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Anthropology: the major, the career

During this week there has been quite the conversation about adjuncts and their working conditions in the press. These articles have lead to further conversation in the blogosphere in regards anthropology adjuncts and anthropology in academia in general.  Here is a round up of the conversations:

Articles:

The Adjunct Scramble by Kaustuv Basu in Inside Higher Ed

How Universities Treat Adjuncts Limits Their Effectiveness in the Classroom, Report Says by Audrey Williams June in The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Closing of American Academia by Sarah Kendzior in Al Jazeera

Blog posts:

Less Than Zero Anthropology by Eliza Jane Darling on Zero Anthropology

Anthropology is the worst college major for being a corporate tool, best major to change your life by Jason Antrosio on Living Anthropologically

Anthropology minus one and counting and Academia, closed by Ryan Anderson on Savage Minds

From the conversations, there seems to two camps. One with a negative future on academia in general and the success of students pursuing a career in academia. The other with a positive outlook on the field of anthropology due to its versatility and broad scope of skills the discipline can provide; however, also recognizing that adjunct positions are challenging.

Is academia “less than zero” like Darling suggests?  Is academia what we make of it as Anderson suggests? Is academia in need of change in order to meet the needs of underemployed graduates as Antrosio suggests? Or perhaps a bit of them all?

New MLA Author Agreements Aren’t New To AAA

On June 5, 2012, the journals of the Modern Language Association (MLA) adopted new author agreements that allow the authors to deposit their journal articles in open-access repositories, and to post on personal and departmental websites.

The Inside Higher Ed article, MLA Shift on Copyright, notes that

The new MLA policy appears to move beyond those of other humanities organizations.

AAA members should rest assured that such an agreement is not new to publishing; in fact AAA journal authors have enjoyed this practice for quite a while. 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. Such status has been enjoyed by AAA and its journal authors since January, 2009.

Learn more about the additional steps AAA has taken to facilitate access to its publications in order to widely disseminate the works of its members and to further the discipline of anthropology.

Science in Anthropology Session at AAA’s Annual Meeting

Click the play button to listen to the Science in Anthropology: An Open Discussion session (3-0430) at AAA’s Annual Meeting.

This invited roundtable session was sponsored by the Society for Anthropological Sciences, organized by Peter Peregrine (Lawrence U) and chaired by President Virginia Dominguez (U of Illinois). Roundtable presenters included Daniel A. Segal (Pitzer College), H Russell Bernard (U of Florida) and Jonathan M. Marks (U of North Carolina at Charlotte). The session was held on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 10:15 at the Palais de Congrès in Montréal.

This recording is also located in the American Anthropological Association’s iTunes library.

Additional coverage of the session:
Science in Anthropology: Humanistic Science and Scientific Humanism by Jason Antrosio of Living Anthropologically
Anthropologists Seek A More Nuanced Place for Science by Dan Barret of The Chronicle of Higher Education
Not Feeling the Kinship by Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed
Science and the Ring Species of Anthropology by A.P. Van Arsdale of A.P. Van Arsdale Biological Anthropology Lab
Twitter feed recap of the session by Caroline VanSickle

A special thanks to Augstin Fuentes for recording the session and collaborative effort by Dan Segal and Julienne Rutherford.

Did you write on this session? Leave your blog link as a comment to this post.

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