In an ongoing effort to showcase the
amazing diversity of the anthropological field, the AAA webinar series will
continue twice a month in 2015. While one webinar will focus on professional
development strategies, we also will be focusing on more topical issues
throughout the year. The topical webinars are selected by votes through our survey site, and
availability of expert speakers. If
there is a subject not listed you think would make for a good webinar, add it
to the list so others can vote on it as well! http://www.allourideas.org/2014aaawebinars/results. Webinars mentioned here are definitively
scheduled, however, there are still flexibilities
within the schedule to accommodate for new subjects, events, and
2nd Future of Medical
Anthropology with Lenore Manderson
16th Public Health
and Anthropology with Augustin Fuentes and Lisa Jones-Engel
Discussion sponsored by Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
21st Anthropology of
Tourism with Quetzil Castaneda
May 20, 2015: Sex Work in Cambodia with Larissa Sandy
It is very difficult for many people to understand sex work in Cambodia in terms other than trafficking, and so this webinar attempts to challenge and transform conventional thought and theory about sex work in non-Western modern settings like Cambodia.
In the webinar, I explore women’s pathways into sex work and highlight how this often begins with a series of constraints and choices that cannot be disconnected and which renders their identification as victims of trafficking or free agents highly problematic. The webinar shifts the focus of debate from very simplistic dichotomies by concentrating on descriptions of women’s lives rather than beginning with a priori assumptions (e.g. sex workers as victims enslaved in prostitution).
I consider some of the difficulties surrounding the intersection of structural factors with subjective choices in sex workers’ everyday lives and analyse how Cambodia’s transitional economy and development plans shape sex working women’s trajectories into and experiences of sex work, and debt bondage in particular.
By exploring sex work through an anthropological lens, the webinar examines women’s involvement in the sector as part of the moral and political economies of sex work. It also discusses how sex work can be understood as a rational economic choice and a vehicle through which important social and cultural obligations fulfilled as well as reflecting on the pressing need to critically re-think the trafficking/sex slavery label.
Bio: Larissa Sandy is an anthropologist at RMIT University,
Melbourne (Australia) where she lectures in the Criminology program. Her
research examines sex work and women's agency; contract labour, debt bondage
and other forms of unfree labour in sex work; sex worker activism; and the
global politics of sex work regulation. Before joining RMIT University, Larissa
was a Vice Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in Criminology at Flinders
University, where her research explored the effects of human trafficking laws
and interventions for male and female sex workers in Cambodia. She is author of
Women and Sex Work in Cambodia: Blood,
Sweat and Tears (Routledge).
March 18, 2015: Applied Anthropology in the National Parks
As the National Park
Service (NPS) approaches its centennial in 2016, the NPS Cultural Anthropology
and Archeology Programs continue to engage in research with deep roots in communities
across America. By partnering with
universities and scholars in the CESU Network (Cooperative Ecosystem Studies
Units), the NPS funds applied research in ethnography and archeology.This session will introduce current,
completed, and upcoming NPS-CESU research; how to submit letters of interest
for research through the CESU network; and how students may become involved in applied
work in parks.
Keywords: parks; applied;
heritage; research; government
Watkins is the Supervisory
Cultural Anthropologist, American Indian Liaison Officer for the NPS, and Chief of the NPS Tribal Relations and American
Cultures. He oversees the Park Native American Graves Protection and
Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Program, the Tribal Historic Preservation Program,
and the Cultural Anthropology Program from the NPS Washington Area Service
Bond is the Chief
Archeologist for the National Park Service and Consulting Archeologist for the
Department of the Interior.He has
managed a number of CESU projects as a NPS Archeologist, Resource Manager, and
Superintendent.Current CESU projects sponsored
by the NPS Washington Archeology Program include a Southwest mission travel
itinerary, a webinar lecture series, work with Latino high school students,
analysis of digital imaging practices, and training for Afghan cultural
Talken-Spaulding is the Regional
Cultural Anthropologist for the NPS National Capital Region.She manages multiple applied anthropology
projects and a student internship program in support of national park units in
three states and the District of Columbia.Research topics include contemporary communities, heritage preservation,
and urban subsistence fishing.
Fish is the National
Coordinator for the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network. Tom
works across government, academia, and the NGO community to facilitate
collaborative research, technical assistance, and education/capacity development
in support of public trust resource stewardship. Tom's work covers a wide
range of topics relating to land use planning, marine conservation, applied
social science and human dimensions, and training for protected area
managers in the U.S. and abroad.
