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All-digital open source book review tool available

AAA is thrilled to announce the availability of a freshly-updated “Objects for Review” workflow tool to transform book reviews. Using funds from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, AAA and Public Knowledge Project extended an object for review plugin included in its popular Open Journal Systems application. The original plugin, developed by PKP partners at Freie Universität Berlin, is free to use and available in recent versions of OJS (2.4.4+). The updated version will be released shortly under the same open source license.

Major updates to the Objects for Review support:

  • All-digital book review workflow. Digital versions can be made available via the plugin, reducing the carbon footprint from a print-centric process and eliminating the costs associated with packaging and mailing bound books to journal offices and then onto book reviewers.
  • Ease of use for participating publishers. With the help of feedback and testers from presses like Duke University Press, University Press of Colorado, and University of New Mexico Press, the software features an ONIX ingest and supports netGalley digital proofs.

Using this software means that simultaneous publication of reviews and reviewed books is now possible: Publishers can upload uncorrected page proofs; interested reviewers can potentially view these texts within days; and book reviews can potentially be published in tandem with book releases, thus sparking conversation, sales, and interactions with front list books.

AAA’s installation is called Anthropology Book Forum, under the editorship of Justin Shaffner. Participating publishers can upload any book for review that have published in 2015 or are forthcoming.

The Objects for Review program plugin may revolutionize book reviews, but the plugin supports a range of digital objects; journals who use the plugin could consider using the software to review digital photographs or digital music. For those interested in the updated plugin when it is available, please either follow the PKP blog http://pkp.sfu.ca/blog or send PKP an email pkp.contact@gmail.com.

2015 AAA Annual Meeting Registration and Refund Details

While the annual meeting (Denver, CO November 18th this year) is still far away, it is never too early to start planning for the event.  After all, the invited/volunteer call for papers deadline is April 15th.  This year we are introducing a three tiered registration system: Call for Papers, Pre-Registration, and On-Site Registration.  Each of these categories is open to any attendee– presenting or not– and we encourage everyone to register early.  Registering in the call for papers period will give you a discounted registration rate, and it’ll also help us in the planning process.  The Call for Paper’s registration rate ends when the Call for Papers submission period ends, so don’t wait!  After that we switch into Pre-Registration, which will extend to October 31st, at which times On-Site rates apply.  Now you might be saying, “The conference doesn’t start until the 18th, why are On-Site rates starting on November 1st?” And this is a valid question.  For the most part, it once again boils down to planning, logistics, and shipping costs.

As part of the AAA’s ongoing effort to be an environmentally conscious organization, we will again be offering the GREEN registration.  This means you get a discount, but also are making an active choice to cut down on the AAA’s paper use by not having a printed program (last year’s program was 680 pages!).  Green Registration is available in the Call for Papers and Pre-Registration periods.  Everyone will have access to our mobile app, which holds a searchable program, maps, a messaging system, and much more– details to come on that in the September.  Below you will find the current rates, broken down by registration type.

Professional Member Registration $231
Professional Member GREEN Registration $226
Student Member Registration $100
Student Member GREEN Registration $96
Un- or underemployed Member Registration $193
Un- or underemployed Member GREEN Registration $189
Retired Member Registration $193
Retired Member GREEN Registration $189
Professional Non-Member Registration $407
Professional Non-Member GREEN Registration $403
Student Non-Member Registration

$175

Student Non-Member GREEN Registration $171

If you would like to register now, please click here.

Many members felt our refund policy was confusing, so with that in mind, we set about revamping it.  With that in mind, please familiarize yourself with the AAA’s official refund policy below:

Requests for refunds or cancellations must be made in writing. Prior to the April 15, 2015 deadline, proposals may be withdrawn by sending an email to aaameetings@aaanet.org. Between April 16, 2015, and October 15, 2015, a written refund request will be subject to a $25 administrative fee, except for persons who submitted a proposal that was not accepted for the final program.

Program participant registration fees are non-refundable; cancellations will not be accepted nor refunds issued.

No refunds will be granted for requests received after October 15, 2015. Under no circumstances will AAA issue refunds for no-shows.  Badge sharing, splitting, and reprints are strictly prohibited.

