Re: [SACC-L] FW: [ANTHRO-L] MEDIA & ANTHROPOLOGY CFP
- Jay Gabriel,
I don't know if this is too literal an interpretation of your session or not,
but I'd be interested in learning if this topic would be of interest to you.
In l999 the Society for American Archaeology and several other organizations
sponsored a national opinion poll on what American understand archaeology to
be, how they learn about it, and what kinds of values they put on it. One of
the most conclusive findings was that Americans learn about archaeology from
the mass media--television, newspapers, popular magazines. Educational
settings come in a weak second, and avocational activities barely register
among the public.
This information will not come as a complete surprise to anyone who has been
conscious during the last quarter century, but it behooves the profession to
look more closely at how we communicate with the public, and what it is we
want the public to think of us.
Would a paper on this topic fit in with what you are organizing? If so, I'd
be happy to send you an abstract immediately. I have already given a paper
including some of this material at the Middle Atlantic Archaeological
Conference. I am the vice -chair of SAA's Public Education Committee, which
sponsored the poll, I was the SAA staff eduction manager during the poll
project, and I am also a member of AAA's Anthropology Education Commission.
If this doesn't fit in with your concept of a session, don't hesitate to say
so. But from my point of view, this would be a good venue to reach people
beyond the usual "archaeology educators" and a good opportunity to raise
philosophical questions about what anthropological knowledge is worth--not to
mention suitable for--sharing.
looking forward to hearing from you,
In a message dated 3/29/01 8:39:49 PM, ann.popplestone@... writes:
From: Jay Gabriel [mailto:ethnocentrik@...]
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2001 10:39 AM
Subject: [ANTHRO-L] MEDIA & ANTHROPOLOGY CFP
My apologies for the short notice and possible cross postings, but we want
to get all the proposals we can.
Call for Papers: 100 Years of Anthropology: The Transformation of a
Washington DC, November 28-December 2, 2001
transmitting culture: media, anthropology, electronic feed-back circuits.
The mass media serves as a site for the manufacture of culture and the
transformations of language and image use. The relationship of the mass
and culture has been approached from various fields, from the early
observations of critical theorists to the indigenous media studies carried
in visual anthropology. Yet as digital media and technology becomes more
interactive and instantaneous, the feedback loop narrows. As the producers'
and audiences' sophistication towards media literacy increases, commercial
messages tailored to modify the behavior of a consuming public also
change in response to the dynamic audience. Because of the heightened
immediacy and globalizing processes of late electronic media, resistance
takes the form of attempts to subvert messages. Such resistance begins to
infiltrate the system at varying points. Under this rubric, agency becomes
displaced, misplaced or fore-grounded, opening up avenues for culturally
subversive reclamations and demarcations of space and self. In here lie
of resistance, representation, and transformations of culture. Areas of
investigation could include exploring what culture jamming, media pranks,
hoaxes and other forms of subversion say about the maintenance and
reproduction of culture and social structure.
Please send 250-word abstract by MARCH 28 to Jay Gabriel at
Dept of Anthropology
Gladfelter Hall 238
Philadelphia PA 19122
For further info or questions email Stephanie Takaragawa: