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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 undesignated seat #7 of the Committee for Human Rights (CfHR). 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.

Audrey Cooper

Audrey CooperAs a linguistic anthropologist interested in connections between language usage, social policy, and language-centered social change/movements, I am drawn to serve on the committee for human rights because I believe this committee to be a vital forum for establishing a model for language rights both within the organization, and the field as a whole. Conducting research with signed language users in the United States and southern Vietnam, I am particularly interested in the ways that the latter are marked according to body (not linguistic) statuses, as well as how body practices are disciplined and regulated according to normative social, political, and economic hierarchies produced within specific locales, national contexts, and transnational arrangements. Social “inclusion” of deaf persons is among the “hot” terrains now garnering global human rights attention. Yet the perspectives of signed language users is rarely represented; rarer still are they used to problematize disability inclusion policies, among other human rights-related concerns. As a member of this committee I believe I would contribute a perspective on language that promotes not only critical parsing of relevant issues, including how we talk about rights and the impacts of assumptions grounded in those forms of talk, but ways of addressing material concerns through everyday communication.

Tricia Gabany-Guerrero

Tricia Gabany-GuerreroI will work to bring the voice of the American Anthropological Association to the forefront of contemporary and heritage human rights issues at national and international levels.  I believe that I can contribute to the committee because of my volunteer and professional experiences with human rights and other non-governmental organizations in the U.S. and Latin America.  I also have experience working with congressional offices that resulted in successful legislation on human rights in Sub-Saharan Africa.  My research and field experience includes working for indigenous organizations in Mexico.

I believe that the AAA needs to create a critical advocacy and policy presence that informs the public and policymakers with research-based evidence regarding human rights issues around the globe. In my opinion, anthropologists in advocacy, research and education should be incorporated in initiatives that are brought before the AAA for action.  My hope is that I can serve the membership of the AAA, but more than that, serve the goals of the organization to advocate for human rights where our voices are most needed.

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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 undesignated seat #5 of the Committee for Human Rights (CfHR). 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.

K. Anne Pyburn

K Ann Pyburn I am interested in serving on this committee because I have an academic interest in the relationship between heritage and human rights and would like to encourage more of my peers with an interest in heritage to move from postcolonial critique to political activism. As a student of research ethics, economic development and cultural property I am aware of the potential for good intentions to inspire neocolonialism and familiar with the often spectacular failures of top-down development programs. But it seems to me that the remedy for these errors as well as the impetus toward activism lies in anthropology and that it is unfortunate that our professional reticence has allowed programs and policies to be set without the benefit of anthropology. As a member of this committee I would work to raise awareness of human rights issues, which is the committee charge, but would emphasize reasoned consideration of strategies that have been or might be successful in addressing human rights violations. I would also promote discussion and debate through forums and workshops about the meaning of activism within the several subfields of anthropology and the responsibility entailed in the privilege of being an anthropologist.

Jeanne Simonelli

Jeanne SimonelliWorking for human rights means working for the rights of all: women, men and communities in the broadest sense.  Civil rights, economic and environmental justice, rights to land and life are all part of this package.  There is little about anthropology, and of all of its subdiscipines that doesn’t touch on, provide evidence for, or help unravel the puzzle of human existence, contributing to the application of anthropological perspectives in active support of human rights issues.  As an applied cultural anthropologist, I have worked with this directly, in Chiapas, Mexico with the Zapatistas, where human rights violations are identifiable and vivid.  Closer to home, work in Canyon de Chelly has emphasized the right of the Dine (Navajo) to land and culture.  More recently, I am involved with the battle for ‘civil fracking rights,’ as New Yorkers and others fight for home rule and the ability to maintain their lives and environment.  As a member of the AAA Human Rights committee, I will work to make sure anthropological knowledge informs and influences policy surrounding all dimensions of the struggle for human rights.

Log-in to AnthroGateway to vote today!

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 undesignated seat #4 of the Committee for Human Rights (CfHR). 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.

Elijah Edelman

Elijah Edelman As a member of the committee for Human Rights, I feel I have a specific knowledge set that traditional Anthropology often ignores (that of US-based human right’s issues) as well as the skills to render this knowledge productive through modalities of education, community collaboration and communication across the discipline.

As a public anthropologist studying the impacts of transphobia, homophobia, classism, sexism and racism in Washington, DC, I have had the opportunity to engage structural human rights abuses as they are expressed through a multitude of contexts. This research, importantly, has been primarily conducted through community-based research methods.  I have utilized this material to conduct trainings for other social science researchers as well as community members. Finally, I have participated in number of trainings and information sharing sessions, as well as the creation of multiple ‘best practices’ documents, with government officials, non-governmental agencies and direct service providers. Finally, as a means to render this research and community work productive, I have met directly with agencies of the DC city government, including the Office of Human Rights, the Department of Corrections and the Office of the Attorney General to provide necessary trainings and education on the importance and specificity of gender-related issues.

Rebekah Park

Rebekah ParkI have been an AAA member since 2006 and am seeking a seat on the CfHR to promote critical dialogue and research on human rights within the AAA. Specifically, I am interested in facilitating conversations on the future of the human rights movement and the role anthropologists can play in the promotion of human rights. Recently, I organized two AAA panels on transitional justice, seeking to increase anthropological engagement with the legacies of human rights abuses.  Over the past decade, I have worked to fight poverty, hunger, and racism in the U.S., both as a grassroots organizer at Washington Citizen Action, and as a research associate at the Poverty & Race Research Council and the African American Policy Forum.  Previously, I worked with Amnesty International’s Medical Examination Group in the Netherlands to assist asylum seekers gain refuge there. My current research focuses on the Argentine human rights movement and former political prisoners. If nominated, I will focus on raising the visibility of anthropology as a discipline that engages with human rights challenges around the world.

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