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Rare Tlingit War Helmet Discovered at Springfield Science Museum

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Stored on a shelf for over 100 hundred years, a rare anthropological treasure was recently discovered in the Springfield Science Museum’s permanent collections. Museum Director David Stier, who has worked in museums collections for almost 30 years, describes the discovery as nothing less than “the find of a lifetime.”

The mystery began to unfold when Museum staffers began to select objects from the over 200,000 items in the Museum’s collections for a new display titled “People of the Northwest Coast.” Dr. Ellen Savulis, the Science Museum’s Curator of Anthropology, was intrigued by one of the items described in collections records as simply an “Aleutian hat.”  The object was relatively large, ornately carved, and made from a single piece of dense wood. Although Dr. Savulis’ main area of expertise is Northeastern United States archaeology, she had the foresight to question whether hats made by the Unangax, the inhabitants of the Aleutian Islands, were typically made from such dense wood. Upon further investigation, Dr. Savulis found that the only type of wooden hat made in the treeless Aleutians is the hunting hat or visor, made from a thin plank of driftwood bent into a lopsided cone.None of this information matched the object she had in front of her.

TlingitHelmet2Dr. Savulis suspected that she had a helmet of some kind, and enlisted the help of Steve Henrikson, Curator of Collections at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau.  After hearing the description and an extensive viewing of artifact images, Mr. Henrikson responded enthusiastically, “This is a Tlingit war helmet, absolutely, no question!”  He went on to say that “it’s very rare – there are less than 100 Tlingit war helmets in existence that we know of. I’ve been studying them for over 20 years and I’m sure I’ve seen most of them.”

Museum records show that the artifact was accepted into collections sometime after 1899, the year that the Springfield Science Museum (formerly the Museum of Natural History) moved into its own building at the Quadrangle.  The source of the artifact was not known, and it carried the simple label “Aleutian hat.” Having limited experience with cultural materials, museum specialist Albertus Lovejoy Dakin accepted the accuracy of the object’s label and entered it as such in the collection records. Some 40 years later the artifact received a permanent museum collection number from museum director Leo D. Otis, who still had no reason to dispute the “Aleutian hat” claim. There the artifact remained in its spot in the permanent collections, carefully preserved and unheralded, waiting to be found.

According to Mr. Henrikson, we now know that the object is indeed a war helmet from the Tlingit people of southeast Alaska.  The style of the carving and decoration on the helmet (probably the emblem of a clan) dates it to the mid-19th century or earlier. With the mass importation of firearms to the region in the mid-1800’s, this sort of body armor became relegated to ceremonial uses. Today, a few helmets are still brought out at ceremonial gatherings, such as potlatches, to commemorate prominent events and honor past clan elders.  Because they are associated with combat, the helmets are not actually worn on the head during such peaceful gatherings, but are instead held in hand or perhaps held over the head of someone needing spiritual support.

Henrikson estimates that there are approximately 95 war helmets in existence today, mostly in large museum collections. Many of these were collected by Russian explorers on the battlefield following clashes with the Tlingit. The largest collection of Tlingit armor is at the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology in St. Petersburg.

Beginning as protection for Tlingit warriors in battle, war helmets today serve the Tlingit as healing reminders of their rich and ancient history.  A glimpse of this rich history can be seen starting Thursday, December 26, when the helmet will be placed on display for the first time since arriving in Springfield over a century ago.

Save the Date – National Humanities Alliance Humanities Advocacy Day

NHA - Humanities Day - 2014The National Humanities Alliance will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day March 10-11 in Washington, D.C. 

 This unique event provides opportunities for participants to:

  • connect with a growing network of humanities leaders from around the country; 
  • communicate the value of humanities research, education, programming, and preservation to Members of Congress; 
  • explore national humanities policy; and 
  • become year-round advocates for the humanities. 

Sessions and events will be held at George Washington University and on Capitol Hill.

Registration

Registration and meeting information is available here.  

  • Early registration:           $75      Deadline: December 31
  • Advance registration:      $90      Deadline: January 31
  • Regular registration:       $100     Deadline: March 1

Hotel Accommodations

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Capitol Hill Hotel at a discounted rate of $229/night for March 8-11.  To make a reservation, call 800-619-9468 or 202-543-2941 and ask for the National Humanities Alliance block rate, using the group code NHA0314.  Availability is limited and hotel reservations must be made no later than February 6, 2014.

