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Subject:2003-2005 Student Committee Nominations
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2002
From: Anne Ballenger, Chair SfAA Student Committee

SfAA 2003-2005 Student Committee Nominations
Now Being Accepted

The Student Committee for the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) is currently accepting nominations of dedicated and outstanding students who are interested in becoming officers of the Society for the period of 2003-2005.

Students who wish to apply need to be enrolled at an accredited university, be willing and able to serve in their positions for two years and be in good academic standing. The Student Committee is comprised of a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, a Secretary, a Treasurer, an Editor, and a Communications Coordinator/Web Master. All positions are open.

In addition, students may also serve and/or chair Special Sub-Committees like the Conference Committee or others that assist in the creation, development and the implementation of student orientated services and activities.

Serving on the Student Committee is an excellent opportunity to serve fellow applied students (in either a leadership role or volunteer capacity) within a prestigious and respect organization that is committed to the practice of applied anthropology.

Students interested in officer positions, should send a letter of intent indicating the desired position and a one-page vision statement with a proposal plan, along with their CV/resume to Anne Ballenger, Chair at or 7220 Split Rail Lane, Laurel Md. 20707. The deadline to receive this information is January 15, 2003. This deadline will be strictly enforced. Nominees will be notified by February 03, 2003. New Board Members will be installed during the 2003 SfAA Conference in Portland, Oregon March 19-23, 2003 at the Student Committee Annual Business Meeting.

For more information, or for students wishing to volunteer for Student Committee Sub-Committees please contact the Chair, Anne Ballenger, at or visit the Student Committee Maion Page.

Subject: Call for Papers --AAA 2003
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2002
From:Shan MacSpadden,CORI Program Chair

Call for Papers: Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (CORI)
American Anthropological Association
102nd Annual Meeting~Chicago, Illinois~ November 19-23, 2003

We want to have a number of challenging panels at the next AAA meetings in Chicago. Now is the time to pull those together! Given our mandate, the possibilities are wide. Just to challenge your thinking, I would urge you to consider topics:
  • that bring together international colleagues. With the continuing destabilizing going on in refugee matters both in the US and internationally, the pressures, restrictions, and public opinions regarding refugees and immigrants are becoming narrowing and harsher. What do we have to contribute to the understanding and, sometimes, the amelioration of these movements and pressures?
  • that build on long-term work and reveal processes and raise questions
  • that explore the dilemmas of doing fieldwork in today's contexts
  • that bring together anthropological colleagues who may not currently be members of CORI but whose work is congruent and relevant to our concerns.
If you have ideas and want to find others who could join in a panel, contact Lucia Ann McSpadden, CORI Program Chair, at

Let's hear from you soon! If we wish to get invited sessions, we need to move quickly. Final panel proposals (with full list of presenters) should be ready by Feb. 15 to submit to CORI, for consideration by the Society for Urban, National, Global and Transnational Anthropology (SUNTA) our new host.

Subject:Applications Deadline Nears for AAAS Public Policy Fellowship Programs
Date:Thu, 12 Dec 2002
From:Stuart Plattner,

(please post)
The National Science Foundation has hired a AAAS fellow each year for the past several years. Virginia Vitzthum, an anthropologist, was hired as a permanent NSF employee after a year at NSF as a AAAS fellow (there is of course no guarantee this will happen again). Its a great opportunity and I hope anthropologists will apply.
~ Stuart Plattner,
Program Director for Cultural Anthropology & NSF Human Subjects Research Officer in the Division of Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences at National Science Foundation (

NOTE: As of October 1, 2002 all project summaries MUST include separate paragraphs addressing intellectual merit AND broader impacts, or they will be returned without review.

Application Deadline for AAAS Public Policy Opportunities only One Month Away

The application deadline for the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Programs is less than a month away (January 10, 2003). These nine programs, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, provide unique one-year opportunities for scientists and engineers to contribute scientific and technical information and external perspectives to federal decision-making in Washington, DC, while learning how government works. Fellows serve either in the Congress or in one of a dozen executive branch agencies.

