2016 Victor Turner Prize Competition

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) announces the 25th annual juried competition for the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing. The late Victor Turner devoted his career to seeking an accessible language that would reopen anthropology to the human subject, and the prize will be given in recognition of innovative books that further this project.

Eligible genres include single and co-authored ethnographic monographs, narratives, historical accounts, biographies, memoirs, dramas, or single-authored collections of essays, short stories, or poems. A $1,000 first-place, a $500 second place and a $250 third-place prize, for books published between April 2014 and April 2016, will be awarded at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Minneapolis in November 2016.

Books may be entered into the competition by authors, book editors, or colleagues. No formal letter of nomination is needed. Books published in 2014-2015 entered in last year’s competition may be resubmitted this year with the appropriate entry fee.

Submission fee: For authors who are already SHA members, the entry fee is $25/book. For authors who are not SHA members, the entry fee is $75/book. (Publishers: for all books you submit, please check with the author first to discover whether s/he is a current SHA member and please encourage authors to join SHA). The fee may be paid either online here (log into Anthro Gateway to get the SHA member rate of $25), or by check (made out to the American Anthropological Association) with the Submission-Fee-Form sent to:

Kathy Ano, Controller
American Anthropological Association
2300 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 1301
Arlington, VA 22201-3386

Send one copy of the book to be entered to each of the three judges (a total of 3 copies):

Karen Richman
230 McKenna Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Mustafa Mirzeler
729 Whites Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Lucas Bessire
Department of Anthropology
University of Oklahoma
455 W. Lindsey Street
Norman OK 73019

All who enter the contest must include a cover letter with four items of required information:

  1. book title, publication year, and publisher,
  2. author’s contact information including mailing address, all telephone numbers and e-mail address;
  3. author’s biographical sketch (1-2 paragraphs) including highest degree awarded, discipline, and institution;
  4. current affiliation (university or otherwise).

Biographical information will be used for presenting the winners and publicizing the results of the competition and will not be used for judging the quality of the entries. Entrants may also include an optional short statement about intellectual training/ orientation, and the circumstances surrounding the research/ writing of the book.

Please send the cover letter and accompanying statements and biographical information to the chair of the Victor Turner Prize Committee, Karen Richman, [email protected], 574-631-8146.

The deadline for receipt of the required materials is May 15, 2016.

All inquiries should be directed to Karen Richman, [email protected]

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Society for Humanistic Anthropology – CFP for Minneapolis 2016

SHA welcomes a variety of individual paper and session proposals for consideration at this year’s Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN (November 16-20, 2016). The theme for the meeting is “Evidence, Accident, Discovery,” which provides a rich context for exploring the innovative and exciting work conducted under the broad rubric of humanistic anthropology.

For the 2016 Annual Meeting, the SHA programming committee consists of: Erik Aasland ([email protected]) & Nicole Peterson ([email protected]). 

Erik and Nicole will be more than happy to work with you on your paper, poster, or roundtable presentations and sessions. SHA encourages innovative formats, including poster sessions, extended readings, and fostering more dynamic discussion periods. For all submissions, participants must abide by the AAA rules regarding roles, registration, deadlines, and fees: http://www.americananthro.org/AttendEvents/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=2017. No exceptions.

There a many different ways for members to participate in the AAA meetings through SHA. All submissions are due April 15, 2016 unless otherwise indicated. The online abstract submission system is now open for all proposal types. Here are the types of submissions possible:

 

Panels and Sessions

Executive Panels (were due 2/17)

Roundtables (Due 4/15)

Invited Sessions (Due 4/15)

Volunteered Sessions (Due 4/15)

Visit here for a description of each submission type: http://www.aaanet.org/meetings/presenters/ProposalSubmissionTypes.cfm

Most popular SHA submissions categories:

 Individually Volunteered Paper/Poster Presentations – Due 4/15, 2016 online

This includes all individual paper/poster submissions. To submit a proposal, go to AAA website and follow the links to the call for papers. A presentation abstract of up to 250 words is required. Meeting registration forms and fees must be submitted for each participant. Submission deadline is 5:00 pm EST (10:00 pm GMT) April 15, 2015. Be sure to indicate if you wish SHA to review your submission.

