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May Anthropology News Is Now Online

The May issue of Anthropology News features a thematic series on methods. The following commentaries on are now live on www.anthropology-news.org. Read them, rate them, share them. AAA members are also welcome to post comments about any of the essays.

Be sure to also check out the latest Opinion columns, Section News, Announcements and more on the AN website.

The 2012 AAA Photo Contest is Open!

Find your best photos from the last two years…because the 2012 AAA Photo Contest is now open!

Winning photographs will be displayed at this year’s annual meeting in San Francisco.

Here are the guidelines:

  • Entries will be accepted through June.
  • Each participant may submit up to two high resolution photos.
  • Participants will be asked to select one of four categories for each photo: People * Place *  Practice * Process
  • Include a title and brief caption that emphasizes the anthropological nature of the photo.
  • Qualifying photos must be from 2010 or later. Previous submissions do not qualify.
  • Participation is open only to AAA members.
  • AN staff will ensure photos meet qualifying standards: Photo is in focus (don’t worry – AN staff recognizes the creative use of depth of field), caption connects the photo with anthropology, resolution is high enough to print up to 14″ on the longest side, the entrant is the photographer

All qualifying photos will move onto the next phase…

Voting by AAA Members
All AAA members will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite photos in each category at the end of the summer.

Questions? Email Amy at photos@aaanet.org

Anthropology News Wins 2012 EXCEL Award

The Anthropology News website won the 2012 EXCEL Award!

The announcement was made in today’s press release:

Association Media & Publishing is pleased to announce the winners of the 32nd Annual EXCEL Awards, which honor the best and the brightest in association media and publishing.

With over 1,000 entries submitted this year, 180 winners, representing 104 non-profit organizations and associations, have been chosen for displaying exemplary work in editorial, design, advertising and marketing, online publishing, mobile applications, digital editions and electronic newsletter categories.

“We are continually impressed with the innovative and creative work that associations submit each year, and the entries we received this year really illustrate the trends prevalent in this industry. The EXCEL Awards honor those who are pioneering ideas in association media, and this year’s winners certainly deserve to be recognized,” said Amy Lestition, CAE, Association Media & Publishing Executive Director.

The Anthropology News website won bronze in the Web Publishing: Redesign category. Click here to see the complete list of Excel Award winners.

Congratulations to staff, editors, contributors and readers who continue to make Anthropology News an award winning publication!

April Anthropology News Focuses on Family and Kinship

The April issue of Anthropology News is now available.

This month’s In Focus series is Family and Kinship. As notions of kinship, family and social systems have changed over time, anthropology continues to have much to say about this fundamental area of anthropological research. This month’s series begins with looking at kinship through an evolutionary perspective and closes with examining it through the lens of modernity. In between, contributors explore complexities in defining family and kinship as rooted in DNA or infant nursing practices. Several others address how economic and media developments create new ways of viewing marriage, having children, and parenting.

Rethinking the Place of Kinship in Meta-Narratives of Modernity
Susan McKinnon (U Virginia) and Fenella Cannell (London School of Economics)

Bonds Beyond Blood: DNA Testing and Refugee Family Reunification
Jason Silverstein (Harvard U)

Love is Cheap: Democratic Rise of Love Marriage among Hindu Maoists in Nepal’s Himalayas
Catherine Sanders (U Montana-Missoula) and Kimber H McKay (U Montana-Missoula)

You’re Gonna Get What You Pay For: Gay Parents and Transnational Surrogacy
Katharine Dow (Independent Researcher)

Evolutionary Approaches to Kinship and Family
Siobhán M. Mattison (U Auckland), Mary K. Shenk (U Missouri) and Raymond Hames (U Nebraska-Lincoln)

Suckling as Kinship: The Case of Qatar
Fadwa El Guindi (Qatar U)

Stay tuned throughout April for more articles in the series exclusive to the Anthropology News website.

Become an Op-Ed Columnist or Contributing Editor for Anthropology News

Anthropology News is seeking Op-Ed Columnists and Contributing Editors for its Opinion section on www.anthropology-news.org These volunteers will be an integral part of shaping AN’s online content and conversation on its website by developing columns that relate to anthropology in any of its myriad forms.

Op-Ed Columnists and Contributing Editors will commit to one year of monthly op-ed essays to be published as part of AN’s exclusive online content. Columnists write their essays themselves, and Contributing Editors are responsible for managing their column that either they write themselves or edit a piece they solicit from an author. The specific topic will depend on each AN volunteer’s expertise and experience. There is great opportunity for creativity and fruitful in-depth discussions about any of the many facets of anthropology.

