Session Abstracts


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MANDACHE, Luminita-Anda and AUSTIN, Diane (U Arizona) COPAA-Applied Anthropology and Student Engagement: A Case Study Based on the Internship Program at the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA), University of Arizona. In response to research documenting the long-term positive impacts of experiential learning and increased institutional demand to implement engaged learning experiences, this round table discusses the BARA Internship program. The program combines skills workshops, seminar-style discussions, and hands-on experience on small research teams working with community collaborators to address local concerns. The roundtable brings together the current internship program coordinator, undergraduate and post-baccalaureate interns, graduate research assistants, students, former interns, and graduate student mentors to discuss the internship program’s challenges and successes in 1) extending the practice of applied anthropology, and 2) equipping students with experiences complementing university education. (W-74) 

MATTHEWS, Elise (U Regina) Cultural Citizenship, Post-migration, and Trauma, Part II. How do refugees, immigrants, or those marginalized cope with the challenges they face in culturally foreign settings or in institutions? How can health care providers ease the suffering and trauma of refugees, immigrants and those who are marginalized? What are the obstacles in crossing borders both literally and figuratively? How can health care professionals facilitate this transition? How do bonds form between people from different nation-states, cultures, and experiences? The papers in this session explore these questions and others involving language translation and interpretation. Furthermore, cultural citizenship and socio-political concerns are also explored and some possible solutions offered. (TH-34) 

MCCABE, Maryann (U Rochester) and DENNY, Rita (EPIC) Thinking through Diversity in Industry Practices: Implications for Business Anthropology. This roundtable explores ethnographic practices among anthropologists working in business and addresses how we represent different groups of people in plural societies when collaborating with clients and organizations. We aim to examine our roles and engage in critical reflection on problematizing consumers in research projects. Issues for discussion include how design frames ‘user,’ consumer research constructs ‘target segments,’ and clients define customers or employees in a way that diminishes citizenship in complex systems. More generally, we consider how to counter flow toward a notion of consumers as sovereign individuals rather than persons with identities embedded in social networks and discourses. (W-133) 

MCCHESNEY, Lea (UNM) Recovering a History of Community Collaboration: Honoring the Legacy of MariLyn Salvador. In this post-NAGPRA era, the canon of museum-community collaboration is central to museum collections work and public programming. Yet MariLyn Salvador’s leadership remains largely unrecognized, notably her efforts in founding the collaboration prototype, UNM’s Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies. This roundtable recovers her legacy in the historical record. Sharing subtle and overt contributions of her mentorship to careers in academia, communities, the culinary industry, and museums, speakers will facilitate a conversation exploring insights her leadership can provide for the future of collaborative work. The session includes the screening of a 7-minute video clip, “MariLyn Salvador in her own words.” (F-36) 

MCCHESNEY, Lea (UNM) The Materiality of Citizenship in Pueblo Worlds: Di Wae Powa and Tsaqapta Sinom Projects to Return Cultural Heritage. Recent community collaborations address both cultural concerns and access to legacy collections in museums distant from communities. Two examples reveal different approaches. The National Museum of the American Indian’s collaborative loan program returned 100 pots to the Northern Tewa peoples’ Poeh Center last October, while the Smithsonian’s Recovering Voices Program collaborates with the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office and UNM’s Alfonso Ortiz Center connecting potters to collections at NMNH through group visits. Participants in these long-term, large-scale projects share insights from institutional and community perspectives in conversation with the audience to address the significance and future of such endeavors. (T-68) 

MCDONALD, James (U Montevallo) and SULLIVAN, Kathleen (CSULA) Toxic Citizenship. Poor communities and people often face the greatest danger from environmental hazards. The precarity of these communities also makes them least likely to effectively challenge, let alone litigate, these threats and risks. The damage that is done is often irreversible. This session explores cases in which communities -commonly rural, poor, and with a majority of people of color- in the U.S. have been subjected to a kind of environmental apartheid. It allows for the interrogation of linkages between environmental injustice and citizenship as they play out in a country with a liberal-democratic ethos, but whose practices are far from it. (F-34)​​​​​​​ 

MCGUIRE, Joseph (U Alabama) Millennial Bodies: Exploring the Sociocultural and Political-Economic Realities (Re)Shaping a Generation.Framed using Scheper-Hughes and Lock’s ‘Three Bodies’ (1987), this session explores how generational changes in sociocultural and political-economic landscapes become embedded and expressed on Individual, Social, and Political bodies, broadly construed. Presented works center on the negotiations that millennial bodies (b. 1981-1996) enact as they exist at the nexus of traditional expectations and current realities. Our session seeks to demonstrate the unique ways that millennial bodies manifest reinterpretations of health, illness, anticipated life-course, and national identity among others in both psyche and soma at the individual and community level. Our discussion investigates these contemporary issues cross-culturally and in historical context. (F-99)​​​​​​​ 

