BC Archaeology Forum 2015

For those with an archaeology interest, this is a “must” attend event.  It’s local, i.e., in Vancouver!

Co-hosted by the Musqueam Indian Band and the Laboratory of Archaeology at UBC, Musqueam, BC

Friday, October 16 is a special full-day round-table focussing on archaeological repositories. Please complete  Repositories Round-table and Registration Forms. This event takes place at the Musqueam Community Centre in Classroom 1. Questions about this round-table, please contact Patricia Ormerod, (604) 822-2567.

There is a $15 fee for this round-table; includes snacks and lunch.

Saturday, October 17 is the main day of the Forum and takes place at the Musqueam Cultural Education and Resource Centre, 4000 Musqueam Avenue. Please complete the Registration Form.

The day will begin with a Welcome and continue with panels and presentations. This year, especially welcomed are panels/presentations focussing on 1) Indigenous heritage – challenges and ways to move forward, 2) Heritage Landscapes, and 3) Place and Memory.

There is a $20 registration fee for the forum; includes snacks, a hot lunch, facilities rental, etc.

On Saturday evening there will be a Salmon Feast. There is an additional charge of $25 for this meal.

Sunday, October 18  tours of c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city at the Musqueam Cultural Resource and Education Centre, the Museum of Anthropology and the Museum of Vancouver will be organised.

Submit the appropriate form(s) to bcarchforum2015@gmail.com

SfAA Student Awards

The Society of Applied Anthropology is meeting almost in our backyard in 2016; it’s in Vancouver at the Westin Bayshore, March 29-April 2.  The theme is Intersections.

There is a student rate, as well as, a number of awards to assist with travel.  Also worth considering is submitting a paper and/or poster for one of the various prizes offered.  See: http://www.sfaa.net/annual-meeting/student-travel-awards/

Here’s a SfAA Awards pdf poster.

AAA-AD Student Awards – Apply!

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:  jbaxter@depaul.edu

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: lmmontgo@stanford.edu 

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.

Proceedings, Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage

If you have an interest in underwater archaeology, its management, conservation and preservation of archaeological materials, you’ll find this resource of interest.

The 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage (www.apconf.org) was held from 12-16 May 2014 in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. The conference was hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and the University of Hawai‘i Marine Option Program. More than 139 participants from 27 countries around the world joined together in Honolulu to discuss common goals in underwater cultural heritage research and preservation.

The proceedings for the 2014 Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage are now available, courtesy of The Museum of Underwater Archaeology. This collection includes over 100 papers, video interviews, and posters all freely available online. For example, video interviews with conference chair Dr. Hans Van Tilburg and keynote speakers Dr. James Delgado and Dr. Sayan Praicharnjit. Introductory videos by session organizers describe the reasons for convening their panels and their hopes for future research paths.

The collection is found at http://www.themua.org/collections/collections/show/13

Human Evolutionary Studies Symposium February 14th

The Human Evolutionary Studies Program have their annual Symposium “Heat and Human Evolution” coming up in a few weeks at SFU Burnaby. We would be really grateful if you would be able to circulate the attached poster amongst your colleagues and students, in case any of them are interested. A preliminary program will be online shortly at http://hesp.irmacs.sfu.ca/heat-and-human-evolution.
3rd HESP Symposium Letter size

CAA Student Conference Travel Grant

Student Travel Grant

The CAA/ACA is able to offer assistance to student conference participants to offset their travel costs. Grants apply only to the travel portion of conference expenses and not accommodation. Grant applicants must be members in good standing and must participate directly in the scholarly program of the Annual Conference by presenting a paper or poster for which they are the first (primary) author, or by being a Session Discussant or an Invited Presenter.

Applicants must submit a completed application form (you must be logged in to access the application form on the Members Only page) along with original travel receipts for travel expenses claimed, no later than July 1st of the year in which the conference was held. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for funding. All eligible applications will receive an equivalent percentage of their expenses. Preference will be given to student members who have not received support in immediately preceding years.

SSHRC student contest

Here’s your opportunity to gain more than 15-minutes worth of fame for a 3-minute pitch!

SSHRC launches student contest to promote liberal arts research

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has launched a contest that challenges post-secondary students to show Canadians how liberal arts research is “affecting our lives, our world and our future prosperity.”

SSHRC is accepting submissions from November 1 to January 15 in the form of a 3-minute pitch via podcast, op-ed, video, or infographic.

The top 25 finalists will receive registration and accommodation at SSHRC’s Congress 2014 conference in May, at which they will promote their project and participate in a research communications workshop. Five jury-chosen presenters will then be covered by national media, promoted by SSHRC, and showcased as part of the 2014 SSHRC Impact Awards ceremony.

