Volume 30, Issue #2 - May 2019


From the SfAA

From the SfAA

President's Message

The SfAA 2019 meeting in Portland was great! Hats off to Michael Paolisso and the Program Committee for planning a meeting featuring diverse and important work by applied and practicing social…

Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

2019 Annual Meeting in Portland

A very heartfelt thanks to the SfAA members and non-members who made our 79th annual meeting in Portland a success. Many of you shared your very positive and helpful feedback during the meeting, for…

Awards & Prizes

Awards & Prizes

Rockin': The Sol Tax Award

By Jeanne Simonelli - Do you have a mentor that never seems to stop applying social science? Is there someone who seems to work quietly in the background, but yet seems to be everywhere? Now is the…

Hackenberg Prize 2019

Report on the Hackenberg Prize Winner & Session, 2019 - The prestigious Robert A. and Beverly H. Hackenberg Prize is awarded at Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) annual meetings. It is given to…

2019 Kearney Memorial Lecture

Seven take-away points from Yolanda T. Moses' Michael Kearney Lecture, given at the SfAA Annual Meeting in Portland, Or, March 21, 2019.

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…

P.K. New Award

The Society sponsors an annual student research paper competition in the name of a former President, Peter K. New. The Competition is open to any person who was registered as a student at the graduate…

TIGs & Committees

TIGs & Committees

ExtrACTION & Environment TIG

by Jeanne Simonelli. We had some truly fine sessions this year, beginning on Portland Day with the Folly of Frack (see below), and ending with a wine and cheese reception.

Anthropology of Higher Education TIG

By Lauren Herckis and Brian Foster, Co-Chairs. This year’s annual meeting in Portland saw more than 100 papers associated with Higher Ed TIG sessions, making this a fourth successful SfAA meeting. Two clusters of affiliated sessions, one on credentialing and one on academic leadership, were broadly successful.

Human Rights & Social Justice Committee

Eric Bailey, Human Rights and Social Justice Committee Chair. As Chair of the Human Rights and Social Justice (HRSJ) Committee, I would like to submit my observations and initial comments from this year’s Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) meetings in Portland, Oregon. As Chair for the past year, I have learned a lot about my new role and the responsibilities that it takes to keep a special committee functioning throughout the year and contributing to the annual SfAA meetings.

The Society for Disability Studies

by Joanne Woiak & Devva Kasnitz. The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) organized a strand of 7 sessions with 35 presenters.

Risk & Disaster TIG

by Thomas Hanson & Mei Johnson. The 2019 annual meeting of the SFAA was another success for the Risk and Disaster TIG. We were able to sponsor 21 panels and 115 papers/round table speakers (with none running concurrently), starting with Local Day where there were two R&D sponsored panels engaging disaster preparedness and organizing in Portland, Oregon.

Immigration Initiative

STRANGERS IN TOWN is a 33-minute documentary film that looks at how global migration enriched Garden City, Kansas, transforming this small town into a multicultural mecca on the High Plains.

Policy Committee

by Josiah "Joe" Heyman, Ph.D., UTEP. The Public Policy Committee has focused on providing educational opportunities and materials to SfAA members on policy engagement skills. There are many different areas in which we have expertise and energy.



Birth in Eight Cultures

Robbie Davis-Floyd and Melissa Cheyney are delighted to announce the publication their co-edited Birth in Eight Cultures (Long Grove IL: Waveland Press, 2019).

Landscapes of Power

In Landscapes of Power Dana E. Powell examines the rise and fall of the controversial Desert Rock Power Plant initiative in New Mexico to trace the political conflicts surrounding native sovereignty…

Book Highlight

Challenging the Prevailing Paradigm of Displacement and Resettlement: Risks, Impoverishment, Legacies, Solutions Development-caused forced displacement and involuntary resettlement has increased…

Publication Highlight

Immigration, Diversity and Student Journeys to Higher Education presents an in-depth understanding of how immigrant students at a major public research university balanced keeping their family…

Oral History

Oral History

Initiatives on Policy & Legislation

by John Young, Oregon State University. In the historical interview published in this newsletter, Don Stull and I discussed the age-old question of why anthropologists have so little impact on policy and legislation, even though we think we have much to offer.

Interview with John A. Young

Oral History Project Interview with John A. Young by Don Stull.

Teaching Applied Anthropology

Teaching Applied Anthropology

Awareness of Risk in Experiential Learning

by Kellen Gilbert, Southeastern Louisiana University. I wish I could take the students to the Serengeti for a whole other dimension of experiential learning, but when I consider the risks, real and potential— hippopotamuses, no wifi (!) ---- I’m content to stick to my campus class.

Announcements & Initiatives

Announcements & Initiatives

International Childbirth Initiative

The International Mother Baby Childbirth Organization (IMBCO) and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) have joined forces to develop a single global initiative for providing safe and respectful maternity care, building upon their previous work--the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (IMBCI 2008) and the FIGO Guidelines to Mother-Baby Friendly Birthing Facilities (2015).

University of Bonn on Biodiversity

by Cory W. Whitney and Colleagues, University of Bonn. The tropical forests of Myanmar are situated within the Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot and support a great diversity of edible and medicinal plant species. Many of these useful plants can be found in local food markets, in the spiritual and medicinal recipes of local monasteries and in household kitchens.

Summer Department Leaders' Institute

Department chairs and directors of graduate / undergraduate studies, please mark your calendars for June 11-13, 2019 at Loyola University, Chicago, where AAA will sponsor the Department Leaders Summer Institute.

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