A Section of the American Anthropological Association
The Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA) invites your submissions for the American Anthropological Association’s 2013 Annual Meeting, to be held in Chicago, Illinois, November 20th-24th. This year’s theme is “Future Publics, Current Engagements.” SANA can contribute significantly to this year’s meeting through submission of innovative and relevant proposals that cross sub-disciplines and engage with the meetings theme as it relates to the North American context.
The Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff Memorial Prize for the Critical Study of North America is given to a single or multiple authored book (not edited collections) published in 2012 that deals with an important social issue within the discipline of anthropology, has broader implications for social change or justice, and is accessible beyond the discipline of anthropology.
This conference emphasizes academic citizenship – that is, our collective responsibility to participate in and contribute to its overall success and momentum. With this in mind, SANA will be using a pay-what-you-like registration fee structure and invites conference participants to place their own value on the experience and pay according to their own means. Registration also does not require AAA or SANA membership. You can register at the AAA webpages: Event Registration
And you can read more about the 2013 SANA Conference here: Uncertain Futures
The Society for the Anthropology of North America announces the inaugural Eleanor “Happy” Leacock Travel Grant for independent scholars and contingent or community college faculty. Two awards ranging from $400-600 will be awarded for travel to the 2013 SANA Conference at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina on March 15-16, 2013.
Find out if you qualify, and learn how to apply here: Eleanor “Happy” Leacock Travel Grant.
For single or multiple-authored books in anthropology published in 2010 and 2011, the prize for the latest round of submissions was awarded at the AAA Annual Meeting, November 14-18 2012, in San Francisco.
The winner was Mark Auslander’s The Accidental Slaveowner. Honorable mention went to Khiara M. Bridges’ Reproducing Race.
Read more about the winners here: SANA Book Prize
[...] Dr. Blakey’s ability to combine scientific rigor with the critique and reconstruction of both the conceptual apparatus and social makeup of the fields in which he was worked is what really places him apart. Dr. Blakey not only excelled in his subfield, he reconstructed its theoretical underpinnings and social makeup. In doing so, he reconstructed the entirety of the anthropology of race in North America. And this scholarly legacy is matched by that of his prolonged public engagement with a subject that is contentious, emotional, and subject to profound misunderstanding.
Read the full statement here: Distinguished Achievement Prize
The Society for the Anthropology of North America announces the St. Clair Drake Student Travel Award for travel to the 2013 SANA conference, "Uncertain Futures," to be held in Durham, NC, March 14-16. The committee will distribute up to 4 awards of $500 each.
Find out if you qualify, and learn how to apply here: St. Clair Drake Student Travel Grant
The Society for the Anthropology of North America is seeking papers for the 2013 bi-annual conference which will be hosted by Duke University in Durham, North Carolina on March 14-16, 2013.
You may read more about it here.
“North America seems to be at something of an impasse. Many of political projects, cultural movements, social imaginaries, and economic developments that have structured life in Mexico, Canada and the United States seem to have lost energy, and seem to be moving forward because of inertia alone. Moreover, we might question whether the concepts that have been used to interrogate North American life during the recent past – neoliberalism, late capitalism, postindustrialism, whiteness, postracialism, privatization, virtualization, revanchism, and militarization, to mention a few – are adequate in the face of new realities. Finally, as teachers, researchers and intellectuals, we must contend with new limits and potentialities for the production of knowledge in the context of an academy in rapid flux.”
Read more about the 2013 SANA Conference here: Uncertain Futures
The Rhoda Halperin Memorial Fund celebrates the life and scholarly work of Rhoda Halperin by supporting PhD students in anthropology who emulate her love of economic anthropology and her concern for people living on the social margin. In memory of Rhoda’s convivial colleagueship, the Fund also encourages student professional development through participation in the scholarly meetings of the SEA and AAA. To meet these goals, students engaged in economic research focused on social exclusion and poverty are provided small research grants and subsequent travel money to present their findings at the Society for Economic Anthropology annual conference.
