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Subject: 2003 SfAA Conference
Date: Sat, 07 Sept 2002
From: Anne Ballenger, Student Committee Chair
Dear Students,
Exciting things are happening! It's time to start submitting abstracts for the 2003 SfAA Conference and you are invited to do so. Here are a couple of things the Student Committee is working on for the Conference and WE NEED YOU to make it a fabulous success:
2003 SfAA Conference LogoSfAA Student Committee's: Conference Connection
A New Student Committee intiative for you! The SfAA had formally invited YOU to participate at the Conference as a paper, poster presenter or a session organizer.
To assist you we have created the Conference Connection to answer all your travel, registration, Award, sessions, presentation questions & provide recommendations, and referrals. Check it out!
SfAA Past President & Student Luncheon
Want to be in know? How about discuss your research project or interests with seminal applied anthropologists? Here is your chance! And - have a free lunch, too! Yes, 25 lucky students will receive a fine lunch and terrific conversation! What can be better than that? So, contact me to reserve your space.
More to be Announced...


Subject:National Association of Student Anthropologists
Date:Sat, 07 Sept Jul 2002
From:Anne Ballenger, Chair SfAA Student Committee

Chad Morris, Editor of SfAA Student Committee:
Elected to AAA Post:
Dear All,
If you haven't read the latest AAA newsletter then you may not be aware that our very own Chad Morris, Editor of the SfAA Student Committee has been elected as the new AAA National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA) President-Elect for the 2002-2003 term.

Congratulations CHAD!

I know that Chad has been a wonderful Editor and facilitator of student activities within the Student Committee and I look forward to his innovation for all AAA students under his term at NASA.

In fact, Chad and Jen Weis, our Secretary, are currently hard at work putting together a mailing campaign to all the applied programs and students. Look for the posters and letters in your department, as well as, an e-mail in your box soon!


Subject:Job in Media Anthropology
Date:Sat, 07 Sept Jul 2002
From:Tom Gill,

Job in Media Anthropology:
Dear fellow H-Japaneers,
Hi there, it's Tom Gill. I have received a message from my former employers at Kyoto Bunkyo University, asking for help in finding suitable candidates for a job they are advertising. The post is for someone to teach anthropology of media, and the appointment will be made at lecturer (koushi) or associate professor (jokyouju) level. I understand that it will be a tenured position. A few more details:
  • The deadline is on September 30.
  • It's only being advertised in Japanese, but I know they would welcome applications from non-Japanese so long as their Nihongo is good enough to give lectures, attend committee meetings etc.
  • The job advert specifies the following 'requirements': a grounding in cultural anthropology, ability to analyse media, and a track record in creating or transmitting media in a real situation. I don't think that final item need be read too strictly, but any anthropologist with journalistic or broadcasting experience would probably have an edge.
  • The job advert also specifies 4 'qualifications': possession of a Masters or possession of outstanding knowledge or experience in the media field; good enough Japanese to teach and conduct everyday business in Japanese; born after April 1 1960; and willing to live within commuting range of the university after appointment.
  • I believe I'm right in saying that it's an open race and hasn't already been decided before it was advertised, unlike so many university posts here in Japan.
  • KBU is a small private university, founded in 1996 by Kasei Gakuin, a Buddhist educational foundation. It is located in Uji, the city directly bordering Kyoto to the south. about half an hour by train from central Kyoto. It has only 2 departments: cultural anthropology and clinical psychology. I was there as a joshu, 1997-99, when Harumi Befu was also there. It's a fairly unique working environment, with a lot of interesting people.

    I believe it is the biggest anthropology department in Japan. There are nearly 20 anthropologists working there, covering regions in every continent. All but one of them are Japanese. There are several non-Japanese people working there teaching English, including a tenured professor.

    Main KBU web site:
    KBU English-language web site:
    The Japanese-language job description may be found at the NACSIS website:

    Key in 'Kyouto Bunkyou Daigaku' as the search term and you should be led to the job advert. Note that the kanji for 'Bunkyou' are 'literature' + 'teach' (NOT the kyou in Kyouto). You can also find the advert by using its registration number as the search term: A102070139.

    Please distribute this message freely. Please do note, however, that I am spreading the word about this job on a purely informal basis. If anyone does apply for it, they should not take my word for important matters like working conditions etc. I cannot take responsibility for such things and applicants should be careful to read the formal advertisement carefully and check all details themselves.



