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April 22, 2015

CALL FOR PRESCREENERS — 2015 Society for Visual Anthropology Film & Media Festival

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Dear colleagues,

The Society For Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival (SVAFMF) is looking for pre-screeners to preview this year’s film submissions and provide the festival jury with feedback that we will use to make programing decisions. This is an exciting opportunity for you to have a sneak peak at some of this year’s submissions and to participate in programming for the festival. Being a pre-screener entails watching one or more feature length submissions online (from the comfort of your home or office), and providing us with a descriptive feedback on each film assigned to you (using our standard questionnaire). As a pre-screener you will be thanked by name in our festival program and (if you want) you will also be given the opportunity to chair a film program of your choice. All pre-screener evaluations are due by Friday, MAY 22rd 2015. The criteria to be a pre-screener includes:

– Pre-screeners must be active members of AAA

– Pre-screeners must keep all entries and evaluations confidential

– Pre-screeners must not have an film entry in this year’s festival

– Pre-screeners must commit to viewing and evaluating their assigned films by the May 22rd deadline (or give us an advance notice if they are unable to fulfill their assignments)

To sign up to be a pre-screener for this year’s festival, simply send an email with SUBJECT: “Pre-screener sign up,” and the following information in the BODY of the email: your full name, institutional affiliation, and the number of film you are interested in pre-screening to uberg@rci.rutgers.edu

Please circulate, and please reply ASAP!

Thank you,

Ulla D. Berg
Co-Director,
2015 SVA Film and Media Festival

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April 20, 2015

Call for the 2015 Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival

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Calling All Filmmakers!

The 2015 Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival is coming on 2-6 October 2015, to be held at the Wonderful Theatre in Taipei.

Entry submission deadline: 20 May 2015

TIEFF is organized by the Taiwan Association of Visual Ethnography (TAVE), a non-profit organization dedicated to greater public awareness of documentary and ethnographic films.

The central theme of the biennial’s 8th season, “Scenes of Life,” invites audiences to participate in a multicultural investigation of the human experience as told through diverse life stories.

We’re looking to screen films in the following categories:

A) Central Theme: Scenes of Life
Ethnographic films, produced at any time, which tell unique life stories that reveal our shared human experience.

B) New Vision:
Ethnographic films on any subject, completed between 2013 and 2015.

Please send us entries now, or recommend films that you feel the program shouldn’t miss!

Entry form, regulations, and festival info at
http://www.tieff.sinica.edu.tw

Inquiry – Please contact TIEFF at
tieff@gate.sinica.edu.tw

HU, Tai-Li, Festival President
Lin, Wenlin, Vice President
Tsai, Futuru C.L., Festival Director

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April 20, 2015

Call for Co-Editor of “Visual Anthropology Review”

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The Society for Visual Anthropology invites applications for the co-editorship of its journal, “Visual Anthropology Review” (VAR). One of the current co-editors will finish his service to VAR in December of 2015 and SVA seeks an individual to transition into the position of a new co-editor during the Fall 2015 semester.  The typical period for a co-editorship is three years.
If you are interested in applying for the position, please email a letter of intent and a CV to current co-editors Brent Luvaas (luvaas@drexel.edu<mailto:Luvaas@drexel.edu>) and Mark Westmoreland (mark.westmoreland@ims.su.se <mailto:mark.westmoreland@ims.su.se>). Please also direct any questions about the position to Brent Luvaas and Mark Westmoreland.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning May 1, 2015.

Details about the Position and the Journal

Qualifications of the Co-Editor:

1. A PhD in Anthropology and a background of teaching, research and publishing in fields related to visual anthropology.

2. Proven organizational and editorial skills.

VAR is a biannual academic, peer-reviewed journal that publishes 12-15 articles per year.  The co-editors are assisted by the journal’s film review editor and book review editor, who manage the publication of 15-20 book and film reviews per year.

The Responsibilities of the Co-Editor:

1. Edit the journal under the protocols established by Wiley-Blackwell and the American Anthropological Association.

2. Work with Wiley-Blackwell to maintain the established workflow, to meet the deadlines and copy requirements for two issues per year.

3. Solicit articles and suggest ideas for special issues or articles.

4. Receive articles and manage them through the review process. This involves maintaining records on each submitted article; engaging two reviewers for a “double-blind” peer review for each article; reading the submitted articles and the peer reviews and contacting the authors as to the final decision.

