2020 Podcasts


Podcasts were recorded in Albuquerque, NM at the 80th Annual Meeting for the Society of Applied Anthropology in March 2020. 

  1. Cultural Citizenship and Tourism: Colonial and De-Colonial Encounters on the Reservations in the Southwest (Tourism TIG)

  2. Border “Wars” of Words that Matter, Part I

  3. Sense and Nonsense: Bogus Categories and Saying What We Mean in Disaster Research, Part I (Risk & Disaster TIG)

  4. Women’s Perspectives on Gender-based Violence in the US and Abroad (GBV TIG)

  5. Brokering Anthropological Knowledge in Healthcare Organizations

  6. Issues for Refugee Resettling in the US

  7. Engaging Everyday Citizens in the Research Process (Higher Ed TIG)

  8. J. Anthony Paredes Memorial Plenary

  9. Human Rights and the Environment in the Context of Climate Change

  10. SAS Student Panel (SAS)

  11. From Passivity to Panic: Responding to Climate Change in the United States (Risk & Disater TIG)

  12. Negotiating Culture in the Rural Opioid Crisis

  13. Michael Kearney Memorial Lecture

  14. Client Based Praxis: Using Anthropological Methods and Theory to Address Organizational Needs

  15. The Lone Anthropologist Syndrome: Reclaiming Applied Anthropology in the Workplace and University

  16. Toxic Citizenship (ExtrACTION & Environment TIG)

  17. We Never Forgot: Internally Relocated People Re/connect with Homelands, Part I

  18. Digital Technologies and Cultural Citizenship

  19. SfAA Awards Ceremony

  20. Teaching Race and Ethnicity (Higher Ed TIG)

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2020 Podcast Team


Cultural Citizenship and Tourism: Colonial and De-Colonial Encounters on the Reservations in the Southwest (Tourism TIG)



Session Participants:


Border “Wars” of Words that Matter


ABSTRACT: The U.S., and especially Texas, bears obvious prejudice against its southern borderland as evident through policies, financial decisions, and media coverage. The region is increasingly militarized and surveilled. How can anthropologists and other social scientists push back against inaccuracies inhumane policies and legacies of structural violence? In this double panel, we consider how social scientists live, work, and advocate in/for borderland communities. We consider what we have done and what we should do to identify new strategies for advocacy that could apply to other social scientists working in regions under siege from nationalist politics, racist discourse, and ill-informed political decisions. jill.fleuriet@utsa.edu (T-95, T-125)

Session Participants: 
MELO, Milena (MS State U) Growing Up Native: Research & Advocacy in the Face of Exclusion

DALSTROM, Matthew (Saint Anthony Coll of Nursing) Purchasing Medication in Mexico: Perceptions of Risk, Reward, and Policy Opportunities

DONNER, William (UTRGV) Factors Affecting Preparedness in Coastal Border Communities: A Case Study of Hidalgo County, TX

FLEURIET, K. Jill (UTSA) Whose Border Is It, Anyway?: Representation Claims of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands in Media, Research and Advocacy


Sense and Nonsense: Bogus Categories and Saying What We Mean in Disaster Research (Risk & Disaster TIG)

CHAIRS: CANNON, Terry (Inst of Dev Studies), WILKINSON, Olivia (Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities), and HOFFMAN, Susanna (Hoffman Consulting)

ABSTRACT: Disaster research and practice is laden with terminology that is partly determined by funding mechanisms and priorities of the institutions that dominate disaster risk reduction. Concepts that we use in academic research have become tainted by the problem that many of these institutions want to avoid looking at disaster (especially vulnerability and poverty) causation. The panel will discuss a range of these concepts, including “community,” “resilience,” “network,” “localized,” “stakeholder,” “vulnerability,” “sympathy” in humanitarian activities. Can they be considered as ‘bogus’ – are these concepts co-opted by systems of power that prefer to ignore or play down causation in analysing disaster risk and climate change? t.cannon@ids.ac.uk (W-04)

Session Participants: 

CANNON, Terry (Inst Dev Studies) Why Do We Talk about Community-Based Everything When There Is No Such Thing as a ‘Community?’