Read more about the fund, and how to apply here: Halperin Memorial Fund
May 23 – 26, 2013
Panel Title: Beyond Begging, Borrowing, and/or Stealing: Cultural Studies and Innovative Ethnographic Research Methods
Call for Papers: Drawing on the 2013 CSA meeting theme of Beyond Disciplinarity, this session asks what it means to do ethnographic research within and beyond cultural studies. This panel seeks to foster a critical and generative conversation about the role of ethnographies as one methodological approach among many within cultural studies. By re-initiating conversations that have continually underpinned cultural studies imagination, we ask, what kind of disciplinary boundary crossing are we engaged in while doing fieldwork? As practitioners of cultural studies and ethnographers of everyday practice, we are continually challenged to participate in and understand the fluid, complex networks in which institutions and people are embedded. This relationship between cultural studies and ethnography is not new; nor is it as deeply entrenched as a formalistic tradition. Yet, as Dick Hebdige, Richard Hogart, and Paul Willis, to name a few, have shown us, the examinations of a lived reality drawing from fieldwork is not only a method but also a deep commitment to cultural studies’ aim of accessing the materiality of subjects, space, and culture.
For this panel, we seek papers that foster a robust conversation about the relationship between cultural studies scholars and their methods of ethnographic research. How do we as cultural studies scholars negotiate the complexities of community-based ethnographic research or research that connects our lives as academics to our lives as activists? How does this differ from and bear similarity to approaches in other fields and disciplines, such as anthropology, communication, and sociology? What does cultural studies contribute to the use of ethnography, and what might ethnographic approaches contribute to conversations in cultural studies? Does thinking critically about ethnographic fieldwork open up a space to move beyond disciplinary divisions? We welcome multiple and interdisciplinary approaches and definitions of ethnographic methods, including but not limited to modes influenced by feminist and postcolonial theory, literature on embodiment and the senses, science and technology studies, global health, community-engaged approaches, design, reception theory, and area studies (to name a few).
Nayantara (Tara) Sheoran (Cultural Studies, George Mason University)
Sarah Rebolloso McCullough (Cultural Studies, University of California, Davis)
The SANA board supports the incorporation of the Society for Economic Anthropology into the AAA.
AAA members can follow the following link to learn more about and vote on this matter:
Free public event
Thursday, November 15 · 12:15 to 1:30 pm
San Francisco, Hilton Hotel
Union Square 15-16
Neil Smith was a teacher, activist, colleague, mentor, friend, geographer and anthropologist. His work on space, place, nature, and cities transformed the thinking of a generation of anthropology students, provoked comment and debate within the discipline, and helped us to connect across scholarly disciplines. Please join us in a celebration of his joyous spirit and extraordinary intellect.
Free public event
Thursday November 15 · 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics
518 Valencia St., San Francisco 94110
The 1970s and 1980s were a critical turning point for working class neighborhoods. Two works from the 1980s, the ethnography Norman Street (updated edition published in 2012) by Ida Susser and the film, Metropolitan Avenue, by Christine Noschese, capture this moment of transition. Join Susser, Noschese, organizers, and activists as they discuss neighborhood activism, past and present. Both works will be for sale at the event. Sponsored by the Society for the Anthropology of North America.
Special Guests: Filmmaker Christine Noschese (Hofstra University) and Anthropologist Ida Susser (CUNY)
I am writing to remind you to vote on the proposed new AAA Statement on Ethics – the Principles of Professional Responsibility. These principles are revised less than once every decade, and it is important that our members look at the principles we are proposing for the regulation of our professional conduct, then vote as to whether or not to accept them. Voting closes on October 25.
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As many of you may know, Neil Smith passed away in the early hours of Saturday, September 29. As is true for many members of SANA, for me this is a deeply personal loss, as Neil was my mentor, advisor and friend. But it is also a great loss for critical and politically engaged scholarship of North America. For many of us, Neil's brilliant and original insights into the way capitalism and power structured the production of space were profoundly important, even foundational. I know my own scholarship would not have been possible without Neil's before it. Moreover, Neil nurtured a generation of critical scholars of North America, including both anthropologists and non-anthropologists whose work has contributed much to our discipline. Neil engaged with political struggles of many sorts throughout his career, displaying an uncanny ability to translate his theoretical insights into the language of everyday politics and activism. Finally, Neil was a person of great generosity, good humor, and conviviality. In many ways, Neil typified the values of critical scholarship, political engagement, and generous mentorship that makes SANA what it is.
While plans to commemorate Neil soon be underway, for now please join me in offering condolences to Neil's family, colleagues, friends, and loved ones.
With deep sorrow,
President, Society for the Anthropology of North America
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