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Friday's Workshops

8:00 AM-10:00 AM

How to Write a Grant Proposal: An Introduction to Grants and Programs at the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the National Science Foundation
Leslie C Aiello, Deborah Winslow and Jeffrey W. Mantz

The Wenner Gren Foundation and the National Science Foundation will provide a brief overview of their grant programs for faculty and graduate students. You will have the chance to find out what both funding agencies are looking for, what makes a proposal successful, and what the most common pitfalls are. We will dispel the myths that surround the funding process, focus on how proposals are processed and evaluated in both agencies, and explain how your proposal can get the attention it deserves.  

9:00 AM-11:00 AM

NAPA : "What's Your Elevator PITCH?"

Sabrina Nichelle Scott and Elizabeth K. Briody

In this interactive workshop, "What's Your Elevator Pitch?” you will learn strategies for engaging people and presenting yourself professionally. The workshop is designed to help you make a compelling case for why a firm, non-profit, government agency, or NGO should place their confidence in you – whether as an employee, contractor, consultant, or student intern. You will create and practice your “elevator pitch,” a brief summary that if done well captures people's imagination and offers them a window into your potential. You will also develop talking points for a longer narrative that can be used when time is less of an issue. The workshop presenters will provide advice and coaching on identifying, building, and communicating your skills effectively with your network as it expands. This workshop would be useful for students interested in non-academic careers, practitioners, and those in career transition.

Society for Humanistic Anthropology  on Utilizing Facebook for Ethnographic Research

Erik A Aasland

FaceBook has become a vital resource for networking, self-representation, and collaboration. It and comparable resources have been found especially important for transnationals living in a host country for an extended period of time (Schrooten 2012). Because of the significant functions that are carried out through this service, it can serve as both resource and source for ethnographic research. This session will focus primarily on the aspect as resource and only secondarily on it being a source. At the outset there will be a brief introduction and a discussion of the relevant literature. A bibliography will be included as a handout. Next, the facilitator will present a case study describing a project in which FaceBook was used as a means of both arranging focus groups and of sharing focus group materials. Then, participants will be asked what they would see as issues with use of FaceBook to do ethnography. In the second half of the workshop, participants will share their project proposals and the group will provide input leading to a list of next steps/ things to consider for each proposal. Before taking part in the workshop, participants are encouraged to consider their own use of FaceBook and comparable on-line services and to bring along a one paragraph description of a possible project.

Teaching Anthropology Online: Best Tools and Practices for Quality E-Learning

Katie A Nelson
Tazin R Karim (Michigan State University)

The aim of this workshop is to demystify the process of teaching anthropology online through concrete examples, pedagogical discussion and practical training. The session is divided into three modules: design, production and instruction. In the design phase, we will guide participants through the process of building a course blueprint. This includes an overview of backwards design and useful guidelines for structuring an online course. In the production phase, we will cover a variety of resources participants can use to produce their course materials. Examples include tools for screen capture and podcasts, as well as a range of digital media archives. In the instruction phase, we will present several models of online teaching and review the best practices for selecting a learning management platform, presenting materials, learner interaction and engagement, and assessment. Participants are encouraged to bring existing syllabi and will leave the workshop with an action plan for implementing their own online course.

10:30 AM-12:30 PM

How to Find an Academic Job
Lynne Goldstein

Focusing on the academic job search, we cover: kinds of academic jobs;process of job application, interviews, negotiations;what works on a CV and in a cover letter; what questions they ask and what you should ask; what to do if you get job offer,and what are options if you do not.

11:15 AM-1:15 PM

Art and  Imagination

Petra Rethmann

This workshop starts from the assumption that art - music, images, literature, and performances - matters in cultural and political practices that Hannah Arendt might call "world-making:" as the ability to create and project alternative forms of politics and life. While (some) anthropologists and social movement activists tend to be wary of claims that artistic practices and art are endowed with the power to affect change, this workshop draws on recent recognitions that art provides an important medium through and by which cultural and political imaginations circulate (e.g. In IRanciere, Amin and Thrift, Jackson). In building on two pieces of writing that will be circulated to participants three weeks prior to the start of the workshop, as well as participants' own research, we will discuss what kinds of social and cultural practices and imaginations art produces, and if and how it contributes to a less-hierarchical vision of life, collaboration, and community-building. Participants are encouraged to bring pieces of art to the table if they like.