VON MEDING, Jason, CHMUTINA, Ksenia, and SMITH, Colin (UFL) Demonstrating the Consequences of Labelling Disasters as “Natural”

WILKINSON, Olivia (Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities) Why Localization Will Never Happen

CONNON, Irena Leisbet Ceridwen (U Dundee) Disabling Categorisations and Rethinking Vulnerability in Hazard Mitigation and Response

CLARK-GINSBERG, Aaron (RAND Corp) Disaster Risk Reduction Is Not ‘Everyone’s Business’: Evidence from Three Countries


Women’s Perspectives on Gender-based Violence in the US and Abroad (GBV TIG)

CHAIRS: DEUBEL, Tara and BARBIER, Clarisse (USF)

ABSTRACT: On a global scale, gender-based violence (GBV) takes on multiple dimensions ranging from physical and sexual violence to economic and political disenfranchisement and social exclusion. This panel brings together researchers from the University of South Florida working in the US and developing countries in Africa and Latin America to explore issues of gender-based violence and forms of exclusion that impact women. Through a human rights perspective, we will explore the policy context affecting violence, including legal protections for women, reflect on experiences working with participants affected by trauma, and discuss the role of applied anthropology in combating GBV. deubel@usf.edu (W-05)

Session Participants:

TAYLOR, Melina (USF & American Board of Family Med) Examining Responses to Negative Sexual Encounters: How Sexual Education Influences Decision-Making for Undergraduate Students across the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Spectrums

BARBIER, Clarisse (USF) Social Exclusion of Women Accused of Witchcraft in Burkina Faso

OLAYIWOLA, Olubukola (USF) Vulnerability and Economic Violence in Everyday Lives of Women Borrowers: An Ethnographic Account from Ibadan, Southwest Nigeria

DEUBEL, Tara (USF) Navigating Gender-based Violence and Family Law at a Moroccan Feminist Organization

CARR, Caitlynn (USF) Embodying Applied Solutions to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Guatemala


Brokering Anthropological Knowledge in Healthcare Organizations

CHAIRS: FARO, Elissa (Albert Einstein Med Coll), CHOKSHI, Sara (NYU Med Sch), GORE, Radhika (NYU Med Sch) Applying Social Theory in Health Services Research: Motivations, Challenges, Strategies

ABSTRACT: Medical anthropology has become more applied in US healthcare organizations recently. Anthropologists are working at healthcare organizations producing research, improving care delivery and quality, and working to understand how interventions and evidence-based best practices are implemented across large-scale systems. The production of anthropological knowledge in these contexts allows organizations to construct solutions by grounding processes of learning and innovation in the larger social context within which they occur (Bray 2010). How medical anthropologists broker this knowledge production – writing IRBs, sharing findings with organizational stakeholders, the dissemination of research to multidisciplinary audiences – will be among the topics covered. efaro@montefiore.org (W-35)

Session Participants:

RUBINSTEIN, Ellen and HAARSTICK, Kimberly A. (NDSU), CRABTREE, Benjamin F. (Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Med Sch) Anthropological Intervention in Primary Care

FIXGemmae M. (VA & Boston U), ABRAHAM, Traci (VA & U Arkansas), NICHOLS, Linda (VA & U Tennessee), ONO, Sarah (VA & OR Hlth & Sci U), RATTRAY, Nicholas (VA & Indiana U), REISINGER, HeatherSEAMAN, Aaron, and SOLIMEO, Samantha(VA & U Iowa) Lessons on Practice from Anthropologists Working within the US’s Largest Healthcare System

TABER, Peter (VA) Para-ethnography, Auto-ethnography and Information Sharing in a Health Informatics Research Unit

CHOKSHI, Sara (NYU Med Sch) Communicating Complexity in Support of High Value Digital Health Development

