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Largest Membership in AAA History

AAAlogo_lg120x119AAA is pleased to announce that for the first time in its history, membership has reached to more than 12,600. As the discipline of anthropology enjoys a growing interest among students and the general public, AAA aims for continual growth.

“I am delighted to reach a new record in membership,” says AAA President, Leith Mullings. The largest sectors of membership growth are among professional and student members. The diversity of anthropology reaches into many aspects of everyday life. AAA has 38 sections representing various disciplines, interests and affinities within the anthropological community.

As AAA prepares for its 112th Annual Meeting, it has already seen a record setting number of paper and session submissions. The meeting will be held November 20-24 in Chicago, IL. This year’s meeting theme is Future Publics, Current Engagements.  Registration will be open to members and the general public in early fall.

Cast Your Vote, AAA Members, on the Code of Ethics

Today’s special guest blog post is from AAA President, Leith Mullings.

Dear AAA Member:

After a five-year process, I am pleased to now ask you to vote on revisions to our association’s Code of Ethics. As many of you know, in 2005 the Executive Board (EB) set up the Commission on the Engagement of Anthropology with the US Security and Intelligence Communities (CEAUSSIC) to consider issues raised by efforts to recruit anthropologists to U.S. military and intelligence projects. At the 2007 business meeting, the AAA passed a resolution calling for restoration of four clauses in the 1971 Principles of Professional Responsibility to the AAA Code of Ethics. Subsequently, CEAUSSIC recommended a comprehensive review of the Code.

In 2009, the EB established an eight-person task force to undertake this review. The task force was selected to represent the concerns of all the subfields, academic and practicing anthropologists, anthropologists who consult with the military, as well as those who are critical of it. After extensive consultation, the task force submitted a revised Code to the EB in November 2011. The EB posted the new draft code on the association website and invited comments from the membership. Once the comment period closed on January 30, 2012, a representative subcommittee of the EB made revisions based on members’ comments. This document was then brought before the Executive Board in May, 2012. After extensive discussion and additional revisions the EB voted unanimously to accept the document that is now presented for your vote. In addition, the EB agreed that the 1971 title, “Principles of Professional Responsibility,” better represented the new document, which we also suggest can be referred to as a Statement on Ethics.

As my EB colleagues Hugh Gusterson (George Mason U) and Monica Heller (U Toronto) noted in the September 2012 AN, this version will be placed on the web, is considered to be a living document and has hyperlinks to key background texts, to which we expect members to contribute. Our intent is that the Committee on Ethics be stewards of this document, facilitating on-going discussion.

Your vote will be whether or not to accept the 2012 Principles of Professional Responsibility (with the understanding that the text links to supporting or background materials are expected to be changed and updated over time). The balloting will close on October 25. Many thanks to all of you who helped to create this document.

In order to vote, you can login through the Account/Member Profile LOGIN area at the top of the page of the AAA website. You can access the AAA site (www.aaanet.org) using your favorite browser.  Once you login, you will see a VOTE NOW button. Click on it and you will be taken to the ballot where you can cast your vote. You can review the text of the statement on ethics by clicking on the details button on the ballot. If you have any difficulties or questions, please email us at ethicsfeedback@aaanet.org

With best wishes,

Leith Mullings
AAA President

Montréal Mondays are back!

Montréal Mondays are back! AAA had so much fun in our giveaway series this past spring, Montréal Mondays, that we’re doing it again. 

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.

Here’s how it works:
Each Monday, between now and November, a trivia question about this year’s AAA Annual Meeting will be posted on the AAA Blog. To participate, e-mail your answer to americananthro@gmail.com by the end of that Monday. Two lucky people with the correct answer will win an item from the new AAA Café Press shop. Winning answers will be announced here later in the week, so check back often.

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

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