Society for Economic Anthropology Call for Papers

SEA LogoSEA 2014 “Energy & Economy”
April 24 – 26, 2014
Austin, TX
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: DECEMBER 15
Please visit the SEA webpage to read the CFP and submit an abstract.

Anthropologists have a long, if uneven, history of engagement with studies of energy and economy – from the use of wind in ancient exchange and the effects of domestication on production, to the contemporary dependence on the consumption of fossil fuels. While Leslie White most explicitly incorporated energy in his mid-century macroevolutionary model, the discipline’s engagements with energy and economy include a wide variety of approaches ranging from cultural ecology and systems-based approaches to political ecology and ecofeminism. Despite these diverse engagements, economistic understandings of the relationship between energy and economy continue to dominate the intellectual and policy landscape.  Anthropological insights, however, make it clear that actual human engagements with energy almost never follow a simple logic of economic efficiency. What can the historical, material and ethnographic records tell us about the empirical relationships between the environment, economy, culture, and energy use? Better analysis of these mutually influencing relationships enriches scholarship and has critical policy relevance – particularly given the urgent need for a transition to less carbon-intensive energy sources.
Human societies have always relied on continued resource inputs, yet explicit consideration of energy is often neglected in social scientific work. Perhaps this is due to energy’s invisibility – its doxic, taken-for-granted flow as mysterious to most people as its effects are profound and ubiquitous. Uneven social, political economic, and environmental impacts simultaneously accompany these flows in a global circuitry of energy and trade that is as cultural as it is physical, bringing different, intersecting forms of power into perspective.
Energy flows, then, are at the very foundations of economic provision and therefore provide a compelling lens through which to examine the economic affairs of any society.
We are especially keen on stimulating interdisciplinary engagement with the meeting theme. SEA 2014 is thus planned in conjunction with the SAA meetings in Austin, Texas and we strongly encourage submissions from archaeologists, and other anthropologists, as well as economists, historians and other scholars of the human condition. Texas will provide a particularly relevant backdrop for SEA 2014 given the state’s notable energy resources and significant influence on US and global energy policy. Austin is an especially pleasant setting, with delightful spring weather and a vibrant music scene.

We welcome anthropologically informed and theoretically relevant papers and posters that address (but are certainly not limited to) the following questions:

Economic Theory: concepts, method, professional practice, interdisciplinaryWhat fundamental reorientations of theory and method are needed to widen appreciation of humanity’s past, present and future dependence on energy flows? What theories and methodologies are most useful for understanding shifts between energy regimes? What are the most promising ethnographic frontiers for understanding the transition away from the fossil fuel era? How can a long-term perspective incorporating non-industrial societies bolster how we envision energy flows and human-environmental relations?  How might we best think about vulnerability, sustainability and resilience? Should economic anthropologists resume measuring food, fuel and labor in terms related to advances in environmental economics or human ecology? How might renewed attention to energy reunite or reconfigure four-field anthropology?
Production: environmental interfaces, labor, work, social structuring
How can we best categorize diversity in the cultural and material production of energy – from energy used to fuel human labor and the fire used to smelt iron, to the biological, nuclear and solar technologies now being explored? How have prehistoric and more contemporary social groups resisted particular energy regimes even when technological or labor capacities may have allowed them?  What role has energy played in the development and reorganization of societies? How have historical and contemporary energy regimes shaped and been shaped by social and political relations?  What are the physical, social, cultural, political and economic ramifications of extracting, processing and using carbon-intensive fuels and growing renewable electricity?
Exchange: energy, social circuitry, markets, commodification
How has energy affected the ways market and non-market exchange shapes social connection and dislocation? How do we best account for the energy embodied in goods and services exchanged? How are gender, age, kinship, class and other dimensions of social organization related to energy? What are the possibilities for incorporating externalities in market-based efforts to speed energy transitions? What are the impacts when we commodify resources necessary for life? How is money related to energy flow?
Consumption: style, status, decision making
How are habitus, consumption styles, status desires, and imaginaries related to the flow of energy involved in people’s ongoing construction of meaning and identity? How can energy and other resource demand from a growing middle class in BRIC and other countries be understood and accommodated? How might we interpret flat to declining energy use in the OECD/developed countries? What can economic anthropologists contribute to understanding peoples’ use of renewable energy technologies, distributed energy, smart grids, private electricity generation, etc.?
Economic & Energy Transitions: governance, finance, movements and the future
What precedents in the archaeological and historical record could help us understand the economic and social implications of slow vs. sudden shocks in energy supply? What is the minimum net energy surplus needed for societal functioning, and how useful is net energy analysis in our fields? What roles do debt and finance, including bubbles, play in the creation and reproduction of existing and potential energy regimes? How are modes of political and economic governance related to control over past, present and future energies? What is expertise, and how do experts affect the forecasting of possible energy futures? How are war and militaries part of past and future energy transitions? How have/can social movements shape(d) energy cultures?

