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It’s time to vote in the 2014 Elections

Cast your vote by logging in to AnthroGateway, click on the “My Information” page, and then click on the “Vote Now!” button. The deadline to vote is May 31st at 5pm ET.

This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.

Featured today are the candidates for the Committee on Human Rights Undesignated Seat #8: Nicholas Copeland and Alayne Unterberger.

Responsibilities of the committee members include:

  • To assist in organizing human rights forum, sessions, workshops or other events at AAA Annual Meeting;
  • To consider and respond to cases of alleged human rights abuse;
  • To educate anthropologists on human rights;
  • To educate policy makers and others outside of anthropology on anthropology’s perspective and contributions to human rights;
  • To work in coalition with other professional and human rights organizations to promote human rights.

Click here to learn more about the Committee for Human Rights.

 

Nicholas Copeland

Copeland_NickAs an anthropologist and activist, I am attuned to the politics and anti-politics of human rights in the neoliberal present. I have studied how the violence and exploitation built into liberal socio-economic orders and corporate business models are lived by rural Mayas and Wal-Mart employees, and how communities and activists creatively appropriate human rights discourse to press political demands, articulate distinctive conceptions of justice, valorize radical difference, and imagine alternate futures. I also investigate how states and other sovereigns selectively deploy human rights discourses to justify imperial interventions, pursue profit, manage critique, and to discredit and disperse dissent, and how these strategies create trade offs between individual and political rights on the one hand, and collective and material rights on the other. In my scholarship, activism, and instruction, I affirm a vision of human rights fundamentally incompatible with routinized inequality and material deprivation and emphasize connections between structural and political violence. I believe anthropologists can and should take a prominent role in public debates about human rights. Anthropological methods and analysis are uniquely suited to show connections between diverse struggles for rights and to contextualize conflicting rights claims by illuminating their histories, ethical foundations, and often very contradictory political effects.

Alayne Unterberger

Unterberger_AlayneMy platform rests on the importance that anthropology, especially applied and practicing anthropological projects, can and should play in protecting human rights. Human rights are fundamental to civil society, yet all too often anthropologists stand witness to flagrant human rights violations that include abuses such as sexual and human trafficking, wage theft/economic abuse, physical and emotional abuse. These violations happen in the US and not just in far-away lands as is often depicted in the media. As such, anthropologists have the unique responsibility, and power, to not only highlight such abuses but also their causes, consequences and prevention. As a member of the Committee for Human Rights (Undesignated Seat #8), I propose a two-fold approach to enhancing our contributions to human rights. First, I would highlight the important contributions of fellow anthropologists and how their work – often in collaboration with non-anthropologists – results in strengthening human rights, locally and globally. Secondly, since I have learned that most of my undergraduate students do not know about the UN Declaration on Human Rights, or what is protected therein, I feel that this committee is poised to take a lead in expanding students’ knowledge and appreciation for human rights as a matter of basic local and global humanitarianism and scholarship.

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It’s time to vote in the 2014 Elections

Cast your vote by logging in to AnthroGateway, click on the “My Information” page, and then click on the “Vote Now!” button. The deadline to vote is May 31st at 5pm ET.

This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.

Featured today are the candidates for the Committee on Human Rights Undesignated Seat #6: Jennifer L. Burrell and David Fazzino.

Responsibilities of the committee members include:

  • To assist in organizing human rights forum, sessions, workshops or other events at AAA Annual Meeting;
  • To consider and respond to cases of alleged human rights abuse;
  • To educate anthropologists on human rights;
  • To educate policy makers and others outside of anthropology on anthropology’s perspective and contributions to human rights;
  • To work in coalition with other professional and human rights organizations to promote human rights.

Click here to learn more about the Committee for Human Rights.

 

Jennifer L. Burrell

Although anthropology’s relationship to human rights has historically been characterized by numerous tensions, our discipline is, at the same time, uniquely situated to understand those differences, to surmount them, and to advocate for the promotion and protection of human rights to larger publics. I bring a mixture of applied and conceptual experiences to the AAA’s Committee for Human Rights, including years of consultancy with the Argentine Forensic Anthropology team, advocacy for women’s and indigenous rights, decades of solidarity with Central America and interventions to human rights scholarship. I look forward to contributing the insights gleaned through these experiences to the AAA, to building coalitions with locally-based and international NGOs and human rights organizations, and to working with fellow CfHR committee members to effectively educate the AAA at large with regard to global rights situations and our ability to respond to them effectively.

