SfAA Statement on Global Violence, Systemic Racism, and Deep Inequities

June 5, 2020

We at the Society for Applied Anthropology are saddened and frustrated by the murder of George Floyd and many others. We are concerned about global violence, systemic racism, and deep inequities. The history and acts of racism can no longer be tolerated in our society and SfAA stands as ONE against it in any form. The fact that these types of events continue to happen in our world indicates that we still have a long way to go. As a professional society of applied social scientists committed to respect for human diversity, cultural understanding, and empowerment of all people, we repudiate all forms of hatred in our neighborhoods, communities, and world.

Stating our outrage is not enough. We must all do more to create a safe, just and inclusive world. We resolve to use action-oriented social science to catalyze change. Making change involves many things - personal and professional commitment, active listening, advocacy, teaching, training, policy work and more. Collaboration, grassroots and community-based efforts are key here. SfAA will continue to be a hub for meaningful conversation and sharing knowledge, resources and networks. All of this can and will contribute to social justice work in many different local and global contexts.

  • At SfAA, we embrace this challenge to work for a more just and inclusive world. We will support our members and others in the following ways:
  • Applied research, on such topics as policing, labor rights, immigration, climate, education, and poverty
  • Advocacy about such issues as health disparities and health care reform in the context of COVID-19
  • Teaching, about such issues as structural violence and systemic racism
  • Workshops to help people at different career moments build their “activist toolkits” – such as how to work with the media and do public advocacy; rapid responses using anthropological knowledge and skills in emergencies
  • Building collaborative relationships with other professional organizations on human rights initiatives
  • Supporting student members doing important work on social justice with, for example, the Human Rights Defender Award
  • Ethical oversight over SfAA practices and how we interact with others
  • Ensuring our Society’s membership reflects global diversity

At the SfAA, we embrace this challenge to work for a more just and inclusive world. We look forward to collaborating and connecting applied social scientists and others to address the urgent and important challenges that lasting change demands. Let us work together to make a just world.

2020 Virtual Meeting

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and cancellation of the 2020 Annual Meeting some participants have chosen to publish their papers with us online. Click on the link below to view submissions.

2020 Virtual Meeting

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SfAA was founded in 1941 to promote the investigation of the principles of human behavior and the application of these principles to contemporary issues and problems. The Society is unique among professional associations in membership and purpose – and in representing the interests of professionals in a wide range of settings including academia, business, law, public health, medicine, environment, and government. The unifying factor is a commitment to making an impact on the quality of life in the world.

Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Human Organization seeks contributions for a special issue highlighting the way in which applied anthropology and related social sciences are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Manuscripts should clearly address the potential contributions applied social scientists can make to the creation and implementation of policies and programming to alleviate the detrimental impact of the pandemic at local, national, and global levels.

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Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

Linking Social, Cultural, and Physical Ecologies

Norfolk Waterside Marriott, Norfolk, VA
March 23-27, 2021

Awards & Prizes

Awards & Prizes

The Society for Applied Anthropology proudly sponsors prestigious awards including the Malinowski Award, the Peter K. New Award, and the Sol Tax Award; as well as co-sponsoring the Margaret Mead Award with the American Anthropological Association. In addition, the Society offers 12 student travel awards to help offset the costs of attending the Annual Meeting.

Malinowski Award|Sol Tax Award|Margaret Mead Award|Peter K. New Award|Hackenberg Award|Pelto International Travel Award|Bodley Student Travel Award|Cernea Resettlement Student Travel Award|Human Rights Defender Student Travel Award|Del Jones Student Travel Award|Kushner Student Travel Award|Bea Medicine Student Travel Award|Spicer Student Travel Award|Student Endowed Travel Award|Valene Smith Poster Award|Student Poster Prize

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Online Journals

Online Journals

SfAA's mission through publishing articles that advance, synthesize, and interpret the application of anthropological method and theory is to analyze solutions of practical problems in the contemporary world. 

Access previous and current issues of Human Organization and Practicing Anthropology online.

To view journals online go to sfaajournals.net.
Member Access to Journals

Oral History Project

Oral History Project

The goal of the SfAA Oral History Project is the documentation of applied/practicing anthropology through recorded oral history interviews that are properly archived, transcribed, and disseminated. Topics which are important to the project include the experiences of applied/practicing anthropologists in various domains of application in the past, the history of precedent-setting projects,  the history of the SfAA and other related organizations and the history of applied/practicing anthropology training programs. Special attention will be directed to interviewing persons that have received awards from the Society. The project also attempts to identify related resources such as oral history interviews relating to the history of application and practice in anthropology.

Resources

Resources

The SfAA strives to find and create opportunities for students, scholars, and practioners to further enjoy and develop their work. Here you will find information on current jobs relevant to applied anthropologists, other organizations of interest, and universities that offer degrees oriented towards the applied social sciences.

Resources

 

Podcasts

Podcast Project

The SfAA Podcast Project is a student-led initiative to provide audio records of sessions from the Annual Meetings to the public, free of charge. We strive to include a broad range of interests from diverse perspectives with the intent of extending conversations throughout the years. Our ultimate goal is to make these dialogues accessible to a global audience.

Since 2007, the Podcast Project has published over 150 podcasts, has touched 6 continents, and has experienced over 110,000 views. 

Podcast Project Page

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