VAR is published by the American Anthropological Association and promotes the discussion of visual studies, broadly conceived. Visual studies include visual aspects of human behavior and the use of visual media in anthropological research, representation, and teaching. We welcome articles, photo-essays, reviews, and commentary on the use of multimedia, still photography, film, video, and non-camera-generated images, as well as on visual ideologies, indigenous media, applied visual anthropology, art, dance, gesture, sign language, human movement, museology, architecture, and material culture.

The journal has produced special issues on topics such as “Ethnographic Filmmaking in China,” “Engaging Visual Anthropology in the Entangled Lives of Species,” “Visual Representations of Aboriginal Australia,” “HIV/AIDS Education and Southern Africa,” and “Visual Latin America.” VAR has an international readership. It publishes work by scholars and artists, academics, and practitioners throughout the world. VAR welcomes work from all subfields of anthropology, as well as multidisciplinary work in the fine arts, and in the sciences and liberal arts.

Brent Luvaas
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Co-Editor of Visual Anthropology Review
Department of Anthropology
Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 571-3660

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March 8, 2015

2015 AAA ANNUAL MEETING: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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The SVA welcomes a variety of individual paper and session proposals for consideration at this year’s Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado (November 18-22, 2015). The theme for the meeting isFamiliar Strange,” which provides a rich context for exploring the innovative and exciting work conducted under the broad rubric of visual anthropology.

For the 2015 Annual Meeting, the SVA programming committee consists of:

Susan Falls (sfalls@scad.edu) & Fiona P. McDonald (fionamcdonald5@yahoo.ca).

 

Susan and Fiona are more than happy to work with you on your paper, poster, or roundtable sessions. We are happy to assist session organizers with the structuring of their proposals. The SVA encourages innovative formats, including poster sessions, extended screening of visual materials, and fostering more dynamic discussion periods. For all submissions, participants must abide by the AAA rules regarding roles, registration, deadlines, and fees. No exceptions.

 

There a many different ways for members to participate in the AAA meetings through the SVA. All submissions are due April 15, 2015 unless otherwise indicated. The online abstract submission system opens for all proposal types on February 18, 2015.

Here are the types of submissions possible:

Panels and Sessions

Executive Panels   (Due Feb 17: the online application system is currently open) 

Section Invited Sessions (Due April 15) 

Volunteered Sessions (Due April 15)

Other

Individually Volunteered Papers &Posters

Retrospective Sessions

Public Policy Forums

Media Submissions

Special Events

Installations

Section Invited & Volunteered Roundtables

Visit here for a description of each submission type:

http://www.aaanet.org/meetings/presenters/ProposalSubmissionTypes.cfm

 

Most popular SVA submissions categories:

Volunteered Papers/Posters/Roundtables/Sessions – Due April 15, 2015

To submit a session, go to AAA website and follow the links to the call for papers. A session abstract of up to 500 words is required. Meeting registration forms and fees must be submitted for each participant. Submission deadline is 5:00 pm EST (10:00 pm GMT) April 15, 2015. Be sure to indicate if you wish the SVA to review your submission.

 

SVA Sponsored Session Proposals – Due April 15, 2015 online

This includes all paper and poster sessions, roundtable proposals, and individual paper/poster submissions. All Invited Session Proposals (paper or poster sessions) must include a session abstract of up to 500 words and information for all participants (including individual abstracts and any technical needs for your session). Submission will be through the AAA website. We highly encourage anyone planning to submit an invited session proposal to contact us ASAP, ideally by March 1, 2015.

Media SubmissionsDue April 15, 2015
SVA continues to welcome interactive media work and also encourages short work that is under 15 minutes.  DVD formats are acceptable. Submitted materials will not be returned.

Installations – Due April 15, 2015 online through the AAA Programming Committee

Installations invite anthropological knowledge off the beaten path of the written conference paper. Presenters may propose performances, recitals, conversations, author-meets-critic roundtables, salon reading workshops, oral history recording sessions and other alternative, creative forms of intellectual expression for consideration. Selected Installations will be curated for off-site exhibition and tied to the official AAA conference program.

