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Workshop 8763: Crafting Narrative Ethnography

Sponsor: Society for Humanistic Anthropology

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM

Workshops Abstract: This active workshop will provide advice and practice in converting key experiences from the field into compelling ethnographic narratives. We will go over narrative techniques and focus on meaningful moments that evocatively convey larger cultural stories.

Organizer:  Julia L Offen (Independent Researcher)

Workshop 9893: That Almost Finished Journal Article

Sponsor: Society for Medical Anthropology

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 8:00 AM-11:00 AM

Workshops Abstract: Are you sitting on the third or fifth draft of a paper you haven't quite gotten around to submitting? Are you stuck trying to turn a conference presentation into a journal article? Are you avoiding revising a paper previously rejected for publication? Designed for junior professors and advanced graduate students, this hands-on workshop provides the guidelines and feedback you need to finish and submit that article for peer review. The workshop facilitator will lead you through analyzing parts of your own and other participants' papers, checking that you have: hooked readers at the beginning, provided signposts and transitions guiding readers through the argument, linked data logically to analysis, generated a solid conclusion, provided an accurate abstract, and taken other steps to increase the likelihood that your paper will be accepted for publication. Bring 4 double-spaced print copies of a draft of a paper you plan to submit to a journal. The first page should include your abstract, total word count, name of the journal planned for submission, and maximum words permitted by that journal. 20 maximum participants. Anthropologists in any subfield welcome, but 10 slots reserved for Medical Anthropologists. Before registering, contact the workshop facilitator at jaidasamudra@gmail.com. Dr. Jaida Kim Samudra is a medical anthropologist with over fifteen years experience editing journal articles, dissertations, and scholarly books in the social sciences. She also facilitates writing groups and workshops. She is currently Managing Editor for Asian Perspectives: The Journal of Archaeology for Asia and the Pacific.

Organizer:  Jaida K Samudra (Independent Researcher)

Workshop 9698: NAPA Workshop On Heritage Tourism: Theory and Praxis

Sponsor: National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM

Workshops Abstract: This workshop is for graduate students and faculty working on issues of tourism and/or heritage. Participants maybe either initiating research or doing post-fieldwork analysis. The workshop provides a critical understanding of the history of heritage tourism, theoretical framings, and methodological approaches. There is a workshop course "book" with bibliographies, syllabus, handouts, and interactive exercises. Participants have the opportunity to discuss their own projects and raise questions about the application of ideas and strategies developed in the workshop. The goal is for participants to be able to take these tools and apply them directly to their own ongoing research by developing new kinds of research questions and modes of study that correspond to the assessment of this interdisciplinary field presented in this workshop.

Organizers:  Quetzil E Castaneda (OSEA Open School Ethn Anth) and James Tim M Wallace (NC State University)

Workshop 8180: Text Analysis: Systematic Methods for Analyzing Qualitative Data

Sponsor: Society for Anthropological Sciences

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Workshops Abstract: This one-day course provides an introduction to systematic methods for analyzing qualitative data. Topics covered include: techniques for identifying themes, tips for developing and using codebooks, and suggestions on how to produce qualitative descriptions, make systematic comparisons, and build and formally test models. The course is not a software workshop, but we will introduce participants to software packages that can facilitate the systematic analysis of qualitative data.

Organizers: H. Russell Bernard (University of Florida)

Presenters: Amber Wutich (Arizona State University, School of Human Evolution and Social Change) and Sarah M Szurek (University of Florida)

Workshop 10424: How To Find An Academic Job

Sponsor: American Anthropological Association

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 10:15 AM-12:15 PM

Workshops Abstract: 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.