March 4th, 2015: Partnering Anthropology and Evaluation:What do we gain? A presentation by Mary Butler
This webinar will look at how evaluation and anthropology
can be mapped onto each other to create Evaluation Anthropology, an approach to
value questions that is stronger than either approach alone for evaluations of
programs that are culturally embedded. We will look at how evaluation and
anthropology reinforce one another, building methods and theories in Evaluation
Anthropology and how our training as anthropologists supports out work as evaluators.
1.What is Evaluation Anthropology and how do we
2.The contribution of evaluation
3.The contribution of evaluation
4.Building Theory: The role of science
5.Building Methods: The role of ethnography
6.Pitfalls: Common problems with client
7.Evaluation Planning: One way to do it.
8.Mixed Methods: Synthesis of Qualitative and
9.What qualifies anthropologists to do Evaluation
10.What skills do I need to add.
Mary Odell Butler is an
anthropologist-evaluator with 35 years of experience in research design,
management, and supervision of evaluations and other research projects and 12
years of university teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels.She has special expertise in program
evaluation, evaluation research, and case study methods and have conducted
numerous projects for CDC, the Health Resources and Services Administration
(HRSA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institutes of
Health (NIH), and private foundations.
employed by Westat as a Senior Analyst supporting work in public health program
evaluation.She is retired from twenty
years as a Research Leader and Office Director at the Battelle Centers for
Public Health Research and Evaluation.She
is an adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland and at
the University of North Texas. In this
capacity she teaches graduate courses in evaluation.Among her publications is Evaluation: A Culture Systems Approach,
in press for release in summer 2015 and Creating
Evaluation Anthropology: Introducing and Emerging Sub-Field (NAPA Bulletin
February 18, 2015: Sometimes Practice Makes Perfect: Cultural
Changes in the Training of Anthropologistswith Elizabeth Briody
If you are either a faculty member
or a student interested in training related to professional anthropological
careers, this webinar is for you!
Interest in anthropological
practice has never been higher.Students
continue to seek greater job market preparation yet many faculty wonder how to
help them.We will talk about:
1.Key differences between "traditional" anthropology
programs and applied/practicing-oriented programs
2.Commonalities across high performing applied programs
3.Four distinct models of program effectiveness,
highlighting the cultures of the University of Memphis, University of
Maryland-College Park, Northern Arizona University, and the University of North
4.If you are a faculty
member:How do you build a program
with a focus on application and practice?
5.If you are a student:How do you choose a program that will work
Elizabeth K. Briody, Ph.D. is
Founder and Principal of Cultural Keys LLC, a firm that helps companies and
nonprofits understand and address organizational and cultural-change
issues. Briody has helped clients in many industries, including those at
General Motors where she worked for 24 years. She is currently a member
of the AAA Executive Board and just completed her service as Chair of the AAA
Working Group on Mentoring.
The event is complimentary, and you can view it here, a YouTube video will be made available shortly.
December 17, 2014: Mastering the Campus
Visit with Karen Kelsky
Dr. Karen Kelsky is the founder
and principal of The
Professor Is In, a blog and business dedicated to helping Ph.D.s turn their
advanced degrees into jobs. A former R1 tenured professor in
Anthropology, and department head in the Humanities, Dr. Karen demystifies the
unspoken rules that govern university hiring. In addition to blogging on every
aspect of the job market, from building a competitive record and planning a
publishing trajectory, to writing job applications, interviewing, and
negotiating an offer, Dr. Karen works directly with clients on their individual
job searches. She also has a book in press with Random House, The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D.
Into a Job. It comes out August 4, 2015.
In this webinar, I walk you through the basic expectations and potential pitfalls of the
dreaded Campus Visit (sometimes called a Fly-Out) in Anthropology. There will be time for Q and A at the end, so bring questions!
We will examine:
-The basic organization of a campus visit
-The job talk and Q and A
-The single biggest pitfall for candidates
-The teaching demo
-The initial arrangements and scheduling
-Handling meals gracefully
-Preparing for the visit
-What to wear, especially in cold weather
- Meetings throughout the day
November 5, 2014: Social Network Analysis for Qualitative Research
Samuel Gerald Collins is an anthropologist at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. His research examines the urban as the confluence of people and social media. He is the author of various books, book chapters and articles, among them All Tomorrow's Cultures: Anthropological Engagements With the Future (Berghahn, 2008), Library of Walls (2009) and, along with co-author Matthew Durington, Networked Anthropology (Routledge, 2014). He is currently in Seoul on a Fulbright Grant.
1. Terms for Social Network Analysis.
2. Using NodeXL
3. Case Study 1: Who are my interlocutors?
4. Case Study 2: Where is my field site?
5. Case Study 3: What happened to my research?
6. Additional Resources
October 15, 2014: Mobile Economies
In September 2014 Apple unveiled its new iPhone 6, which also features Apple Pay, a mobile payment system. Although mobile payments have been slow to take off in the United States and other countries, they are extremely popular in Kenya, where billions of dollars are transacted by almost 20 million account holders. Development economists hope that mobile money will be a part of a new "cash-light" future, bringing the benefits of financial inclusion to millions in developing settings.
