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It’s time to vote in the 2013 Elections

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’ll take a look at the candidates.

Today’s feature are the candidates for Executive Board Undesignated Seat: Mark Aldenderfer and Helena Wulff.

Members of the AAA Executive Board (EB) help to set the vision and strategic direction of the association, safeguard the organization’s assets, and ensure the fiscal, legal and ethical integrity of the association. EB members also translate the shared values and interests of the members into organizational plans and programs, determine desired organizational outcomes, and assess progress in achieving those outcomes. Click here for complete position details.

Mark AldenderferMark Aldenderfer

I am delighted to be nominated to serve on the Executive Committee of the AAA. I believe that the discipline is a “big tent” and that a diversity of members as well as intellectual perspectives are critical to maintaining a vibrant, relevant field of inquiry that serves not only professional ends, but those of society at large. My present role of editor of Current Anthropology and my close association with the Wenner-Gren Foundation has only strengthened this conviction. I have a deep interest in publishing, having served as the co-editor of Latin American Antiquity and the SAA-Archaeological Record/SAA Bulletin, and have been involved in the development and evaluation of innovative financial models for scholarly publication. Creating a viable publishing plan is one of the critical challenges for AAA, and I hope to contribute to future conversations about it.  My role as dean as well as a member of the Executive Board of the SAA has taught me much about leadership, working with colleagues in a respectful and positive manner, project management, fiscal responsibility, and strategic planning. I’m ready to work with the Board, sections, and membership to maintain the strength of the AAA as we move into the future.

Helena WulffHelena Wulff

As the AAA internationalizes, I am seeking to serve on the Executive Board as a European anthropologist with a longstanding engagement in the AAA. I have participated in AAA meetings since 1984, presenting papers and co-organizing sessions, as well as taking part in Roundtables. I was an executive board member of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology (2010-2012). As one aspect of my involvement with American anthropology, I was visiting professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in October 2011. As I also have an anthropological interest in the Unites States as a contemporary society in the world, I have done field work in New York twice: first on youth and globalization, and second on dance as a transnational occupation. Other field studies have been conducted in Stockholm, London, Frankfurt-am-Main, and Ireland (mostly Dublin). My current research centers on writing and literature as cultural process and form in Ireland.  I was elected twice to the Executive Committee of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA). I have been editor-in-chief of Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, the journal of EASA (2007-2010).  Presently, I am chair of the Swedish Association of Social Anthropologists.

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Anthropology and Literary Engagments: Crossing Borders of Academica and Creative Writing

Will you be attending this session? Check it out:

Sponsored By:AAA Executive Program Committee

Friday, November 16, 2012: 1:45 PM-5:30 PM
Continental 8 (Hilton San Francisco)
On an upsurge since the 1980s “Writing Culture” debate, the anthropology of literature and writing has a long history of border crossings. It involves the role of literature and literary texts in anthropology, and it is concerned with writing as process and form. There is a sense that the writing of fiction, poetry, and drama can offer elements and passages of an ethnographic nature, which in turn speaks to the idea of the writer as ethnographer. The same may be said of literary translations of works by indigenous authors. Literary works of all kinds are frequently included as a particular kind of data in anthropological research, also by anthropologists who do not otherwise take a special interest in literature. Many anthropologists seek out works set in their fieldsite areas by local writers or performers of oral literature, in order to gain further insights into cultural values and social circumstances that are the topics of their research. Such works are also used in teaching and appear on reading lists in general anthropology courses, even in graduate-level seminars. At the same time, inspired by the richness of their ethnography, anthropologists write novels, short stories, creative nonfiction (a genre that is now a staple of most MFA programs in creative writing), poems, memoirs, and detective stories–genres that offer opportunities to tell previously untold stories from the field. To hone and teach skills in these various genres, courses on experimental writing, ethnographic writing, anthropological writing genres, literary translation, even creative writing are now taught by anthropologists. No doubt the “experimental turn” in anthropological writing is influenced by the style and structure of fiction, as well as by poetry, plays, performance and installation art–and, the technology of new media (including the ubiquitous blogging and online “social media”), as well as by indigenous productions. A number of prominent contemporary writers had some anthropological training, but left the academy for careers in fiction (e.g., Amitav Ghosh, Saul Bellow, Kurt Vonnegut), science fiction (Ursula K. LeGuin), poetry (e.g., Gary Snyder, Octavio Paz, Nathaniel Tarn), screenwriting (George Lucas, Joan Campion), or songwriting (e.g. Mick Jagger, Tracy Chapman). Increasingly, literary and reading communities are the objects of study by anthropologists. This panel brings together papers discussing the engagement of anthropology with a variety of literary texts and authors. How can such encounters contribute theoretically to anthropology? What does the crossing of conventional borders between anthropology and literature entail for anthropology’s relationship with other academic disciplines, and for its reach to a wider audience?

This session would be of particular interest to:Those involved in mentoring activities, Students, Teachers of Anthropology in Community Colleges, Practicing and Applied Anthropologists

Organizers: Helena Wulff (Stockholm University and Stockholm University) and Alma Gottlieb (Universtiy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Chairs: Helena Wulff (Stockholm University and Stockholm University)
Discussants: Michael Herzfeld (Harvard University) and James W Fernandez PhD (University of Chicago)
1:45 PM The Story of Yaya’s Story Paul Stoller (West Chester University)
2:15 PM The Face of Ethnography In Literary Mirrors: Learning From Anton Chekhov Kirin Narayan (Universtiy of Wisconsin Madison)
2:30 PM On Timely Appearances: Anthropology In Dialogue with Literature and Art Mattias Viktorin (Stockholm University)
2:45 PM Gonzo Ethnography Barbara Tedlock (State University of New York at Buffalo and State University of New York at Buffalo)
3:00 PM Discussant James W Fernandez PhD (University of Chicago)
3:15 PM Discussion
3:30 PM Break
4:00 PM Crossing (Writing) Borders: Collaborating with a Guy Who Lives and Breathes Narrative Alma Gottlieb (Universtiy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
4:15 PM Crossing Borders: The Ethnography of the Inner Life Philip Graham (Universtiy of Illinois)
4:30 PM Who Do We Write for Now? Ruth Behar (University of Michigan and Department of Anthropology)
4:45 PM Literary Senses: Negotiating the Border Between Contemporary Irish Fiction and Academic Writing Helena Wulff (Stockholm University and Stockholm University)
5:00 PM Discussant Michael Herzfeld (Harvard University)
5:15 PM Discussion

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