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The 2014 AAA Annual Meeting Call for Papers embraces this year’s meeting theme Producing Anthropology. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the broad range of program changes designed to enhance the Annual Meeting experience and better meet the needs of our members and attendees. Click here for step by step instructions on the submission process. Take note of the important dates . Session proposals are due on April 15 at 5:00pm EDT.
On May 8, 2014 at 2 PM Harjant Gill will lead the fourth installment of AAA’s Webinar Wednesday (mixing it up on THURSDAY). Harjant Gill is an assistant professor of anthropology at Towson University, Maryland. He received his PhD from American University in 2012. His research examines the intersections of masculinity, modernity and migration in India. Gill is also an award-winning filmmaker and has made several films that have screened at film festivals and academic conferences worldwide. His latest documentary, Roots of Love explores the changing significance of hair and turban among Sikhs and is currently being screened on BBC World News, BBC America, Doordarshan (Indian National TV) and on PBS channels nationwide. Dr. Gill is currently co-directing the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) Film & Media Festival. His website is www.TilotamaProductions.com
Filed under: Association Business, Career/Funding/Awards, Events and Exhibits, Resources, Webinar, Webinar | Tagged: #AAA2014, American University alumni, anthropology and film, BBC America, BBC World News, Doordarshan, Dr. Harjant Gill, ethnography, PBS, Roots of Love, Society for Visual Anthropology, Society for Visual Anthropology Film & Media Festival, Tilotama Productions, Towson University | Leave a comment »
We are sad to report that Richard Thomas, AAA Membership Manager, passed away Tuesday April 1, 2014. Richard served as our membership manager for 14 years, since joining AAA staff on March 31, 2000. He was 63.
Richard was the face of our Annual Meeting Career Center (previously named the Placement Center) for employers and job candidates. He developed the AAA online Career Center that is a valuable resource of anthropology job ads for both employers and job seekers. His work on the career center was something he was proud of and enjoyed doing.
Richard also was instrumental in streamlining the Membership Services Department over the years as we moved along with the rest of the world from the heavily paper driven processes to the cloud.
Richard was the voice of calm during our annual mayhem of the Annual Meeting abstract submission deadline, with around 5,000 individuals submitting papers and sessions, many during the last 48 hours before the deadline. He spent hours on the phone helping members, and always with a smile. One staff remarked about his having “the patience of Job” one year just before deadline when he fielded call after call needing assistance to register or help putting an abstract into the system. Richard whispered, “They’re all my best friends.”
Richard was particularly proud of his “Save the Dates” reminder postcards for our annual meeting and the “Leave your mark. Major in Anthropology” footprint poster distributed to anthropology departments far and wide.
Richard also worked with numerous committees and groups. At various times over the years he staffed the Association Operations Committee, the Committee for Human Rights, the Student Assembly and most recently the Education Task Force. He was also involved with the formalization of AAA interest groups.
Richard graduated from Brigham Young University summa cum laude with a BA in history. Prior to working for AAA he worked at the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Nature Conservancy. Richard had a love for the west coast and talked often of returning to California for his golden years.
Richard is survived by a partner of 36 years and two sisters. He will be remembered fondly by staff for his love of history and dry wit.
To AAA members:
This letter was sent on March 31st, 2014, to the National Geographic Society, National Geographic Channels and National Geographic Channel International to protest a program aired in Europe (with a trailer briefly available on YouTube), by the presidents of six anthropological and archeological associations based in the United States and Europe, including the AAA. The effort was spearheaded by Jeff Altschul, President of the Society for American Archeology. The content of the letter provides, I think, sufficient information for you to understand why this program is of concern to all anthropologists. Shortly before the letter was sent, Dr. Altschul received the following statement from John Francis, Vice-President of National Geographic:
“National Geographic Channels International, in consultation with colleagues at the National Geographic Society, announced today that it will pull the series Nazi War Diggers from its schedule indefinitely while questions raised in recent days about allegations about the program can be properly reviewed. While we support the goal of the series, which is to tell the stories of long lost and forgotten soldiers, those left behind and still unaccounted for, and illuminate history working in concert with local governments and authorities, we also take seriously the questions that have been asked. National Geographic Channels is committed to engaging viewers in the exploration of the world and all of us associated with National Geographic are committed to doing our work with the highest standards. We know the same holds true for our producing partners, including our partners on this series.”
We look forward to their response to our letter, and will indicate to them our willingness to work with them to ensure their programming meets the highest professional standards.
President, American Anthropological Association
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The 2014 AAA Annual Meeting Call for Papers embraces this year’s meeting theme Producing Anthropology. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the broad range of program changes designed to enhance the Annual Meeting experience and better meet the needs of our members and attendees. Click here for step by step instructions on the submission process. Take note of the important dates . Session proposals are due on April 15.
It’s Webinar Wednesday!
This afternoon, March 19, 2014, at 2pm ET, AAA will host a webinar event with Dr. Mark Aldenderfer on the topic of The Bar is Very High:Academic Dossier Evaluation and What to Expect. The webinar will be of particular interest to anthropology graduate students, recent PhDs, as well as AAA Section Leadership and volunteers. The program will cover topics such as:
Mark S. Aldenderfer is an American anthropologist and archaeologist. He is the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts at the University of California, Merced. He has served as Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Aldenderfer received his Ph.D. from Penn State University in 1977. He is known in particular for his comparative research into high-altitude adaptation and for contributions to quantitative methods in archaeology. He has also served as editor of several journals in anthropology and archaeology.
This webinar is free but registration is required.
Filed under: Association Business, Events and Exhibits, Webinar | Tagged: academic dossier evaluation, anthropology publishing records, archaeologist, career in anthropology, Mark S. Sldenderfer, University of California Merced, Webinar Wednesdays: Engaging Anthropology, what to expect at tenure review | Leave a comment »
A special message from AAA Secretary, Dr. Margaret Buckner:
At the November 2013 business meeting in Chicago, the Committee on Labor Relations submitted a resolution on contingent and part-time academic labor. Though it was unanimously approved, there wasn’t a quorum at the meeting, so, in accordance with AAA bylaws, the resolution went to the Executive Board. The EB in turn agreed to place the resolution on this year’s ballot for a vote of the full membership. This blog is an opportunity for AAA members to speak for or against the resolution before the elections, which open on April 15.
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The American Anthropological Association is pleased to offer two internship opportunities funded by member donations.
Internships are six weeks in length from June 30 through August 8, 2014. Internships are unpaid however; interns will be provided housing and a meal/travel stipend.
Interns will spend approximately 40 percent of their time working onsite at the AAA offices in Arlington, Virginia, and the other 60 percent of their time working on-site at one of three locations described below.
Visit the AAA Summer Internship Program webpage for the application. Application deadline is March 15, 2014.
Click here to support this Internship Program through a financial contribution.
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