FARO, Elissa (Albert Einstein Med Coll) Hierarchy, Trust, and Quality: Error Reporting in Healthcare


Issues for Refugee Resettling in the US


ABSTRACT: This panel discusses issues with refugee resettlement in the US including the unique issues for refugees from the Congo Wars, education policy, accessing and utilizing food benefits, and reproductive healthcare. This panel will also address applied projects focusing on some of these issues including the creation of ESOL materials and Oral History projects. The authors are all engaged in applied work with diverse refugee communities across West Central Florida. eaholbrook@mail.usf.edu (W-94)​​​​​​​

Session Participants:

MAHONEY, Dillon and BAER, Roberta D. (USF), BEHRMAN, Carolyn (U Akron) Unique Issues for Resettling Refugees from the Congo Wars

INKS, Michaela (USF) A Critical Look at the Consent Decree of 1990

HOLBROOK, Emily (USF) Eating in America: Easing the Transition for Resettled Refugees through an Applied Anthropological Intervention

BAER, Roberta D.HOLBROOK, Emily, and BLAIR, Janet (USF) American Stories 2: Oral History, Service Learning, and ESL Materials for Refugees (and Others)


Engaging Everyday Citizens in the Research Process (Higher Ed TIG)


ABSTRACT: Scientists have long grappled with how to communicate scientific findings as well as engage the public in research. Anthropologists, with community-oriented research interests and various ethnographic methods, are positioned uniquely to address these issues by including everyday citizens in the research process. This session will address how anthropologists are creating opportunities for individuals and communities/community-based organizations to be part of the academic community and the research process – including, but not limited to, conceptualization, data collection and analysis – in order to demonstrate what types of projects are possible and provide best practices to incorporate successfully the lay community.alissa.ruth@asu.edu (W-95)​​​​​​​

Session Participants:

GLEGZIABHER, Meskerem (ASU) and HAMMONS, Clottee (Emancipation Arts LLC) Fetching What Is at Risk of Being Left Behind: Engaging Local Youth and Elders in Oral History Research

WILLIAMS, Deborah (ASU), AGOSTINI, Gina (Midwestern U), and STURTZSREETHARAN, Cindi (ASU) Citizen Sociolinguistics: New Insights into Fat Talk

ALTMAN, Heidi (GA Southern U) The Georgia Moms Project: Amplifying Women’s Own Narratives of Their Healthcare Experiences

STURTZSREETHARAN, Cindi (ASU), AGOSTINI, Gina (Midwestern U), and WILLIAMS, Deborah (ASU) Considering Body Talk: What Role Do Volunteer Data Collectors Play in the Analysis of Body Talk?​​​​​​​


J. Anthony Paredes Memorial Plenary

Native American Cultural Resource Management: Sovereignty Over the Past
J. Anthony Paredes Memorial Plenary
Reception to Follow


CHAIR: ALTMAN, Heidi (GA Southern U)

Panelists: TWO BEARS, Davina (Indiana U), AGUILAR, Woody (U Penn), CHAVARRIA, Tony (Museum of Indian Art & Culture), VIERRA, Brad (NMSU), LALUK, Nicholas C. (NAU)


Human Rights and the Environment in the Context of Climate Change


ABSTRACT: Climate change threatens the fundamental interdependence that exists between human rights and environmental quality. Humanity’s reliance on a healthy environment makes such a right a prerequisite to the enjoyment of other human rights. Local populations not technically indigenous are most vulnerable because they have received less entitlement to natural resources through international law. Climate change exacerbates challenges to populations who are unable to claim basic rights such as self-determination, autonomy, or traditional land rights. These papers explore human responses to climate change in terms of shifting value systems, changing worldviews, adjustments in how certain human rights are conceptualized, and redefining goals for the future. sara_alexander@baylor.edu (TH-05) 

Session Participants:

ALEXANDER, Sara, SCHULTZ, Alan, and MARTENS, Paul (Baylor U) Worldviews, Value Systems, and Climate Change Policies Deepen Challenges to Farming Communities in Western Belize