Call for Papers: IUAES 2014 with JASCA

The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (JASCA) invites anthropologists from around the world to our 50th Anniversary Conference to be held jointly with IUAES Inter-Congress 2014.

The conference aims to attract over 250 international delegates to Chiba City in Greater Tokyo. The theme will be The Future with/of Anthropologies. The language of the conference will be English.

The conference will take place from 15th to 18th May 2014.IUAES 2014 Logo

The Call for Papers is now open until January 9, 2014 . Please visit the website to view the list of accepted panels and propose your abstracts directly to specific panels.

All proposals must be made to specific panels via the ‘Propose a paper’ link found beneath the panel abstract on that panel’s webpage. Proposals should consist of:
•a paper title
•authors/co-authors
•a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters
•a long abstract of fewer than 250 words.

Proposals will be marked as pending until the end of the call for papers (9th January).

#AAA 2013 – Public Education Initiative on Migration and Displacement

The AAA’s new Public Education Initiative, focused on Migration and Displacement, seeks to bring an anthropological perspective to bear on important discussions occurring within and beyond the academy. As we begin to work on this national project, we are bringing together anthropologists to discuss key aspects of the theme. During this year’s annual conference, two roundtables will focus their attention on migration; those present will help to shed light on issues that merit serious attention. We ask you to participate in these roundtable events…help us as we begin to structure the content and general direction of what promises to be another important national project.
Friday Nov 22, 12:15-1:30pm (Chicago Hilton, Williford A): Society for Linguistic Anthropology Presidential Conversation on “Language and Mobility: Rethinking the Populations, Practices, and Places of ‘Migration.'”
panelists include Hilary Dick, Adrienne Shiu-Ming Lo, Jonathan Rosa, Alejandro Paz, Rosina Marquez Reiter, Monica Heller, Bonnie McElhinny, Shalini Shankar, Jan Blommaert, Susan Gal.
Saturday Nov.23, 12:15-1:30pm (Chicago Hilton, Astoria Room): PEI Special Events Panel on Anthropology and Migration
panelists include Leo Chavez, Anna Rios, Daina Sanchez, Pat Zavella, Lynn Stephen, Jonathan Xavier Inda.

Tonight’s the Night! AAA Plenary Session – ReImagining Education

Tonight is the Plenary Session! Below is a repost of the special message written by Plenary guest, Malcolm London:

Today’s guest blog post is by Malcolm London. London called the Gil-Scott Heron of this generation by Cornel West, is a young Chicago poet, activist & educator. Malcolm appears on PBS for the first TED Talk television program with John Legend & Bill Gates. Malcolm has shared stages with actor Matt Damon & Lupe Fiasco as a part of the The People Speak, Live! cast. Appears on Season 2 of TVOne’s Verses & Flow. Winner of Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival 2011 and once a member of the Youth Adult Council at Steppenwolf Theatre. He is now a member of UCAN’s National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention & Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission. A passionate educator through Young Chicago Authors & Northwestern Legal Clinic apart of Rights to Power project where he visits communities introducing poetry workshops and performances linked to juvenile & social justice to hundreds of youth every year.

Malcolm LondonNo building has a story without a foundation. If we are building a future where the sky’s the limit, one without ceilings, one where all our children are heading in the right direction–upward–we must have a strong foundation. Join panelist Dr. Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, Lila Leff,  founder of Umoja Student Development Corporation, Dr. Sofia Villenas, Associate Professor at Cornell University and myself, TED Speaker and educator through Young Chicago Authors and Northwestern Legal Clinic, as we discuss the necessary need for our culture, our true histories and our stories to be the foundations of our everyday curriculums. I encourage you to come out to the American Anthropological Association’s 112th Annual Meeting plenary session located at Hilton Hotel International Ballroom North (720 Michigan Avenue) November 20th, Wednesday evening at 6:00pm as we reimagine education.

