiener Laboratory during the tenure of the appointment.

Compensation: Stipend up to $7000.
Application: Link to Research Associate application instructions at:­laboratory/research-­associate-­appointment

  1. Cover sheet naming the applicant, current research interests, and title and brief
    summary of the proposed research project
  2. Project Description including a) Objectives and expected Significance, b) Background
    and relation to present state of knowledge, c) Research description, d) Timeframe
  3. Results of prior Wiener Laboratory Research
  4. References cited; Budget; Facilities, equipment, and other resources; Permits
  5.  Curriculum vitae following requested format. (No transcripts are required.)
  6. One letter of reference from a scholar in the field
  7. Expected contributions to and impact on the Wiener Laboratory and the ASCSA

For information contact Dr. Panagiotis Karkanas (Director) at [email protected]
Web site: or­laboratory/wlfellowships
E-­mail: [email protected]
The award will be announced by March 15

A State of Emergency: Anthropology and Political Advocacy @ The George Washington University Tompkins Hall of Engineering
Jan 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join leading anthropologists the night before the inauguration for a panel discussion, free and open to the public, about ways to get involved in Congressional policy making under the Trump administration.

George Washington University
Tomkins Hall, Room 208
5:30– 7pm, Thursday, January 19, 2017
Panel participants include: Hugh Gusterson (GWU), Susan Terrio (Georgetown), Attiya Ahmad (GWU), Eben Kirksey (UNSW Australia), Mark Edberg (GWU), Ed Liebow (AAA Executive Director)

Later this year six thousand anthropologists will come to Washington DC—experts on racism, militarism, human rights, migration, sexuality, gender, power, and the environment. We can collectively leverage this expertise to help change the conversation in Washington during the American Anthropological Association (AAA) meetings next November. Join the conversation and help set the agenda!

Shortly after Trump was elected, the AAA passed the following resolution. It is time to start translating our collective knowledge into concrete legislative actions.

“Whereas, the 2016 American presidential campaign has been characterized by unprecedented rhetoric that has injured, traumatized, and dehumanized Mexican Americans, immigrants and undocumented people, African Americans, Asian Americans, [email protected], Native Americans, Asian and Pacific Islanders, Muslims, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, Jews, survivors of sexual assault, women, Palestinians, and their allies;

Whereas, multiple women charged the winning candidate with sexual assault, and terrorist organizations including the Ku Klux Klan – advocates of racism, gun violence, and misogyny –openly endorsed him,

Whereas, during the course of the campaign, numerous threats were made against anti-racist and feminist politicians, academics and activists;

Whereas, the cost of this climate of hostility has diminished students’ and faculty’s ability to thrive in their intellectual and learning environments;

Whereas, a documented spike in hate crimes and harassment has followed the election, with over 400 reported accounts of hate crimes to date; Whereas, the discipline of anthropology is uniquely placed to contribute valuable insights about migration, diversity, and racism;

Therefore, we call on the American Anthropological Association’s Executive Board to issue a statement that condemns the climate of hostility that threatens the personal and intellectual diversity of our community. We ask that this statement reaffirm AAA’s commitment to protecting academic freedom and urge anthropologists to stand in solidarity with students and colleagues who may find themselves under attack. We encourage the AAA to work collaboratively with other professional organizations and institutions of higher learning to achieve these goals.”

2017 the Biannual Conference of EASA Medical Anthropology Network @ University of Lisbon, Institute of Social Sciences
Feb 15 all-day

In 2017 the Biannual Conference of EASA Medical Anthropology Network will be hosted in Lisbon, Portugal, with the prospect of promoting a compact encounter with more plenaries and less parallel sessions. The purpose is to maximize the interweaving of our experiences and understandings across the different niches and orientations within medical anthropology and in exchange with neighboring fields; we hope that bringing back plenary sessions creates room for unpredicted synergies. Around 120 medical anthropologists from around the globe will meet at the University of Lisbon to debate current research and developments and discuss the field’s contribution to gain a broader and deepened understanding of the conference’s overarching topic.

We chose the ubiquitous theme of the body, qualified in its transitional, mobile, itinerant and dynamic character. We welcome panel and paper proposals addressing different understandings of transition – historical processes, colonial encounters, displacements, migrations, social mobility, cyborg and post-human transformations, environmental variances and, last but not least, the multiple dynamics of embodiment – keeping in mind the centrality of power and knowledge as meaningful and critical axes of medical anthropology approaches to body and health. In particular, the ideas of bodies and transition cannot be disjointed from the larger concept of power and knowledge. How do different powers (state, institutions, movements, individuals) and at different levels (inter and trans-national, national, local) act, interact and/or counteract in the construction of the bodies? And how may knowledge play a role in these dynamics?