The webinar takes an anthropological view of mobile money in Western Kenya as a form of communication, shaped by local cultures of friendship and kinship, and by the direct and often private connections that mobile phones allow. I use social network analysis to examine features such as reciprocity, centrality, and brokerage in the social networks of mobile money. This webinar will engage us in a conversation about the use of mobile phones cross culturally, and about how we can use new methods to understand the cultural and social impact of mobile phones.
Sibel Kusimba is an anthropologist in residence at American University. She has been conducting anthropological fieldwork in Kenya since 1993. Her initial research interests were in Paleolithic, protohistoric and recent hunter-gatherers; her 2003 book, African Foragers, was named an outstanding academic book by the American Library Association. Since living through the mobile phone revolution in Africa, her interests have turned to the social and cultural impact of mobile phone communication, in particular the use of mobile money. For two field seasons she has traced the social networks of mobile money in families and communities, sponsored by the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion at the University of California at Irvine.
October 2, 2014: AAA Virtual Event- Ebola and Anthropology
The escalating Ebola crisis affects us all, and has shown a need for greater cooperation in developing public health communication and strategies. On October 2, 2014 (important to note this is a Webinar THURSDAY) 1 PM EST, the American
Anthropological Association will be hosting a virtual event panel discussing
the role anthropologists play in not only research, but infrastructure and
policy, in light of the escalating Ebola outbreak in western Africa.
The panel will include Adia Benton, Robert Hahn, Jacklyn Lacey, and Michael McGovern; with Julie Livingston as the acting moderator. We will also be trying a new format for this webinar: tapping into Google Hangout On the Air. We will be streaming the event live on YouTube, where you will be able to interact with the panelists directly through comment submission. Come be a part of this important conversation and technological experiment.
Robert A. Hahn has served as an epidemiologist at the CDC since
1986 and is a member of the Senior Biomedical Research Service. He received his
doctorate in anthropology at Harvard University and his masters of
public health in epidemiology from the University of Washington. He is
the author of Sickness and Healing: An Anthropological Perspective
and co-editor of Anthropology and Public Health: Bridging Differences in
Culture and Society.
Adia Benton is an assistant professor of anthropology at Brown University. She holds a PhD in social anthropology from Harvard University, an MPH in international health and infectious diseases from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and an AB in human biology from Brown University. Her work focuses primarily on the politics and culture(s) of health institutions, the issues they prioritize and the communities in which they work; among the topics she studies are HIV/AIDS, infectious disease epidemiology, gender violence, and access to surgical care. She is the author of HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone (University of Minnesota Press 2015).
Jacklyn Lacey is curatorial associate of African and Pacific Ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History. The two major themes in her work currently are intersections of infectious disease epidemiology, medical anthropology, sociology and anthropocene studies as well as analyzing museum discourses on African culture and technology. She has a background in virology and medical anthropology, previously working in public health education in Tanzania, HIV/AIDS testing and research at African Services Committee in Harlem, and in Drew Cressman’s NSF-funded immunology lab at Sarah Lawrence College.
Mike McGovern is a political anthropologist who works in West Africa and uses a
variety of sources from kinship idioms to the aesthetics of state-sponsored
folklore to try to understand post-colonial states within the arc of longer
historical trajectories. He has taught anthropology at Yale and was also
the West Africa Project Director of the International Crisis Group, a
Brussels-based think tank that analyzes the causes of armed conflict.
The event can be viewed on YouTube or Google+. Our Q&A tab is active now, so if you have a question you know you'll want answered, submit it now, and we'll address it during the Q&A session.
Doing “Consumer” Anthropology, Warnings and Advice*
Dr. Erickson is the CEO of PacEth -- a
small market and design research firm that uses anthropological methods
to help organizations understand consumers and design better products
and services for them -- and International Business faculty member at
the Darla Moore School of Business, U. South Carolina
Whether its burgers or Boeing, anthropological technique and
theory have found significant purchase in the business world. Sometimes.
The questions Anthropologists ask often lead to discomfiting revisions
in thinking about who buys products and services and what using or experiencing
them means. Bringing anthropological
stories to the enterprise table can even raise fundamental questions about the
nature of business.
questions (about value, valuation, sustainability, and suffering caused by
organizations, for example) need not be laid aside while asking and answering
enterprise tactical questions. Using video examples and tales from the field,
this webinar offers tips and tricks for finding an anthropological focus that
can be heard and, sometimes, become levers to think about and change
You can now view the recording of the webinar here.