 

SHA Invited/Sponsored Session Proposals – Due 4/15, 2016 online

This includes all paper/poster sessions and roundtable proposals. All Session Proposals (paper, poster, or roundtable sessions) must include a session abstract of up to 500 words and information for all participants (including individual abstracts for paper/poster sessions, and any technical needs for your session). Submission will be through the AAA website. We highly encourage anyone wanting consideration for invited session status to contact us ASAP, ideally by March 20, 2016.

Here is how the process for getting invited status works:
 
1. You submit your complete panel and ask for it to be reviewed by SHA;
 
2. You indicate that you want your panel to also be reviewed by a second and possibly a third section. You can also write them in advance.
 
3. The section’s program chairs review all of the abstracts submitted to their section. They then proceed to score and rank them.
 
4. Then the negotiations begin. Program reviewers from the various sections look for other sections open to co-invite panels. They do this because each section only has so many points to use to invite panels, but co-invited panels costs half as much.
 
 
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2016 SHA Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Competition

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology announces that we are opening our annual writing contest which celebrates and encourages the use of creative literary genres to explore anthropological concerns associated with any field of anthropology. This year we are expanding our ethnographic fiction competition to include the literary genres of creative nonfiction as well as fiction.

As a guideline, ethnographic fiction and creative nonfiction use literary elements to bring stories to life and engage the reader. Whether fiction or nonfiction, these creative prose pieces reflect insights about the real world seen through an anthropological lens or reflecting an anthropological sensibility.

Submissions should not exceed 20 pages typed double-spaced, and need to work as stand-alone stories. There is a limit of one submission per applicant.

We do expect contestants to be affiliated with the field or practice of anthropology and/or ethnography in some manner. There is no entry fee for this competition. Submission deadline is May 2, 2016.

Please email your entry as two pdf documents to: [email protected]

The entry should consist of two files:

  • Your story (double spaced) with title but without the author’s name (anonymized), PLUS an extra final page with a statement of no more than 400 words that answers the question “how is this creative piece anthropologically informed and in what ways has your background in the field contributed to it?” This statement will be taken into account as the judges make their award selections.
  • A separate cover page with your full name, title of your submission, mailing address, email address, and institutional affiliation (if applicable).

JUDGES: Julia Offen (Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Editor, Anthropology and Humanism), Jessica Falcone (Associate Professor, Kansas State University), and John Wood (Professor, University of North Carolina Asheville)

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized in a ceremony at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Minneapolis in November 2016.

Winning submissions will be considered for publication in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. All winners will receive a certificate, and the first place winner will receive an award of $100.

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2016 SHA Ethnographic Poetry Competition

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology announces our annual poetry competition as a means to encourage scholars to use alternative literary genres to explore anthropological concerns. These concerns may be any of those associated with any of the five fields of anthropology: Archaeological, Biological, Linguistic, Sociocultural and Applied.

There is no entre fee for this competition.

Deadline: July 15, 2016

Please email your entry (no more than three unpublished poems) as a single pdf document to: [email protected] without the author’s name (anonymized), along with a separate cover page with the following information by July 15, 2016:

  • NAME, TITLE, INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATION (S)
  • CONTACT INFO (ADDRESS, PHONE, EMAIL):
  • POEM TITLE(S)
  • ETHNOPOETRY STATEMENT*

The anonymous entry pdf must include an *ethnographic statement (of no more than 400 words) which connects the poem(s) submitted to anthropology which will be taken into account as the judges make their award selections. Examples of ethnographic statements can be found in the poems published in Anthropology and Humanism (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/anhu.12058/full).

