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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.


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.


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