2011 NAPA sponsored workshops

The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) has announced their 2011 Sponsored workshops. The workshops fall into a number of categories:

  • Foundational Skills for Practicing Anthropologists
  • New Methods and Theory
  • Career Planning Skills
  • Communication Outside of Anthropology
  • Technology Skills

Go to www.aaanet.org for full workshop descriptions and to register early for NAPA-sponsored workshops!

Council on Anthropology and Reproduction announces web overhaul

The Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR), a subgroup of the Society for Medical Anthropology and the American Anthropological Association, recently completed a website overhaul! Visit the new website here.

CAR’s mission is to build strong and active networks among practitioners, researchers, teachers, trainers, activists, policy makers, scholars and others interested in the anthropology of reproduction in its many permutations. CAR has members in countries across the globe and in professions at the center of and well beyond anthropology.

CAR’s Advocacy Committee encourages anthropologists to join with activists and to offer our skills, services, and research results to allies who work to improve reproductive health and rights around the world. CAR members speak many languages and are from and/or have worked in dozens of countries, including the United States. Our collective expertise covers issues such as mothering, childbearing, infertility, midwifery, contraception, abortion, adoption, new reproductive technologies, and the local effects of global policies.

Among other updates, they have added great new imagery to their site making it more engaging to a wider audience, added a New Publications page and expanded their Links page to include links to the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative, Raising Women’s Voices, and DONA International among many others.

Interested in becoming a member? See the Membership page for more information on how to join. Students and professionals, both within and outside of academia, are welcome!

Call for papers

Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Science, published by Berghahn, is currently inviting submissions for Volume 5 (2012) and Volume 6 (2013).

Aims and scope
This peer-reviewed journal uses the social sciences to reflect critically on learning and teaching in the changing context of higher education.

The journal invites students and staff to explore their education practices in the light of changes in their institutions, national higher education policies, the strategies of international agencies and developments associated with the so-called international knowledge economy.

The disciplines covered include politics and international relations, anthropology, sociology, criminology, social policy, cultural studies and educational studies.

The readership spans practitioners, researchers and students. It includes undergraduates and postgraduates interested in analysing their experience at university, newly appointed staff taking a qualification in learning and teaching, staff of learning and teaching units, experienced teachers in higher education and researchers on university reform.

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Violence in the city: book launch and discussion

NOTE: This event has been canceled.

Understanding and Supporting Community Responses to Urban Violence
When: Thursday, February 10th, 2011 from 12pm-2pm
Where: MC 13-121
The World Bank

Sarah Cliff, Director, World Development Report

Alexandre Marc : Cluster Leader, Conflict Crime and Violence Team, Social Development Department (SDV), World Bank
Alys Willman: Social Development Specialist, Conflict Crime and Violence Team, SDV, World Bank

Junaid Ahmad: Sector Manager, Africa – Urban & Water, World Bank
Rodrigo Serrano: Senior Social Development specialist, LAC, World Bank

For millions of people around the world, violence, or the fear of violence, is a daily reality. Much of this violence concentrates in urban centers in the developing world. Cities are now home to half the world’s population and expected to absorb almost all new population growth over the next 25 years. In many cases, the scale of urban violence can eclipse those of open warfare; some of the world’s highest homicide rates occur in countries that have not undergone a war, but that have serious epidemics of violence in urban areas. This study emerged out of a growing recognition that urban communities themselves are an integral part of understanding the causes and impacts of urban violence and of generating sustainable violence prevention initiatives.

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WAPA February 2011 Meeting

The Faith and Organizations Project:  Findings and Process

When: Tuesday, February 1st, 7:00 pm
Where: Charles Sumner School
2101 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Presenters: Jo Anne Schneider, Isaac Morrison, Laura Polk

The Faith and Organizations Project is a trans-disciplinary, multi-methods ethnographic project looking at the relationship between faith based organizations and their founding communities (see faithandorganizations.umd.edu). The project just completed a Lilly Endowment-funded project comparing 81 faith communities and organizations from Catholic, Mainline Protestant, Jewish, Evangelical, Quaker and African American Christian traditions. The project model involves agency hosts and practitioners as active participants in all aspects of the project, creating products for a variety of audiences. This presentation will briefly outline key findings, talk about project process, and discuss experience working on anthropologist-led, trans-disciplinary projects in the career paths of project researchers.

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New deadline for UC book competition

The University of California Press in association with the Center for a Public Anthropology is sponsoring an international competition that awards a formal, publishing contract for the best book proposal submitted — independent of whether the author has completed (or even started) the proposed manuscript.

If you are interested in learning more about the University of California Press/Public Anthropology Competition, the book contract, the five thousand dollar advance and the new deadline, please click here.

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I am a cultural anthropologist, and I teach cultural anthropology at The George Washington University. My primary appointment is in the Elliott School of International Affairs, where I am the associate dean for faculty affairs and the director of CIGA, the Cultural in Global Affairs research and policy program. I also direct the international development concentration in the Anthropology Department‘s M.A. program. Click here to learn more about me.

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Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Professor of Anthropology & International Affairs
The George Washington University