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.” As well, AAA has a Podcast Library. From the August AAA News & Notes:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Have you seen AAA’s new and improved website AmericanAnthro.org? The domain name for AAA’s web presence has switched from aaanet to AmericanAnthro. It is reputedly a friendlier navigation structure and a mobile-friendly design.
Also, news to note–World Anthropology Day. Save the day, 18 February 2016.
If you are planning on attending the American Anthropological Association annual meeting, held in Denver, CO, consider applying for these awards. These are specific to the Archaeology Division. More than one award is available in each of the two categories!!
Applications for the following should be sent to the AD Secretary, Jane Eva Baxter: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Diversity Travel Grant: Four awards of up to $600 are available to help cover the travel costs associated with attending the AAA meeting. These grants are intended to increase participation in AAA sessions and in archaeology more widely by students from historically under-represented populations. African American, Alaskan Native, American Indian or Native American, Asian American, Latino and Latina, Chicano and Chicana, and Pacific Islander students in archaeology are encouraged to apply for these travel grants. Archaeology students with disabilities are also eligible for this grant. For more information see: http://www.aaanet.org/sections/ad/awards/#Student_Diversity. The deadline for application is September 15.
Applications for the following should be sent to the AD Student Member-at-Large, Lindsay Montgomery: email@example.com
Student Membership award: The AD awards the next year’s membership in both AAA and AD to up to 20 students who present archaeological papers or posters at the annual meeting. All undergraduate and graduate students who present an archaeological paper or poster at the annual meeting are eligible to apply for this award. For further information please see: http://www.aaanet.org/sections/ad/awards/#Student_Membership. The deadline for application is September 15.
Some may be especially interested in Riall Nolan’s topic on “professional development and career building for anthropologists outside of the academy. Program topics will include CV writing, job search tips, interviewing and more.”
The latest issue is entitled “Sport: Pleasure and Violence, Competition and Sociality,” guest edited by Niko Besnier.
Open Anthropology, the first digital-only, public journal of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), is a pilot experiment envisioned as a way of “opening up” anthropology in several ways. First, the new online publication helps bring anthropology into the public conversation about critical social issues and policy debates. Each edition of Open Anthropology will focus on a timely theme, offering a selection of articles relevant to contemporary concerns. By means of Open Anthropology, we hope anthropological knowledge, information and insights will figure more prominently in public discussions. Second, the journal introduces nearly the full archive of AAA journals, past and current-the online “stacks,” so to speak-to potential readers who may not even know these exist. Content in Open Anthropology will be culled from the full archive of participating AAA publications, and curated into editions. Third, 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. Content published 35 years ago and longer will remain free on the public Internet in perpetuity; book reviews in Open Anthropology will also remain available on the Internet without cost to readers. Finally, by means of “The Editor’s Note,” anthropology is opened up to the non-specialist reader by drawing attention to key issues or themes raised in the selected articles (some of which are written in highly technical language), and by identifying each article source-across time and subspecialties of the field-the author, the specialty journal, and the journal’s sponsoring section.
This is more appropriate for someone who has graduated, but if you have exceptional writing skills with ideas to explore, this may be for you. Being selected would certainly open doors to other opportunities, just due to networking.
Anthropology News is seeking columnists for its Opinion section on www.anthropology-news.org. These volunteers are an integral part of shaping AN’s content and conversation by developing columns that relate to anthropology in its myriad forms.
Columnists write their own essays. There is great opportunity for creativity and fruitful in-depth discussions about the many facets of anthropology. The specific topic will depend on each AN volunteer’s expertise and experience. AN especially encourages columns that address current news and issues.
Opinion Columnists will commit to one year of monthly essays. All columns will be published at anthropology-news.org, with select ones later appearing in print AN. Everything on anthropology-news.org is publicly available for four months, and then available to AAA members through AnthroSource.
The term will be January through December 2014. Columns have a flexible word count, between 600 and 1000 words, and we encourage the use of multimedia content. You will also have the option of publishing additional columns in any given month.
If you are interested in being considered as a columnist and are a current AAA member, email a brief proposal of your column theme and summary of your qualifications to AN Digital Editorial Assistant, Emilia Guevara at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 13, 2013.
If the discipline of anthropology is still a bit of mystery to you, or you are wondering what anthropologist do, the podcast series produced by the AAA Public Affairs Department may better inform you of the latest issues and news. In particular, take a look at the Profiles in Practice.
Here’s a list of the themes of the current and past series:
Anthropologists in the Field – Find out what anthropologists are doing while conducting their fieldwork.
Ordinary Anthropologists Doing Extraordinary Things – Meet every day anthropologists who are bringing innovation to the forefront of the field.
Inside the President’s Studio – Get to know anthropologists across all sub-fields in this podcast series by Past President Virginia Dominguez (2010-2011)
Profiles In Practice – This online interview series, by CoPAPIA, is geared toward students interested in anthropology but uncertain about the career paths that await them following graduation.
Archaeology Division, American Anthropological Association
Student Diversity Travel Grant
These grants are intended to increase participation in AAA sessions and in archaeology more widely by students from historically under-represented populations. These travel grants help defray costs associated with attending the AAA meeting. Archaeology students with disabilities are also eligible for this grant.
Up to four grants, of up to $600 each, will be awarded. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
First priority is given to students presenting a paper or poster.
Within that group, priority is given to students presenting a paper or poster for the first time at the AAA.
Within that group, priority is given based on the distance a student must travel to the meeting.
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY SEPTEMBER 15 to the AD Secretary
The Archaeology Division (AD) seeks to support student membership in the AAA and in the AD to maintain and strengthen the representation of archaeology within the AAA. The AD will award the following year’s membership in both the AAA and AD to up to 20 students who present archaeological papers or posters at the annual meeting. This award has a value of between $75 and $135, depending on a student’s AAA membership status.
All students who present an archaeological paper or poster at the annual meeting are eligible to apply for this award. Up to three awards will be allocated specifically for undergraduates.
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY SEPTEMBER 15 to the Student Member at Large