The term will begin in September 2012 and go through August 2013. Columns have a flexible word count, between 600 and 1000 words, and we encourage the use of multimedia content. You will also have the option of publishing additional columns in any given month. All columns will be publicly available at www.anthropology-news.org throughout the publication month, plus the following month. After that, they will be available to AAA members through AnthroSource.

If you are interested in being considered as a columnist or a contributing editor for this new endeavor and are a current AAA member, email a brief proposal of your column theme and summary of your qualifications to Assistant to the Director of Publishing Emilia Guevara at eguevara@aaanet.org by May 15, 2012.

I Still Got Joy – Strength and Resilience After Breast Cancer

Michelle Chatman writes for Anthropology News this month in a piece called I Still Got Joy. This article and video encompass AN’s theme this month of Health, Happiness and Well Being by highlighting strength and resilience of black women who face breast cancer. Click here to read the entire piece and view the video. Below is an excerpt:

Black Women’s Strength and Resilience after Breast Cancer

The African American spiritual song, “I Still Got Joy,” sings of resilience in the face of challenges like breast cancer. Despite advancements in medical technology that have improved treatment and survivorship outcomes of cancer patients, African Americans still face a disproportionately high breast cancer mortality rate—almost 39% higher than that of white women, according to the American Cancer Society. The socioeconomic challenges associated with the lack of access to breast cancer care have been widely noted. Less understood however, are the psychosocial barriers that Black women face as they manage their breast cancer diagnosis and undergo treatment and seek out support. I led a study to help address this gap in our knowledge.

To read the entire article by Chatman, click here.

AN Seeks Proposals for Series on Violence and Conflict

The subject of violence and conflict often comes to the forefront of anthropologists’ work. From interpersonal conflicts to state violence and war, anthropological perspectives can help determine its causes both in the past and present, and make recommendations for present and future responses. Anthropology News seeks proposals from AAA members for a September thematic series on violence and conflict. Topics may draw from the wide spectrum of examples and studies of violence and conflict including, but not limited to: places of violence and conflict; impacts on individuals, small groups and cultures; human-made violence and violence that stems from nature; physical evidence of violence left behind on the environment, in material culture, and on people; violence in language and policy; memories of violence; how violence is addressed through human rights advocacy; and the pursuit of peace and searching for resolutions to conflicts.

Guidelines

To participate, email a 300-word abstract and 50–100-word biosketch to AN Managing Editor Amy Goldenberg. We welcome proposals from current AAA members for In Focus commentaries, Teaching Strategies articles, Field Notes pieces, photo essays, photo features, news stories, interviews and more. Proposals for photo essays should also include up to five high resolution photographs (tiff or jpg), each with a caption and credit. Multimedia submissions are especially encourage to be featured on www.anthropology-news.org. All accepted contributions will be published online at www.anthropology-news.org for up to 1,600 words, with flexible space for supplemental artwork and other supporting files. Thematic contributions for print AN will be determined based on when completed In Focus contributions of 1,100–1,300 words in length are submitted.

Selected authors will be notified of their status in May and full articles will be due July 1.

Proposal deadline: April 6
Early submissions are encouraged.

Read about Health, Well-being and Happiness in March AN

A frame from video footage of the dance workshop Moving Stories, Moving Bodies. Read more in Michelle Chatman's March AN essay "I Still Got Joy: Black Women’s Strength and Resilience after Breast Cancer." Photo courtesy Raji Mandelkorn

Read this month’s thematic series on health, well-being and happiness on the Anthropology News website. This month we’re pleased to start the series with essays by:

Be sure to check the AN website throughout March for more in this series by Valerie Ann McMillan, Lisa Meekison Reichenbach and Inga Treitler.

Share what you think about any contribution to AN – rate any post on the AN website by clicking on the stars that appear under the title. AAA members are also invited to post comments to start or contribute to a discussion about any of the essays.

AAA Publishing Program – FAQs

Have you found yourself wondering what steps AAA has taken to facilitate access to its publications, if there’s a plan for the future of the AAA publishing program and how U.S. federal legislation may impact the program? Check out the new Publications Frequently Asked Questions  page on the AAA website.

