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AnthroCurrents – March 21, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

Our Electronic Lives

  • Netflix hired anthropologist Grant McCracken to look at “binge-watching.” Be sure to get off your couch if Grant comes knocking on your door!
  • Anthropology gets the nod in an article about parents ignoring their kids while they use their smart phones. Is parent, child, and mobile device the new nuclear family?

Anthropology in Business

SfAA seeks editor for Practicing Anthropology

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) announces its search for the next editor of its journal, Practicing Anthropology.

The current editor, Professor Anita Puckett, will complete her term on December 31, 2014. The new editor(s) will assume responsibilities for a three-year term on January 1, 2015. Practicing Anthropology’s editor is appointed by, and reports to, the Board of Directors of the Society for Applied Anthropology. On appointment, the editor becomes a voting member of the SfAA Board.

Practicing Anthropology is a quarterly publication that focuses on timely issues and breaking topics related to the application of the social sciences to… Continue reading

Join the NAPA Social Media Team!

The NAPA Communications Committee is looking for a few energetic and reliable folks to join our social media team. This is a great chance to be a part of keeping practitioners up to date and also bringing anthropology to a wider audience.

We are recruiting for our Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter pages, as well as this very blog! This is a great opportunity to enhance the visibility of practitioner anthropology and to build your own network, and also have a bit of fun. You do not need to be a NAPA member to join, but it helps!

The specific jobs… Continue reading

EPIC 10th Anniversary Dates Announced

EPIC’s tenth anniversary—celebrating in NYC!

Hosted by the Center for Positive Marketing at Fordham University
Save the date September 7 – 10, 2014

 The Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference will celebrate its 10th anniversary in NYC this year! In a ground breaking move, EPIC will be hosted this year by a business school. The Center for Positive Marketing at Fordham University is located at Lincoln Center, in the heart of Manhattan’s performing arts district.

In past years, EPIC has been held on corporate campuses, in a ski resort, at design schools, in a Royal Institution, and in four countries.… Continue reading

Governing Council Today: Lisa Henry, NAPA Secretary

Cheers from the NAPA Secretary!

Hi all – my name is Lisa Henry and I’m serving my 2nd term as NAPA Secretary.  Yep, that’s right…my 2nd term.  I am also an associate professor and chair of the anthropology department at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. 

When I joined NAPA about 7 or 8 years ago, I had many goals.  I wanted to network with practicing anthropologists so I could talk to my students about the work practitioners do.  I also wanted to guide my students in using the NAPA mentoring… Continue reading

Governing Council Today: Kevin Preister, Incoming NAPA Treasurer

Hi, I’m Kevin Preister and I’m the new treasurer for NAPA. My goal during my tenure is to do as well as outgoing treasurer John Massad; John did tremendous work to develop protocols for budget development and reimbursements that will make my job so much easier.

I want to either thank or blame Leni Bohren for soliciting my involvement in NAPA’s Governing Council. Seriously, it truly is an honor. As a practicing anthropologist for over 30 years, my interest is to give back to my work community and to “grow the field” for younger professionals.

I direct a nonprofit called… Continue reading

NAPA Profiles: Past President Susan Squires

The most recent interview in the NAPA LinkedIn interview series has been posted. This week’s inteviewee is past president of NAPA Susan Squires. Read all about it at http://lnkd.in/bFDZq-g.

Governing Council Today: John Massad, Outgoing NAPA Treasurer

What “What” Was:  Musings of your retired Treasurer (John Massad)

Be Treasurer of NAPA?  You want me to do what?  But, I had no idea what “what” was. 

What was it to be Treasurer?  What does one actually do?  So, I blithely turned my head 5 years ago and got myself elected to see if I could find out.  This past November, at the close of gavel of our annual business meeting, I retired.  And as I look at my fine Certificate of Appreciation hanging in my home office, I find myself… Continue reading

NAPA Profiles: Past NAPA President Mary Odell Butler

In the latest NAPA Linked In profile, Mary Odell Butler discusses the
challenges she faced while building a career outside academia, as well as
the work she has been doing since to ensure that emerging professionals are
better prepared:
http://www.linkedin.com/groups/NAPA-Profiles-Past-president-Mary-1123547.S.5813665146530181122?qid=7e8f3447-67d2-4da7-b701-c160a5e205c6&trk=groups_most_recent-0-b-ttl&goback=.gmr_1123547

Be sure to check the interview with Mary as well as past interviews in the series!

Governing Council Today: Terry Redding, Communications Committee

The AAA annual meeting in Chicago last week was a lot of fun and a bundle of activity.

The NAPA Governing Council gathers during the meeting to discuss NAPA business and activities. To prepare for the discussion, committee chairs submit reports on committee activities and anticipated issues moving forward. These reports will be made public soon in the archives section of this website. It is planned that committee reports, which are produced twice annually (prior to the AAA and SfAA meetings), will be archived on this site, on an ongoing basis.

NAPA sponsored a number of activities, such as the… Continue reading