Starting from the fundamental notion in medical anthropology that it is ‘good to think with the body’ we open many past, current and future fields by critically reflecting why our human body represents so many different meanings, roles, constructions, interpretations and subjectivities. Humans ‘speak’ with pregnant, aged, tortured, modified, disabled, infected and gendered as well as with beautiful, charming and well-toned bodies, but they epitomize all the pervasive nexus of culture and biology. Moreover, women’s and men’s body exerts intrinsically powerful qualities: Whether a body is healthy or ill, strong or frail, provides care or needs care – it matters in its conjunction with other bodies and minds. Nevertheless, these ascriptions and perceptions are never static and fixed attributes, their transitional and casual nature in inter- and intracultural perspective will certainly shape the conference’s theme of “bodies in transition.”


Panel proposals should consist of:
– Panel title, short abstract (up to 50 words), long abstract (up to 300 words)
– Name and e-mail of panel proponent with institutional affiliation

All proposals should be submitted (in English) by electronic mail to the conference secretariat: [email protected]

Panel proponents should note that:
– Every panel shall have one coordinator and, if needed, a co-coordinator;
– Proponents shall coordinate one panel only; they can, however, serve as co-coordinator in a second panel. 

Deadline for panel proposals: February 15th, 2017.

Panel proposals will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee and the list of panels accepted will be announced on March 1st, 2017.

Call for Papers, Proposals: Advances in Gender Research
Mar 1 all-day

Call for Papers, Proposals: Advances in Gender Research 24

Gender Panic, Gender Policy

        Edited by: Vasilikie Demos and Marcia Texler Segal

Submission of Extended Abstract, Paper for Consideration by October 1, 2016

Completed Draft * due by March 1, 2017

Publication Date: Fall 2017**


AGR volume 24 will explore the social panic around challenges to the gender/sexuality system and the contested policies deployed by institutions in response, including laws and regulations pertaining to the use of public toilets, don’t ask don’t tell, sex-testing of athletes, HIV/AIDS campaigns,  and reproductive health care & abstinence only education.   Proposals for chapters focusing on gender issues and policies as contextualized by large-scale societal changes such as those resulting from de-colonialization, post-colonialization or migration are also welcomed as are ones addressing such questions: Are gender neutral policies really neutral?  Are policies based on the binary construction of gender now irrelevant to contemporary social life?

We are looking for research that addresses the development, implications and impact of gender-related social policies anywhere in the world. This includes research that may lead to new policy recommendations, that shows how policies have morphed or traveled or research that compares gender-related policies across jurisdictions.  Extended abstracts complete with theoretical orientation or perspective and methodological approach as appropriate,  paper drafts and inquiries should be sent to both Marcia:  [email protected] and Vicky: [email protected]


*Completed papers should be under 8,500 words. 

** Publication Schedule: Submitters will be informed of the editors’ decision following a peer review of work by November 15, 2016. Completed draft is due March 1, 2017; By April 1, 2017 feedback on completed drafts to be given.  By May 15 final drafts are due.

Second International Congress on the Anthropology of Salt Call for Proposals @ Pabellón Cultural de la República
Mar 31 all-day


12–16 October 2017, Los Cabos, México

Registration and paper submissions now open

We welcome sessions on any and beyond the following themes: Salt and Gastronomy, Salt and Medicine, Shamanism, magic, esoterism and witchcraft, Art and salt, Tourism and salt, Religion Rituals and salt, Ecotourism and salt, Salt and science, Salt, astronomy and space exploration, Economy and salt, History and salt, Prehistory and salt, Lexicon and vocabulary of salt, Toponymy, Literature and salt, Salt inheritance, Archaeology and salt, Salt, Art rock and petroglyphs, Sal and technology, Health, healing and salt, Salt and industry, Salt and ancient costumes, Salt and indigenous culture, Salt and university education, Salt palaeontology, Salt and artcraft, Salt and environment, Microbial carpets and salt, Salt and biology, Salt and geology, Salt, beauty, cosmetics and make up, Cinema, music and arts of salt, Photography and salt, Salt and tanning leather, The Encyclopedia of Salt.

Royal Anthropological Institute Major Conference: Art, Materiality and Representation CFP
Jun 30 all-day

We are very pleased to announce the call for panel proposals for the fourth of the RAI’s recent major conferences. As before, it will be jointly organised by the RAI and the BM’s Department for Africa, Oceania and the Americas, and held in the Clore Centre of the British Museum. We are also very pleased to be joined by the Department of Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where a portion of the break-out rooms for the conference panels will be located in the newly refurbished Paul Webley Wing of Senate House.The RAI welcomes panel proposals on any of the themes below. However, it would not wish to restrict any potential suggestion, and proposals are welcome on any aspect of the theme, whether theoretical or ethnographic. Proposals from any of the sub-fields of anthropology (social anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology or linguistics) are welcome, as are those which draw across disciplines. We would particularly welcome proposals from the museum world, especially papers that reconsider the relationship between museums and anthropology today and in the past.