If you registered as a non-member with a membership requirement exemption and decide to join AAA, the registration conversion can be accommodated within 30 days of the original transaction.

All this information and more can be found in the meetings section of the AAA website: http://www.aaanet.org/meetings/

If you have any questions, please send them to aaameetings@aaanet.org, we’ll be happy to address them.

AAA Summer Internship Applications Available Feb. 6

The American Anthropological Association is pleased to offer two internship opportunities funded by member donations.

Internships are six weeks in length during the summer of 2015. 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, VA, and the other 60 percent of their time working on-site at one of two locations described below.

Eligibility:
• Undergraduate students in their junior or senior year
• First Year Graduate students (completing the first year of graduate work by June 2014)

Applications will be accepted beginning on February 6, 2015.

Visit the AAA Summer Internship Program webpage for the application. Applications will be available on February 6, 2015. Application deadline is March 15, 2015.

Click here to support this Internship Program through a financial contribution.

Naval History & Heritage Command (NHHC) Internship
The Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) of the Naval History & Heritage Command (NHHC), the official history program of the Department of the Navy, is located at Washington’s historical Navy Yard. The office serves four main functions:

• Cultural Resource Management, Historic Preservation & Policy Development – Resource management involves implementing an overall cultural heritage policy, ensuring Navy remains in compliance with federal laws and regulations, forming a sunken military craft inventory, crafting individual site management plans, coordinating violation enforcement, coordinating human remains issues, and extensive collaboration with federal, state, local agencies, international counterparts, the non-profit sector, the private sector and the public to best manage sunken military craft.

• Archaeological & Historical Research – Intrinsically tied to the management of sunken military craft are the inventory, survey, assessment, documentation, research and monitoring of these ship and aircraft wrecks. NHHC undertakes archaeological research as a lead agency, as a collaborator, as a guide, and as a monitor and permit-issuer in the case of external archaeological surveys and/or actions that disturb sunken military craft.

• Artifact Conservation & Curation – All historic artifacts recovered from an underwater environment require some form of conservation and a proper curation environment to remain in a stable condition. NHHC, via its Archaeology & Conservation Laboratory, is directly responsible for nearly 14,000 artifacts originating from sunken military craft.

• Education, Public Relations & Information Dissemination – Public education and outreach is a fundamental mission component of NHHC as it helps promote the Navy’s heritage and preserve its sunken military craft from disturbance. Information dissemination occurs through channels such as publications, presentations, lectures, a web and social media presence, and press coverage is pursued on a regular basis.

Interns can expect to work on a variety of tasks depending on their research interests and office priorities, such as: preparing, undertaking, or following up on field investigations; conducting archaeological and historical research; reviewing, editing or preparing reports; synthesizing information and preparing policy or case study briefings; conserving artifacts; assisting with the UAB artifact inventory, management, and loan programs; coordinating partner and inter-agency correspondence; and participating in public outreach and education initiatives such as tours, lectures, presentations, and web presence.

National Museum of African Art Internship
The National Museum of African Art has the largest publicly held collection of traditional and contemporary African art in the United States. This collection includes more than 9,000 objects representing nearly every country in Africa dating from ancient to contemporary times, and includes sculpture, textiles, pottery, jewelry, photography, paintings, works on paper, and video art.

The museum’s mission is to foster the discovery and appreciation of the visual arts of Africa, the cradle of humanity.

The selected intern would be placed in the museum’s curatorial department, and their assignment would include object-based work related to a future exhibition.

An interest in African culture and art is required for this internship, as well as a background in curatorial practice and procedures.

AAA On-Site Activities
AAA activities will include the following:
• Research membership trends in the AAA; developing and drafting materials for 2016 National Anthropology Day; drafting text for Anthropology News (AN) newsletter articles and other activities as assigned.

Exclusive Programs & Discounts for Members Only

We are excited to start the New Year off with several exclusive member-only programs and discounts. In an effort to continue to provide future anthropologists with access to practical knowledge, we partnered with UMB Bank to offer a AAA Visa credit card. 100% of all royalties will support the AAA Intern Program which offers two undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in a six week program.