We will be joined by four incredibly talented students I’ve been working with for the past two years from Simeon Career Academy’s poetry club, Writers Never Die, started by school counselor Patrick Kirkwood and teacher Lisa Roule, who will perform spoken word pieces at the AAA Plenary. As a Chicagoan and young organizer in this beautiful city, with beautiful buildings, I know its’ crumbling. Only half of the public school students’ graduate (that’s a failing grade) and public funding has and is taking a hard hit in this city, and nationally. While my work as an activist is to find out who is doing the punching, on this evening we will come together to inspire, challenge, invigorate and engage in fruitful dialogue as anthropologist, educators, students, parents, all loving human beings in hopes to continue to build toward the sky, while remembering and re-examining our histories, our foundations so we can reimagine our stories, and our education.

Join the This is Anthropology Team at the Annual Meeting!

Over 390 anthropologists have joined the AAA’s new public outreach website, www.thisisanthropology.org since it launched in November 2012! Thanks to all of you who already contributed photos and profiles to the website. This is Anthropology is always a work in progress and it is not too late to join. The development team for This Is Anthropology will be at the annual meeting in Chicago with even more new ways for you to participate. We hope you’ll join us at the events below:

Opening Reception

Join us at our booth during the Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 from 6:15-7:30 PM. In addition to the food and fun of the reception, we will be on hand with This is Anthropology swag (while supplies last!) and we’ll have our cameras rolling to capture some impromptu video interviews.

This is Anthropology Booth

Even if you can’t join us at the reception, stop by our booth in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about the website and how you can be a part of This is Anthropology. It’s never too late to create a profile on the site or to share TIA in your community.

Reaching A Broader Public: The “This Is Anthropology” Project Roundtable

Join Jason Miller and Charlotte Noble on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 from 12:15-1:30 PM in Hilton Conference Room 4M for a roundtable about the This is Anthropology project. After a brief discussion of the origin and goals of the site, we will open the floor for comments, feedback and a brainstorming of ideas for how to disseminate anthropology to a broader public.

Video Project

Finally, be on the look out for our roving camera crew during the meeting. We’re looking for anthropologists to answer one of five questions about anthropology on camera. The footage will be used to create short videos about what anthropology is, anthropological skills and careers and how to become an anthropologist.

Have further questions? Contact the TIA team at thisisanthropology@aaanet.org or participate in our conversations at #thisisanthro on Twitter!

AAA Plenary Session – ReImagining Education

Today’s guest blog post is by Malcolm London. London called the Gil-Scott Heron of this generation by Cornel West, is a young Chicago poet, activist & educator. Malcolm appears on PBS for the first TED Talk television program with John Legend & Bill Gates. Malcolm has shared stages with actor Matt Damon & Lupe Fiasco as a part of the The People Speak, Live! cast. Appears on Season 2 of TVOne’s Verses & Flow. Winner of Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival 2011 and once a member of the Youth Adult Council at Steppenwolf Theatre. He is now a member of UCAN’s National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention & Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission. A passionate educator through Young Chicago Authors & Northwestern Legal Clinic apart of Rights to Power project where he visits communities introducing poetry workshops and performances linked to juvenile & social justice to hundreds of youth every year.

Malcolm LondonNo building has a story without a foundation. If we are building a future where the sky’s the limit, one without ceilings, one where all our children are heading in the right direction–upward–we must have a strong foundation. Join panelist Dr. Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, Lila Leff,  founder of Umoja Student Development Corporation, Dr. Sofia Villenas, Associate Professor at Cornell University and myself, TED Speaker and educator through Young Chicago Authors and Northwestern Legal Clinic, as we discuss the necessary need for our culture, our true histories and our stories to be the foundations of our everyday curriculums. I encourage you to come out to the American Anthropological Association’s 112th Annual Meeting plenary session located at Hilton Hotel International Ballroom North (720 Michigan Avenue) November 20th, Wednesday evening at 6:00pm as we reimagine education.