NAPA : The Personality of Conflict Resolution:
A Professional Development  Presenting a Different Way to Resolving Conflict

Sabrina Nichelle Scott

Katrina Patterson (KP Clarity LLC) 

Do you ever experience conflict between who you are expected to be and who you really are? How about conflict between who you are and the work you do or conflict with other people? The Personality of Conflict Resolution is a professional development workshop that gives participants the opportunity to explore various personality types in order to: 1) bridge gaps between who they are and the work they do and 2) manage and reduce conflicts with others. This 2-hour workshop can be the beginning of a new way of approaching conflict and can make the difference in experiencing professional and personal peace and success as well as success and peace with others. The intended audience for this workshop consists of students and young- and mid-career professionals, who are considering a transition in their careers. Participants who attend this workshop will: 1) Discover specific personality types, behavioral blends, and associated motivations; 2) Begin to identify their own individual personality types; 3) Gain fundamental insights into the three levels of conflict inherent within each personality; 4) Be able to more clearly identify professional opportunities well suited for specific personalities; and 5) Become equipped with practical tools for managing and reducing conflicts with others. 

Writing Ethnography: Experimenting on Paper, Experimenting Online

Alma Gottlieb

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12:30 PM-2:30 PM

Workshop On Teaching Gender and Sexuality IV: Pedagogy of Rape

Isabelle LeBlanc
Susan Harper (University of North Texas)
Jose L Santos (Metropolitan State University)
Bryce J Peake (University of Oregon)

Public discourses on rape contribute to how we discuss sexual violence in the classroom. This workshop focuses on the role of feminist anthropology professors in delivering new insights on sexual assault. How can we go beyond notions of shame, anger, guilt and blame found in media discourses? How can the feminist classroom develop analyzing tools that provide understanding rather than simply reproducing normative attitudes about rape? What would key aspects and readings of an "Anthropology of Sexual Violence" syllabus look like? How do we explain to students the role of ideologies in constructing their own attitudes regarding rape and victimhood? Why does our culture react to rape and rape discourse in such polemic ways? Why does the rate of rape vary drastically from culture to culture? The workshop approaches debates on rape from a pedagogical perspective. It proposes analysis and evaluation over judgment. Students must confront the reality of representations/misrepresentations and draw their own conclusions. What facts can we provide students that are most relevant? What academic tools can we offer to promote understanding? Inspired by the annual theme, Producing Anthropology, the AFA has decided to propose this workshop on producing knowledge and engaging discussions about ‘rape' as it is conceived in terms of experience and culture. We will aim to identify some good techniques for teaching about sexual violence and discuss sexual assault and harassment on college/university campuses. Participants will take away practical ideas and tools to use in their own teaching environments.

1:30 PM-3:30 PM

NAPA : Working in International Health: Skills for Anthropologists

Laurie Krieger

Presented by a public health anthropologist with 28 years of full-time experience in International Health (IH), the workshop focuses on understanding the field of IH and learning needed skills. By the end of this workshop, participants will: 1. Understand the varieties of IH employment available to B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. anthropologists 2. Be able to employ IH principles and buzz words in tailoring their CVs 3. Understand key processes, knowledge, and use skills needed for IH consulting 4. Understand necessary skills for full- and part-time positions in IH organizations 5. Be able to explain the differences between academic and IH research. Workshop topics include:

  • Goals of IH (with plenary discussion)
  • How to get a job in IH: actual employers and how to reach the right person; what job descriptions look like; presenting oneself to employers
  • Participatory exercise: Tailoring your CV to actual job descriptions
  • Understanding the consulting world and consulting skills
  • Participatory exercise: analyzing a consultant's actual scope of work
  • Skills to succeed in employment within an organization
  • Participatory exercise: translating an anthropological perspective and research for IH practitioners • A list of key employers and their websites will be provided.

Society for Humanistic Anthropology : Poetry for Ethnographers

Renato I Rosaldo

This workshop is to give ethnographers a sense of how poetry can enhance their craft. It also is to encourage ethnographers to develop a practice of writing poetry as an end in itself as well as a means of developing their writing skills more broadly. We will also ask how poetry and ethnography can have similar goals as social description.