 

2015 SVA Film and Media Festival Submissions – Due April 15, 2015

Contact SVA 2015 Directors:

Ulla Berg (uberg@rci.rutgers.edu)

                 Naomi Schiller (NSchiller@brooklyn.cuny.edu)

The SVA Film and Media Festival encourage the submission of short works (under 30 minutes), feature-length ethnographic films, and interactive media. Awards will be given to the best works in a number of categories, including student films and short films. Festival submissions open February 1, 2015. Early-bird discounts for March 15, 2015. The regular submission deadline is April 15, 2015. Late-deadline is May 1, 2015. Please check the SVA Film and Media Festival Without A Box submission page for complete details (including information on where to send your previews).

https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=10082

 

SVA Visual Research Conference SubmissionsDue April 1, 2015 online via the SVA Website: www.societyforvisualanthropology.org

Contacts: Tom Blakely (tdblakely@aol.com and copy to tdb5@psu.edu)

                  Andrea Heckman (andreaheckman@earthlink.net)

                  Jerome Crowder (jecrowde@utmb.edu)

The SVA Visual Research Conference provides a collegial environment for the presentation of works-in-progress. This Conference especially emphasizes much interaction among the presenters and an “actively participating audience”, and anyone interested is welcome to attend. The Visual Research Conference will take place November 16-18 (Monday 7pm no-host dinner; Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-3pm).

Check the SVA website for deadline updates

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February 12, 2015

John Collier Jr. Award

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2015 JOHN COLLIER JR AWARD

The John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography is awarded periodically to an author or photographer whose publication, exhibit, website, or other multimedia production exemplifies the use of still photographs (both historical and contemporary) for research and communication of anthropological knowledge.  The submission must have a strong visual research perspective along with being good documentary photography and be within five years of the original publication date.

The project must be nominated by a current SVA member and include the consent of the person nominated. A letter of nomination from the SVA member and the supporting material (including name, book title or exhibit, website or multimedia production, publisher, author’s mailing address, phone and email) should accompany three copies of the creative work and be sent to the Committee Chairperson, which must be received by the deadline below. Submissions cannot be nominated directly from the publisher. Collections of writings by multiple authors will not be considered nor can previous winners submit another time.” The same work may be submitted a maximum of two times. The SVA board appointed committee of three then reviews the submitted works to decide on its merits. Winners are announced during the SVA/AAA meetings and presented with a John Collier Jr. or Mary Collier print, courtesy of the Collier Family Collection, and a certificate of recognition.

Submissions for 2015 should be mailed to: The Collier Committee c/o Andrea Heckman, Chairperson, P. O. Box 714, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525.

Deadlines for 2015 Submission and Award Notification:

  • March 15: Deadline for receipt of nomination materials and submission to SVA.
  • July 31: Committee decision will be submitted to SVA President and Secretary.
  • August 10: Award information submitted to AAA program committee.
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November 25, 2014

2014 John Collier Jr. Award

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Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Homes 

by Jeanne E. Arnold, Anthony P. Graesch, Enzo Ragazzini, and Elinor Ochs (2012: The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press at UCLA, Los Angeles).

Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Homes

Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Homes

The Collier Award is given for excellence in the use of still photographs for research and communication of anthropological knowledge. The Alfred P. Sloan Center at UCLA conducted a study from 2001-2005 of the material worlds of contemporary middle class Americas through the participation of 32 families, faculty members, and students of archaeology, socio-culture, and linguistics who produced a wealth of visual material data. A multi-disciplinary team created over 20,000 digital photos, mapped floor plans and furniture, filmed video tapes of family interactions, completed questionnaires, and videos of family narrated home tours of their own spaces. Panoramas were constructed with still photos to accurately represent the interior and exterior spaces, which helped to reveal everyday family behavior and interactions. This publication of the study is a straightforward accessible and innovative work that breaks new ground in anthropological communication of American culture by showing us our own habits including possessions as symbols of affiliations displaying our ideas of who we are through sports, art, religion, and travel. Food and how we organize our kitchens; what we do in our leisure, our obsession with electronics, and our “zeal” to personalize our spaces as repositories of memories and identity punctuate the study.  

The images not only supplement the text but also are themselves rich ethnographic data revealing archaeology of today including our 21st century consumerism through which we search for individual identity. These are photos taken by social scientists that gained intimate access to the domestic domain of American life in an attempt to bring anthropology to a broader public through ambitious and innovative methods. The study has amassed a wealth of data on material culture that begs for further analysis but this publication has achieved substantial merit by demonstrating many of the principles of visual anthropology championed by John Collier Jr. and Malcolm Collier, thereby granting it the 2014 Collier Award winner.  

Please visit our awards page for more information about past winners.

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November 1, 2014

SVA Film and Media Festival – Special Events and Screenings

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The SVA Film and Media Festival, with the generous support of the 2014 Executive Program Chairs, is excited to announce three special events and film screenings during this year’s AAA Annual Meetings in DC!