THOMAS, Eric (UNCCH) “We are deprived”: Fishing Families and the Fight for Environmental Justice in Southern Chile

LONG, Michael (Baylor U) Weathering Climate Change While Ensuring Livelihood Security in the Context of Tourism Development: A Study of Svan Resilience in Upper Svaneti, Republic of Georgia

RUSSELL, Diane (SocioEcological Strategies Inc) Guiding the Integration of Climate Change, Rights and Governance

GROSSE, Corrie and MARK, Brigid (CSBSJU) A New Moment?: Youth Voices on Climate Justice at COP 25


SAS Student Panel (SAS)

CHAIR: SAAD, Summar (Wayne State U)

ABSTRACT: In this panel, graduate students explore how anthropological theory and methods can illuminate diverse contemporary issues. Following the conference theme, panelists consider the contributions of anthropology to address a range of cultural challenges including the impact of natural disasters, end-of-life issues, women in politics, and innovative design methods. Hernandez examines the impact of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction on survivors’ experiences, while Saad considers the implications of brain death’s lack of conceptual coherence in clinical practice. Carson explores discourse at the intersection of political orientation and women’s leadership training organizations, and Thomas applies cognitive anthropology concepts to decision-making and metric development in human-centered design practices. ay7791@wayne.edu (TH-94)​​​​​​​

Session Participants:

CARSON, Sarah (U Penn) Republican Feminists?: Discourse Analysis at the Intersection of Women’s Leadership and Political Orientation

THOMAS, Michael (Wayne State U) What’s the Point of a Point of View?: Decision Making and Developing Metrics in Human-Centered Design

HERNANDEZ, Rodrigo and MCCURDY, Sheryl (UT SPH Houston), JONES, Eric (UT SPH El Paso) Becoming Dispossessed: Structure and Meaning in Experiences of Material Loss During Hurricane Harvey

SAAD, Summar (Wayne State U) “Brain death is death”: Navigating Brain Death’s ‘Fuzzy’ Boundaries in Clinical Practice


From Passivity to Panic: Responding to Climate Change in the United States (Risk & Disater TIG)


ABSTRACT: A major challenge for anthropologists and policy makers working in the U.S. is to minimize the impacts of adaptation to climate change, especially for marginalized and vulnerable populations. Utilizing ethnographic methods, we examine how people talk about and make decisions about climate change. Researchers in this session analyze topics such as relocation, climate panic, discourse framing and ethnoecological models of climate change with the goal of promoting social justice, climate action, conflict resolution and practical solutions. dac511@lehigh.edu (TH-95)​​​​​​​

Session Participants:

MEGEE, Sarah (Washington Coll) Ethnoecological Models of Climate Change on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

SIMMS, Jessica (State of LA) Isle de Jean Charles: Community-Scale Climate Migration

RUGG, Emily (Washington Coll) Reframing Climate Narratives in a Culture of Hyper-Capitalism

GONZÁLEZ, Melinda (LSU) Trans, Brown, & Hyper-Marginalized after Hurricane Maria: Anthropological Interventions & Policy Recommendations

LAMPMAN, Aaron (Washington Coll) and CASAGRANDE, David (Lehigh U) Social and Cultural Barriers to Climate-Induced Relocation on the Chesapeake



Negotiating Culture in the Rural Opioid Crisis


ABSTRACT: 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. rlm3u@virginia.edu (TH-124)

Session Participants:

ARAUJO HERRERA, Mariana N. and ALBERO, Kimberly (UVA) Biomedicine and the Local Cultural Contexts of Central Appalachia

BURRAWAY, Joshua (UVA) Keeping It in the Family: Sharing Suboxone in Rural Appalachia

SNELL-ROOD, Claire (UC Berkeley) Negotiating and Resisting Biomedical Efforts to De-Stigmatize Addiction