Amongst the possible areas which may be considered are:

  • Recent debates in materiality, representation and relationality.
  • Performance and aesthetics
  • Heritage, transmission and identity
  • Art as ethnographic resource
  • The anthropology of creativity and art
  • The visual perception of art and recent developments in understanding its biological basis
  • Art, craft, technology and the reinvention of tradition in tourist art.
  • The changing relationship between archaeology, excavation, nationalism and identity.
  • Recent developments in the anthropology of art, including ethnographic or anthropological analysis of western and non-western art traditions, whether historical or  contemporary.
  • Art, materiality and material culture
  • The anthropology of art in the archaeological record, including prehistory.
  • The changing place of art in specific geographic locations.
  • Commoditisation of non-western art traditions in the west and the place of anthropology and anthropologists within that process.
  • Curating and curators, and the interface between museums and academic departments historically and today.
  • Cultural property, ownership and representation of ethnographic objects
  • Ethnographic museums and their futures, including the consideration of indigenous museums.
  • Authenticity and the politics of representation
  • Craftsmanship, apprenticeship, and learning to become an artist.
  • The consideration or reconsideration of the contribution of particular scholars in the anthropology of art.
Proposals for panels should be made by 30 June 2017 on the conference web-site, which may be found alongside an indication of the conference fees.
Informal inquiries may be made to [email protected]
“Africa and Africans in National, Regional and Global Dimensions” Conference
Oct 17 – Oct 20 all-day

On October 17-20, 2017 in Moscow the Research Council for the Problems of African Countries and the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences hold the 14th African Studies Conference titled “Africa and Africans in National, Regional and Global Dimensions.” The Conference will take place on the premises of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The working languages are Russian and English.

The Organizing Committee would like to encourage you to submit panel proposals, focusing on any particular topics related to the Conference’s umbrella theme. The deadline for panel proposals submitting is December 1, 2016. The Organizing Committee will be glad to consider any panel proposals (within 500 words in English or both English and Russian) received by this date. The information to be submitted alongside with the proposal includes the proposed panel convenor(s)’ full name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), full mail and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers. The list of prospective papergivers with their particulars is desirable but not compulsory.

The Organizing Committee would appreciate your familiarizing the members of your research/teaching unit, as well as all interested colleagues, with the present Announcement.

Why the World Needs Anthropologists: Powering the Planet @ Calman Learning Centre
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm

The fifth edition of the annual symposium “Why the World Needs Anthropologists” explores how energy professionals and anthropologists can cooperate to design and deploy energy innovations that alter the world for the better.

DAY 1, Saturday, 28 October 2017 (location: The Calman Learing Centre, Durham University)

The event will be officially opened by Sandra Bell, Maggie Bosanquest, and convenors of EASA Applied Anthropology Network.


What is the role of communities in the future of energy production? How might engineers work with social scientists on the introduction of new energy technologies?

Title and synopsis of Sophie Bouly de Lesdain’s lecture are to be announced in upcoming weeks. Thank you for your understanding.

In the search for solutions to the energy dilemma – provision of modern energy for all and sustainable production and consumption – what role could or should be played by anthropologists? In this presentation Winther draws on her experiences to reflect on the relationship between the open and contextualized type of knowledge we produce as anthropologists and the normative realm of policies.

Water infrastructure brings together some very ‘powerful’ materials: water, steel and stone which, through their particular properties, co-construct the relationships we have with them. This paper aims to provide some insights into the ‘power of materials’.

The discussion will focus on the development of new sustainable solutions for energy production and consumption. Discussants: Benj Sykes, Tanja Winther, Sophie Bouly de Lesdain, and Veronica Strang. Moderator: Dan Podjed, Convenor of EASA Applied Anthropology Network.

During the day, our co-organisers, sponsors and partners will present at the Energy Hotspot. Do not miss the opportunity to mingle with enthusiasts from all sorts of different domains in academia, energy industry and non-for-profit sector.

Do you still have the energy to join us for a social event? We will use the cutting-edge anthropological approaches to spot the best place in Durham.

DAY 2, Saturday, 29 October 2017 (location: The Calman Learing Centre, Durham University)


The roles of corporations in aiming for a sustainable future, and how anthropological insights help asking the right questions.

How to work appropriately with technical practice innovations in culturing skills for renewable energy.

Demonstrating the Value of Reflexive Thinking.

MINING HISTORY (Durham Energy Institute)
A walking tour of Durham featuring its hidden history as the centre of what was once the largest coalfield in England.