The AAAS fellowship programs may lead to long-term careers in science policy or broaden the experience of Fellows in currently existing career paths.

For more information and application instructions, call 202/326-6700, e-mail, or visit our Web site at

Date:Tue, 10 Dec 2002
Subject: Medical Anthropology Job in San Antonio
Reply To: From: James McDonald,

The University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Anthropology, pending budget approval, invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position in cultural anthropology with an emphasis in medical anthropology to begin Fall 2003.

Required qualifications:

  • PhD in anthropology
  • theoretically motivated research and areal focus in North, Central, or South America.
Preferred qualifications:
  • evidence of excellence in teaching
  • promise of developing an active research program; desire and ability to contribute to graduate program growth.

Responsibilities include teaching general anthropology, basic courses in cultural anthropology, & elective courses in area of specialization; ongoing research; & service in a dynamic program offering both an undergraduate and graduate major. Courses are offered either at the UTSA Main or Downtown campuses, and occasionally at night.

Applicants must submit by mail a letter of application that includes a statement of teaching and research interests, a CV, and the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must state their current visa and residency status.

Applications must be postmarked by 3 January 2003. Send all application materials by mail to Search Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at San Antonio, 6900 North Loop 1604 West, San Antonio, TX 78249-0649.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is an affirmative action, equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Dr. James H. McDonald, Interim Chair
Department of Anthropology
University of Texas at San Antonio

Subject: Wickedness Conference Update
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002
Reply To: Dr Rob Fisher,

Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness Conference
21 to 26 March 2003
Anglo-American College
Prague, Czech Republic

Please note the dates of this conference have changed slightly, and the deadline for 300 word abstracts has been extended to 8 January. A new and cheaper 3 star hotel has also been added to the accomodation list; see website for details.

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues surrounding evil and human wickedness. Perspectives are sought from those engaged in the fields of anthropology, criminology, cultural studies, legal studies, literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and theology. Perspectives are sought from those working in the caring professions, the media, prison services, politics, psychiatry and other work-related and vocational areas.

Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:

  • the concept and language of 'evil' and 'wickedness'
  • the nature and sources of evil and human wickedness
  • moral intuitions about dreadful crimes
  • psychopathic behaviour - mad or bad?
  • choice, responsibility, and diminished responsibility
  • social and cultural reactions to evil and human wickedness
  • the portrayal of evil and human wickedness in the media and popular culture
  • suffering in literature and film
  • individual acts of evil, group violence, holocaust and genocide; obligations of bystanders
  • terrorism, war, ethnic cleansing; the evils of terrorism, fear of terrorism, international relations especially with regard to the modern nation state, superpower interventionist strategies, post-war reorganisation following the evils of war
  • the search for meaning and sense in evil and human wickedness
  • the nature and tasks of theodicy
  • religious understandings of evil and human wickedness
  • postmodern approaches to evil and human wickedness
  • ecocriticism, evil and suffering
  • evil and the use/abuse of technology; evil in cyberspace

Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Wednesday 8 January 2003. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 14th February 2003.

The conference is part of a larger series of ongoing conferences, run under the general banner 'At the Interface'. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

Following the first 'Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness' conference, an e-mail discussion group was created and an ISSN e-journal launched supporting the work and research of the conference series.

Five themed volumes have and are in the process of being published; selected papers accepted for and presented at this conference will also be published in themed volumes. In addition, all papers accepted for and presented at the conference will appear in an ISBN eBook. For further details and information, please contact: Dr Rob Fisher - or see the conference website at - .

Subject: Job Opportunity for Economist or Social Scientist
Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2002

Send to everyone you can think of who might be interested or appropriate.~ Susan

Position for Supervisory Marine Resource Economist or Social Scientist
One Position
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminitration
National Marine Fisheries Serivice
Miami, FL

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has an opening for team leader of the Economics and Social Science Research Group at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, FL. The position will be filled at the GS-14 level.