SSHRC Storytellers website

CAA Meetings, London, ON, May 14–18

For those interested in archaeology, the Canadian Archaeological Association is a conference that you will want to attend.
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The CAA executive and the 2014 Organizing Committee are happy to announce that the 2014 annual meeting will be held in London, Ontario, from May 14-18, 2014.

Located near the heart of downtown London, the Hilton London Ontario will host all sessions, professional meetings and the banquet on May 17. The conference provides a lively, intellectually stimulating space for scholars and members of the archaeological community to discuss, learn, and share ideas, observations, and the results of archaeological research with their peers. The conference is for anyone with an interest in, and concern for, archaeology in their local community or on a national or transnational level.

Registration will start in the late afternoon of May 14 in the hotel’s upper lobby. Sessions and workshops will start on the morning of Thursday, May 15 and will finish on the afternoon of Sunday, May 18th. The banquet will be held on Saturday evening, May 17th. A guest speaker has not been chosen yet and field trips are being finalized; however expect tours of the Lawson Site and the Ontario Museum of Archaeology and Sustainable Archaeology.

The intersection of settler and Aboriginal nations past and present, a hub of academic and commercial archaeology, and site of exciting new archaeological initiatives, London and Southwestern Ontario welcome the 2014 Canadian Archaeological Association’s Annual Meeting. Looking forward to seeing you here!

Session and Forum proposals will be accepted until January 17th, 2014. Individual paper and poster submissions will be accepted until February 14th, 2014.

Conference Contacts:
Joshua Dent / Matt Beaudoin – caa2014aca@gmail.com

CASCA 2014 Conference – York University

For those wanting to actively engage in the discipline, consider attending the 2014 CASCA meeting at York University.  CASCA is the Canadian Anthropology Society.

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CASCA 2014 will be held at York University, April 30th-May 3rd, 2014, with the theme:

“Promising Uncertainties: Unsettling the Future of Anthropological Terrain”

For information and updates please visit the CASCA 2014 website at:

We look forward to seeing you in Toronto next May.
Karli (Whitmore)
CASCA administrator

More info:
What can uncertainty promise? Documenting indeterminacy, diversity, disunity and contingency is both a political commitment as well an empirical claim.  The 2014 CASCA conference theme seeks to draw out a range of questions including but not limited to: what forms of social and cultural engagements are possible when ambiguity rather than certainty is the central concern of anthropological enquiry and/or ethnographic practice? In what manner and to what extent does uncertainty unsettle neo-liberal processes of classification, transparency and accountability? Does a revolutionizing capitalism’s search for new markets foster promise and ambiguity? How does the measurement and management of uncertainty under the monikers of ‘risk’, ‘choice’ and ‘rights’ affect political, social and ethical debates about domains as diverse as immigration, identity politics, technology, art, media, security, health, environment, and the economy? What are the paradoxes that underpin or might emerge out of an anthropological engagement with uncertainty? What might be the intended and unintended outcomes of drawing on this paradigm for anthropology’s interlocutors? What forms of ethnographic practice might uncertainty give rise to and/or destabilise?

While CASCA 2014 aims to stimulate discussions and critical reflections on the theme of uncertainty, presentations that fall outside of the proposed theme will also be considered.

Keynote Speaker
The Keynote speaker is Dr. Didier Fassin, the James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Originally trained as a physician, his early research in medical anthropology focused on the AIDS epidemic, mortality disparities, and global health. More recently, his research has focused on critical moral anthropology which explores the influence of moral forms on everyday judgment and action, and on international humanitarianism or asylum granting. He is the author of several books including When Bodies Remember: Experiences of AIDS in South Africa (UC Press, 2007) and Humanitarian Reason. A Moral History of the Present (UC Press, 2011). More recently his work has focused on the police, the prison, and the National Court of Asylum in France. His most recent book is Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing (Polity Press, 2013).

SHA Québec 2014 – Student Volunteers Needed!

For those interested in archaeology, here’s an excuse to go to Québec and volunteer at the annual SHA meetings.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted according to organizational needs on a first-come/first-served basis until December 6, 2013. Although priority will be given to bilingual speakers (English and French), all are welcome.

From William Moss, SHA Conference Chair:

The SHA Québec 2014 organizing committee is looking for student volunteers willing to offer time at next January’s conference in Québec City. More information is available on the conference web page: http://www.sha2014.com/volunteers.html. Have a look at travel support programs for students while you’re on the web page!

William Moss
Conference Chair    /   47th  Conference on Historic and Underwater Archaeology
Président du Comité organisateur   /   47e Colloque sur l’archéologie historique et subaquatique