AAA podcasts & more

If you are reading this message, then you presumably have an interest in anthropology.

Did you know that the American Anthropological Association (AAA) has a digital-only, public journal entitled, Open Anthropology?  “Each edition of Open Anthropology is made available free on the public Internet for a minimum of six months permitting any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of the articles in each edition.” Image: Open book with Open AnthropologyAs well, AAA has a Podcast Library.  From the August AAA News & Notes:

Anthropod_icon.jpg In AnthroPod‘s latest episode, “Ethnography and Design 2: Swedish Design and Ethnocharrettes,” Keith Murphy discusses the anthropology of design through his work in Sweden as well as bringing design methodologies into anthropology. This is the second episode in a three-part series on ethnography and design. Listen to the first episode with Cassandra Hartblay here, and keep an eye out for the final episode with Lilly Irani in August.
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This Fall, the A Story of Us podcast hosts a series on Death. The graduate students at The Ohio State University discuss death from a variety of anthropological perspectives, from the smallest, individual level all the way up to extinction.
ThisAnthroLife_icon.jpg Ryan, Adam, and Aneil spend this episode of This Anthro Life exploring happiness through the lens of fetishism. They discuss Daniel Gilbert’s Stumbling on Happiness, the film Happy, and more! They seek to answer the following questions: What kinds of things make us happy? How does happiness inhere in objects and how do we use objects to display our happiness?
anthropological_airwaves_100.jpg Anthropological Airwaves is a podcast that explores the craft of anthropology in all of its forms. Building on American Anthropologist‘s commitment to four-field, multi-modal research, the podcast hosts conversations about anthropological projects—from fieldwork and publishing to the discipline’s role in public debates.
CIAMS.jpg RadioCIAMS probes critical debates in archaeology in conversation between leading practitioners and the next generation of researchers. The most recent episode, with NYU Abu Dhabi archaeologist Fiona Kidd discusses wall painting and elite iconography at the site of Akchakhan-kala in modern-day Uzbekistan.

Digital BC – BC Studies

You are studying in BC, which means you likely have written or digitally produced something related to this province.  Consider submitting something to BC Studies, a peer reviewed quarterly journal.

If you want to begin ‘small’, there’s Digital Postcards, which began accepting submissions in July on an ongoing basis.  Check out the gallery!  It includes videos and images from diverse locations of BC, categorized under Monuments and Photos of BC.

Send submissions to: info@bcstudies.com with Subject: Digital Postcard Submission.   Include your name and the location of the photo or video.

Story Gathering Project

A new project, Contact-No Contact, supervised by Randy Fred of Nanaimo with Geist magazine and funded by the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter: 2017 and Beyond, offers you the opportunity to share a personal story.

From the project website:

Contact No Contact is a gathering of personal contact narratives created by writers and storytellers. We have collected stories—short narratives in writing and on video—on the subject of contact: how contact appears in our lives and our memories and how we encounter our own culture as well as the culture of others.

Contact No Contact is designed to welcome Canadians into a conversation that they might otherwise feel excluded from, by considering “how Contact started” (or failed to start) in their own lives, and then how it went on from there—that is, how did “Further Contact” emerge or fail to emerge in their lives?

Don’t be shy!  If you have something to say, submit your story.  I have.

Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program

Thinking about funding your graduate school program? Read on…


This will be of particular interest to 4th year and post-degree students as well as those already enrolled in a master’s program with a significant research component. Eligible students must have achieved a first class average (A-, 3.67/4.33) in each of the last two years of completed study (FTE). While VIU has an award allocation of 3 (2 social sciences; 1 natural sciences), student can apply to up to 5 institutions with an allocation.

The competition for Canada Graduate Scholarship Masters’ (CGS-M) research training awards $17,500 for all topics of research at the master’s level. The Federal agencies supporting these awards are:

  • NSERC – Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • SSHRC – Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • CIHR – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The objective of this funding program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

The competition is open to prospective masters students and masters students who started their program in 2016 and will have at least 12 months of study remaining in their program as of May 1, 2017.

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • be enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admission to an eligible master’s program at a Canadian institution with a CGS-M allocation;
  • have completed, as of December 31, 2016, between zero and 12 months of full-time studies in the master’s program for which you are requesting funding;
  • have achieved a first-class average in each of the last two years of study [at VIU that’s a minimum “A-“, or 3.67/4.33].

