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It’s Webinar Wednesday!

Join Dr. Ken C. Erickson this afternoon at 2pm ET for Webinar Wednesday! Registration is required, webinar is free: http://bit.ly/1lU3FNY

KenDoing “Consumer” Anthropology, Warnings and Advice*

Whether its burgers or Boeing, anthropological technique and theory have found significant purchase in the business world. Sometimes. The questions Anthropologists ask often lead to discomfiting revisions in thinking about who buys products and services and what using or experiencing them means. Bringing anthropological stories to the enterprise table can even raise fundamental questions about the nature of business. Fundamental questions (about value, valuation, sustainability, and suffering caused by organizations, for example) need not be laid aside while asking and answering enterprise tactical questions. Using video examples and tales from the field, this webinar offers tips and tricks for finding an anthropological focus that can be heard and, sometimes, become levers to think about and change organizational practices.

DSP Member Special Invitation – New Faculty & Students receive 30% off membership dues

Today’s guest blog post is by AAA Membership Manager, Haleema Burton.

AAA is kicking the fall semester off with a special invitation to Department Services Program members for 30% off membership dues to your new faculty and students. As a benefit of DSP membership, this special invitation will provide substantial savings for both membership and registration rates for the upcoming 2014 AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Here is an informational flyer that can be printed and posted or distributed. This is a limited time offer for first-time and lapsed (5 or more years) professional and student members who are affiliated with a DSP member that ends on October 15, 2014.

http://www.aaanet.org/membership/DSP-Members.cfm

Humanities E-Book releases Round 11

The American Council of Learned Societies Humanities E-Book (HEB) released Round 11 of their online collection this August. These 353 titles bring the total of the volumes in the collection to 4,315. The new round includes additional titles from two of HEB’s original publishing partners, Oxford University Press and Harvard University Press, as well as books from new partners such as University of Toronto Press and Michigan State University Press.

All the titles in Humanities E-Book are available to American Anthropological Association members. The American Council of Learned Societies Humanities E-Book (HEB) makes individual subscriptions available through standing membership in any of the 72 ACLS constituent societies.

The subscription offers unlimited access to 4,300 cross-searchable, full-text titles across the humanities and related social sciences. The titles in HEB have been selected and peer reviewed by ACLS constituent learned societies for their continued value in teaching and researching. The collection comprises both in- and out-of-print titles ranging from the 1880s through the present, and includes many prize-winning works.

Individual subscriptions are ideal for those whose school might not yet have an institutional subscription to HEB or for individual members of a learned society who might not be affiliated with a subscribing institution. (A full list of subscribing institutions can be found on the HEB website.) Individual subscriptions are USD $40.00 for a twelve-month subscription. AAA members can sign up via the HEB website.

For more information about individual subscriptions, contact subscriptions@hebook.org.

Join the Anthropology Delegation to Cuba

http://citizens.peopletopeople.com/OurPrograms/CAP/Pages/2015-Citizens-Graham-Cuba.aspxPeople to People Citizen Ambassador Programs is organizing a delegation of specialists in anthropology to travel to Cuba in January 2015. The delegation leader is Dr. Laura Graham, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iowa, and we hope for a strong showing of anthropologists. A number of unique opportunities are planned, including dialogue with anthropology professionals in Cuba, and the opportunity to share techniques, training and anthropology principles. Cultural activities will highlight the sights and sounds of the country. You can find more information at www.PeopletoPeople.com/LauraGraham.

Travel to Cuba for U.S. citizens is very limited. Under license (CT-2013-305247-1) by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, you can legally visit Cuba with Ambassador Programs, Inc. (People to People Ambassador Programs) if adhering to the guidelines outlined on the delegation’s website.