We will be joined by four incredibly talented students I’ve been working with for the past two years from Simeon Career Academy’s poetry club, Writers Never Die, started by school counselor Patrick Kirkwood and teacher Lisa Roule, who will perform spoken word pieces at the AAA Plenary. As a Chicagoan and young organizer in this beautiful city, with beautiful buildings, I know its’ crumbling. Only half of the public school students’ graduate (that’s a failing grade) and public funding has and is taking a hard hit in this city, and nationally. While my work as an activist is to find out who is doing the punching, on this evening we will come together to inspire, challenge, invigorate and engage in fruitful dialogue as anthropologist, educators, students, parents, all loving human beings in hopes to continue to build toward the sky, while remembering and re-examining our histories, our foundations so we can reimagine our stories, and our education.

Add Installations To Your #AAA2013 Schedule

AAA2013Installations (a remix and rebirth of “InnoVents” and “Salons” introduced to the AAA Annual Meetings program in recent years) invite anthropological knowledge off the beaten path of the written conference paper. Like work shared in art venues, presentations selected as part of the AAA Installations program will draw on movement, sight, sound, smell, and taste to dwell on the haptic and engage AAA members and meeting attendees in a diverse world of the senses. Installations are curated for off-site exhibition and tied to the official AAA conference program. They offer attendees an opportunity to learn from a range of vested interests not typically encountered or easily found on the traditional AAA program. Installations are meant to disrupt who and what we tend to see at the Annual Meetings, helping attendees encounter new people and to do different kinds of things at the intersections of anthropological arts, sciences, and cultural expression.

To register for the 2013 AAA Annual Meeting, click here. Most Installations do not require additional registration; however, there are a few that do and are indicated below.

Wednesday, November 20

2-0010 FRAGMENTS: GLIMPSES OF HAITIAN LIFE THREE YEARS AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE
09:00 – 05:00 Field Museum
Abstract: Fragments: Haiti Four Years after the Earthquake,” curated by Mark Schuller for the Anthropology Museum at Northern Illinois University, is on display at The Field Museum exclusively for the AAA Annual Meetings. It explores the life histories and living conditions of the 279,000 Haitian people still living “under the tents” four years after Haiti’s earthquake.

2-0195 ETHNOGRAPHIC TERMINALIA 2013: CHICAGO “EXHIBITION AS RESIDENCY—PROCESS, COLLABORATION, COMMUNITY”
12:00 – 03:00 Offsite; Washington Park Arts Incubator. University of Chicago 301 E Garfield Blvd Chicago IL 60637
Abstract: Ethnographic Terminalia is a curatorial collective that exhibits new forms of anthropology engaged with contemporary art practice. Playfully exploring reflexivity and positionally, we ask what lies within and what lies beyond disciplinary territories. This year, “Exhibition as Residency–Art, Anthropology, Collaboration” brings together internationally-based artists and anthropologists for a five-day residency in which to perform, exhibit, and experiment with collaborative research practices in a public space.

2-0660 SHADOWS THEN LIGHT: CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE FOR IMMIGRANT JUSTICE
05:30 – 07:30 Latino Cultural Center Univ of IL 803 S. Morgan St., Lecture Center B2
Abstract: We present to you an art installation birthed from struggle, hoping that it may point us to new freedoms guided by stories and vivencias of the undocumented community. Join us with the UIC Latino Cultural Center for an evening of art, poetry and storytelling for immigrant justice.

Thursday, November 21

3-0316 FRAGMENTS: GLIMPSES OF HAITIAN LIFE THREE YEARS AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE
09:00 – 05:00 Field Museum
Abstract: Fragments: Haiti Four Years after the Earthquake,” curated by Mark Schuller for the Anthropology Museum at Northern Illinois University, is on display at The Field Museum exclusively for the AAA Annual Meetings. It explores the life histories and living conditions of the 279,000 Haitian people still living “under the tents” four years after Haiti’s earthquake.

3-0925RETHINKING REPRESENTATIONS AND ACTION AT the FIELD MUSEUM
02:00 – 04:00 Field Museum
Abstract: We will use the Contemporary Urban Collections project and Restoring Earth exhibition to illustrate museum practice that aims to re-present the Chicago region, drawing people into new patterns of civic action. A dialogue will consider the effectiveness of such approaches and wider themes of constancy and change in the civic role of museums.