We are really pleased to bring critically acclaimed filmmakers Trinh T. Minh-ha and Joshua Oppenheimer to DC for exclusive screenings and discussions. Additionally, in line with our commitment to help promote ethnographic filmmaking and visual research, we have organized a roundtable discussion on how to distribute and promote ethnographic films.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
11:00-12:45, Marriott Wardman Park (Coolidge Room)
Ethnographic Film Production and Distribution: Current Practices and Possibilities

A Roundtable Discussion featuring Karen Nakamura (Yale), Alice Apley (DER), and Cindy Wong (CUNY), moderated by Harjant Gill (Towson University)

As the number of submissions to the SVA Film and Media Festival steadily increases every year, it is clear that the production of ethnographic film (considered in multiplicity of forms, from short to feature length films, multimedia and online projects) remains an important practice for many anthropologists. The rapid changes in digital media production and distribution possibilities, however, means that ethnographic filmmakers are afforded greater opportunities and challenges in terms of funding, producing, and distributing their works. This special panel will feature filmmakers, practitioners and scholars engaged in various aspects of media production and distribution. Speakers will include media studies scholar Cindy Wong, who has researched and published extensively on film festival networks and distribution; anthropologist and filmmaker Karen Nakamura whose most recent ethnographic monograph was published with two corresponding films on DVD as a part of the book; and Alice Apley, the current executive director of DER Documentary Educational Resources (DER).

4:30-7:30, Marriott Wardman Park (Marriott Ballroom Salon 2)
The Act of Killing (2012) and Ethnographic Film: Screening and Discussion with Director Joshua Oppenheimer

Nominated in the “Best Documentary” category for the 2013 Academy Awards, The Act of Killing (2012) has generated extensive debate across a multiple fields for its troubling subject matter, uncanny approach, and uncomfortable conclusions about memory, filmmaking, as well as the human capacity for empathy. This special event will feature a screening of the film followed by a Q&A session with the director, Joshua Oppenheimer, who will also be participating in a regular meeting session on “Ethnographic Tactics.” Oppenheimer’s film poses unique questions and challenges to anthropologists, including the role and function of fiction in ethnographic and documentary productions (whether textual or visual), approaches to understanding memory and traumatic experience, and the critical distances (or closeness) between engagement and collaboration. The film itself has generated much praise and criticism since its release, particularly regarding reenactment as a mode of reflection and response in documentary film, and this special screening and Q&A will bring some of these debates into consideration within the context of anthropological concerns on the complicated nexus of fiction, reality, and representation. The Q&A session will be facilitated by S. Eben Kirksey.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

12:00-3:00, Marriott Wardman Park (Coolidge)
Feminist Perspectives on Ethnography and Film, 25 Years after Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989): Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha

In honor of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the release of Trinh T. Minh-ha’s critically acclaimed film, Surname Viet Given Name Nam, this special event featuring the director will explore the impact and challenges of her work and feminist perspectives more broadly on ethnographic filmmaking and visual analysis in anthropological research. Structurally and aesthetically, since its release in 1989, Surname Viet Given Name Nam has occupied as central place in reconceptualizations of cultural “otherness,” gendered histories, and the critical possibilities of visual representations of experienced realities. Nevertheless, specifically feminist perspectives remain under-explored in conversations on both ethnographic filmmaking as well as the theoretical challenges of ethnography in a filmic mode. What has ethnographic film learned from the film? What has or has not changed in the past twenty-five years? This discussion with director Trinh T. Minh-ha will focus on both how the lasting influence of the film on concepts of ethnographic film, as well as the ongoing significance of acknowledging, unearthing, and facilitating feminist perspectives through ethnographic filmmaking practices. A screening of the film (108 minutes) will precede the discussion. The session will be facilitated by Jenny Chio.

Photo credit: Still from Surname Viet Given Name Nam, courtesy of Women Make Movies, www.wmm.com.

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October 23, 2014

Digital Image Exhibit at the 2014 AAA in DC

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Digital Image Exhibit at the 2014 AAA in DC

We are pleased to announce the Digital Image Exhibit for the 2014 AAA Media Festival. The Digital Image Exhibit will be run as a looping display at the upcoming meetings in DC, and later hosted on the Society for Visual Anthropology’s website.

