SANA Newsletter

Winter/Spring 2020 Quarterly Newsletter



When I assumed the Presidency of SANA in November, in Vancouver, little did I imagine what would consume us in the next few months.  This quarter has been turmoil, anxiety filled and surreal in so many ways.  I know all of us are coping as best we can and I am grateful for the many different ways anthropologists are responding through public communications, organizing of webinars and zoominars, and future forums.  Many of these efforts are being posted on various AAA Communities pages, and I hope SANA members will post on the SANA Communities page as well.

As we are all trying to continue with our work, I am delighted to announce that SANA publications will continue under new leadership.   After the November meetings, we put out a call for new editors for the Journal of North American Anthropology (JANA).  After review of the proposals by the current editors, Lindsay Bell and Elan Abrell and members of the Board, we have selected the team of Megan Raschig and David Flood as the new editors.

Megan is an Assistant Professor of Cultural and Medical Anthropology at California State University, Sacramento. Her ongoing project tracks spiritual healing as a register of contemporary anti-carceral activism in North America, with specific attention to Latinx communities.

David studies whiteness, class, and amateur music-making in the southern US. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia. 

They are currently working with Lindsay and Elan to transition the journal to their new editorial collective.  I want to thank Lindsay and Elan for shepherding the journal so wonderfully!

Megan and David are currently the editors of the SANA section column in Anthropology News, and as they transition to JANA, I am also delighted to welcome Ana Croegaert and Elisa Lanari as the new editors of the AN column.

Ana received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Northwestern University and has published on a range of topics including refugee migration, coffee rituals, contested public space, street parades, monuments and memorials, and racism   

Elisa received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Northwestern University and her current research explores intersections of race, space, migration, and “city” making in the US suburban South.

Please join me in welcoming Megan, David, Ana and Elisa to their new positions!

I want to end by thanking  Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz for her indomitable leadership these last two years.  Hard shoes to fill!

More soon and please reach out to us on the Board with comments, suggestions, thoughts!

Alaka Wali

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