MERKEL, Richard (U Virginia) Negotiating Culture in the Rural Opioid Crisis. Medical anthropology highlights conflicts between and efforts to combine biomedicine and local health ways. Works that describe the process of negotiation and compromise between biomedical and local approaches are less discussed. What are the processes of negotiation and compromise that occur as these forms of knowledge and power interact? What ethical dilemmas arise during the course of these negotiations? This session examines the ways that diverse rural healthcare stakeholders challenge institutional procedures through their efforts to provide substance abuse care; provoke and address emotional reactions - anxiety, mistrust, hurt, and anger - naming the assumptions of particular cultural contexts. (TH-124)​​​​​​​ 

MESSER, Ellen (Tufts U) Human Rights: Advancing a Framework to Support Cultural Difference as a Social Process. This panel, drawing participation from drafters of the 1999 AAA Statement on Human Rights, offers an opportunity for moderated discussion around changing perspectives and circumstances. Topics include: 1) clarifying the circumstances where human rights go “beyond” legal and political dimensions, to expand the concept; 2) describing cases where human rights conflict with humanitarian norms and strategies for negotiating rights in conflict; 3) reference points for negotiating arguments over universalism and cultural relativism; and 4) showing how conceptual language of decolonization, history of oppression, structural violence, and “cultural difference as a social process” can advance human rights in practice. (W-32)​​​​​​​ 

MONTEITH, Daniel (U Alaska SE) Indigenous Knowledge in Community Anthropology Projects in Southeast Alaska. The panelists are anthropologists working with communities on a variety of projects in Southeast Alaska to integrate indigenous knowledge in contemporary settings. Projects discussed will involve programs and agencies pertaining to medical and health issues, subsistence activities and laws, and education. (W-134)​​​​​​​ 

MOOLENAAR, Elisabeth (Regis U) Sharing Ideas & Joining Forces: Connections, Intersections, and Collaborations among Extraction & Environment, Risk & Disaster, and PESO. Following our inaugural and successful multi-TIG/PESO roundtable in 2019, this year’s roundtable seeks to further stimulate connections, intersections, and fruitful collaborations. Leading an open discussion with attendees involving flash presentations, a panel of representatives from the interest groups and PESO will share highlights from their interest groups at the 2020 meeting and explore new ideas and common threads. Additionally, panelists and attendees will consider the intersections of their research (and other work) and its applications for the environment, human rights, and social justice. The roundtable will be followed by open discussion and networking. (F-126)​​​​​​​ 

NORRIS, Susan (Immaculata U) Care and Diversity in Complex Societies, Part I. This session seeks to answer questions regarding health care delivery in diverse settings. What coping mechanisms do individuals employ in dealing with their health issues? What socio-political, historical and economic circumstances lead or contributed to the health burdens experienced by vulnerable groups? How do indigenous communities defend their interests, cultural and otherwise? This session draws on experiences of nurses and other health care professionals in providing care to various populations in our complex, globalized world. Training the next generation of health care professionals and use of social networks among health professionals are also discussed. (W-98)​​​​​​​ 

O’BRIEN, Michael (TAMUSA) Open Discussion of Three Sessions on Conflicting Interests and Expectations of Higher Education Constituencies. The three sessions on conflicting interests and demands of higher education constituencies raise an extremely broad range of issues. This discussion, which will engage all attendees, examines the range of issues covered in the three sessions, discusses similarities and differences in how these different dynamics play out, and identifies related issues that have not been raised in the three sessions. The question of whether this discussion should be taken further in future meetings will be addressed, and recommendations will be forwarded to the TIG Advisory Board. (F-104)​​​​​​​ 

ORTIZ, Cristina (UMN-Morris) Fly Over Anthropology. Although the assumption has often been that the ideal spaces to consider culturally diverse and marginalized populations in complex, stratified societies are urban and suburban contexts, anthropologists in rural U.S. communities are uniquely positioned to see such issues play out in the lives of rural residents. This panel gathers scholars of and from rural spaces to share insights about how rural people confront issues like health, climate change, gender & sexuality, immigration, and shifting strategies of agricultural production. This panel seeks not only to theorize rural anthropology but also to highlight the scholarship by and about historically underrepresented groups. (F-94)

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