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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 World Anthropologies Undesignated Seat #9: Hsain Ilahiane and Kathleen O’Connor.

Committee member objectives are to identify significant issues that are shared among anthropologists from different nations, to develop clear objectives for drawing US and international anthropologists together in ways that benefit anthropology globally, and to engage a diversity of international voices and perspectives and involve both academic and applied anthropologists in this endeavor.

Click here to learn more about the Committee on World Anthropologies.

 

Hsain Ilahiane

Ilahiane_HsainI value the charge to and the objectives of the Committee on World Anthropologies and would be honored to serve on the committee as it endeavors to meet its mandate. I would like to work within this committee to:
1. foster deeper international collaboration;
2. promote the visibility of the theoretical and applied work of global south anthropologists;
3. explore ways to get global south students to attend, organize, and present at the AAA meetings; and
4. work to establish a global AAA presence in the form of online chapters.
I would like to leverage this opportunity to open the doors of the AAA to the world. I bring a set of world research experiences and networks to this seat. I carry out my research in Morocco and my areas of theoretical interest are development, poverty, globalization, economic anthropology, and political ecology throughout the Middle East. I have also carried out applied research in the United States, Mexico, Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa. I was a visiting senior social scientist at Intel Corporation in 2006-2007, and I have presented my work at conferences in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Africa.

Kathleen O’Connor

O'Connor_KathleenMy platform has two “planks”: the first is the issue of translation. I believe it is essential for anthropologists to translate our work and make it accessible to those with whom we have conducted fieldwork. I would strongly encourage AAA anthropologists to present research at conferences abroad, particularly in the host country. I have had the opportunity or presenting my Brazilian research in Brazil, in Portuguese, and it was an amazing experience to receive feedback from Brazilian colleagues. I believe that presenting our work to our hosts completes the ethnographic process by reporting what we learned, and allowing space for challenges, to make sure we get it right.
The second plank in my platform also follows the committee’s mandate to encourage global anthropologists to visit the US and present their work. If elected, I will work assiduously to find ways of facilitating this exchange through funding opportunities and networking. This year I participated on a panel at AAA attended by one of the top scholars in my research area, who came from the Netherlands. It was very exciting to meet someone I had been citing for years. Finally, increased interaction with global scholars serves a 21st century anthropology, which must adopt a fully global gaze.

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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 World Anthropologies Undesignated Seat #8: Theodore Bestor and Sandra Lopez Varela.

Committee member objectives are to identify significant issues that are shared among anthropologists from different nations, to develop clear objectives for drawing US and international anthropologists together in ways that benefit anthropology globally, and to engage a diversity of international voices and perspectives and involve both academic and applied anthropologists in this endeavor.

Click here to learn more about the Committee on World Anthropologies.

 

Theodore Bestor

Bestor_TedThroughout my career I have worked to expand close ties and collaborations among North American anthropologists and communities of anthropologists in East Asia. I was the founding president of the Society for East Asian Anthropology, and recently the President of the Association for Asian Studies. My goals are to promote greater degrees of communication and mutual interaction among scholars in diverse parts of the world and to encourage ways in which the AAA can facilitate ties to other anthropological organizations and academic communities.

Sandra Lopez Varela

Lopez Varela_SandraIn holding the archaeology chair at the Executive Board of the AAA, I have further the association’s efforts to expand a dialogue with our sister organizations to protect human rights and people’s heritage in these violent times around the world. This is not the first time in my professional career, that I have been given the responsibility to represent the values and interests of our academic community, without the frontiers of our geopolitical borders. Knowing and living the challenges that threshold and stronger economies face in today’s world has given me the opportunity to demonstrate to governments and institutions around the world, the benefits of increasing their financial support to research and education in the social sciences. In this context, we have worked ethically together to unite our worlds of knowledge for the benefit of our disciplines and society in general. Through these international dialogues, I have enhanced to those unfamiliar with the reach of anthropology that creating sustainable and responsible social models requires of its many approaches. It will be a great honor if I could have the opportunity to serve the CWA.

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It’s time to vote in the 2013 Elections

Voting ends today at 5pm EST. Cast your vote by logging in to AnthroGateway, click on the “My Information” page, and then click on the “Vote Now!” button.

This month we are taking a look at the candidates.

Today’s feature are the candidates for undesignated seat #7 of the Committee on World Anthropologies. Committee member objectives are to identify significant issues that are shared among anthropologists from different nations, to develop clear objectives for drawing US and international anthropologists together in ways that benefit anthropology globally, and to engage a diversity of international voices and perspectives and involve both academic and applied anthropologists in this endeavor.

Click here to learn more about the Committee on World Anthropologies.