    Subject:AAA Conference
    Date:Fri, 06 Sept

    AAA Centennial Conference:
    Gala & Registration

    The AAA has planned a grand event for our Centennial Celebration to be held in New Orleans at the Mardi Gras Den on Thursday evening, November 21, to help kick-off this year's Annual Meeting. The gala will be an all-inclusive night of transportation to and from the Mardi Gras Den, all-you -can-eat Louisiana cuisine, an open beer & wine bar, two bands on two stages, masks, our own Mardi Gras mini-parade, caricature artists, beads and a whole lot of surprises!

    All for only $50 per member - $40 for students if you purchase your tickets prior to October 25, 2002. You won't find a better entertainment bargain in New Orleans.

    Just click on this link at the AAA web site and look for the on-line Annual Meeting registration form. For those of you who may have already registered for the Meeting, proceed to the on-line registration form which will automatically detect your pre-registration and take you directly to the Gala Reservation Form. Tickets purchased after the early bird deadline of October 25th (or on-site at the Annual Meeting) will sell for $60.00 for members and $50.00 for students.

    So plan to join your colleagues, celebrate the AAA Centennial and get the best taste of New Orleans that you can find in one place. I'm sure that we will all "Pass a good time, cher!"


    Subject:SfAAs 2003 Proposed Session
    Date:Fri, 06 Sept Jul 2002
    From:Mary Riley,

    Call for Abstracts:
    Collaborations in Anthropology & Law
    This session explores how anthropologists have worked (both formally and informally), on behalf of the people, groups or communities they have studied, on legal matters and/or within the structure of the sociolegal system. In many ways, the goals of the anthropologist and of the lawyer may potentially overlap. Both are professionals who can choose to engage in the role of advocate for persons or entire groups of people who are otherwise at the margins of society and the least likely to be able to be represented within, gain access to or make use of social institutions, including the “mainstream” sociolegal system, in order to have their complaints heard or to procure justice on their own behalf. Cases of success and failure in being able to advocate on behalf of disenfranchised individuals and groups, and in assisting them in navigating legal matters, and dealing with the structural aspects of sociolegal systems, will be reported by session participants.

    I am very interested in receiving abstracts from anthropologists, lawyers, legal advocates, activists, advocates who work in the public interest sector, in legislation, and any others who have worked in areas related to this (very broadly construed) subject.

    Please send your abstracts to me no later than Friday, October 4th, 2002 at the e-mail address [Registration for the SfAAs is done through the SfAAs web site, or via telephone/snail mail to the SfAAs].

    If you would like more information, please notify me at the e-mail address listed above.
    Dr. Mary Riley, Visiting Research Associate
    PCRPS, University of Illinois at Chicago


    Subject:Position Announcement
    Date:Tues, 03 Sept
    From:Patricia Sachs,

    Position Announcement:
    Anthropology of Work
    Dear colleagues:
    Please respond to me directly ( with resumes and a cover letter.

    Job Opportunity

    The Advanced Concept & Technology (AC&T) organization at Pitney Bowes has a job opening for a Work Anthropologist at its facility in Shelton, Connecticut. AC&T is an engineering organization that is developing its capability in understanding how people work and how that understanding informs the conception of new technologies. The candidate must be able to work with engineers as part of a team.

    This position seeks a candidate who can apply expertise in the anthropology of work, ethnographic research, and data synthesis & analysis while working on-site with customers to identify and understand both their voiced and unvoiced needs. The person in this position will function as an integral member of customer-centered innovation teams that conceive, prototype and assess the value of new product concepts and how new concepts fit into existing work practices.

    He/she will develop representations of customers' needs and everyday practice as a key contribution to the team. Other responsibilities include contributing to new concepts based on customer practices, "technology in use," and customers' local work systems. As a key member of a creative, dynamic, collaborative team, the candidate will also participate in structuring ideation sessions and developing concept prototype solutions.

    This position requires a PhD/MA in Anthropology. Concentration in workplace anthropology, with emphasis on cognitive psychology and linguistics is desired. Demonstrated experience working in field sites and on project teams is required. Experience in observational techniques, participant-observation, interview techniques, ethnographic analysis and the ability to communicate ethnographic insight is also required. Practical experience representing ethnographic data in visual forms is a distinct plus, as is familiarity with new product development and engineering practices.

    The ideal candidate will possess excellent analytical, problem solving, communication and interpersonal skills, and have the ability and desire to work in a variety of customer environments on multi-disciplinary teams. 8+ years experience.

