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A Special Message from AAA President Leith Mullings

Below is a special message from AAA President Leith Mullings:

On behalf of the American Anthropological Association I would like to express concern and support for our staff, members and partners across the East Coast. Being in New York myself,   I can attest to the destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  Please know that the thousands of your colleagues across the country and around the world send our best wishes as the recovery efforts begin.

Leith Mullings
President, American Anthropological Association
Distinguished Professor
Ph.D. Program in Anthropology
Graduate Center, City University of New York

Where Do AAA Members Study?

18% of AAA Members have completed their member profile in the new AMS system.  Completed member profiles allow AAA members to find their colleagues by field of study, geographic area, language and much more. To get started, simply log in and edit the profile information sections on your My Information page.

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American Anthropological Association Request for Proposals – Ethics Small Grant Program


The goal of the AAA Small Grants Program is to foster the development and use of curricular materials for the teaching and communication of ethics and ethical practice across the discipline of anthropology. Administered by the AAA Committee on Ethics, this small grant program encourages the awareness of and innovation in ethics curricular materials used in introductory, undergraduate, and graduate classes. Proposals for the development of curricular materials in a variety of forms are welcome, including texts, films, blogs, websites, exhibits, and other innovative media forms.  The grant recipient(s) will have ten months to complete these new curricular materials, the results of which will be featured in the “Ethical Currents” column of the December issue of AN as well as on the AAA ethics blog, and highlighted at the Annual Meeting.


All members of the American Anthropological Association are eligible to apply. Please visit www.aaanet.org for details on joining the Association, dues, and details on the benefits of membership.  Proposals may request from $200 to $1,000 and must address a clearly defined curricular material development project.  Note, the total budget allocation for this grant program for is $1000, thus proposals that include matching funds are encouraged.

Conflict of Interest Statement

All CoE award committees follow NSF guidelines regarding potential conflict of interest between applicants and reviewers.


The deadline for proposals is November 1, 2011.  Please send proposals, acceptable in the following format only, and questions about the program via email to laradeeb@gmail.com in advance of the deadline.

Proposal Format

1. Application Cover Page should include the name, organization/department, address, phone number, and AAA membership number of the applicant, the title of the project, and the total amount in the requested budget.

2. Summary or Abstract (1/2 page) Present a brief summary of the entire proposal.

3. Project Description, including timeline (two pages) The project description should address the following questions: (a) What is the new curricular material to be developed? (Provide detail on form, content, and development strategies and intended audiences — including the potential involvement of undergraduate or graduate students and the broader public). (b) What is the curricular lacuna(e) that this new material will fill?  (c) How will this new material address the specificities of anthropological ethics?  (d) How will this new material be disseminated, in addition to a write-up in AN and on the ethics blog?  (e) What is the timeline for the production of this new material?

4. Summation of Applicant’s CV (2 pages maximum)

5. Budget Explanation (approx. 1/2 page) Provide justification for the budget and any additional information to help the review committee understand how calculations were made. Explain any unusual line items in the budget. If the requested grant amount will not cover all project expenses, please indicate the other sources of funding. You may also identify other contributions in this section, such as your time, resources of your department, equipment and other materials.

Grant Timeline

The successful applicant(s) will be notified in December 2011 and the grant awarded in January 2012.  The new curricular material must be completed by November 1, 2012.  A final report (1 page) is to be submitted to Committee on Ethics Chair Lara Deeb <laradeeb@gmail.com> by December 1, 2012.  The successful applicant is also responsible for providing a write-up about the new curricular material for the “Ethical Currents” column of the December 2012 issue of AN as well as providing additional content and links for the AAA ethics blog.

AAA Member in the News

Paul Stoller, AAA member, is an anthropology professor at West Chester University. He regularly brings anthropology to the forefront by blogging for the Huffington Post. Dr. Stoller’s most recent post is about how his anthropological experiences have challenged him to manage his cancer diagnosis. Below are snippets from his post. Visit the blog for the complete story. Thank you Paul!

Photo courtesy of West Chester University

It was 10 years ago today that I was diagnosed with lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells…I was informed that although follicular lymphoma — the most common sub-type of non-Hodgkins lymphoma — responds well to treatment, it remains incurable.

In one day my world was turned upside down. Until my diagnosis, I thought little about illness, and less still about my mortality. For years I had followed a healthful regimen. I ate lots of fresh vegetables, consumed only small amounts of red meat, drank moderate amounts of alcohol, exercised regularly and enjoyed a satisfying personal and professional life. I was not a prime candidate for cancer. And yet there I was, in a cold and sterile examination room — a relatively young man with an incurable disease. My life would never be the same.

After nine months of treatment, CT spans indicated that I was in remission — a strange place to be. In remission, you are — for the most part — free of symptoms, but you are not “cured.” Somewhere between sickness and health, you are told to come back every six months for CT scans to determine if you have remained cancer-free — or not…In remission, you get to be like a defendant in court, waiting for what seems like a life or death verdict — not an easy place to be.

There is, of course, no perfect way for cancer patients to deal with such existential upheaval. Some people in remission become more religious. Others may change their occupations, learn a new language, take up a new hobby or decide to travel more frequently. Because I’m an anthropologist, I attempted to cope with remission’s uncertainties by revisiting my experiences as a young researcher in West Africa, where I spent many years as an apprentice to a traditional healer. That process eventually resulted in a book about my confrontation with cancer, “Stranger in the Village of the Sick: A Memoir of Cancer, Sorcery and Healing,” in which I wrote about how West African ideas about illness and health helped me to confront cancer and cope with living in the sometimes confusing and always nebulous state between sickness and health — between what I like to call the village of the healthy and the village of the sick.

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AAA Online Store

Have you noticed a new look to the AAA homepage? At the very top of the page, there is a little blue shopping bag. With the new AMS system up and running, the AAA online store is back in business! Visit the store to purchase your audio/visual materials and your RACE: Are We So Different gear.

As a member, you can now take care of all your transactions at one time while logged into AnthroGateway. Be sure to log-in today! While you are there, don’t forget to update your member profile under the My Information tab.

AAA’s New Association Management System Launches

AAA has a new member database. The new AnthroGateway provides members with new opportunities and features you will soon find essential. Here are just a few you’ll want to get started on right away:

  • Manage your personal information
  • Upload a profile photo
  • Change your password
  • Search for fellow members by interest, institution or language

You will also be able to use the AnthroGateway to renew membership, access AnthroSource, view AAA Committee/Commission memberships (if applicable), go to AAA’s online store and add Section memberships.

When you log-in please take a moment to make sure your personal information is up-to-date. This will ensure that your colleagues will be able to easily find you to connect and collaborate. To access your data, log-in and click on the My Information tab on the left side of the page.

Additional user instructions are available here. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, contact us.

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A Message from the Task Force for Comprehensive Ethics Review

This is a special message to AAA Members from the Task Force for Comprehensive Ethics Review. To view previous draft principles and additional information on this review process, please visit the Ethics Task Force blog page.

Dear AAA Member:

Over the past year and a half, the Task Force for Comprehensive Ethics Review, pursuant to a charge put forward by the Executive Board, has been undertaking a thorough review of our association’s Code of Ethics [you can see the original charge here].

The task force began their work in early 2009 by creating a survey which was disseminated to the entire membership. The survey was meant to be both a broad examination of perceptions of codes of ethics in general – what they should do, what they cannot do – and an assessment of opinions about the AAA code of ethics and its specific content. We wanted to know if and how the membership used the code in practice and in teaching, and if there were ways to make the code more relevant to our work.

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