What steps has the AAA taken to facilitate access to its publications?
While still in the process of examining optimal scenarios for ensuring the broadest possible access to publications and the sustainability of a diverse range of publications, the AAA has already taken the following steps:

  • Sliding scale membership:  Access to AAA’s digital, online literature is available to individuals on a fair and reasonable sliding scale annual fee structure that ranges from $30 to $306 (http://www.aaanet.org/membership/membershipcategories.cfm).
  • Free Access: Access to AAA’s digital, online literature is available free of charge to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges, and qualifying institutions from less developed countries (http://www.aaanet.org/issues/AAA-Gives-Back.cfm).  In addition, AAA participates in four philanthropic programs to provide free access to our content in under-resourced countries. These programs are administered by agencies with presence on the ground in these areas, such as the World Health Organization, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the International Council for Science.
  • “Ungating” back issues of journals: Access to back issues of AAA’s journal American Anthropologist (AA) is available free of charge 35 years and longer after publication. That means that in 2012, all back issues of AA are available free of charge from 1888 to 1977; in 2013, the year 1978 will be “ungated.” Sections are encouraged to follow the same plan. To date, three sections have agreed. CFPEP is charged with assessing the success and costs of this arrangement.
  • Anthropology News online is open access for two months before content is gated and archived within AnthroSource.
  • Grey Literature Hub. With funds raised by the AAA Research Development Committee (RDC), AAA endorsed and is working towards the establishment of an “Anthropology” category on the online open access Social Science Research Network (SSRN) for the purpose of disseminating grey literature, anthropological content that is otherwise not available.
  • Author Rights and Permissions: In the author agreement for AAA journals, the author reserves the right (among other rights) to post his/her article on the author’s personal or institutional website, and to post the article on free, discipline-specific public servers. Because of these clauses, AAA’s author agreement is rated green by SHERPA/RoMEO, a project designed to help facilitate green open access.

What is the AAA plan for the future of the publishing program? How does open-access (OA) fit into it?
CFPEP is evaluating alternative publishing models that support broad dissemination of knowledge (including but not limited to open access) while taking into consideration discipline- and subdiscipline-specific concerns, the needs of a diverse anthropological constituency as well as AAA’s  commitment to supporting smaller publications, to ensuring a sustainable publishing program and to the financial viability of the association and its sections. CFPEP’s process includes discussions with sections, members, staff and relevant consultants to develop five– and ten–year plans for the future of AAA’s electronic and print publications. It will make recommendations to the ACC through 2012 and 2013.

For background information, see CFPEP annual reports (http://www.aaanet.org/about/Annual_Reports/committee_reports.cfm; see also http://www.aaanet.org/membership/CFPEP-sectionliaisonreport-Apr2008_appendix.pdf; http://www.aaanet.org/membership/ForFurtherConsiderationCFPEPReport122008.pdf; and Waterston in Anthropology News October 2009: 21).

What is the AAA position on U.S. federal legislation that may have an impact on the publishing program?
The AAA is particularly concerned by any proposed legislation that aims to limit dissemination of research, and that may disproportionately protect private over public interests. At the same time, its role is to be vigilant about the specific needs and interests of our publications program, anthropology as a whole, and individual anthropologist-authors.  Acknowledging the Association’s commitment to “a publications program that disseminates the most current anthropological research, expertise, and interpretation to its members, the discipline, and the broader society,” but also the need for a sustainable publication strategy, and building on the Association’s support for a variety of publishing models, the AAA opposes any Congressional legislation which, if it were enacted, would impose a blanket prohibition against open access publishing policies by all federal agencies.

To whom should I address questions regarding the AAA publications program?
You can contact AAA Director of Publishing Oona Schmid, who will direct you to the right person if she cannot answer your question herself.

What to learn more about the AAA Publishing Program? Click here.

No Lines, No Peace? – Special AN online piece

Check out the latest In Focus article on the Anthropology News website by AAA member, Joshua Craze. Here is an excerpt:

On the Borders of Abyei

In 2005, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) brought an end to Sudan’s second civil war. Since then, Abyei – a small contested area now nestled between Sudan and South Sudan – has been the object of several peace agreements, a boundaries commission, and an international arbitration; all of which has made a solution to the Abyei crisis more distant than ever.

In May 2011, after months of militia attacks sponsored by the National Congress Party (NCP), the ruling clique in Sudan, the Sudanese army occupied Abyei, displacing the resident population in an attack that an internal UN memo said was “tantamount to ethnic cleansing.” As of February 2012, Abyei continues to be occupied.

To read the entire article, click here.

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