    Please send all resumes with a cover letter to: Patricia Sachs, Social Solutions, Inc.,( Mail: 427 Casa del Mar Drive, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019. Fax: 650.712.1557.


    Subject:Final Call for Abstracts
    Date:Tues, 03 Sept
    From:Alexandra Mack,

    Final Call for Abstracts, CONAA Sessions, SfAA 2003:
    NAPA Sponsored Sessions
    Dear colleagues:
    More calls for SfAA papers. NAPA is co-sponsoring Proposed Session #1: How Participatory Research Shapes Community Partnerships, please contact Karen Breda directly if you are interested in participating in that session.

    Other sessions that would like NAPA sponsorship please contact me.
    Alexandra Mack
    NAPA Program Chair

    Final Call for Abstracts
    CONAA Sessions for SfAA 2003
    Building Bridges: Collaborating Beyond Boundaries
    The 63rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA)
    Portland, Oregon
    March, 19-23, 2003

    Abstract Submission Due Date: September, 13, 2002

    CONAA is co-sponsoring the SfAA 2003 meetings by organizing three sessions in collaboration with other interest groups. This is the official CALL for ABSTRACTS. We urge you to consider submitting an abstract for ONE of the three sessions (See session abstracts printed below). Abstract submissions will be subjected to a competitive review process. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be made in time for rejected abstracts to be submitted directly to SfAA. Please read the following Timeline/deadline dates and directions for submission.

    • September 13, 2002 Deadline for abstract submissions
    • September 20, 2002 Notification of acceptance/rejection of abstracts
    • October 4, 2002 Final packets from accepted presenters due
    • October 8, 2002 CONAA organizers will contact your regarding the final submission.

    If you plan to submit for a CONAA sponsored session, send your abstract to us.
    (*Do Not Submit Abstract To SfAA Until Notified To Do So*)

    Directions for Submission of Abstracts to CONAA:

    1. As soon as possible prior to the September 13, 2002 deadline, please notify the organizer for the session of your intent to submit an abstract and provide a rough draft of your abstract in your email message (organizers names and email addresses are included at the end of each session abstract printed below).
    2. Prepare your abstract, typed single space, using this format (100 word limit).
      AUTHOR SURNAME, First Name (Affiliation). Title. Text
    3. Submit on or before the September 13, 2002 deadline to the organizer for your chosen session.
    4. You will be notified by September 20, 2002 if your abstract is accepted or rejected. (rejected abstracts can be submitted directly to SfAA for review go to for direct submission and SfAA review)
    5. Instructions for final submission of your registration packet and address will be provided with acceptance notification on or about September 20, 2002. (Do not register for the conference or submit your abstract on-line until you receive notification to do so from the session organizer. You will need a session ID number in order to submit your abstract. This number will be provided by your session organizer.)

Session Choices:
Choose ONE of the following sessions (one abstract per person):
Proposed Session #1: How Participatory Research Shapes Community Partnerships This session considers how participatory research methods (e.g. critical ethnography, participatory action research, etc.) shape community partnerships and outreach efforts with vulnerable and at-risk populations. Session #1 Abstract:
BREDA, Karen Lucas (U Hartford) How Participatory Research Shapes Community Partnerships. Applied health anthropologists increasingly adopt participatory methods of scientific inquiry so their research directly benefits the communities studied. Participatory methods (e.g. critical ethnography, advocacy and action-based community research) help applied scientists shape more egalitarian partnerships and outreach efforts with vulnerable and at-risk populations. These methods emerge from holistic and politicized worldviews. Researchers and groups studied collaborate throughout the research process thus enhancing community partnerships. The participatory research model poses challenges and obstacles, while potentially helping to shape a society with fewer health and social disparities. This session explored various participatory research approaches that build bridges with community collaborators. CONAA organizer Karen Breda (Contact email names/addresses:;

