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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:


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?

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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