SZOTT, Kelly (S Oregon U) Perspectives on the Moral Qualities of Methadone and Buprenorphine in the Rural Midwest



Michael Kearney Memorial Lecture


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: BESSERER, Federico (U Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City) Transnational Citizenship: Challenges in an Era of Renewed Nationalisms



Client Based Praxis: Using Anthropological Methods and Theory to Address Organizational Needs


ABSTRACT: Anthropologists are increasingly employed outside of academia. In this sector, some work on client-based projects, where their client organizations determine the research questions, and where the output of the research is in a format that can be best utilized by the client. Each of the authors in this session conducted research for an organizational partner in a client-based relationship. Some of the clients were non-profits, some were community groups, and some were for-profit entities. In each case, the anthropologist addressed a research question that their client needed answered and presented their findings as a “deliverable” for their client. erica.hawvermale@unt.edu (F-04)​​​​​​​

Session Participants:

HAWVERMALE, Erica (UNT) Maintaining a Living Relationship: Facilitating Connection and Improving Morale in Military Families During the Deployment Cycle

CRONIN, Shannon (UNT) Evaluation of a Disaster Rebuilding Program in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

DAVIS, Kayla (UNT) Have You Ever Experienced Water Shortage? “No.”

GIAMARQO, Giamarqo (UNT) Developing a Program to Increase Health through Community-Centered Institutions

SEIKEL, Tristan (UNT) Psychedelia in the United States: An Ethnographic Study of Underground Psychedelic Use

STUTTS, Sarah (UNT) Participatory Design of Socially Assistive Robots for Children on the Autism Spectrum



The Lone Anthropologist Syndrome: Reclaiming Applied Anthropology in the Workplace and University

CHAIRS: JONES, Rose (Perot Museum of Nature & Sci), CARRINGTON, Jara (UNT)

ABSTRACT: Drawing upon the roles and experiences that a diverse team of anthropologists, applied and academic, mentees and mentored, archeologists and ethnographers, had as they collaborated on an exhibit, “Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind,” recently curated by The Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas, session participants will address how anthropology informed and guided their respective roles for the exhibit. Session participants will also address the ways in which anthropology was muted or highlighted in their respective roles, focusing on the implications the Lone Anthropologist Syndrome poses for applied anthropology and its practitioners in today’s job market. rose.jones@perotmuseum.org (F-05)​​​​​​​

Session Participants:

CARRINGTON, Jara M. (UNT) Reconsidering Anthropological Collaborations

MONTGOMERY, Andrew (Perot Museum of Nature & Sci) Anthropologist in the Middle: Using Staff Misconceptions to Create a Role

JONES, Rose (Perot Museum of Nature & Sci) Ghosting and the Museum Evaluator: The Disappearance of a Discipline

GOEBEL, James (UNT) Moving Past the Lone Anthropologist: Reconnecting Applied Anthropology to Academia through Educational Endeavors


Toxic Citizenship (ExtrACTION & Environment TIG)

CHAIRS: MCDONALD, James (U Montevallo), SULLIVAN, Kathleen (CSULA)

ABSTRACT: 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. jmcdonald@montevallo.edu (F-34)​​​​​​​

Session Participants:

CHECKER, Melissa (CUNY) After Relocation: The Afterlife of an Environmental Justice Movement

MCKENNA, Brian (U Michigan) Flint’s Fascism: Toxic Water, Racism and Citizen Action

MCDONALD, James (U Montevallo) Environmental Apartheid and Precarious Citizenship in Alabama



We Never Forgot: Internally Relocated People Re/connect with Homelands

CHAIR: STOFFLE, Richard W. (U Arizona)

ABSTRACT: Traditional people have been internally relocated within their own nation states causing cultural damage and challenges to their persistence. Relocation often occurs because they occupied homelands containing natural resources desired by others. National parks and protected areas often remove traditional people who are perceived as threats to nature. Cultural impacts occur whether or not the relocations are near or far away. This session is about applied anthropologists studying relocation impacts and suggesting ways to facilitate homeland re/connections. Given mutual changes in the homeland and the relocated peoples both traditional connections and new modes of interaction are documented, thus use of the concept re/connections. rstoffle@email.arizona.edu (F-95, F-125)​​​​​​​