Proposed Session #2: The Intersection of Applied Anthropology and Chronic Illness This general session explores current biomedical treatment modes for chronic illnesses and how applied anthropology can offer alternative perspectives.
Session #2 Abstract:
BENT, Katherine (Denver VA Medical Center); SHAPIRA, Jill (UCLA) The Intersection of Applied Anthropology and Chronic Illness. Since the end of World War II, chronic conditions have become leading public health concerns in industrialized and developing countries. As the traditional health care system is being challenged to promote healthy aging and prevent or control chronic conditions, it is becoming increasingly clear that the science, technology and systems for treating chronic conditions can not be isolated from cultural factors in the origin, distribution, prevention, care, and treatment of chronic conditions. In this session, panel members will explore how multidisciplinary partnerships develop and apply cultural knowledge to improve health outcomes among those with chronic conditions. CONAA organizers: Kate Bent ( ) and Jill Shapira ( ) Please also contact:
Proposed Session #3: Focused Ethnography as Applied Anthropology This session examines the legitimization of focused ethnography as method in applied science including the advantages and disadvantages of its use in applied anthropology.
Session #3 Abstract:
LAGANA, Kathleen (OHSU); DESANTIS, Lydia (UMiami). Focused Ethnography as Method in Applied Anthropology. The application of anthropologic methods to specifically focused questions in healthcare and the social sciences demonstrates the complexity of twenty-first century global society and the need for continued focus on culturally constructed meaning. Focused ethnography as a methodology is applied in a variety of ways. As rich description of context is a hallmark of anthropology, it is important to examine where focused ethnography fits in this tradition. The session will examine various applications of focused ethnography in research and practice and discuss the question of rigor in focused ethnography. CONAA organizers: Kathleen Lagana ( and Lydia DeSantis ( Please also contact:

We look forward to hearing from you soon!
We are grateful to members who contacted us with ideas, and hope that we will have an enthusiastic response from them and others who are interested in attending the SfAA meeting.
We hope to hear from you VERY SOON! If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact Nancy Anderson (


Subject:Call for Papers
Date:Mon, 02 Sept
From:NASA list

The Society for Psychological Anthropology Biennial Meeting:
25th Anniversary of the SPA
Announcement & Call for Papers

Dear Student Anthropologists,
The biennial meeting of the Society for Psychological Anthropology will take place April 10-13, 2003 at the Catamaran Hotel in San Diego. SPA encourages contributions from students, collaborations between students and faculty, and panels including student participants.

The theme of the meeting is "Reaching In: Conversations between Psychological and Cultural Anthropology." A Presidential Forum will highlight this theme with a presentation by Sherry Ortner (titled "Serious Games") and invited responses and commentary by Jean Briggs and Jean Lave.

Other sessions being planned will explore the intellectual interfaces of psychological anthropology through linguistic, medical, and psychoanalytic approaches.

SPA encourages proposals relevant to the meeting theme, as well as those representing the full range of interests in psychological anthropology. We also want to continue the Society¹s longstanding interest in interdisciplinary dialogue with colleagues in related fields. The program committee of the Board will review all session, paper, and poster proposals received by December 2, 2002.

Proposals for sessions, papers, and posters should be emailed to the SPA President, Geoff White, at: by the above date.

Abstracts should be no more than one page in length (session proposals to include abstracts for the session as well as individual papers). We expect to notify those who submit proposals by the end of December, with a final agenda circulated in early January.

For this meeting, we are the first AAA section to offer online registration at

For online hotel reservations, go to:
A limited number of quads are available. We are also hoping to offer students free lodging with UCSD anthropology graduate students.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at
April Leininger, Student Representative, SPA

CRS Job Announcement

DATE:Thu, 29 Aug 2002
From: Natalie Hanson,

The first job in particular could be of interest to an anthropologist or social scientist with a strong economics background. Natalie

From: Jim Nelson,

The Congressional Research Service is now accepting applications for the following six positions. To apply, please visit our website at or call (202) 707-5627 to request an applicant job kit.

Specialist in Industrial Organization: Information and Communication
  • Industries, GS-15 ($92,060 - $119,682). See
Resources, Science and Industry Division.
  • Vacancy #020177. Applications must be received by September 17, 2002 Analyst in Agricultural Economics, GS-14 ($78,265 - $101,742).
  • Resources, Science and Industry Division.Vacancy #020178. Applications must be received by September 17, 2002.
  • Analyst in Energy Economics and Policy, GS-14 ($78,265 - $101,742).
  • Resources, Science and Industry Division. Vacancy #020176. Applications must be received by September 17, 2002.
  • Analyst in American National Government - Congress, GS-12 ($55,694 - $72,400).
  • .
  • Government and Finance Division Vacancy #020194 (2 positions) Applications must be received by September 20, 2002
  • Analyst in American National Government - Organization and Management, GS-12 ($55,694 - $72,400). Government and Finance Division. Vacancy #020193. Applications must be received by September 20

End of Announcements 9/07/2002