Before you submit a manuscript to the competition, please consider exploring the work of the ethnographic poets we have published. We’re drawn to technical virtuosity combined with abundant imagination, vivid imagery, musical approaches to fresh language, risk-taking, and an ability to convey penetrating insights into human experience. We seek a layer of trust concerning the writer’s experience and perspective as both anthropologist and creative writer, one who is ethically responsible in terms of representing the other, one who is able to locate his or her reader in the context of the ethnographic study and reveal anthropological themes associated with any of the fields of anthropology.

JUDGES: Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, Nomi Stone, Kuo Zhang

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Minneapolis in November 2016. The first place winner(s) will receive a certificate and award of $100. All entries will be considered for publication in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. Membership in AAA or institutional subscription is required to receive AnthroSource access to the journal and SHA membership is required to receive a free print issue.

 

 

 

 

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2015 Society for Humanistic Anthropology Program

PLEASE NOTE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION ON SATURDAY NIGHT

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

4:00 PM-5:45 PM
ENACTING, TRANSFORMING, RECLAIMING IN DEALING WITH DEATH, DISASTER, AND VIOLENCE
Ruth E Toulson

Thursday, November 19, 2015

8:00 AM-9:45 AM
MONSTROSITIES AND DIVINITIES IN AMAZONIAN MODERNITY
Jeremy M Campbell, George Fitzpatrick Mentore, Daniela M Peluso and Beth A Conklin

10:15 AM-12:00 PM
LISTENING, BEING, NON-BEING: ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON ALIENATION AND OTHERNESS
Cecilia M Salvi, Arpan Roy and E Valentine Daniel

12:15 PM-1:30 PM
CELEBRATION OF ACTIVIST ANTHROPOLOGY BEYOND BORDERS: GINA ATHENA ULYSSE’S PUBLIC ANTHROPOLOGY AND WHY HAITI NEEDS NEW NARRATIVES
Faye V Harrison, Mark A Schuller, Ruth Behar, Elizabeth J Chin, Carole McGranahan, Michael Ralph, Cheryl R Rodriguez and Arlene Torres

SOCIETY FOR HUMANISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY (SHA) BOARD MEETING
Jonathan S Marion

1:45 PM-3:30 PM
[INVITED SESSION] DIASPORA, DREAMS, AND EMBODIMENT: REFLECTIONS ON LATINA/O MIGRATIONS, METHODS, AND THE MAKING OF FAMILIAR ROADS OF SURVIVAL
Hilario Junior Lomeli and Xochitl Chavez

EXPERIENCING THE STRANGE AND FAMILIAR: GOING THE DISTANCE IN ETHNOGRAPHIC WRITING
Antonio Medeiros

4:00 PM-5:45 PM
[INVITED SESSION] ACCESSING THE FIELD IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL STUDIES OF DISABILITY
Heather Thomas, Heather Thomas, Devva Kasnitz and Elizabeth Lewis

Friday, November 20, 2015

8:00 AM-9:45 AM
ALTERITY, TRANSFORMATION, AND NARRATIVE: ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH UTILIZING FACEBOOK
Erik A Aasland, Erik A Aasland and Heather A Horst

10:15 AM-12:00 PM
SEDUCTIONS OF PILGRIMAGE: SACRED JOURNEYS AFAR AND ASTRAY IN THE WESTERN RELIGIOUS TRADITION
Ellen Badone, Michael A. Di Giovine and Deana L Weibel

1:45 PM-3:30 PM
[INIVTED SESSION] ETHNOGRAPHIC APPS/APPS AS ETHNOGRAPHY: EXPLORING POSSIBILITIES FOR A LOCATIVE, MULTIMEDIA AND COLLABORATIVE FUTURE
Matthew S Durington, Samuel G Collins, Matthew S Durington and Krista Harper

4:00 PM-5:45 PM
CREATIVE DISORIENTATION: ETHNOGRAPHIC SENSIBILITY AS IMPROVISATIONAL ART
Marko Zivkovic, Marko Zivkovic and Jonathan S Marion