May 8, 2014: Harjant Gill
Ethnography And Film
On May 8, 2014 at 2 PM Harjant Gill will lead the fourth installment of AAA's Webinar Wednesday (mixing it up on THURSDAY). Harjant Gill is an assistant professor of anthropology at Towson University, Maryland. He received his PhD from American University in 2012. His research examines the intersections of masculinity, modernity and migration in India. Gill is also an award-winning filmmaker and has made several films that have screened at film festivals and academic conferences worldwide. His latest documentary, Roots of Love explores the changing significance of hair and turban among Sikhs and is currently being screened on BBC World News, BBC America, Doordarshan (Indian National TV) and on PBS channels nationwide. Gill is currently co-directing the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) Film & Media Festival. His website is www.TilotamaProductions.com.
A Troublesome Inheritance - A discussion on genes, race and human history with author Nicholas Wade and Agustin Fuentes
On May 5, 2014 at 1pm a lively discussion between author Nicholas Wade and anthropologist Agustin Fuentes will be moderated by AAA Executive Director, Dr. Edward Liebow. You can view the webinar straight from WebEx here, or view it on YouTube here.
received a B.A. in natural sciences from King's College, Cambridge. He was
deputy editor of Nature magazine in London and then became that journal's
Washington correspondent. He joined Science magazine in Washington as a
reporter and later moved to The New York Times, where he has been an editorial
writer, concentrating his writing on issues of defense, space, science,
medicine, technology, genetics, molecular biology, the environment, and public
policy, a science reporter, and a science editor. Wades latest book A Troublesome
Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History (Penguin Press) will
be available on May 6.
trained in zoology and anthropology, is a professor of anthropology at the
University of Notre Dame. His research delves into the how and why of being
human. From chasing monkeys in the jungles and cities of Asia, to exploring the
lives of our evolutionary ancestors, to examining what people actually do
across the globe, Professor Fuentes is interested in both the big questions and
the small details of what makes humans and our closest relatives tick. Fuentes
is author of Race, Monogamy and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths About Human Nature
(University of California Press).
March 19, 2014: Mark Aldenderfer: The Bar is Very High:Academic Dossier Evaluation and What to Expect
Mark Aldenderfer, UC Merced will
lead the third installment of AAA's Webinar Wednesday series. Presenting on the topic of academic dossier
evaluation, Mark will address topics that include:
•Crafting tenure dossiers and the importance of
publishing records (including online publishing)
•The realities of what PhDs can expect during the
tenure evaluation process and being prepared
•Department culture and the expectations of
deans, chairs, admins and colleagues
The webinar will be of particular interest to graduate
students, recent PhDs, as well as AAA Section Leadership and volunteers.
Mark S. Aldenderfer is an American
anthropologist and archaeologist. He is the Dean of the School of Social
Sciences, Humanities, and Arts at the University of California, Merced.
He has served as Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Aldenderfer received his Ph.D. from Penn State University in 1977. He is known
in particular for his comparative research into high-altitude adaptation and for
contributions to quantitative methods in archaeology. He has also served as
editor of several journals in anthropology and archaeology.
Missed the webinar? Download and view it by clicking here.Download the webinar's presentation here.
February 19, 2014: Rosemary Joyce
Best Practices: Recruitment and Retention of underrepresented minorities into anthro programs
On February 19, 2014 at 2pm ET, AAA will host a webinar event with Dr Rosemary Joyce on the topic of Best Practices:Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Minorities in Anthropology Programs.The
webinar will be of particular interest to anthropology students,
faculty, department chairs and administrators.The program will cover
topics such as:
•Developing a pipeline—reaching out to minority students through
strategic partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and
Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and professional
•Inclusive admissions processes—moving away from GRE scores to screen
out applicants and looking carefully at GPAs and other indications of
•Mentoring for retention and completion-- clearly defined benchmarks
of progress, and formal required consultation of students and faculty
to communicate progress and benchmarks
Rosemary Joyce, Professor of Anthropology at the University of
California, Berkeley, received the PhD from the University of
Illinois-Urbana in 1985. Currently Associate Dean of the Graduate
Division at Berkeley, she oversees graduate admissions, academic
careers, and professional development that annually produce the largest
number of doctorates granted to students from under-represented
populations. As a member of the anthropological archaeology program at
Berkeley, she was a co-recipient of the Leon Henkin Citation for
Distinguished Service from the Committee on Student Diversity and
Academic Development of Berkeley's Academic Senate in recognition of
the success of the program in increasing diversity. She has been a
mentor of undergraduates in the McNair and Mellon-Mays programs and in
the UC Presidential Postdoctoral program intended to increase diversity
among faculty in academia.