The event is free of charge. Subscribe now. We will keep you posted on event updates and allow you to secure the place in one of the workshops. Remember that subscription is not full registration. It must be completed in September 2017.

Simone A. Abram, Sandra Bell, Pavel Borecký, Ben Campbell, Lynn Gibson, Meta Gorup, Dan Podjed, Evelyn Tehrani

Lawrence Agbemabiese, Ellen Bal, Sandra Bell, Alenka Bezjak Mlakar, Simone Borile, Carlo A. Cubero, Lu Ann De Cunzo, Jurij Fikfak, Carla Guerrón Montero, Duška Knežević Hočevar, Kristin Kuutma, Art Leete, Rajko Muršič, Desirée Pangerc, Jaka Repič, Klāvs Sedlenieks, Veronica Strang, Peter Simonič, Giulia Sinatti, Ülo Valk, Rhoda Woets

European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), Durham Energy Institute, Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University, Department of Anthropology at Durham University

Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) Inaugural Conference: New:  Media, Messages, Meanings, E-Motions
Mar 8 – Mar 11 all-day

The Society for Linguistic Anthropology invites submissions for its inaugural annual spring meeting March 8-10, 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania. We welcome panels and presentations, posters, and multi-modal installations from a wide variety of scholarly directions dedicated to the study of language and semiosis in their social and cultural contexts. Scholars of Anthropology, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, and adjacent disciplines are all invited to participate.

The theme “New: Media, Messages, Meanings, E-motions” invites thinking through how language and semiosis more broadly are involved in producing new and contingent forms and functions. From thinking about mass media to affective states, from new forms of message to the shifting indexicalities of their meaning, the meetings provide an opportunity to think through how new forms and functions emerge, how participants perceive and describe them, and what kinds of anxieties and possibilities are produced. The terms “media, message, meaning, and e-motion” are meant to suggest possible clusters of analysis to think through how new forms of semiosis emerge, challenge older forms, and show the effects of contingency in social life.

To think through these points, we invite presentations connected to, but not limited to,the following clusters of topics:


A great deal of scholarship is currently directed to understanding the anxieties resulting from mass media as well as new social media platforms, and how reality or fakeness is produced. How is mass communication changing with new developments in technology? How are notions of authentic selves and face-to-face communication being disturbed, and what reactions are being provoked in response? Further, linguistic anthropology has always emphasized that all interaction is mediated in some way. When does the materiality of language, the increasingly varied forms through which linguistic signs are communicated, matter? How are particular affordances enabling and constraining how new forms and function emerge?


One long-term contribution of linguistic anthropology has been to show that messages cannot be reduced to denotationally explicit content, and that messages aren’t simply transmitted from sender or speaker to receiver or addressee. Messages today seem to come in any number of new or changed forms, which can reach participants at limited or larger scale–from gossip to the political candidate’s extended campaign, from text messages to viral memes. Other new message forms can emerge as part of new registers, styles, and genres. How are messages signaled, transmitted, and co-constituted? And how do new types of contexts and forms of participation change what counts as a message?


More historical work has sought to consider how change is shaped by the very structural relations found in language and semiosis. Under what conditions do new meanings become apparent to communities of speakers, and how are old meanings still playing a role?


Attention to affective stances and states is now a core area of research in studies of language and semiosis. How are such stances and states brought into being, and how are they connected to the multiple scales of communication and forms of mediation?

AAA Department Leaders Summer Institute @ Science and Engineering Hall, George Washington University, Washington DC
Jun 19 @ 6:30 pm – Jun 21 @ 12:30 pm

The AAA Department Leaders Summer Institute is an opportunity to take part in face-to-face dialogue about the various challenges department leaders face in administering their departments and to share successful practices for meeting these challenges.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
5:00 Registration
6:30 Opening Reception and Dinner (Provided)
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 Welcome and Introductions – AAA President Alex Barker
9:15 Departments as a Force for Change – (Speaker)
10:00 Facilitated Breakout Groups:
-Leadership and Department Management
-Program Review and Assessment
12:00 Lunch (provided)
1:30 Plenary Discussion – Innovations in Pedagogy and Career Diversity
3:30 Break
3:45 Facilitated Breakout Groups:
-Doctoral Program Chairs
-MA / MS Program Chairs
-2- and 4-year Degree Program Chairs
5:30 Break
6:00 Dinner (provided) and Fun Evening Event
Thursday, June 21, 2018
8:00 Continental Breakfast
8:30 Facilitated Breakout Groups:
-Institutional Data
-Encouraging Research and Finding Funding
10:00 Break
10:15 Plenary Discussion – Making the Case for Advancing the Discipline
11:30 AAA’s Department Services Program – How Can AAA Help?
12:00 Wrap Up and Recommendations for 2020 Summer Institute
12.30 Adjourn