3-1160 AUSTERITY, INEQUALITY, AND RESISTANCE in the URBAN MIDWEST: A COMMUNITY/ACTIVIST DIALOGUE
04:00 – 06:00 Jane Addams
Abstract:In light of the recent placement of Detroit and other Michigan cities in receivership as well as the battles over public service unions and the funding of public services in Wisconsin and Illinois, this installation bring together critical anthropologists, filmmakers and community activists in conversation.

3-1245 GOING PUBLIC WITH LITERARY ETHNOGRAPHY IN THE WINDY CITY: ANTHROPOLOGISTS AND CHICAGO ARTISTS BUILD NEW GENRES AND A NEW FUTURE.
08:00 – 10:00 Offsite; Columbia College So Michigan Ave Chicago IL 60605
Abstract: For decades anthropologists have been experimenting with a variety of blurred genres including ethnographic poetry and fiction, memoirs, performances, or a pastiche of multiple forms. In this special event creative anthropologists showcase new hybrid forms of ethnography and artistry in pursuit of the slippery, ever-changing concept of culture.

Friday, November 22

4-0291 FRAGMENTS: GLIMPSES OF HAITIAN LIFE THREE YEARS AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE
09:00 – 05:00 Field Museum
Abstract: Fragments: Haiti Four Years after the Earthquake,” curated by Mark Schuller for the Anthropology Museum at Northern Illinois University, is on display at The Field Museum exclusively for the AAA Annual Meetings. It explores the life histories and living conditions of the 279,000 Haitian people still living “under the tents” four years after Haiti’s earthquake.

4-0305 “WITHOUT MUSIC, THERE IS NO JOY, WITHOUT JOY, THERE IS NO MUSIC,” DJEMBE DRUMMING AND THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF MANDINGUE CULTURE
10:00 – 11:30 Hilton, Second Floor, Grand Ballroom
Abstract: This presentation consists of a demonstration of traditional Mandingue rhythms and their meanings in the context of a West African culture more than 1000 years old. The performance will be interspersed with interactive discussion exploring issues raised by the global impact of the djembe drum over the past fifty years.
Especial presentation at Hilton, Second Floor  Grand Ballroom on stage 10:00 AM-11:30AM

4-0315 THE LEGACY of Anthropology’s ENGAGEMENT WITH POLICY: A HISTORY in PICTURES AND TEXTS
10:00 – 03:00 Hilton, Second Floor, Grand Ballroom
Abstract Not Provided

4-0320 TRADE IS SUBLIME: A SCENOGRAPHIC PROPOSITION FOR ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH AT THE WTO, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
10:00 – 03:00 Hilton, Second Floor, Grand Ballroom
Abstract: Trade is Sublime is a video installation that ponders the ontology of multilateral trade and the sustainability of the WTO as a trade regime. The installation was developed as a modality to revisit ethnographic research conducted at the WTO between 2008 and 2010, and was displayed at the WTO in Geneva in June, 2013 as a prompt for deepening those insights.
Especial presentation at  Hilton,  Second Floor  Grand Ballroom on stage 12:00PM-1:00PM

4-0325 SITES OF MEDIATION: A VISUAL ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE MARVELOUS REAL EXHIBITION (2013/4) SITIOS DE MEDIACIÓN: ARQUEOLOGÍA VISUAL DE LO REAL MARAVILLOSO (2013/4)
10:00 – 03:00 Hilton, Second Floor, Grand Ballroom
Abstract: Sites of Mediation is a multi-sited, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) digital photographic work. Through a visual stratigraphy of image and text, it explores four critical stages or successive, dialectical mediations in the making of an exhibition. It invites publics to extend the critical history of the exhibition by using social media to reflect on and remediate the concept, aesthetics and conceits of the archaeology.

4-0330 TOWARDS A LEGIBLE ANTHROPOLOGY: AIRING OUR DIRTY LAUNDRY
10:00 – 03:00 Hilton, Second Floor, Grand Ballroom
Abstract: This installation challenges anthropologists to confront the all-too-common disconnect between our work as writers and the communities we study. Passersby are invited to contribute to the clotheslines, where rags and old T-shirts air our writerly frustrations—our “dirty laundry” in the form of scribbled haikus or minimalist prose.