Organizers:  Lynne Goldstein (Michigan State University)

Presenters:  Lynne Goldstein (Michigan State University)

Workshop 9552: NAPA Workshop On Stress Management and Building Self-Esteem for Students and Beginning Professionals

Sponsor: National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 10:15 AM-12:15 PM

Workshops Abstract: This workshop will help students and beginning professionals learn how to develop and practice stress management and self-esteem-building skills, which are essential for career development whether one is an academic or practicing anthropologist. The presenter will set the stage by sharing real-life examples that underscore the importance of self-knowledge and maintaining balance in one's personal and professional lives. The balance of the workshop will involve small-group work and collective sharing of insights. Dr. Teresita Majewski, RPA, FSA, vice president and chief operating officer of Statistical Research, Inc., will lead the workshop. Her experience has spanned more than 25 years in academic and practicing settings, and she has balanced her anthropological career with civic and professional service and a full personal life, often by employing creative and sometimes unconventional (by anthropological standards) strategies. But even the paths of the most-successful professionals are not smooth. The goal of the workshop is to introduce participants to the tools necessary to make the transition from "unsure/"insecure" undergraduate/graduate student to "confident professional," while weathering the inevitable challenges and setbacks by understanding and managing external and internal stresses.

Organizer:  Teresita Majewski (Statistical Research, Inc.)

Workshop 8608: Preparing For a Happy, Fulfilling, Non-Exploited Career In The New Economy

Sponsor: Society for Cultural Anthropology

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

Workshops Abstract: It is hard for current and recent PhDs to figure out how to steer themselves toward an enjoyable and well remunerated life. The workshop is designed to both recalibrate what counts as success (and failure) given the current job market and to help attendees make wise decisions about employment options. The workshop will be tailored to the specific needs of participants and will focus on conjoining intellectual fulfillment with job security and a living wage!

Organizer:  Gretchen A Bakke (McGill University)

Workshop 9757: Research Methods, New Media, and Politically Volatile Issues

Sponsor: Middle East Section

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 11:30 AM-2:30 PM

Workshops Abstract: This workshop addresses conducting research with new data sources and with subjects and in situations of political sensitivity. The particular focus will be on the Middle East and a conversation with people newly returned from the field and those conducting research in innovative ways and with new sources.

Organizers:  Rochelle A Davis (Georgetown University) and Amahl A Bishara (Tufts University)

Workshop 9109: Roundtable Discussion of "Urban Arts in Europe: New Publics and Politics" and Luncheon With Mark Ingram

Sponsor: Society for the Anthropology of Europe

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 12:15 PM-2:15 PM

Workshops Abstract: With its focus on "future publics", the theme of this year's meeting is of special interest to scholars studying the transformative potential of urban arts projects. Through performance and display, including digital and other media, artists often provide a singularly valuable medium for expressing what is suppressed or unacknowledged in other media. In addition to the content they communicate, artists also cultivate social networks that connect people in new ways, sometimes across longstanding social divides. In both these respects, artists may be said to contribute to cultivating new publics, with "public" understood broadly here as the group of people engaged by their work and sharing a common interest or purpose associated with it. Cities are an especially important forum (perhaps increasingly so) for such projects, given that this is where future-oriented social ideals are confronted by historically created inequalities inscribed in urban space. Drawing on comparison of the past or potential research subjects of participants, this roundtable will discuss ways of understanding the transformative potential of urban arts projects in contemporary Europe. How are artists engaging with the new priorities of cultural policy (including the E.U.'s European Capital of Culture)? In what ways are aesthetic and formal aspects of their art important to understanding its political dimension? How are artists uniquely (or at least, especially) capable of effecting significant social change? Or to put it another way, to what extent does the study of artists help us understand new aspects of social and political change in Europe today?

Organizers:  Krista Harper (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Presenters:  Mark S Ingram (Goucher College)

Workshop 9130: Roundtable Discussion of  "The Audacity of Audit Culture: Future European Publics" and Luncheon With Patty Gray

Sponsor: Society for the Anthropology of Europe

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 12:15 PM-2:15 PM

Workshops Abstract: The economic crisis in Europe has, for many years running now, been addressed by austerity, and debate rages as to whether this is solving fiscal problems or worsening them. Meanwhile, austerity has been used as the thin edge of the wedge to widen the culture of audit in which seemingly no area of social life is allowed to remain informal and all social relations are regulated, bureaucratized and professionalized. Marilyn Strathern opened a space with her book Audit Cultures to critically examine what is "almost impossible to criticize in principle" (Strathern 2000:3); that impossibility has now been enhanced by a fiscal imperative: to resist and critique austerity-driven audit is to undermine economic recovery. The aim of this roundtable is to consider how anthropology can unpack the ways that austerity-driven audit culture in Europe is redefining the nature of human sociality, and even the boundaries of the human. Academics may chafe at being caught in the gaze of a panopticon, but how does this audit culture shape the futures of students caught in its grasp? How does it alter the motivations and outcomes of charitable acts when even the smallest and most informal charity organizations are forced to professionalize and self-audit? What future is there for philosophical engagement with ethical dilemmas when bureaucratic regulation spells out the ethical parameters of all inter-human encounters? This roundtable asks whether anthropology can expose and document the everyday, seemingly mundane but ultimately life-altering practices of austerity-driven audit culture in Europe.

Organizers:  Krista Harper (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Presenters:  Patty A Gray (National University of Ireland Maynooth)

Workshop 9134: Roundtable Discussion On "Europeanists' Future and Undergraduate Engagements in Study Abroad" and Luncheon With Jonathan Larson

Sponsor: Society for the Anthropology of Europe

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 12:15 PM-2:15 PM

Workshops Abstract: This roundtable aims to flesh out strategies for Europeanist anthropologists to increase the visibility of anthropology on their campuses by increasing the ways that their courses tie in to students' plans for studying abroad. With this topic I hope to bring together Europeanists in academic positions who would like to share ideas for how to expand the number of Europeanist anthropologists in academic departments by capitalizing better on a primary source of undergraduates' international engagements: Europe. I propose that thinking in this way about how to generate more academic jobs for Europeanists is important to the field and to future membership of the SAE. It may also increase the prominence of anthropology in public knowledge about Europe by putting it more deliberately in conversation with undergraduate experiences. The presenter serves as Assistant Director of Off-Campus Study at Grinnell College.

Organizers:  Krista Harper (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Presenters:  Jonathan L Larson (University of Iowa)

Workshop 9135: Roundtable Discussion On "The Politics of Austerity: Populism, Protest, and the Contested Futures of Debt in the Eurozone" and Luncheon With Tracey Heatherington

Sponsor: Society for the Anthropology of Europe

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 12:15 PM-2:15 PM

Workshops Abstract: The ongoing European sovereign debt crisis presents ethnographers with examples of uneven development as well as new manifestations of populism and protest. A decade after the introduction of the Euro, the EU registered concerns over the growing national budget deficits in several member states. Structural adjustment has now been imposed throughout the member states dubbed "PIGS" (Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Spain; and sometimes Italy) by the media. Citizens face declining public investments and social supports, declining provision of education and health care, high unemployment and taxes and other economic stresses. They respond with informal coping mechanisms, union actions, political protests and participation in new parties and social movements. These build on existing networks on the right and left, from antiglobalization protests to regional identity movements, yet all contest the cruel social impacts of austerity. Some analysts suggest that economic crisis has exacerbated a new wave of right-wing, anti-immigrant nationalisms, such as that embodied by the Golden Dawn party in Greece. Others see economic turmoil inherent in the "anti-politics" of populist mobilisations such as comedian Beppe Grillo's movement in Italy. Post-socialist states are affected by European recession, even as they struggle with austerities imposed along with market-based democracy. As citizens reassess the relative merits of capitalist and socialist economic systems, social networking platforms enliven anti-austerity demonstrations. What alternative visions of economic and human security exist in Europe and its margins today? What does anthropological perspective contribute? This roundtable invites participants to debate current events and the prospects for engaged scholarship and practice.

