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Thursday's Workshops

Workshop 8138: HOW to Write A Grant Proposal: An Introduction to Grants and Programs At the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the National Science Foundation

Sponsor: Wenner-Gren Foundation & the National Science Foundation

Time/Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM

Workshops Abstract: The Wenner-Gren Foundation and the National Science Foundation will provide brief overviews of their grant giving programs. We will give you the chance to find out what each funding agency is looking, how proposals are processed and evaluated and how your proposal can get the attention it deserves. We will discuss what makes a proposal successful and how to avoid the most common pitfalls. In the process we will endeavor to dispel any myths that surround the funding process.

Organizers:  Leslie C Aiello (Wenner-Gren Foundation) and Jeffrey W. Mantz (National Science Foundation)

Workshop 9842: NAPA Workshop On the Design Process: Design Thinking, Tools, and Methods

Sponsor: National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Time/Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM

Workshops Abstract: What is 'design thinking' and why is it important to anthropologists? Like anthropologists, designers conduct research, collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing data. However, the process, methods, and tools used by designers are unique in many ways. The design process is characterized by the intense use of visualization (i.e., mind-mapping, story boarding, diagramming, white boarding, journey-mapping, and conceptual models) and tools ranging from post-its and sharpies to graphic software programs like the Adobe Creative Suite. The design process is nonlinear and iterative, with designers often engaging in multiple rounds of research, sharing initial insights with 'users' (study participants) and validating solutions through prototype testing. Learning how designers approach research projects can provide fresh insights for anthropologists as well as new tools and methods for data collection, analysis, and synthesis. This workshop will introduce the design process and the RASP model (research, analysis, synthesis, prototyping) used by many designers. We will discuss how to apply design thinking and demonstrate tools and methods that focus on how data can be used to inform and frame concept space, to generate options and solutions, and to design prototypes.

Organizer:  Christine Z Miller (Savannah College of Art and Design)

Workshop 8609: Dissertation Completion Bootcamp

Sponsor: Society for Cultural Anthropology

Time/Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013: 8:00 AM-11:00 AM

Workshops Abstract: This workshop is for students who feel impossibly entangled in the dissertation writing process. We will cover common writing problems and detail some techniques for overcoming these; discuss how dissertations are structured and expectations about what they should include; and work through problems specific to writing up from ethnographic data. The workshop will be tailored to the needs and worries of participants and will provide a range of techniques students can use throughout their writing lives.

Organizer:  Gretchen A Bakke (McGill University)


Workshop 8453: Geospatial Analysis & Cultural Anthropology: An Introduction To Geographic Information Systems (GIS) As a Method and An Application In Anthropological Research

Sponsor: Culture and Agriculture

Time/Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Workshops Abstract: Geospatial analysis is revolutionizing the ways people approach interactions between human beings, other animals, and the environment. The range of groups that regularly employ geographic information systems (GIS) to understand social and environmental issues now include academic institutions, governments, non-government organizations (NGOs), citizen associations, and indigenous activists. Recent advances in GIS offer a suite of new tools and methodological perspectives beyond the purview of traditional anthropological research. Incorporation of GIS into the anthropological toolkit is an important way of actualizing our discipline's applied and theoretical potential. This one-day workshop provides an introduction to GIS as a brilliant information technology for cultural anthropology research. In a relaxed environment, the course will introduce participants to: (1) the structure of spatial data; (2) the acquisition of spatial data; (3) the incorporation of global positioning systems (GPS) and remote sensing (aerial and satellite) imagery; (4) ethical management of spatial data; (5) procedures for attaching attribute values to spatial data; and (6) various spatial analyses appropriate for exploring and answering culturally-informed research. Participants will emerge with the basic skills and software necessary to continue using GIS to conduct their unique spatial analyses. This introductory course utilizes ArcGIS.v.10 software, and provides 60-day licenses for professionals and one-year licenses for students. Participants provide their own PC laptops—or Mac with Windows capabilities—with the software already installed (contact workshop organizers for directions on prior software installation; participants who register on-site at the conference should come an hour early on the day of the workshop to install software).

Organizers:  Andrew Tarter (University of Florida) and Edward Gonzalez-Tennant (Monmouth University)

Workshop 9741: NAPA Workshop On What's Your PITCH? Who's In Your Network?

Sponsor: National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Time/Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013: 10:15 AM-12:15 PM

Workshops Abstract: In this interactive workshop, "What's Your Pitch? Who's in Your Network?" you will learn strategies for engaging people and launching yourself professionally. First, the workshop covers the what, who, when, where, and how of networking. It will help you increase the size of your existing professional network and suggest ways of keeping track of those with whom you interact. Second, the focus of the workshop is designed to help you make a compelling case for why a firm, non-profit, government agency, non-governmental organization, or university department should place their bets on 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 to help you capitalize on network ties and communicate successfully with your expanding network. This workshop would be useful for students, practitioners, academically-based individuals, and those in career transition.