The Ethics of Activist Anthropology

Erica Caple James

“Activist,” “public,” and “critically-engaged,” are terms that have come to describe a mode of anthropology that is self-consciously and explicitly drive by ethical concerns. The role of the anthropologist as advocate, partner to the disenfranchised, and social critic is counterpoised to the historical and contemporary roles that ethnographers have taken when embedded in or aligned with colonial, imperial, and military powers. But as Hans A. Baer (2012) has noted recently, the most well-intentioned and morally motivated anthropological engagements often emerge from elite centers of knowledge-production and power. Drawing on the facilitator's work on humanitarianism and human rights in Haiti, Catholic and Islamic charity in the U.S., and most recently on the preservation of endangered African American material culture in the U.S., this workshop will discuss the ethics and dilemmas of activist anthropology at all stages of engagement (from activism/research in “the field” to various genres of dissemination of knowledge in popular and professional venues).

3:45 PM-5:45 PM

Evocative Photography

Jonathan S Marion
Jerome W Crowder (Universtiy Texas Medical Branch (Medical Humanities))

This workshop explores how to create fieldwork-based images, moving and still, that convey feeling as well as content. Beyond simply recording ethnographic facts, images also have the power to evoke feeling, meaning, and understanding, and we will discuss and demonstrate strategies for facilitating, composing, and crafting images that evoke ethnographic understanding. Our aim is to help you think about and create images that are part of narrating--rather than merely annotating--a good ethnographic story. This workshop's facilitators are both successful photographer/anthropologists whose fieldwork ranges from the rural Andes to the urban Ballroom. We use our disparate field-sites and photographic styles to present a variety of approaches for creating evocative images for use in research, publications, and the classroom. Likewise, participants are encouraged to discuss their own fieldwork situations to explore ideas about crafting images that help explicate understanding of an ethnographic situation. Our goal is for everyone to leave this workshop with viable strategies to improve the evocative nature of their ethnographic imagery.

NAPA : How to Create, Manage, and Sustain a Business in Business Anthropology

Sabrina Nichelle Scott

Robert Jay Morais

Business anthropology has gained substantial traction in recent years. Some anthropologists who feel capable applying anthropology in business settings may find it daunting to start and run their own business. This workshop is designed for business anthropologists who have an entrepreneurial spirit but are not versed in small business management. The session will cover building and maintaining a business anthropology enterprise from inception through growth. Topics will include: imagining and planning a business anthropology practice; deciding on areas of focus, e.g., organizational structure and change, marketing research, design, and/or cross-cultural business management; defining the scope of services offered; company positioning, branding, and marketing in the research marketplace; finding, winning, and retaining clients; working with suppliers and support personnel; understanding clients and their businesses; the nuts and bolts of setting up and managing a small professional service business, proposal writing; pricing; business anthropology ethics; and academic and networking resources. The workshop will allow ample time for group discussion throughout and for consultation immediately following the formal session with individuals who desire it.

Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) . Blogging Bliss: Writing Culture in the Blogosphere

Paul Stoller

In this workshop we will dive into the murky spaces of the blogosphere. It is beyond question that the blogosphere has become an important domain of contemporary anthropological expression. There are increasing numbers of anthropologists who have personal blogs, who write for collective blogs like Savage Minds, or who contribute to on-line outfits like The Huffington Post or Psychology Today. This trend begs a set of questions: What are the personal and professional rewards of writing culture in the blogosphere? What are the limitations of this new form of anthropological expression? In this workshop the organizer will present some fundamental principles of anthropological blogging as well as some tricks of the trade. He will then ask participants to write blogs on a topic of current public interest. The group will then discuss the blog drafts, recommend revisions, and then suggest where attendees might publish their writing. Paul Stoller has been writing culture for more than 30 years. During the past three years he has been a regular contributor to The Huffington Post where he writes about politics, culture and education.

Writing Ethnographic Memoir

Ruth Behar

This workshop will focus on the writing of ethnographic memoirs. Participants will gain an understanding of the history of this genre as well as learn about recent examples of anthropologists who have written memoirs about their ethnographic experiences. We will discuss a selection of examples and participants will have a chance to try their hand at writing a brief vignette during the workshop. This workshop will be helpful for those seeking to write ethnographic memoirs, as well as those interested in incorporating ethnographic memoirs into their teaching in order to think more expansively about the history of ethnographic writing.

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