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  • Mark Lewine
    please review the stimulating questions that are being discussed at AAA to help our future anthro employees...new directions...if possible, jot down some ideas
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 2, 2012
      please review the stimulating questions that are being discussed at AAA to help our future anthro employees...new directions...if possible, jot down some ideas and send them as reply to me, mlewine@... Thanks
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Mary Butler
      Sent: Friday, November 02, 2012 6:30 PM
      Subject: Some information on the CoPAPIA Section Summit

      CoPAPIA is pleased that you have agreed to represent yoursection in the 2012 Section Summit. The Summit will be held from 1:45 to 3:30 in Union Square 13 in the SF Hilton. It will be a facilitated discussion exploring the relationship of academic anthropologists and practitioners in order to assess the state of anthropology as a community and identify things we can build on to support practice and make more seamless the role of practice as part of anthropology.

      TheSection Summit aims to bring together academic anthropologists, practitionersand students to generate insights across AAA on the future of practice, toexchange information, share experiences, and provide anthropology students withmentoring and resources to connect to the job market for anthropologists andarchaeologists. Each year the SectionSummit produces observations and recommendations that help form CoPAPIA’sagenda in the coming year. This year we have chosen to focus on the relationships between academic anthropologists and practitioners with a view toward discovering what CoPAPIA and AAA can to to facilitate better communication and cooperation among anthropologists as practicing anthropology moves more into the mainstream of anthropology.

      The current state of the job market for anthropologistsencourages us to embrace the position of practice within anthropology. We need to work together to retainpractitionersin anthropology and in AAA if we are to remain connected to theexpanding roles that anthropologists take in business, health, environment,human rights activism and many other fields that emerge every day. Yet both the AAA/CoPAPIA survey of Masters Graduatesin Anthropology and the COSWA survey of practicing anthropologists demonstratethat large numbers of anthropologists disappear from the discipline and from AAA. For this Section Summit, we ask that you think about the following questions:

      a.. · For academics, what is your relationship withpracticing anthropologists in your community? Have you ever worked with a practitioner?
      b.. · If you are a practitioner, do you have anycontact with anthropology departments in your community? What kind?
      c.. · If you combine practice with an academic career,how does this affect your position in the community of anthropologists?
      d.. · What can anthropologists do to help strengthencollaboration with each other, in their communities and in AAA?

      If you have any comments or other questions around this topic that you would like us to address, please let me know. Also feel free to bring with you anyone who might be interested in participating in this discussion. The Section Summit is open to anyone.

      Thanks. We lookforward to seeing you in SF.


      Mary Odell Butler
      2157 Greenkeepers Court
      Reston, VA 20191
      703 860-6564

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