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2011 AAA Annual Meeting CWA Sessions Now Available on Vimeo

The Committee on World Anthropologies (CWA) has set up a series of videos via Vimeo, that were taped at the 2011 Annual Meeting. The five sessions are of interest to members, especially those concerned with world anthropologies and hegemony, and highlight work being done outside the United States with a global, non hierarchical perspective:

On the Vimeo page of each video, conversation threads allow visitors and presenters opportunity for discussion of the panel content. The CWA would like to share these videos with the global community and hope that they will generate a lively conversation.

Learn about Digital Audio Field Recording for Ethnography

This full-day AAA workshop (4-0325) at the Annual Meeting in Montreal on Friday, November 18, will thoroughly address both digital audio field recording options as well as best practices for digital preservation. AAA is pleased to sponsor this workshop by Andy Kolovos, the Vermont Folklife Center’s archivist and staff folklorist. He’s run this workshop at other venues and we’re pleased he’s able to share his knowledge and experience with anthropologists. Sign up for it today for only $10 when you register for the meeting or login and add it to your schedule if you are already registered for the meeting.

Here’s the full description of the workshop:

This day-long workshop provides both a general introduction to digital audio field recording options for ethnographers, and an overview of digital preservation best practices to assist researchers with the preservation of their digital audio recordings—in the field and into the future.

The first half of the workshop focuses on digital audio and field recording. It includes an overview of audio recording technology and the nature of digital audio, a discussion of microphones and microphone technique suited to the field recording situations ethnographers commonly encounter, and presents information on current audio recorders, their applications and cost.

The second half the workshop is dedicated to discussions of digital preservation best practices for the short, medium and long-term preservation of field-generated audio recordings. We discuss the computer¹s role in interfacing with digital field recording equipment, examine a variety of hardware and software options, discuss and emphasize the formulation and implementation of a future technology plan for ethnographic digital audio research collections.

Workshop participants are encouraged to bring their own recording equipment for discussion.

It’s Montreal Monday!

The AAA 110th Annual Meeting will take place this year in Montréal, Quebec, Canada from November 16-20, 2011. Now is the time to renew your membership, pre-register for the Annual Meeting, book your hotel,  and add the workshops to your itinerary.

Our gracious Canadian hosts will be presenting sessions with a Canadian theme throughout the AAA Annual Meeting. Montréalology: Traces, Tidemarks & Legacies of a Unique City of Differences and Canadian Indigeneities are two sessions that feature a myriad of 15 minute presentations.

What day and time do these two sessions occur?

In honor of our host city’s bilingual essence, this week’s response must be given in French.
E-mail your answer to americananthro@gmail.com by the end of today.

Two lucky people with the correct answer will win an Annual Meeting t-shirt from the new AAA Café Press shop. Winning answers will be announced here later in the week, so check back often.

Need a hint? Check out the searchable online program.
Need a quick French lesson? Check out this online resource (note: not associated with or endorsed by AAA)

Quick links:
Renew your membership
Complete your meeting registration
Book your hotel
Add a workshop
Purchase the Annual Meeting Abstracts
Order your Annual Meeting Gear

Going to the Annual Meeting? Try Montreal’s Famous Bagels!

Did you know that Montréal is famous for its bagels?

If you’re already registered for the AAA 2011 Annual Meeting, you most likely will try one of these delicacies while in Montreal.

Montréal bagels are actually different from New York and Toronto bagels.  They are made with eggs and are baked in wood ovens. In comparison, New York bagels are made with water and are spongy, while Toronto bagels are usually baked in gas ovens.

If you have not pre-registered yet, register today!

Correction: The previous image posted did not portray an accurate Montreal Bagel. The photo has been change to reflect the difference in bagels – thanks to blog reader, Scott M. More information on Montreal’s bagels can be found on The Montreal Buzz.

Anthropologists Will Come to Montreal in Record Numbers

AAA will host its 110th Annual Meeting this November in Montréal, Quebec, Canada. Members and non-members alike were encouraged to submit proposals for this year’s scholarly sessions. This year’s call for papers has just ended with a historically high number of 4,510 submissions.

Proposal topics embrace the meeting theme of “Traces, Tidemarks and Legacies” through the myriad of anthropological fields of science and humanities. This 2011 theme invites participants to reflect on how all fields of anthropology, whose own locations have also been rearranged, are engaging with these shifting realities in which we live, within and across disciplines and regions.

Meeting participant registration also led to a historical high of 5,203 registrants. Anthropologists and those whose work intersects with anthropology will be attending from around the globe, with 17% of registrants coming from outside the United States and Canada. AAA Director of Meetings, Jason G. Watkins, CMP said, “In a time when budget reductions are at the forefront, anthropologists are persevering in their work and have prioritized the AAA Annual Meeting due to the benefits of scholarly exchange and network building opportunities.”

Two periods of Annual Meeting pre-registration occur before arriving in Montreal. Pre-registration re-opens in June 2011.

Registration and Submission Deadline Extended for 2011 AAA Annual Meeting

Due to technical complications experienced in the morning hours on Friday, April 15th the submission and registration deadline will be extended until Monday, April 18 at 5pm EST (9pm GMT).  

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Last Day to Submit Your Proposal for the 2011 AAA Annual Meeting

 Today is the last day to submit your proposal for the 2011 Annual Meeting in Montreal.

The proposal deadline is April 15, 2011, 5:00 p.m. ET. All submitters will receive confirmation of completed proposals by email. Notice of acceptance/rejection will be sent in early July 2011.

Log on to AnthroGateway to register for the Annual Meeting, ensure your membership is current, and update your member profile.


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