Organizers:  Krista Harper (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Presenters:  Tracey Heatherington (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee)

Workshop 9139: Roundtable Discussion On "Health, Care, and Ethics: Views From the East and West" and Luncheon With Erin Koch

Sponsor: Society for the Anthropology of Europe

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 12:15 PM-2:15 PM

Workshops Abstract: This roundtable focuses on the ethics of health and care in contemporary Europe. Bringing together anthropologists who work in Western and Eastern Europe, participants will discuss how ongoing cultural, political, and economic transformations shape experiences of illness, therapeutics, and expertise within social institutions and in people's daily lives. We will consider how and why the distinctions "Western" and "Eastern" matter-and for whom-in local, national, and international contexts, including policies and interventions of global public health in Europe. We will also reflect on benefits and challenges of conducting ethnographic research on these topics, and ethical dilemmas that emerge in the context of ethnographic research and writing on them. The roundtable chair will introduce questions about regimes of health management and treatment; relationships between health, illness and citizenship; and structural and embodied aspects of affliction and debility. Participants will be encouraged to contribute locally specific ethnographic knowledge to generate comparative insights about well-being across Europe today.

Organizers:  Krista Harper (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Presenters:  Erin Koch (University of Kentucky)

Workshop 9152: SAE Roundtable Discussion of " Food Activism in Europe: Changing Paradigms, Changing Practices" and Luncheon With Valeria Siniscalchi

Sponsor: Society for the Anthropology of Europe

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 12:15 PM-2:15 PM

Workshops Abstract: Food activism implies acts and discourses that aim to change the food system or to speak out against it in whole or in part. Food-related mobilizations and protests include a wide range of actions, from individual acts by consumers or producers to organized social movements. The global flows of food and protests allow us to conceptualize and analyze food activism as a set of practices and philosophies in diverse spaces and places. Starting from this large and inclusive definition, this round table aims to inspire discussion on forms, ideas and practices of food activism that we can observe in Europe. What are the boundaries of food activism and how can we study it ? Who are the food activists and what are their practices and their beliefs ? What positions do activists defend and what political strategies do they employ inside Europe, with or against institutions ? And finally what kinds of economy do they imagine or practice ? Discussing food activism allows us to understand not only the changes that occur over time in the forms of mobilization and their aims, but also links and connections between different food activisms. And it allows us to reflect also about our paradigms and our practices of research.

Organizers:  Krista Harper (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Presenters:  Valeria Siniscalchi (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)

Workshop 9926: Roundtable Discussion Of "Performative Approaches To European Cultures" and Luncheon With Carol Silverman

Sponsor: Society for the Anthropology of Europe

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 12:15 PM-2:15 PM

Workshops Abstract: This roundtable engages performative approaches to European cultures, embracing a wide palette of genres: visual arts, material culture, music, drama, festival, and oral and written narration and discourse. We will also examine digital performances on YouTube and social media with regard to question of audience/performer and aesthetic/political affect and effect. We will address how European states, local political organizations, minorities, immigrants, and other groups craft dramatic displays; we will also explore how resistance to or selective collaboration with state power may erupt into performance. Underlying our conversation are debates about what constitutes public, private and "counterpublic" spheres (Warner 2005) in relation to expressive culture. We will theorize both production and consumption, and share insights into state funding for and the marketing of the arts. Other possible topics include UNESCO debates about cultural and national heritage ("masterpieces" and "lists" of intangible cultural heritage); cultural policy; tourism; performances of citizenship; (failed?) multiculturalism and the arts; and migration/mobility and performance. I will share my research on the globalization of Gypsy music in Europe. Finally we will brainstorm on how to craft methods to do this kind of research.

Organizers:  Krista Harper (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Presenters:  Carol Silverman (Univ of OR)

Workshop 9313: NAPA Workshop On Preparing Undergraduates To Practice Anthropology

Sponsor: National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Workshops Abstract: Preparing undergraduates to use anthropology after graduation requires pedagogy aimed at building the skills most sought after by employers, and helping students to communicate their skills effectively. This workshop will connect desired outcomes for students to classroom exercises and techniques. Attention will be given to ways of intentionally building skills from introductory courses to senior seminars. These techniques can be used in courses on applied anthropology, but can also be integrated into anthropology courses without an applied focus. The workshop will be designed with input from current practicing anthropologists from both the academy and outside, and advice from employers of anthropology undergraduates.