Doing “Consumer” Anthropology

Join Dr. Ken C. Erickson next Wednesday afternoon for Webinar Wednesday! Registration is required, webinar is free: http://bit.ly/1lU3FNY

KenDoing “Consumer” Anthropology, Warnings and Advice*

Whether its burgers or Boeing, anthropological technique and theory have found significant purchase in the business world. Sometimes. The questions Anthropologists ask often lead to discomfiting revisions in thinking about who buys products and services and what using or experiencing them means. Bringing anthropological stories to the enterprise table can even raise fundamental questions about the nature of business. Fundamental questions (about value, valuation, sustainability, and suffering caused by organizations, for example) need not be laid aside while asking and answering enterprise tactical questions. Using video examples and tales from the field, this webinar offers tips and tricks for finding an anthropological focus that can be heard and, sometimes, become levers to think about and change organizational practices.

Anthropologists Announce New Task Force on AAA Engagement with Israel/Palestine

The Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) announces the creation of the Task Force on AAA Engagement with Israel/Palestine, part of a broad association effort to respond to members’ interest in dialogue about the ongoing Israel/Palestine conflict. The Task Force is charged with helping the Executive Board consider the nature and extent to which AAA might contribute to addressing the issues that the Israel/Palestine conflict raises. It will report to the Executive Board by October 1st, 2015.

Task Force members were appointed by AAA President Monica Heller based on criteria including: significant expertise in relevant subject areas (e.g. conflict; historical memory); a representation of the main sub-fields of archeology, linguistics, biological, and cultural anthropology; understanding of the association; no two members from the same organization or university; no one with publicly identified positions on the issue.

The members of the group are Chair Don Brenneis (UC-Santa Cruz; AAA past president), Niko Besnier (University of Amsterdam), Patrick Clarkin (University of Massachusetts-Boston), Hugh Gusterson (George Washington University), John Jackson (University of Pennsylvania), and Kate Spielmann (Arizona State University).

The Executive Board has asked the Task Force to: 1) enumerate the issues embedded in the conflict between Israel and Palestine that directly affect the Association. These issues may include, but are not limited to, the uses of anthropological research to support or challenge claims of territory and historicity; restrictions placed by government policy or practice on anthropologists’ academic freedom; or commissioning anthropological research whose methods and/or aims may be inconsistent with the AAA statement of professional responsibilities; 2) develop principles to be used to assess whether the AAA has an interest in taking a stand on these issues; 3) provide such an assessment.

This may include providing a comprehensive and neutral overview of arguments for and against a range of specific possible stands on these issues, as well as on any broader but relevant issues that are raised in the context. The Task Force will also recommend whether or not the Association should take any action, and if so, will recommend what form it should take. To read the full Task Force charge, please visit http://bit.ly/1t9ELse.

“The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine is of great relevance to the AAA, and it is worth the investment of time and careful thought that the Task Force is being asked to make,” Task Force Chair Don Brenneis said today. “The Association’s engagement in the relevant issues may take several forms. We want to be sure that we have the facts straight, and a clear understanding of the impacts associated with our choices before we recommend to the Executive Board a course of action.”

AAA Calls For Repair of Hiring Practices At U Illinois

The American Anthropological Association recently sent a letter (140904 AAA_Officers_Ltr_Wise_re_Salaita) to University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise, asking her to do her utmost to repair the hiring process that was breached when the university rescinded an offer of employment extended to and accepted by Dr. Stephen Salaita last October. The AAA normally does not interfere with individual hiring, promotion, or tenure decisions. However, in this case, it appears that significant weight was accorded to factors other than scholarly merit, teaching excellence, and community service, and AAA does indeed speak out when it appears that factors other than academic excellence appear to have been applied.

One can read more about the case here:

http://aaup.org/file/AAUPLetterChancellorWise.pdf

And one can see additional letters written by some of our sister societies here:

  1.  Modern Language Association (MLA)
  2.  American Historical Association (AHA)
  3.  American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
  4.  American Studies Association (ASA)
  5.  Cultural Studies Association (CSA)
  6.  Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA)
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