Conference participants may submit up to two (and only two) images for consideration in this year’s exhibit. (Note: submissions with more than two images will not be considered.) If you would like to submit your images, please follow the directions below.

Please format your photographs as computer/projection quality 5×7 or 7×5 (@96dpi) JPEG files. Email all images for consideration to digixAAA@gmail.com by November 15th at the very latest. In the body of the email, for each image please supply:

  • A short title
  • The date and location of the image
  • The name of the photographer (i.e. confirm that you are the photographer or that you have use rights for the image)
  • A brief caption (50 words max!) and any pertinent publication information
  • IF the image is related to a presentation at the meeting (please include the day & time)
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October 16, 2014

Urban Photo Fest Masterclass, Summer School Seminar and Urban Walks

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Urban Photo Fest

24-28 October 2014

urbanphotofest.org

The Festival

Urban Photo Fest has evolved through a number of conversations, research initiatives and exhibitions involving a wide range of partners and contributors from the areas of visual arts, film and photography, education, urban research and the social sciences. Originally, the festival started out as a series of annual Urban Encounters symposia held at Tate Britain. Eventually, these symposia developed into a series of well-attended workshops, walks, exhibitions and portfolio reviews. People seemed to be enjoying these conversations, and noticeable, they kept coming back for more.

In addition to the main conference at Tate Britain, we are offering a series of walks on the conference weekend Sunday, where participants will be encouraged to think about and experience movement and flow through a variety of urban spaces. And of course, there are the exhibitions with Habitus (graduates from the International MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London) at the Menier Gallery, Movement (Association of Urban Photographers) at the Silver Print Gallery, and Close to Nowhere (a selection of images from a ten year project focusing on global cities) at the Greenwich Gallery.

Which brings us to this year’s festival theme of Movement, Mobilities and Migrations. These words mean different things to urbanists, photographers and artists; and that is what we want to encourage people to explore throughout the festival events. Hopefully, people will also take this opportunity to experience their own collective and private migrations around London over the five days, to attend the conference, workshop and seminar; go on walks, visit exhibitions and book onto the masterclass. Most importantly, the festival encourages debate about the nature of contemporary photography, and the possibility to network with others interested in this increasingly vital area of visual and urban practice.

Masterclass with Peter Marlow

 

About the photographer

Urban Photo Fest is pleased to announce this year’s masterclass will be presented by international photographer Peter Marlow, former president of Magnum Photos. Peter’s work focuses on apparently incidental scenes that speak of social relations. His images have a compelling poetic quality and address notions of stasis, movement and change.

 

About the Masterclass

Following an initial presentation of his work and discussion of related theoretical and technical issues, participants will introduce their images. The Masterclass will focus on how to build a visual story and participants will be given a working brief based on the themes discussed, and then work on producing a number of images to bring back to the group for feedback and critique.

 

What you will need

In order to participate you will need to submit a short description of the visual story that you intend to develop during the Masterclass along with a portfolio (up to 10 images)

 

Due to the duration of the course participants are advised to produce and edit their work digitally. The images will need to be edited and put into a Power Point format for next day feedback.

 

Date 27 & 28 October

Time 9.30 – 12.30

Venue Goldsmiths, University of London

Cost £175 Reduced fee: £150 (Students, LIP Members, iupss Alumni)

Places 12

Info and booking: b.v.argueta@gold.ac.uk

 

 

http://www.urbanphotofest.org/masterclass

Masterclass | Urban Photo Fest

Urban Photo Fest is pleased to announce this year’s masterclass will be presented by international photographer Peter Marlow

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Summer School Seminar ( Tuesday 28th Oct, 2pm)

This is the 5th anniversary of the international Urban Photography Summer School (iUPSS). On this occasion, and as part of the Urban Photo Fest program, the Summer School Seminar offers the opportunity to iUPSS Alumni to gather together and share their current work. The session will be based on short presentations followed by discussions and comments on each project. If you are interested in sharing your work please submit a short description of your intended presentation to b.v.argueta@gold.ac.uk.
The session is open to all iupss alumni and to the general public.
 

http://www.urbanphotofest.org/workshops

Workshops & Seminars | Urban Photo Fest

Urban Photo Fest is pleased to announce this year’s masterclass will be presented by international photographer Peter Marlow

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http://www.urbanphotofest.org/urban-walks

Urban Walks | Urban Photo Fest

Urban Photo Fest is pleased to announce this year’s masterclass will be presented by international photographer Peter Marlow