David Fazzino

I am interested in food and energy systems sustainability with a background in anthropology, law and agroecology. My work in food systems includes the right to traditional foods in State and international policy with case studies in Arizona and Alaska. My work in energy systems incudes examination of biofuel development, the heat or eat crisis in Alaska and the role of nuclear power in Ukraine’s energy future. While in law school I examined agriculture law, environmental law, and intellectual property rights to see the extent to which these aligned with international human and indigenous rights law and policy. Development has been broadly associated with a number of projects designed to advance the human condition, through careful consideration of development interventions, primarily in the context of food and energy development, I work to illustrate the unintended impacts of development, including those which run counter to contemporary understandings of human rights. I intend on working with other members of the AAA’s Committee for Human Rights to advance understandings of human rights issues for differently situated individuals, and provide direction in appropriate responses to violations amongst members of the AAA.

Log-in to AnthroGateway to vote today!

It’s time to vote in the 2014 Elections

Cast your vote by logging in to AnthroGateway, click on the “My Information” page, and then click on the “Vote Now!” button. The deadline to vote is May 31st at 5pm ET.

This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.

Featured today are the candidates for the Committee on Human Rights Undesignated Seat #1: Merrill Singer and Betsy Taylor.

Responsibilities of the committee members include:

  • To assist in organizing human rights forum, sessions, workshops or other events at AAA Annual Meeting;
  • To consider and respond to cases of alleged human rights abuse;
  • To educate anthropologists on human rights;
  • To educate policy makers and others outside of anthropology on anthropology’s perspective and contributions to human rights;
  • To work in coalition with other professional and human rights organizations to promote human rights.

Click here to learn more about the Committee for Human Rights.

 

Merrill Singer

Singer_MerillSeeking election to the Committee on Human Rights reflects my long-term involvement in research, teaching, writing and engagement in issues of social inequality and health. As a staff member of the Hispanic Health Council, a community-based research and direct service institution focused on health inequalities, the right to health (i.e., access to the resources needed to sustain wellbeing) was a core principle of our work. Consequently, we examined the structural causes of illness and sought to provide evidence that could inform rights-based struggles for improved health. This theme is reflected also in my publications, such as Drugs and Development: Global Impact on Sustainable Growth and Human Rights (Waveland 2009), Unhealthy Health Policy: A Critical Anthropological Examination (edited with Arachu Castro, Altamira Press, 2004), and The War Machine and Global Health (edited with Derrick Hodge, Roman-Littlefield, 2010). Currently, I serve on the Research on Global Health and Human Rights committee, of the Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut. As a member of the Committee on Human Rights, I will support efforts to promote anthropological engagement with global human rights discourse, threats to human rights and justice, and debates about human rights versus alternative approaches to expanded social equity.

Betsy Taylor

Taylor_BetsyMy human rights work is grounded in decades of ethnographic and collaborative research with environmental and social justice movements in regions affected by extractive industry – particularly Central Appalachia and tribal communities in Northeast India. Universalizing rights discourses, I believe, need continual regrounding within substantive justice struggles, grounded in political ecological particularities and cultural contexts. I am collaborating with grassroots networks to conduct participatory action research that draws on international law and human rights discourses, for ‘bottom-up’ policy-making for transition from extraction-dependent regional economies (primarily coal and timber). A year ago, the Secretary of the US Dept of Interior appointed me to the steering committee of the US Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. My recent research particularly focuses on emerging cross-regional dialogues in bottom-up policy in land rights, and community-based management of commons, including efforts to develop ‘community protocols’ to integrate customary law into national and international law. I have worked for three years, with the Human Rights and Social Justice Committee of the Society for Applied Anthropology. I believe that anthropology can play a unique and crucial role in national and international human rights circles – especially around questions of climate justice.

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