Organizer:  Anne Goldberg (Hendrix College)

Workshop 9049: Constructing Spatial Ethnographic Research Design

Sponsor: Society for the Anthropology of Religion

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Workshops Abstract: Well-formulated research questions are the cornerstone of rigorous research design. While most research questions can have either aspatial or spatial formulations, constructing them within a spatial context provides possibility for insights to arise concerning the mediating influence of geographic and temporal contexts, which are frequently important variables. This two-hour workshop challenges participants to think about their research topic or field-site, and identify geographically interesting or significant aspects of it. For example, how can the question "How have religious rituals changed over time" be expanded to explore "How have religious rituals changed along with the geographic movements of people." During this two-hour workshop, participants will gain an introductory understanding of 1) what are the primary characteristics of spatially-informed research questions; 2) what are the main methodological approaches for gathering spatially-explicit ethnographic data; 3) how can already collected data be made spatial; and 4) how to begin analyzing spatial data. Following this overview, an open discussion will allow participants to work on spatializing their research questions and overall design. By turning interesting observations into spatially-informed questions, scholars will leave the workshop with the theoretical and methodological tools needed to spatially enrich their data collection, analyses, and ultimately, conclusions.

Organizer:  David D Meek (University of Georgia)

Workshop 8697: NAPA Workshop On Data Sanitization:  Rituals and Responsibilities

Sponsor: National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 2:45 PM-4:45 PM

Workshops Abstract: This one-day workshop will provide an introduction to Data Sanitization - the process of cleaning confidential information from various types of data sets and digital files. Using basic procedures accessible to computer users at all levels of skill, the course will introduce participants to: (1) the risks that unsanitized data can cause to informants and research subjects; (2) the types of private information that can be gleaned from unsanitized data files; (3) basic methods for stripping metadata from digital files; (4) basic methods for masking and substituting sensitive spreadsheet data in Excel; (5) and general best-practices for data security.

Organizer:  Isaac J Morrison (Sentimentec)

Workshop 8927: Student Publishing Workshop

Sponsor: National Association of Student Anthropologists

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Workshops Abstract: This workshop is to teach students about opportunities and upcoming changes in the publishing world. It will be led by authors, editors and publishers in the academic and possibly mainstream publishing who work with materials related to anthropology, or are anthropologists themselves. Emphasis will be on how to convert your anthropological work into materials for publication. This event will answer questions such as: How to work with an editor! Do you need an Agent? What makes a book different from a dissertation? What happens when your manuscript gets accepted? How does your manuscript turn into a book? What does the Publisher do for you? What is a subvention and do you need one? What happens after your book gets published?

Organizers:  Valerie V Feria-Isacks (Foothill College)

Presenters:  Melissa L. Caldwell (University of California Santa Cruz) and Valerie V Feria-Isacks (Foothill College)

Workshop 9952: NAPA Workshop On Program Logic Models: A Tool For Evaluators and Project Planners

Sponsor: National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM

Workshops Abstract: Program logic models are a frequently used tool in evaluation, and are often required by funders in submitted grant proposals. This workshop is for practicing anthropologists who are new to this tool or somewhat familiar with it, and will include alternate formats for logic models and use with community groups. Appropriate forms of logic models can be used for framing discussions as part of ongoing participatory process evaluation, as part of an "empowerment evaluation" approach, as well as specifying targeted outcomes and supporting more realistic estimates of when these can be expected. The relationship of logic models to program theory and theory of change approaches to evaluation will be discussed. Participants who may be involved with projects where logic models are being developed are encouraged to come with questions to share or materials for feedback. Handouts and references will be provided. This workshop is sponsored by the Evaluation Anthropology Interest Group of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology.

Organizer:  Eve C Pinsker (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Workshop 9581: FINDING EUROPE IN CHICAGO

Sponsor: Society for the Anthropology of Europe

Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM

Workshops Abstract: Tour European ethnic neighborhoods and groceries in Chicago by van and on foot with local guide Evelyn Thompson, food and culture expert. You will be met at the Chicago Hilton (meet at valet stand) and travel to Lincoln Square to visit German, Polish, Bosnian, and Georgian groceries. Fee: $35

Organizers:  Katherine C Donahue (Plymouth State University) and Roland S Moore (Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation)

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