We are looking for a Ph.D. economist or social scientist wiith research experience in the fields of natural resources and policy analysis to provide long-term direction for socio-economics research in the southeast, to coordinate economics and social science research needs with fisheries management councils and other offices within the NMFS, and to direct and perform economics and social science research necessary to meet NMFS responsibilities.

The Southeast Fisheries Science Center conducts basic and applied research to support management of living marine resources in federal waters off southeastern coastal waters of the U.S. from North Carolina through Texas, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. An equal opportunity employer.

Access the vacancy announcement through Click on Series, then enter series 0110 to apply as an economist or series 0101 to apply as a social scientist; scroll down and enter other pertinent information, and then click submit. Look for vacancy number C-NMF-03015.RDJ, which should be listed as Supervisory Economist (series 0110) and Supervisory Social Scientist (series 0101). The vacancy announcement opens on December 9, 2002, and will close on December 30, 2002. Apply electronically through the Department of Commerce COOL (Commerce Opportunities On-Line) system.

Please distribute this information to anyone who you think may be interested in this position.

Subject:A Resource
Date:Fri, 6 Dec 2002
Reply To:Jay Ruby,ruby@ACSWORLD.NET

Sage publishing provides a nice service of emailing you the contents of any of their journals that interest you. Here is an example:

  • New Media & Society. Volume 04 Issue 04 - Publication Date: 1 December 2002
    • Constructing the meaning of digital television in Britain, the United States and Australia Ian Weber Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Vanessa Evans Starcom Worldwide, Sydney, Australia
    • The diffusion of information technology in Singapore schools: a process framework Pui See Tang and Peng Hwa Ang Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    • Theorizing cyberspace: the idea of voice applied to the internet discourse Ananda Mitra and Eric Watts Wake Forest University, USA
    • The logic of new media in international affairs Alan R. Kluver Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    • Communication research about the internet: a thematic meta-analysis Sung Tae Kim De Paul University, USA and David Weaver Indiana University, USA ttp://
    • Instantaneous representation and the pig itself Nebojsa Kujundzic and Matthew Dorrell University of Prince Edward Island, Canada
    • Network ethnography and the hypermedia organization: new media, new organizations, new methods Philip N. Howard University of Washington, USA

Subject:Amazon Research Position
From:Alayne Unterberger, NAPA Student Representative
Date:Wed, 04 Dec 2002
Here is a PhD opportunity on developing agent based models of land use change in the Brazilian Amazon.

I am seeking a Ph.D. student, starting in either May or September 2003, to join an ongoing research project focussed on developing agent based models of land use change in the Brazilian Amazon. The project is funded through the National Science Foundation Biocomplexity in the Environment program and is based at the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change (CIPEC) at Indiana University. For more information on this project see .

This Ph.D. student would be based in the Department of Geography at the University of Waterloo and the Waterloo-Laurier Graduate Program in Geography (see, but should expect to spend some time working at CIPEC. The ideal candidate will have a background in social simulation and/or agent based modelling and a strong interest in land use change. Interested students are invited to contact Peter Deadman for more information.
Peter J. Deadman
Associate Professor
Department of Geography
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3G1
Ph: (519) 888-4567 ext. 2791
Fax: (519) 746-0658

P.S. For information on three assistant professorship jobs open in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida, go to

Subject:Ethnographer Wanted
Date:Tue, 3 Dec 2002
Reply To: Maria Martinez,

Full-Time Ethnographer Needed

The Hispanic Health Council has an immediate guaranteed opening for a full-time Qualitative Researcher/Ethnographer for our new Drug Use and Health Risk Monitoring Study.

The Hispanic Health Council (HHC) is a community based health research, service and advocacy institute in Hartford, CT. The HHC was co-founded by an anthropologist and a community health activist in 1978. Since then, the HHC has grown into a major center of applied anthropological and public health research, direct community service, and training with a full-time staff of 70 people. There currently are a number of anthropologists, including the Director of Research, epidemiologists and public health interventionists on staff at the HHC.