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September 9, 2014

EMERGING LEADER IN ANTHROPOLOGY PROGRAM

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STUDENT ANTHROPOLOGISTS,

EMERGING LEADER IN ANTHROPOLOGY PROGRAM

 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS DEADLINE: 20 October, 2014 

 The National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA), a section of the American Anthropological Association, in partnership with the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA), the Anthropology and Environment Society (AES), and the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA), announces the 2014 Emerging Leaders in Anthropology Program (ELAP). We welcome students to submit targeted applications for one of four program spots. Program participants will receive training in AAA and NASA governance, contemporary issues in anthropology on this year’s selected tracks, mentoring from anthropologists engaged in participants’ area of interest, and will have the opportunity to attend a special meeting at the AAA Washington, DC conference in December.

Positions for 2014:

SVA-NASA Emerging Leader, Topics in Visual Anthropology

AES-NASA Emerging Leader, Topics in Anthropology and the Environment

SLACA-NASA Emerging Leader, Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology

NASA Emerging Leader, Topics in Nationalism, Citizenship and Modernity

 I. Program contents 

Scholarship 

— $500 toward expenses for attendance at the AAA conference in Washington, D.C.;

— free membership to the National Association of Student Anthropologists;

— conference fee reimbursement for AAA Washington, D.C.

AAA Washington, D.C. 2014 

— AAA governance training;

— NASA governance participation;

— ELAP Cohort Training Lunch: issues in anthropology, fellowship/scholarship/funding discussion.

Mentoring and professional training paper 

— pairing with a senior anthropologist;

— production of a professional research training paper (PTP);

— students are free to use their PTPs as they see fit, but a special arrangement may be possible with Student Anthropologist, subject to approval by the journal’s editorial board.

II. Eligibility 

i) Any student, ii) regardless of nationality, iii) enrolled at least half-time in a program in anthropology (major, minor, concentration or interdisciplinary area where the focus is anthropology), iv) having completed at least two years of tertiary education at the time of application, and v) able to travel to the AAA meeting in Washington, D.C. in December 2014.

Current officers of the National Association of Student Anthropologists and partnering sections are ineligible to apply. 

III. Professional training paper topics 

Student shall have the opportunity to produce an original piece of research during the program with the assistance of participating mentors on a contemporary topic in anthropology. Students will have several months after the completion of the AAA meeting to work on this paper, and may have an opportunity for publication.

Track 1, Social theory across disciplinary, subfield and national traditions: students in this track are asked to address their professional training paper toward issues related to anthropological practices across spatial, cultural, and topical dimensions. Students should scrutinize the relationship of these dimensions to the historic and contemporary differences and similarities of disparate bodies of theory. How, for example, have positivist paradigms informed some research programs while being rejected in others? Why have certain ‘national’ traditions of anthropology taken the shape that they have?

Track 2, Perspectives on anthropology as discipline, career, and identity: much has been written on the self-situating of the anthropologist, both as this relates to methodological considerations and as a source of anthropological insight. Professional organization and practices in anthropology across the subfields are often linked to identity, as is the choice to pursue a career in anthropology. Students in this track are asked to consider contemporary theory alongside their own experiences on a topic related to anthropology as a discipline, career, and identity.

IV. Application procedure 

To apply, please use our online form. You will need to upload an unofficial transcript, a current resume or CV, and a 500 word statement. You will also need to arrange for a letter of recommendation supporting your application to be emailed independently to students.anthropology@gmail.com.

Application form 

Go to: https://studentanthropologists.wufoo.com/entries/emerging-leaders-in-anthropology-2014/

Personal statement uploaded via the online form 

Applicants will need to write a brief statement of no more than 500 words specifying why you would like to participate in the program, your professional plans after completing your education, your research interests, and a preliminary indication of the concerns within the track you have selected that you intend to address in your professional training paper.

Letter of recommendation 

A letter of recommendation should be sent to students.anthropology@gmail.com with the subject ‘Your Name, ELAP 2014 letter of rec’ (for example: Jane Smith, ELAP 2014 letter of rec).

Basis of selection 

Applicants will be selected for achievement at their respective levels (undergraduate, master, doctoral) based on the following criteria:

— academic performance and intellectual maturity;

— demonstrated leadership;

— commitments and engagements outside of formal education, including community and political activism and professional service;

— demonstrated knowledge of contemporary issues within the track chosen (engaged/activist anthropology or world anthropologies).

V. Questions 

Please send all questions to: students.anthropology@gmail.com.

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