Sent: Thursday, March 09, 2006 10:50 PM
Subject: NAPA E-Newsletter: March 2006
Dear Glenn Brown,
March 8, 2006
Greetings from a wet and windy Chicago. After this rather unseasonable
winter (warm, cold, warm, cold, etc.), it seems as if March is doing its
"lion" thing. Only time will tell if the lamb will follow. In the meantime,
our jonquils are already 3-4 inches tall - and yet we're sure to get at
least one or two more snowfalls. Such is the fate of spring flowers in
There is no particular "theme" to this newsletter, but I do have a number of
reminders and announcements to pass on. So here goes...
Although there have not been any great, earth-shaking events going on for
NAPA, it seems like this has been a very busy winter. Now, with the SfAA
meetings looming, and the deadline for AAA abstract submissions just a few
weeks away, I guess spring is really just around the corner. So here is a
reminder: if you plan to submit an abstract for a symposium or a paper for
AAA 2006, the deadline is March 31st this year - since April 1 falls on a
Saturday. And - that is when many of us will be at SfAA in Vancouver - so
plan ahead! If you are still thinking about a NAPA-sponsored invited
session, you must contact Eve Pinsker, NAPA Program Chair, right away. Her
email is epinsker@...
If you are thinking about a workshop, or already have one you want to
present, contact Leni Bohren, our workshop coordinator. Her email is
. NAPA has had great success with our workshops and
we are always looking for new topics.
While we're thinking about SfAA - I want to remind you all that the NAPA
spring board meeting will be on Friday afternoon, March 31, from 1:30 to
5:00 or so, in the King George Room. All NAPA members are welcome to attend
(and contribute). Immediately following the board meeting, we will be
hosting our annual bash. The party is from 5:30 to about 7:30, and will be
held in the Oxford Room. Please plan on attending and bring along a
prospective new member. Students are especially welcome.
And while I'm on the topic of reminders: we are still looking for NAPA
members to join our various new committees. Positions are available on the
Membership Committee, the Nominations Committee, the Publications Policy
Committee, and the Organizational Relations Task Force. Please let me know
if you are interested in volunteering for any of these committees. I want to
thank those members that have already responded - you will be contacted
soon. Things are just taking a little longer than expected. The same is true
for the membership survey I promised you back in January. But, it is coming.
Lisa Kingston is the NAPA website content editor. Working with Eliot Lee,
our NAPA webmaster, she has been doing a terrific job of keeping our web
site up to date with news stories, job listings, and other timely
information. In order to streamline the process, if you have an
announcement, news item, or job listing to post on the website, please send
it directly to Lisa. Her email address is:
. Also, remember that you can
access and update your own information by logging in to the website. You do
not need to do that through the webmaster or Lisa.
Here's another reminder. I must have ten strings tied on my fingers tonight.
However, I recently referred a NAPA member to ANTHAP, and found out that she
was not familiar with this listserv. Although it is not very active right
now, ANTHAP is alive and could be better - but that depends upon users
taking advantage of this great resource. ANTHAP is a listserv for
applied/practicing anthropologists, and is open to all NAPA and SfAA
members. We used to have some pretty lively discussions - and could again,
but it only works if we use it. The address is anthap@...
We are still looking for NAPA members who would like to get more involved
and serve on some of the new (and established) NAPA committees. These
include: Communications Committee, Mentor Program Committee, Membership
Committee, Ethics Training Program Committee, Employment Program Work Group,
Organizational Relations Committee, Publications Committee, and Nominations
Committee. In some cases we especially need people with specialized skills,
(i.e., marketing for the publications committee) but we need everyone's help
overall. Please let me know if you can participate. I also want to thank
those of you who have already stepped forward. We are getting organized and
will be implementing actions very soon, so stay tuned.
Following is a request for submissions that I received from Stacy Lathrop at
AAA. Please respond directly to her (email appears below). This is a great
opportunity for NAPA members to get their message out about the
contributions of practicing/applied anthropologists and what we do.
Seeing Humans, Society and Culture in Globalization
Corporations, firms, NGOs, non-profits, governments, universities,
policymakers and a host of other entities comprised of humans interact daily
in global networks. They are underpinned, for the most part, by a neoliberal
framework constructed in assumptions about rational choices. Many
anthropologists study these networks, frameworks and assumptions, grounding
them within particular sociocultural contexts. Anthropology, however, has
yet to engage in an exploration of its own assumptions, findings and
responses to "globalization" in an attempt to integrate our anthropological
understanding of these processes, to evaluate the questions that frame
research and advocacy and the methods used in carrying these out, and to
communicate our contributions in this area of research to our discipline,
policymakers and the public.
Anthropology News thus invites readers to contribute short commentaries of
1,000-1,200 words or research reports of 600-800 words that address the
following questions and issues.
How do anthropologists understand globalization? How do anthropologists
study these processes? What are the methodological challenges in studying
globalization? How should anthropologists now direct their research on
What does anthropology contribute to studies on globalization that other
fields of study, such as economics, political science and sociology, could
miss? What are the possibilities for multi-disciplinary collaborations?
How do and should anthropologists understand globalization historically? How
can biological anthropologists and archaeologists contribute to place
globalization in historical context? What new forms of consumption and
global capitalism are currently emerging?
What entities (for example, World Bank, IMF, WTO) play a key role in
directing and regulating globalization today? What entities (for example,
NGOs, transnational networks and UN policies) have emerged in response? What
role(s) do anthropologists play within and in relation to these entities-as
employees, consultants, ethnographers, activists?
How do neoliberal policies impact humans? Is resistance positive in terms of
locals' relations to neoliberal globalization? What case stories exist of
such resistance? How else do humans relate to neoliberal policies, both
successfully and unsuccessfully?
What systems of local, national, regional and international regulations of
global markets and trade have existed and are emerging? What are the best
ways of understanding the efficacy of these systems anthropologically?
What are the new languages of protest and globalization activism? What role
do new technologies and media play in these protests? What role should
anthropologists have in these movements as scholars and citizens? And how
should or should not anthropological research inform advocacy?
What new categories of identity have emerged as a result of neoliberal
policies? How are these identities embodied, contested and related to other
identities? What new rights and ideas of social justice have emerged in
response to these new identities?
What role do new technologies play in new forms of global labor (for
instance, outsourcing, reconfiguring production practices)?
How have globalization studies de-stabilized ideas about
"modernity/traditional" in development studies? Are new binaries of "global
forces" and "local places" or "local authenticity" and "global domination"
useful? What about new studies on "cosmopolitanism"?
How do other domains of human existence (such as ethics, politics,
academics, family, journalism, art, environment, health) become reconfigured
through metaphors grounded in neoliberal frameworks? What are the
consequences of such borrowings? What role do institutions play in these
Anthropology News invites the submission of ideas, brief articles (400-800
words) and lengthier commentaries (1,000-1,400 words) on this topic and
these questions. Using examples from their own research and disciplines,
contributors are requested to submit their thoughts as an email attachment
to Stacy Lathrop, AN Managing Editor, slathrop@...
Finally, I want to remind you all that this e-newsletter is a great way to
disseminate information to NAPA members. Just send me your announcement or
information, and I will be sure to include it the next e-newsletter.
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