The open positions are for field qualitative researchers/ethnographers on a CDC-funded study of health risks associated with new forms of drug use. Using an array of qualitative methods and survey techniques, the study is designed to identify new drugs, new forms of drug use, and new drug-using populations in several Hartford neighborhoods. Continuous data analysis of findings will contribute to the rapid development of new forms of harm reduction interventions through researcher-provider collaborations.

Qualifications for this applied research position include: a PhD or MA in anthropology, public health or a related field, at least 1 year of ethnographic field experience, good observational and note taking skills, willingness to work as a member of a field team, and readiness to work with the target population of this study. Spanish speaking ability required. Familiarity with NUD*IST or other software for qualitative data management/analysis is a plus.

Salary: DOE
Send CV plus cover letter summarizing your relevant experience to:
Maria Martinez
Hispanic Health Council
175 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06106
Attn: Drug Monitoring study

Subject:Job Announcement
Date:Tue, 26 Nov 2002
Reply To:Kevin Taylor Anderson,kta@ANTHRO.UMASS.EDU

Field Coordinator Needed

Description of the Position: Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA)Field Coordinator

We are seeking a highly creative and dedicated individual with experience teaching and working with adolescents who has interest and/or expertise in visual anthropology/sociology, qualitative research techniques, media studies, psychology, medicine, and/or public health for the position of FIELD COORDINATOR of an innovative project at Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School.

Video production/post-production experience is a plus.

Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA) (see for a full description) is a novel patient-centered approach to understanding complex issues faced by children and adolescents with chronic conditions. Patients are given video camcorders and asked to teach the doctors about their illness experiences by making "video diaries" of their day-to-day life. These patient-created visual illness narratives are then analyzed by a team of researchers including a medical doctor, a psychologist, a clinical social worker, and a visual anthropologist. Award-winning research has already been performed with asthma, and current projects include obesity, spina bifida, and sickle cell disease.

The VIA Field Coordinator will be responsible for training andfacilitating the young person's creation of the video diary, supporting and coaching the young person through his/her personal creative process, and troubleshooting any problems that may occur. Previous experience working with children and teens is required; expertise with digital video production/post-production and non-linear editing (including Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro) on the Mac OS X platform is a considerable asset. Successful applicants also need to have a valid driver's license, access to a car, and be capable of driving to participants' houses as needed in the greater Boston area.

As time and motivation permit, the VIA Field Coordinator may: work with the multidisciplinary research team and research interns who are logging the video tapes, edit video and prepare research and broadcast presentations (television and web-based), and help to develop educational software for teaching health care professionals, parents, and children.

The VIA Field Coordinator will collaborate and consult with Jennifer Patashnick, VIA Research Coordinator, and will also work directly with Michael Rich, MD, MPH, VIA founder and director. Dr. Rich is an adolescent medicine physician at Children's Hospital and a member of the faculties of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health.

Interested individuals are asked to submit a letter of interest and a resume, preferably by e-mail or fax, to Jennifer Patashnick. (See contact details listed below.)

Start date: January 1, 2003
Full-time position; salary to be determined based on candidate's education, skills, and experience.
Contact person: Jennifer Patashnick
Children's Hospital Boston
Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA)
Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine
VIA website:

Subject:SVA & VAR Website Urls
Date:Mon, 25 Nov 2002
From:Harald Prins
Hello All --
In response to some queries, the SVA has a new website; accessible at . Its webmaster is current SVA President Carol Hermer.

The SVA journal, Visual Anthropology Review, has also a website. It was created and is maintained by David Sapir & can be found at

Hope this is useful ~ Harald Prins

Subject:Scholarships for One Week Course
Date:Tue, 26 Nov 2002
Reply To:Yaneer Bar-Yam,

Scholarships for One Week Course on Complex Systems

We have funding for a limited number of partial scholarships for the One-Week Intensive Course on complex systems concepts and methods. Please contact Yaneer Bar-Yam at the e-mail above for further information.

Subject:2003-2005 Student Committee Nominations
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2002
From: Anne Ballenger, Chair SfAA Student Committee

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