Zoe CrosslandZoe Crossland

My research in Madagascar, the UK and Argentina takes me to three continents, and has encouraged an interest in how anthropological knowledge and techniques circulate outside the US, as well a concern to find ways to foster scholarly exchange internationally. In looking for ways to cultivate conversations between colleagues and students in different parts of the world I have usually seized particular opportunities as they presented themselves, seeking funding on an impromptu basis, as grants become available. While this kind of action has some limited impact, I am interested in working within the institutional structure of the AAA to find more consistent and sustainable ways to promote international collaboration.

The AAA is particularly well-placed to do this, given its wide reach and its membership’s varied experiences. In thinking about global inequalities and discrepancies in the intellectual work of anthropology I would value the chance to work with colleagues in the context of the AAA. I hope in this way to build upon my own experiences developing collaborative international fieldwork, conference grants, and publications; and to learn more about the possibilities for fostering access and collaboration across all dimensions of scholarship, including teaching, research and dissemination.

Ritu KhanduriRitu Khanduri

Serving on the Committee on World Anthropologies (CWA) will offer an opportunity to further my commitment to the Committee’s objectives, namely, to enhance and increase interaction with US and international anthropologists, and benefit anthropology globally. The CWA has identified three areas in which these objectives may be pursued: conference participation across the globe, broader publication in the CWA column, and access to research publications. My research and writing engage globalization processes, media, science and gender in the context of colonial and contemporary India. In addition, I have already begun working toward achieving the CWA’s objectives since having been selected as AAA’s Leadership Fellow in 2010. For more than a year, as a Leadership Fellow I have managed and edited the Anthropology News column titled, “J Drive.” This monthly column highlights the work and research of early career scholars in non-US institutions, and where applicable, collaborators in the US. As a member of the CWA, I look forward to serving in a larger capacity, continuing my work promoting the research of international scholars, and collaborating with colleagues to advance the CWA’s initiatives.

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It’s time to vote in the 2013 Elections

Voting ends tomorrow (Friday) at 5pm EST. Cast your vote by logging in to AnthroGateway, click on the “My Information” page, and then click on the “Vote Now!” button.

This month we are taking a look at the candidates.

Today’s feature are the candidates for undesignated seat #6 of the Committee on World Anthropologies. Committee member objectives are to identify significant issues that are shared among anthropologists from different nations, to develop clear objectives for drawing US and international anthropologists together in ways that benefit anthropology globally, and to engage a diversity of international voices and perspectives and involve both academic and applied anthropologists in this endeavor.

Click here to learn more about the Committee on World Anthropologies.

Florence_BabbFlorence Babb

I share the Committee on World Anthropologies’ commitment to developing broad international alliances, particularly in the global South.  I am active in the AAA, recently serving on the Executive Board and as Section Assembly Convenor, Chair of the Association Operations Committee, member of the Committee on Minority Issues in Anthropology, President of the Association for Feminist Anthropology, and board member for SLACA and AFA. As a life member of the interdisciplinary Latin American Studies Association, I have been Chair of the Sexualities Section and a member of the Gender Section board.  I participate in international conferences including the Americanist congress and IUAES as well as regional meetings abroad, and find these to be among my most gratifying experiences.  Moreover, I have considerable collaborative experience with my southern colleagues in Latin America, publish often in Spanish, and travel to meetings on three continents.  My long-term research emphasizes gender, race, indigeneity, and nation as critical elements in understanding culture and power globally, and I would bring this perspective to my work on the CWA.  I would be honored to work with the committee to productively decenter US anthropology and help build what are called to our south “otros saberes,” or other knowledges.

Monica SmithMonica Smith

In many world regions, archaeology is front-page news. Local constituents ranging from educators and architects to farmers, developers, and business owners all engage in public dialogues about tangible heritage. Knowledge about the past can be an excellent entrée into wide-ranging discussions about identity-formation, the development of social status and privilege, access to formal institutions of learning and culture (including museums as well as schools), and environmental impacts. Over the past twenty years, I have worked on international collaborative excavation and survey projects in Europe, North Africa and South Asia; the contacts that I have sustained in the course of these projects have enabled me to listen to and engage with local perceptions of the value of archaeological research and heritage preservation. Our colleagues around the world have much to offer to the AAA’s mission of anthropological awareness, with a freshness of approach grounded in both local experience and global realities. Given the Association’s many publication and presentation opportunities, the AAA can and should be the leading forum for all fields of anthropology, and it would be a pleasure to serve on the committee whose explicit goal is to serve as a liaison between the AAA and other international anthropological organizations.

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2011 AAA Annual Meeting CWA Sessions Now Available on Vimeo

The Committee on World Anthropologies (CWA) has set up a series of videos via Vimeo, that were taped at the 2011 Annual Meeting. The five sessions are of interest to members, especially those concerned with world anthropologies and hegemony, and highlight work being done outside the United States with a global, non hierarchical perspective:

On the Vimeo page of each video, conversation threads allow visitors and presenters opportunity for discussion of the panel content. The CWA would like to share these videos with the global community and hope that they will generate a lively conversation.

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