Volume 30, Issue #3 - August 2019


From the SfAA

From the SfAA

President's Message

Summer greetings! Over the last couple of months I have reflected more on long term and short term issues impacting SfAA and our broader world. In the last newsletter, I introduced why SfAA is…

From the Editor

For academics, summer is almost over, as you get ready for a new semester to begin. For practitioners, it’s time to grab a few days of leave in a year that never seems to end. Neither the former or…

Register Early for the Annual Meeting

Registration Rates will increase on October 16, 2019. Make sure you Register by October 15 to receive the lower rate.

Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

From the Program Chair

As you probably know, the next SfAA annual meetings will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 17-21, 2020. The theme of this meeting, Cultural Citizenship and Diversity in Complex Societies,…

Call for Papers

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) invites abstracts (sessions, papers and posters) for the Program of the 80thAnnual Meeting in Albuquerque, NM, March 17-21, 2020. The theme of the Program…

The Society for Disability Studies

The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) organized a strand of 7 sessions with 35 presenters. Our Friday afternoon panel, Inclusion on Campus: The Role of Anthropology, was featured as an SfAA podcast…

SDS Call for Papers

For the past decade or so, a group of anthropologists interested in disability have been presenting in multiple sessions (a 'stream') at the Society for Applied Anthropology annual meetings. For the…

Folly of Frack

Nefarious Fossil Fuel Characters Show up at Portland Day Events and Make a Scene; WAT Team Intervenes.

Awards & Prizes

Awards & Prizes

Call for Malinowski Nominations

The Society for Applied Anthropology considers each year nominations for the Malinowski Award. This Award is presented to a senior social scientist in recognition of a career dedicated to…

Call for Sol Tax Nominations

Sol Tax provided distinguished service to the field of applied anthropology. The Sol Tax Distinguished Service Award, initiated by the Society for Applied Anthropology in his honor, is to be…

Call for P.K. New Papers

The Peter K. New Student Award, an annual student research competition in the applied social and behavioral sciences. Honoring the late Peter Kong-ming New, a distinguished medical…

Annual Meeting Student Travel Awards

SfAA offers several Student Travel Awards to help offset some of the expences for traveling to the Annual Meeting in Portland. Please visit the links below to review the eligibility. Deadline for…

TIGs & Committees

TIGs & Committees

ExtrACTION & Environment TIG

The SfAA’s ExtrACTION and Environment topical interest group (TIG) welcomes organized sessions, individual papers, posters, and more* that deal with any aspect of social scientific engagement with…

Fisheries & Coastal Communities TIG

The Fisheries and Coastal Communities TIG has been active this year. We are connect a disparate group of transdisciplinary individuals who work on similar issues in Sea Grant, NOAA Fisheries, and…

Anthropology of Higher Education TIG

The Anthropology of Higher Education TIG had another very successful meeting this past spring in Portland. We had over 30 sessions with 100+ papers and other contributions. We are also a very large…

Im/migration TIG Analysis

A thematic analysis of Im/migration sessions was developed from the 2019 Portland SfAA meeting abstracts. This report was produced by Amy Carattini at the request of the Immigration TIG and funded by…

Risk & Disaster TIG

The Risk and Disasters Topical Interest Group (R&D TIG) celebrates its 6th anniversary as we prepare for the 80th anniversary of the SFAA. Globally R&D TIG members continue to engage in practice and…

Gender-Based Violence TIG

I met Gina for our interview at a park, two weeks after she had been permanently kicked out of Inanna House, a shelter for commercially sexually exploited youth. The morning of our interview, she had…

Oral History

Oral History

Interview with Susan Andreatta

Applying Anthropology at the Intersections of Food Production, Health, and the Environment. An SfAA Oral History Interview with Susan Andreatta.



Left-Handed in an Islamic World Review

A recent book by Washington anthropologist, John Mason, is worth a second look. His own story of the Middle East: Left-Handed in an Islamic World (New Academia, 2016), offers students, as well as seasoned anthropologists, a look at the rich cultural antecedents in Libya prior to that country becoming a war zone of immense tragedy.

Ways of Knowing About Birth

There is no other living scholar with Davis-Floyd’s solid roots, activism, and scholarly achievements on the com- bined subjects of childbirth, midwifery, obstetrics, and medicine.

Book Review

Review of Challenging the Prevailing Paradigm of Displacement and Resettlement: Risks, Impoverishment, Legacies, Solutions Michael M. Cernea and Julie K. Maldonado, eds.

Seeking Justice Book Review

Seeking Justice in an Energy Sacrifice Zone: Standing on Vanishing Land in Coastal Louisiana By Julie Maldonado

Teaching Applied Anthropology

Teaching Applied Anthropology

Texas State University Anthropology

Texas State University is now accepting applications for a PhD in Applied Anthropology!

Announcements & Initiatives

Announcements & Inititatives

2019 Praxis Award Competition

Since 1981, the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists' (WAPA) biennial Praxis Award competition has recognized outstanding achievement in translating anthropological knowledge into…

Texas Applied Anthropology Summit 2019

The third biennial Texas Applied Anthropology Summit (TAAS) will take place on Saturday, September 28 on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.

No-Cost, Online-Only Conference

You are invited to a no-cost, online-only conference, "Innovative KT Strategies That Work" sponsored by the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (Center on KTDRR,…

Master's Career Survey

A team of graduate students from the University of North Texas, in cooperation with the American Anthropological Association (AAA) the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA), are…

Member News: Ralph Bolton

SfAA Member, Honorary Doctorate Ralph Bolton



Commentary on Embodying Ethnographic Messages

Expressing Research Through Dance: Embodying Ethnographic Messages

Connecting with Hemp Studies

I'm looking to connecting with researchers in Anthropology focused on studies involving hemp. I have just completed my Master's degree from the University of West Florida on The Resilient Warrior: A…

Anthropology of Higher Ed TIG - Commentary

The works of two eminent thought leaders ~ Steven Pinker, a cognitive psychologist and linguist, and Yuval Noah Harari, a historian ~ present profound and quite different implications for the future…

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