4-0335 HAWAI‘I BEYOND THE WAVE, HAWAI‘I BEYOND THE POSTCARD
10:00 – 03:00 Hilton, Second Floor, Grand Ballroom
Abstract: Visitors are invited to ‘paradise’ through the sensual impression of postcards, sounds of waves, and interview clips from my fieldwork on Kaua‘i. The act of writing postcards to other destinations of this travelling installation (Vienna, Vancouver, and Kaua‘i) creates dialogue between visitors on issues such as paradise, sustainability, and biotechnology.
Especial presentation at Hilton, Second Floor Grand Ballroom on stage 2:30 PM-3:30 PM

4-0340 ENGAGING THE FUTURE THROUGH ENGAGING THE PAST: A MULTI-MEDIA INTERPRETIVE EXPERIENCE ON THE “ROAD OF DEVELOPMENT”
10:00 – 03:00 Hilton, Second Floor, Grand Ballroom
Abstract: This multi-media, interactive installation invites participants to move along the development road, stopping to look at, listen to, taste and feel how a diverse group of community members, anthropologists and artists interpret particular events related to development forces: religion, education, healthcare, infrastructure, changing economies, environments, foods and more

4-0345 PRESERVATIONAL DETERMINISM; PRESERVATION of MIND
10:00 – 03:00 Hilton, Second Floor, Grand Ballroom
Abstract: Due to pressing issues of abandoned parcels and foreclosure in inner city neighborhoods, Cleveland, Ohio has become part of a conversation on lost space that was once sacred, and now misplaced. This installation aims to physically show the strife this property endured, and the grandeur it once held.

4-0350 DESIGNING CRITICAL CONVERSATION
10:00 – 03:00 Hilton, Second Floor, Grand Ballroom
Abstract Not Provided

4-0541 ETHNOGRAPHIC TERMINALIA 2013: CHICAGO “EXHIBITION AS RESIDENCY—PROCESS, COLLABORATION, COMMUNITY”
12:00 – 06:00 Offsite; Washington Park Arts Incubator. University of Chicago 301 E Garfield Blvd Chicago IL 60637
Abstract: Ethnographic Terminalia is a curatorial collective that exhibits new forms of anthropology engaged with contemporary art practice. Playfully exploring reflexivity and positionally, we ask what lies within and what lies beyond disciplinary territories. This year, “Exhibition as Residency–Art, Anthropology, Collaboration” brings together internationally-based artists and anthropologists for a five-day residency in which to perform, exhibit, and experiment with collaborative research practices in a public space.

4-1151 RECEPTION-ETHNOGRAPHIC TERMINALIA 2013: CHICAGO “EXHIBITION AS RESIDENCY—PROCESS, COLLABORATION, COMMUNITY”
06:00 – 09:00 Offsite; Washington Park Arts Incubator. University of Chicago 301 E Garfield Blvd Chicago IL 60637
Abstract: Ethnographic Terminalia is a curatorial collective that exhibits new forms of anthropology engaged with contemporary art practice. Playfully exploring reflexivity and positionally, we ask what lies within and what lies beyond disciplinary territories. This year, “Exhibition as Residency–Art, Anthropology, Collaboration” brings together internationally-based artists and anthropologists for a five-day residency in which to perform, exhibit, and experiment with collaborative research practices in a public space.

Saturday, November 23

5-0010 THE ANTHROPOLOGIST IN THE WHITE CITY: TOURING CHICAGO’S 1893 WORLD’S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION *Registration required*
08:00 – 09:00 Hilton, Third Floor, PDR 1
Abstract: The Anthropologist in the White City: Touring Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition offers an in-depth examination of landmarks and landscapes from the most important world’s fair in American history. Led by several experts, participants will become immersed in people, places, and things associated with the birth of American anthropology.

5-0255 ENGAGING the PUBLIC in the ANTHROPOLOGY of EDUCATION: CHICAGO AS INVOCATION AND CONTEXT *Registration required*
08:00 – 01:30 Field Museum
Abstract: This special innovent at the Field Museum considers the study and practice of education in Greater Chicago and around the world. There, educational anthropologists and local educators will address four topics: (1) migration and education; (2) schooling and the economy; (3) schools as community centers, and (4) out-of-school learning. All welcome, but advance registration required.