Organizer:  Sabrina Nichelle Scott (Lillian Rosebud)

Workshop 9548: AQA Writing Workshop

Sponsor: Association for Queer Anthropology

Time/Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013: 11:30 AM-2:30 PM

Workshops Abstract: The purpose of this workshop is to support graduate students working in the domain of queer anthropology, broadly defined. The workshop will be led by AQA members with extensive experience in publishing peer-reviewed journal articles and in working as editors of anthropological journals.

Organizer:  Naisargi N Dave (University of Toronto)

Workshop 9649: NAPA-NASA Workshop:  Applying to Graduate School, Faculty and Student Perspectives

Sponsor: National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Time/Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013: 12:30 PM-2:30 PM

Workshops Abstract: This workshop addresses the process of application to graduate programs in anthropology. While the main emphasis will be on the preparation of the application package, other topics to be discussed include selecting the right program, visiting departments, following up with programs, and making an informed decision, among others

Organizers:  Nancy Y Romero-Daza (University of South Florida)

Presenters:  Alexander J Orona (Cambridge University) and Kelli Hayes (University of South Florida)

Workshop 9849: NAPA Workshop On Marketing Oneself As An Anthropologist in a Variety of Interdisciplinary Settings

Sponsor: National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Time/Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Workshops Abstract: This workshop addresses career opportunities in interdisciplinary settings such as government, community-based, corporate, and non anthropology academic departments. Based on the presenter's work experience and non-traditional career trajectory, she will cover how to interview for these positions and ultimately be successful in them. This interactive workshop is two hours long. In this workshop, the presenter will address how to research these opportunities as well as how to interview effectively once they find them. The presenter will then provide participants with strategies for carving one's niche in the position. Lastly, the presenter will discuss how to maintain an active role in the world of anthropology while also working to establish one's identity in another disciplinary realm.

Organizer:  Amy Raquel Paul-Ward (Florida International University)

Workshop 9051: NAPA Workshop On Making a Publishable Field-Site Map

Sponsor: National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Time/Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013: 2:45 PM-4:45 PM

Workshops Abstract: Regardless of one's subject of research, anthropological data are gathered in specific geographic places. When the time comes to publish a manuscript or monograph, or even give a presentation, most anthropologists are without the skills necessary to produce a publishable map, and resort to finding either a more general map from the internet, or requesting permission to use another scholar's map. This two-hour workshop will introduce anthropologists to 1) the basic design principles of map-making; 2) the data sources needed and how to acquire them; and 3) basic software usage. Following this overview, participants will work through a module to become familiar with the software and design process. Participants will then use these basic skills and the data they bring to the workshop to begin producing a map of their field-site. Participants will need to bring their own laptop computers, and download both freely available software and data sets prior to the workshop. Download instructions and suggestions for obtaining data will be provided ahead of the workshop to registered participants. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to use these introductory skills and software knowledge to gather additional data to enrich their field-site maps, and understand the principles and techniques necessary to produce a publishable field-site map.

Organizer:  David D Meek (University of Georgia) 


Workshop 9185: Society for Humanistic Anthropology Writing Group

Sponsor: Society for Humanistic Anthropology

Time/Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM

Workshops Abstract: The Society for Humanistic Anthropology Writers Group is a workshop for all who are engaged in creative writing in anthropology. Participants are encouraged to bring and share a single poem or a page of prose.

Organizers:  James M Taggart (Franklin and Marshall College)

Presenters:  Renato I Rosaldo (New York University) and Melisa (Misha) S Cahnmann-Taylor (University of Georgia)

Workshop 9751: NAPA Workshop On Making A Difference: Planning for Your Anthropological Engagement At Various Career Stages

Sponsor: National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Time/Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM

Workshops Abstract: This workshop helps students, mid-career, retiring anthropologists and others consider turning points and transitions in their careers. A planning process will help you articulate a strategy for anthropologically addressing issues that you feel passionate about. We will discuss how you can use your anthropological background and skill-set to form an action plan to bring about social change on issues that are important to you. The workshop leader, an author of an anthropological career development book, will frame these topics for you and guide you in starting the planning process. Next you will do some individual planning and writing. You will begin to assess why you have chosen specific issues, the role working on these issues currently has in your life and to what extent you are satisfied with your engagement. Then you can consider how you would potentially like that level of commitment to change over time, what next steps are, and how you will use your anthropological training and experience in future involvement. We will share these reflections and responses together. You will also receive feedback about how to go forward in further planning for your anthropological engagement and achieving your goals. The workshop is two hours long.

Organizer:  Sherylyn H Briller (Wayne State University)

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