We are continuing our partnership with Mercer (formerly Marsh) to provide access to health, life, and dental insurance. Members will additionally begin to have discounted access to home and auto insurance through Liberty Mutual. Additional savings for travel and office supplies are accessible through Avis, Budget and Office Depot, respectively.

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AAA & CASCA To Hold Joint Conference in 2019

The American Anthropological Association is pleased to announce that together with CASCA (Canadian Anthropology Society/Société canadienne d’anthropologie), we will hold a joint conference November 20-24, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia. This conference will allow for the development of multiple forms of collaboration between the two associations. We are grateful to the joint committee whose work was critical to the getting the conference off the ground. Conference details forthcoming.

La CASCA (Canadian Anthropology Society/Société canadienne d’anthropologie) et la AAA (American Anthropological Association) tiendront un colloque commun à Vancouver (C.-B.) du 20 au 24 novembre, 2019. Ce colloque permettra de multiplier les possibilités de collaboration entre les deux associations. Nous remercions le comité conjoint qui nous a permis de le mettre sur pied. L’appel sera diffusé selon le calendrier habituel.

AAA Statement on Police Practices

AAA President Monica Heller releases public statement on police practices in the United States and calls upon anthropologists to help create equitable policing:

In the United States, too many black Americans are killed by officers of the law. As anthropologists, we must speak out whenever our common humanity gives way to discrimination, prejudice and violence. We must speak out whenever anyone acts in ways that accords the full rights of personhood to some but not all. In this case, these injustices are perpetrated by those who are trained to protect us all, requiring a radical re-examination of the processes and structures that produce these tragedies on a regular basis.

Anthropologists can, and do, contribute to this re-examination by showing how structural inequality makes racism and race-based violence commonplace, whether it is motivated by individuals’ conscious intent or not, and in particular how officers of the law come to perpetrate such violence. It is time now to join with others to undo that process. Because it stops today.

Department of Hispanic Studies Trinitiy College Dublin University: Pulling together or Pulling Apart (Call for Papers)

DEPARTMENT OF HISPANIC STUDIES
TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN UNIVERSITY

PULLING TOGETHER OR PULLING APART

IDENTITY AND NATIONHOOD • SPAIN, EUROPE,
THE WEST

25 – 27 June 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS

Increasing globalisation highlights the need to revisit the upsurge of Nationalism, and this three-day interdisciplinary conference will provide a forum for debate on sovereignty, nationhood, identity, and interrelated issues in Catalonia, the Basque Country, Galicia, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Belgium, France, Quebec, and elsewhere. Questions will include: why nationalism is so resilient; how notions of ‘self’ and ‘nation’ interpenetrate; economic, human rights, and social justice conflicts; whether and to what extent new definitions and approaches to nationhood and state may be needed in the context of a valid ‘European’ identity in the 21st century.
We invite papers on topics related to the main themes of the conference, to include perspectives on sovereign rights of nations • challenges of micro- and macro-nationalism to the supranational objective of creating a European identity • comparative approaches (historical, media, linguistic, philosophical, gender, anthropological, ethnographic, religious, socio-political…) • cultural rights and public space • radical and moderate nationalisms • territorial, political, and racial constructions of collective national identity • conflict resolution • myth and the nation • the arts in the construction of national identity • narratives of the front lines• forgiveness and reconciliation • other relevant topics.

Proposals (circa 250 words) in English or Spanish, together with a brief biographical note, should reach the conference organizers, Dr Susana Bayó Belenguer and Dr Nicola Rooney (confhisp@tcd.ie), by 12 February 2015. Papers should not exceed 20 minutes. Proposals from young researchers and postgraduate students are welcome. Acceptances will be notified by 27 March 2015.

For possible publication, revised versions should be sent for peer-review to confhisp@tcd.ie to arrive not later than 15 September 2015.

Further information (registration, accommodation, round-tables, events, etc.) will be available by mid-January on the conference website: http://www.tcd.ie/Hispanic_Studies/PTPA-conference/

A note from the American Anthropological Association: the AAA is not directly connected to the organization, vetting, or implementation of this conference.

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