5-0290 MURALS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN LITTLE VILLAGE, CHICAGO
09:00 – 12:00 Offsite; La Catedral Cafe 2500 S Christiana Ave Chicago IL 60623
Abstract: This installation invites anthropologists into the heart and senses of Little Village to collaborate with well-known Environmental activists and artists in Chicago in the creation of a mural for a traveling exhibit. In the process, participants will co-imagine forms of academic/activist/student collaborations informed and shaped around haptic and sensory engagement.

5-0291 THE ANTHROPOLOGIST IN THE WHITE CITY: TOURING CHICAGO’S 1893 WORLD’S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION *Registration required*
09:00 – 01:00 Offsite
Abstract: The Anthropologist in the White City: Touring Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition offers an in-depth examination of landmarks and landscapes from the most important world’s fair in American history. Led by several experts, participants will become immersed in people, places, and things associated with the birth of American anthropology.

2-0296 FRAGMENTS: GLIMPSES OF HAITIAN LIFE THREE YEARS AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE
09:00 – 05:00 Field Museum
Abstract: Fragments: Haiti Four Years after the Earthquake,” curated by Mark Schuller for the Anthropology Museum at Northern Illinois University, is on display at The Field Museum exclusively for the AAA Annual Meetings. It explores the life histories and living conditions of the 279,000 Haitian people still living “under the tents” four years after Haiti’s earthquake.

5-0845 THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED CHICAGO WORKSHOP AND DISCUSSION: PARTICIPATORY THEATER TECHNIQUES FOR FOSTERING EMPOWERED COMMUNITY RESPONSES TO PUBLIC SCHOOL CLOSINGS
01:45 – 03:30 Hilton, Fifth Floor, Conference Room 5E
Abstract Not Provided

5-0985 THEORETICAL UTOPIAS’ ROUNTABLE: THE PROBLEM of EDUCATION in MASS SOCIETIES – WHAT IS to be DONE?
02:30 – 05:30 Offsite; University of Chicago- Contact Organizer (gbakke@wesleyan.edu) for tickets
Abstract: An informal, pie-eating, abstract-thinking, “kitchen-table” event, this year’s topic is the reform of the university system– not gathering to complain! Rather, we aim for open, creative and convivial conversation.Visions for realistic reform are just as welcome as improbable notions for totally systemic overhaul! Pie will be provided.

5-1125 TRACINGS OF TRAUMA: CREATING NEW OBSERVERS
04:00 – 05:45 Hilton, Fifth Floor, Conference Room 5E
Abstract: This is an experiment in engaged anthropology aimed at new forms of public practice. Through involving the audience, as a third voice in the translation of Iraq veterans’ narratives of war, this participatory performance challenges the notion of loss in reinterpreting experience.

Sunday, November 24

6-0276 FRAGMENTS: GLIMPSES OF HAITIAN LIFE THREE YEARS AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE
09:00 – 05:00 Field Museum
Abstract: Fragments: Haiti Four Years after the Earthquake,” curated by Mark Schuller for the Anthropology Museum at Northern Illinois University, is on display at The Field Museum exclusively for the AAA Annual Meetings. It explores the life histories and living conditions of the 279,000 Haitian people still living “under the tents” four years after Haiti’s earthquake.

6-0280 INFRASTRUCTURE AND OBSOLESCENCE IN THE URBAN U.S.
10:00 – 01:00 Offsite
Abstract: Off-site tour of infrastructure on Chicago’s mid-South Side, followed by lunch and informal discussion at New Projects space (www.new-projects.org). All sites accessible by CTA transit. Reservations kindly requested by November 1st for details and 2 short discussion texts. Participants can join after this date, but must contact Marina Peterson: petersom@ohio.edu.

Where are you going with your career?

AAA2013Meet professional anthropologists and explore career options at the NAPA/AAA Careers Expo!

NAPA/AAA Careers Expo – Exploring Professional Careers

Friday, November 22 – 11:00AM-4:00PM
Chicago Hilton, Salon C, Exhibit Hall 

Talk with professional anthropologists working in government, for-profit and non-profit organizations.   Archaeologists, medical anthropologists, cultural anthropologists.  Careers in cultural resources, health and human services, high tech, design and promotion, policy making, and more!

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