Beginning in the Fall, the AAA webinar series will be twice a month, one webinar focusing on professional development strategies, the other focusing on more topical subjects.
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.
The event is complimentary, and you can register here. When it's time to join in, the attendee password will be "anthro" and be sure to add the event to your calendar to stay up to date:
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.
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September 17, 2014: Ken C Erickson
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.
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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.