Session Participants:

STOFFLE, Richard W. (U Arizona) Introduction: Cultural Damage and Return Challenges of Internal Relocation

CARROLL, Clint (UC Boulder) Cherokee Relationships to Land: Reflections on a Historic Plant Gathering Agreement between Buffalo National River and the Cherokee Nation

VAN VLACK, Kathleen (Living Heritage Rsch Council) Ceremony and Re/connection: The Ioway and Effigy Mounds National Monument

JINKA RAMAMURTHY, Malavika (MS State U) “Development” Definitions of Internally Displaced People and the Government: A Case Study of the Chenchu Tribe in the Nallamala 


Digital Technologies and Cultural Citizenship

CHAIR: ZHANG, Shaozeng (OR State U)

ABSTRACT: ​​​​​​​The “ubiquitous” use of digital technologies both as social infrastructure and as personal devices has become a transformative cultural force at local, national and transnational scales nowadays. This session explores a wide array of questions, from the digital ways of thinking since the beginning of industrial labor division, to the transformation of citizens and nation into cyborgs, and from marginalized communities’ access to basic technologies as educational infrastructure, to the impacts of more recent technologies on citizen status and rights. This session examines cultural citizenship as a social-technological process, challenges the concept of citizenship, and contributes to current policy debates. shaozeng.zhang@oregonstate.edu (F-124)

Session Participants:

PLEASANT, Traben (OR State U) Island Barriers and Neglected Citizens: Black and Indigenous Perspectives on Education and Technology in Bocas del Toro, Panama

GEYMAN, Zoe (WUSTL) Cyborg Citizen: A Transnational View of Cyborg Biopolitics

CHUN, Boh (OR State U) Mobile Interactive Media and Performances of Masculine Citizenship in Korea

DE ASSIS NUNES, Ana Carolina (OR State U) Politics of the Discourse: New Paths to a Citizenship Project through the Concepts of Artificial Intelligence and Humanity

CHEN, Yalong (U Penn) Digital and Divisible: A Review on the Cultural Root of Modern Digital Technologies



SfAA Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony is the high point of the annual meeting.  President Briller will preside.  The Program will recognize and feature the winners of the Margaret Mead Award, Sol Tax Award, and the Bronislaw Malinowski Award.  A reception will follow and hors d’oervres will be served; beverages will be available for purchase. ​​​​​​​


Teaching Race and Ethnicity (Higher Ed TIG)

CHAIR: CARATTINI, Amy and SPREHN, Maria (Montgomery Coll)

ABSTRACT: For over a century, anthropologists have examined the concepts of race and ethnicity, however, an understanding of how these categories are socially and culturally constructed is not always visible in the public purview or at institutional levels. In this arena, anthropology needs more visibility. To continue the educational goals of the RACE Project, this panel explores possibilities and new methods for teaching students and the general public about anthropological knowledge on race and ethnicity. The end goal is to impact personal and public understandings so that the anthropological perspective is applied to policy at various levels and to community building. amy.carattini@montgomerycollege.edu (S-35)

Session Participants: 

SPREHN, Maria and CARATTINI, Amy (Montgomery Coll) Using Anthropological Methods to Impact College Student Understandings of Race & Ethnicity

PECK-BARTLE, Shannon (USF) Shifting Perspectives: Materiality and the Deconstruction of Race and Ethnicity in World History Curriculum

NELSON, Katie (Inver Hills CC) Writing Books With Students: The Inclusive Praxis of Open Access Publishing of Student Authored Ethnographic Narrative

ARMSTRONG, Lisa (USF) Another Side of American History: Teaching Race in a Public Museum

ARTZ, Matt (Azimuth Labs) Consumer Genetics and Our Evolving Understanding of Race & Ethnicity

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