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AnthroCurrents – February 6, 2015

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



CHANGES to the Annals of Anthropological Practice

A number of important transitions and changes related to NAPA’s Annals of Anthropological Practice (AAP), formerly known as the NAPA Bulletin series, are underway as we move ahead in 2015.

See the page on this site with all the details: http://practicinganthropology.org/publications/annals/

And don’t forget to think about contributing your own work to the next volume of the AAP.

NAPA events for Friday at AAA

NAPA Highlights for Dec. 5:

9 am: What’s your elevator pitch?
11:15 am: Conflict resolution
1:30 pm: Skills in international health
3:45 pm: The business of business anthropology

Careers Expo
11 am – 4 pm: Meet with some of the 50 practitioner anthropologists from many sectors who will be on hand to discuss their careers, organizations, and workaday world.

2:30 pm: Panel sessions on health policy (#4-0845) with John Trainor and Jason Miller, and evaluation (4-0870) with Eve Pinsker and Leni Bohren.

NAPA Invited Session
6:30 pm: As NAPA turns 30, what does the future hold for practitioner… Continue reading

Ebola expertise list by Nov. 12

Colleagues –  I need to quickly assemble an expertise database to show key response organizations (like the UN Mission for Emergency Ebola Response) where anthropologists have worked / are working.

If you are an AAA member and your membership profile is up to date, terrific. If it is not up to date, we’d like you to update it anyway (go to www.aaanet.org, login and update).

However, this week is “special,” and in addition to updating your profile, I’d like to get something to UNMEER in a hurry. By close of business Wednesday, 12 November, could you please respond DIRECTLY… Continue reading

Faculty opening at Vanguard U

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Vanguard University of Southern California invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in cultural anthropology at the Assistant Professor level to begin Fall2015 semester.

Candidates with earned Ph.D., or ABD if completing by December 2015 are encouraged to apply. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience.Areas of specialization are open, however, a well-qualified candidate should be able to teach both core introductory courses, theory, and research methodsas well as upper-division courses related to her/his area of scholarly and applied research expertise. The program is committed to applying anthropology to problem-solving.… Continue reading

2014 NAPA Student Achievement Award Deadline Extended

NAPA has extended the deadline for submissions for its Student Achievement Award, which recognizes student contributions in the area of practicing and applied anthropology. The award honors students who have excelled in these fields and provides opportunities, particularly for students who have worked on team projects and in applied contexts and to be recognized during the AAA annual meeting.

Awards include three cash prizes: $300 first place; $100 first runner-up; and $50 second runner-up. Additionally, students will be awarded a certificate of recognition and will be acknowledged at the NAPA Business Meeting during the 2014 AAA meeting in… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – August 8, 2014

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

The Usual Suspects

  • Genevieve Bell is interviewed yet again by the New York Times and ranges over a number of topics while not being allowed to go deep. It’s unfortunate. It is refreshing to hear someone talk realistically about technological change—just because we haven’t developed social norms forbidding people from staring at their phones during business meetings doesn’t mean that we won’t (hopefully soon). TechFestNW is happening August 15-16, and Bell will be speaking on “The Prehistory of Robots and Why It Still Matters.”
  • Anthropologist… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – July 25, 2014

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

Sex and Money

AnthroCurrents – July 11, 2014

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


Governing Council Today: Chad Morris, Ethics Committee

One of the roles that I’m honored to fill for NAPA is that of Chair of our Ethics Committee. We have a committee full of dedicated anthropologists who exhibit diverse interests and career experience, dedication to looking out for new ethical challenges that emerge as our discipline changes, and willingness to engage in discussion of best practices. I’ve asked a few of these good folks to share their backgrounds and what drew them to service to NAPA via our Ethics Committee:

Niel Tashima: I am one of the two Managing Partners in LTG Associates, Inc. We are the oldest anthropologically… Continue reading