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Format for December 4th Members’ Open Forum on Engagement with Israel and Palestine

Today’s guest blog post is written by Ed Liebow, Executive Director.

Last July’s Anthropology News mentioned a variety of ways in which AAA leadership is trying to foster dialogue and information exchange among AAA members on anthropologically relevant issues related to Israel/Palestine. We mentioned there that an Open Forum would be held at the Annual Meeting; it has now been scheduled for Thursday 4 December, from 13:00 to 14:15 in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Ballroom Salon 2. Our goal is to facilitate dialogue among AAA Members, bringing to bear on the conversation the culture of inquiry and analytical skills characteristic of our profession.

The frame for the discussion is: what issues related to Israel/Palestine are relevant to us as anthropologists, as members of a scholarly association, and to the AAA as an association of anthropologists?

Here is what you can expect at the Open Forum. The hall will be arranged with a number of tables; the hall is large and we can accommodate many small groups. You will be encouraged to sit with people you do not already know well. There will be introductory remarks from Monica Heller, the AAA President, a brief update on the work of the AAA Task Force on Engagement on Issues related to Israel/Palestine by the Task Force chair, AAA Past-President Don Brenneis, and a short explanation of the forum’s format by our lead facilitator, Tarek Maassarani. The process will include an opening round to build trust and familiarity amongst participants; several discussion rounds with prompts to share what questions, knowledge, perspectives, and experiences participants bring to the table; and a reflective closing round to share insights and their relevance beyond this one event.

Participants will also be given index cards that they can place in feedback boxes as they leave the room. Facilitators will be asked to fill out a reflection form immediately following the dialogue to help us better understand what happened at each table. If there is time, we might be able to hear from some of the facilitators before we need to vacate the room. Since the objective at this stage is to foster dialogue among members, we will check badges at the entrance. Executive Board members, Task Force members, Section Assembly leadership and AAA staff will likely attend as observers. We will ask the press to respect our privacy during the Forum, though we are happy for participants to speak to the press (or blog or tweet) before and after the event. We are also open to considering further such events, whether open only to members or not.

Changes to the AAA Publishing Program

Have you heard about the upcoming changes to the AAA Publishing Program? Below is an excerpt from newest issue of Anthropology News, featuring a piece by AAA Director of Publishing, Oona Schmid.

In November 2013, the AAA Executive Board (EB) adopted a series of recommendations from the Committee for the Future of Print and Electronic Publishing (CFPEP) that embrace new ways of producing and distributing its journals and endeavor to get the association’s publishing program on sustainable footing. These changes also ensure the association will have resources for new innovation (see “Mind the App Gap”). Specifically, the EB moved that member print copies (for all the titles covered in the Wiley-Blackwell service level agreement) will become fully digital starting in 2016. Individual members will be able to buy at cost a print subscription to any journal published by sections that member has joined. The EB authorized creation of a publishing oversight working group within CFPEP, a working group that will have three section representatives. And finally, the EB required that sections who would like to be included in any 2016 Request for Proposals to publishers would need to submit five-year plans (covering 2016–20), which will be reviewed by a Publishing Oversight Working Group of CFPEP. Even though the publishing contract does not expire until the end of 2017, we need to plan to either renew or locate a new partner in 2016.

Much like fieldwork, the publishing world is a work in progress. These changes do not represent a break with the past, rather, they show the ongoing advancement of the publishing program, a necessary progression that will improve the accessibility and visibility of our journals in response to changes in the publishing environment faced by newspapers, university presses, and other scholarly societies.

The evolution of the AAA publishing program can be divided schematically into three stages.pub model

Read the entire article in Anthropology News. Have questions? Check up the recently updated Publishing FAQs.

Last day to vote for your favorite photo

Voting in the 2013 AAA Photo Contest is now open to current AAA members through today, September 30, 2013.The voting system displays thumbnails of each photo. To review galleries with larger images of the entries, please visit the Knowledge Exchange section of Anthropology News.

You may also link directly to galleries of each of the categories:

Voters will be able to select 9 out of 39 photos in the People category, 6 out of 24 photos in the Place category, and 5 out of 19 photos in the Process and Practice category. Winning photos will be displayed at the annual meeting in Chicago and will also appear in Anthropology News.

The AAA Photo Contest is designed to encourage members to share their field experiences and demonstrate the breadth of anthropological work through photography. The impressive array of photos received in the past illustrates the diverse and exciting work anthropologists are pursuing today, as well as the insights that AAA members have to offer.

Ready to vote? Click here .

Questions?If you have any questions or comments, email Amy Goldenberg at photos@aaanet.org.

Vote for your Favorite Photo

Voting in the 2013 AAA Photo Contest is now open to current AAA members through September 30, 2013.The voting system displays thumbnails of each photo. To review galleries with larger images of the entries, please visit the Knowledge Exchange section of Anthropology News.

You may also link directly to galleries of each of the categories:

Voters will be able to select 9 out of 39 photos in the People category, 6 out of 24 photos in the Place category, and 5 out of 19 photos in the Process and Practice category. Winning photos will be displayed at the annual meeting in Chicago and will also appear in Anthropology News.

The AAA Photo Contest is designed to encourage members to share their field experiences and demonstrate the breadth of anthropological work through photography. The impressive array of photos received in the past illustrates the diverse and exciting work anthropologists are pursuing today, as well as the insights that AAA members have to offer.

Ready to vote? Click here .

Questions?If you have any questions or comments, email Amy Goldenberg at photos@aaanet.org.

Vote for your Favorite Photo

Voting in the 2013 AAA Photo Contest is now open to current AAA members through September 30, 2013.The voting system displays thumbnails of each photo. To review galleries with larger images of the entries, please visit the Knowledge Exchange section of Anthropology News.

You may also link directly to galleries of each of the categories:

Voters will be able to select 9 out of 39 photos in the People category, 6 out of 24 photos in the Place category, and 5 out of 19 photos in the Process and Practice category. Winning photos will be displayed at the annual meeting in Chicago and will also appear in Anthropology News.

The AAA Photo Contest is designed to encourage members to share their field experiences and demonstrate the breadth of anthropological work through photography. The impressive array of photos received in the past illustrates the diverse and exciting work anthropologists are pursuing today, as well as the insights that AAA members have to offer.

Ready to vote? Click here .

Questions?If you have any questions or comments, email Amy Goldenberg at photos@aaanet.org.

Calling All Shutterbugs – The 2013 AAA Photo Contest

The AAA Photo Contest is designed to demonstrate the rich possibilities of anthropological work through photography. The impressive array of photos received in the past illustrates the diverse and exciting work anthropologists pursue, as well as the insights that AAA members have to offer.  Visit the AAA Photo Contest page for guidelines and submission details.

Curious about past selected photos? Check out the 201220112009 and 2008 photo contest results.

Photo by Andrea Heckman 2012 AAA Photo Contest Winner

Photo by Andrea Heckman
2012 AAA Photo Contest Winner

Calling All Shutterbugs – The 2013 AAA Photo Contest

The AAA Photo Contest is designed to demonstrate the rich possibilities of anthropological work through photography. The impressive array of photos received in the past illustrates the diverse and exciting work anthropologists pursue, as well as the insights that AAA members have to offer.  Visit the AAA Photo Contest page for guidelines and submission details.

Curious about past selected photos? Check out the 201220112009 and 2008 photo contest results.

Photo by Ann Gold

Photo by Ann Gold
2012 AAA Photo Contest Winner

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