Vancouver Island University has been provided a quota of awards from NSERC and SSHRC (VIU does not currently have a CIHR quota). VIU holds the competition to determine which VIU students will receive these awards. The award allocations are:

Funding Agency Research Type VIU’s Award Allocation
NSERC natural science and engineering 1
SSHRC social science and humanities 2

Application deadline: December 1, 2016

The application form and full instructions can be found on the funding program webpage. Also check the VIU website for information specific to VIU’s competition.

If you still have questions, contact Shelley Lumsden, Research Services Manager

CASCA: Richard F Salisbury Award

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Eligibility: Applications can be made by any student member of CASCA undertaking doctoral level research in the field of anthropology at a Canadian university. Preference will be given to those who have completed their comprehensive examinations, have approved thesis proposals and are within one year of beginning fieldwork. CASCA recognizes that some eligible candidates may not be studying in anthropology programs, however all candidates must be members of CASCA when making their applications. The intent of the award is to assist with fieldwork expenses.

Criteria: An outstanding academic record and an excellent research proposal with innovative scholarly import and social relevance.

Value: $2000

Deadline: All application materials must be submitted electronically by 1 February 2017 to: Pauline McKenzie Aucoin – CASCA Secretary, rpaucoin@aol.com

CASCA news: New undergrad membership category

CASCA has introduced a new undergraduate student membership category (ony $25 annually). Membership comes with online access to Anthropologica and undergraduate members are eligible to participate in the annual conference. CASCA student members are added to the member list and receive regular updates on Canadian Anthropology community activities, news and opportunities and can participate actively in CASCA surveys and votes.

A student zone page on the CASCA website.  Don’t hesitate to send CASCA student news and opportunities (membership@anthropologica.ca).

View online – “Why join CASCA” and membership fee categories.

BEADS articles on Academia.edu and SURFACE

To all those interested in beads and/or beadwork, a batch of articles from BEADS: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers has been uploaded to Academia.edu. All articles in Volumes 1-17 have been uploaded to the site.

Visit: https://independent.academia.edu/KarlisKarklins

As well, volumes 1-6 have been uploaded to the Syracuse University SURFACE site.

The Society of Bead Researchers is a non-profit scientific-educational corporation founded in 1981 to foster historical, archaeological, and material cultural research on beads and beadwork of all materials and periods, and to expedite the dissemination of the resultant knowledge.

New scholarship – international students

New for 2016-17, a scholarship for an international student majoring in one of the Social Science disciplines!  It’s worth $1000.

This is by recommendation so check out the criteria to see if you might qualify.


Masako and Stanley Fukawa Scholarship

  • Number: 1 per year
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Criteria: Awarded to full time undergraduate 3-4 year international student with a cumulative GPA of (3.5) in the previous academic year; pursuing a degree in Bachelor of Arts, and declared a major in “Social Science”. Nominee to demonstrate activities in promoting social justice through community engagement. No application required, on the recommendation of the dean of social science. Awarded as a tuition credit for spring semester at Vancouver Island University.

TAC Festival 2017

You are invited to submit entries for the 2017 edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival.  This is the only international competition for this genre in the entire Western Hemisphere and an opportunity to showcase your work.

The deadline for receipt of entries is October 15, 2016.

Film screenings for TAC Festival 2017 take place May 4-7, 2017, in the Recital Hall at The Shedd Institute in Eugene, OR.

The entry form and further information can be found by going to http://archaeologychannel.org/festival.  Please read the guidelines carefully.

Digital Media in Cuba – MA in Anthropology

Interested in pursuing a Masters in Anthropology in Digital Media, specifically in Cuba?  If yes, read on; a call out from UVic.


Hello Anthropology students,

Interested in digital media and working in Cuba? Looking for an MA program to apply to?

If you are planning on applying to the University of Victoria Master’s program in our anthropology department (applications due by January 15th 2016 in order to start in Fall 2016) and are interested in working in Cuba, please find attached a call for students to work on Digital Media in Cuba on research project under the direction of Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier.

Why anthropology at UVic? Master’s program in UVic’s Anthropology department. How to apply.