Anthropology roundup: “Paul Stoller’s Public Anthropology Turn…

Paul Stoller’s Public Anthropology Turn
Huffington Post

Evidence that anthropology is taking a more public turn abounded at the annual conference of the AmericanAnthropological Association (AAA) in Denver last month. WesChester University’s Paul Stoller, a consistent presence on Huffington Post since 2010, …


Here is the call for papers for the best annual food studies conference in North America with the most confusing name. This is the annual joint meeting of theAssociation for the Study of Food and Society, the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society, and, just to confuse matters further this year, the Canadian Association for Food Studies. That makes it the ASFS/AFHVS/CAFS Annual Meeting, which is really fun to try and repeat to friends and colleagues. And to make matters even more fun, SAFN will be a sponsor this year (as we were last year).

On the Margins of Anthropology
Huffington Post
Things are usually more creative on the margins, a notion that became evident during the recently concluded meetings of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in Denver. The proposed AAA resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions
Professors Support Resolution To Boycott Israeli InstitutionsHarvard Crimson
Should Your Child Go To A College Whose Faculty Supports The Anti-Semitic Jerusalem Post Israel News (blog)

American anthropologists wrong to boycott Israeli academia
+972 MagazineWhat is being described as an overwhelming vote for the boycott of Israel in the American Anthropological Association (AAA) mischaracterizes the scope of support for boycotts in the field and downplays the serious anthropology-based alternative


NWSA – National Women’s Studies AssociationNational Women’s Studies Association

Australian Anthropology Annual Conference

The 2015 annual conference of the Australian Anthropological Society (AAS) will be hosted by the Anthropology Programme at the University of Melbourne from 1-4 December. This year’s conference “Moral Horizons” will address moral pluralities both within anthropological practice and in the rapidly evolving world the discipline researches.

Melbourne University will be hosting the annual conference of the Australian Anthropological Society this year. The plenary speakers are  Michael Lambek (University of Toronto), Nancy Scheper-Hughes (University of California, Berkeley), and Annelise Riles (Cornell Law School). The Distinguished Lecturewill be given by Associate Professor Martha Macintyre (The University of Melbourne) on Tuesday 1, December, from 5.30pm to 7.00pm at the Carillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia. To browse the panels, timetable and events, check out the conference website:

Paying it Forward at AAA 2015

AAA member Ralph Bolton shared the following story on his Facebook page:

“One evening in Denver at the American Anthropological Association meeting a few days ago, I went out for a quick dinner at the Yard House. When I asked for the check, the waitress told me that someone had already paid it for me. I looked around and didn’t see anyone I knew. Puzzled, I asked her who had paid. She smiled and said it was Anonymous. So, thank you, Anonymous, for your generosity. On the way back to my hotel, I saw some homeless people camped out on the sidewalk, in freezing weather. I think that Anonymous’ kindness was meant for them. The man who received it, touched my hand, in silence. We are meant to pay things forward, every day.”

How anthropology can make autonomous cars safer
Autoblog (blog)
To this end, Cefkin employs all of the core tools of anthropology – individual and group interviews, charted observation, and codified ethnographic videography among them – in order to seek patterns that can be fed into the decision chains of our robot .

Writing with Love and Hate

[Savage Minds is pleased to publish this essay by guest author Bhrigupati Singh as part of our Writers’ Workshop series. Bhrigupati is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Brown University. His book Poverty and the Quest for Life: Spiritual and Material Striving in Contemporary Rural India (University of Chicago Press, 2015), was awarded the Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences. Together with Veena Das, Michael Jackson, and Arthur Kleinman, he is co-editor of The Ground Between: Anthropological Engagements with Philosophy (Duke University Press, 2014).] 

ASFS Student Paper Awards!

The Association for the Study of Food and Society has annual student paper awards. Details for this year’s awards are below. Note that the deadline is February 1, 2016. Part of the prize includes the opportunity to present at the annual ASFS/AFHVS…which SAFN cosponsors.

Here is the ASFS announcement:

ASFS Student Paper Awards

Student Award Submission Guidelines

Deadline for Annual Submission (all required material): February 1.NO Exceptions! Electronic submissions ONLY!

A Sixteen Year Old finds Encouragement and Inspiration at AAA 2015

Chandler Zausner, one of AAA’s youngest members, submitted the following post about his experience at the AAA Annual Meeting and how he caught the anthropology bug. 

My name is Chandler Zausner and I am a student at the High School of Art and Design in New York City. I recently had the opportunity to serve as the youngest presenter at Familiar/Strange, the 114th AAA Annual Meeting in Denver. The subject of my abstract was Cosplay as Tribal Ritual: Transmedial Archetypes as Avatar and Shaman. I could not have accomplished it without the inspiration and encouragement of the anthropologists that I met when I attended the previous year’s AAA convention in Washington, D.C.

2015 SLA Prize Winners


The Society for Linguistic Anthropology was proud to award the following prizesat the 114th AAA Annual Meeting in Denver:

Sapir Award

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