7:45 PM-9:00 PM
SOCIETY FOR HUMANISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY (SHA) MEMBERS’ MEETING
Jonathan S Marion

9:15 PM-10:30 PM
SOCIETY FOR HUMANISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY OPEN MIC NIGHT
Julia L Offen and Melisa (Misha) S Cahnmann-Taylor

Saturday, November 21, 2015

8:00 AM-9:45 AM
EXPRESSING ETHNOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE: EXPERIMENTING WITH CULTURAL EVOCATION
Jonathan S Marion, Jonathan S Marion and Helena Wulff

10:15 AM-12:00 PM
ETHNOGRAPHY AND FICTION
Billie Jean Isbell, Billie Jean Isbell and John C Wood

[POSTER] NEGOTIATING IDENTITY AND BELONGING
Jonathan S Marion

1:45 PM-3:30 PM
[INVITED SESSION] DIGITIZED GRAMMARS: CONTEXTS OF NARRATIVE CONSTRUCTION IN COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION
Meghan Sarah Fidler, Meghan Sarah Fidler and Marc L Moskowitz

4:00 PM-5:45 PM
ART AND WORLD MAKING
Leon Wainwright, Seleste Ann Sanchez and Petra Rethmann

7:45 PM-9:00 PM
SOCIETY FOR HUMANISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY (SHA) 2015 AWARDS CEREMONY
Kristen Ghodsee and Jonathan S Marion

9:15 PM-10:30 PM
SOCIETY FOR HUMANISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY (SHA) 40th ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION
Kristen Ghodsee, Jonathan S Marion and Julia L Offen

Sunday, November 22, 2015

8:00 AM-9:45 AM
VOCAL WORK: VOICE AND ETHICAL (RE-)IMAGINATION
Matthew Rahaim and Nicholas H Harkness

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
[Workshop] SHA WORKSHOP: SUBMITTING A MANUSCRIPT FOR PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATION
Jonathan S Marion, Michael Harkin and Michael Harkin

[Workshop] SHA WRITING WORKSHOP: NARRATIVE ETHNOGRAPHY + ETHNOGRAPHIC POETRY
Jonathan S Marion, Julia L Offen, Julia L Offen and Melisa (Misha) S Cahnmann-Taylor

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Society for Humanistic Anthropology – CFP for Denver 2015

SHA welcomes a variety of individual paper and session proposals for consideration at this year’s Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado (November 18-22, 2015). The theme for the meeting isFamiliar Strange,” which provides a rich context for exploring the innovative and exciting work conducted under the broad rubric of humanistic anthropology.

For the 2015 Annual Meeting, the SHA programming committee consists of: Jonathan S. Marion ([email protected]) & Erik Aasland ([email protected]).

Jonathan and Erik than happy to work with you on your paper, poster, or roundtable presentations and sessions. SHA encourages innovative formats, including poster sessions, extended readings, and fostering more dynamic discussion periods. For all submissions, participants must abide by the AAA rules regarding roles, registration, deadlines, and fees. No exceptions.

There a many different ways for members to participate in the AAA meetings through SHA. All submissions are due April 15, 2015 unless otherwise indicated. The online abstract submission system is now open for all proposal types. Here are the types of submissions possible:

Panels and Sessions

Executive Panels (Due 2/17)

Roundtables (Due 4/15)

Invited Sessions (Due 4/15)

Volunteered Sessions (Due 4/15)

Visit here for a description of each submission type: http://www.aaanet.org/meetings/presenters/ProposalSubmissionTypes.cfm

Most popular SHA submissions categories:

 Individually Volunteered Paper/Poster Presentations – Due 4/15, 2015

This includes all individual paper/poster submissions. To submit a proposal, go to AAA website and follow the links to the call for papers. A presentation abstract of up to 250 words is required. Meeting registration forms and fees must be submitted for each participant. Submission deadline is 5:00 pm EST (10:00 pm GMT) April 15, 2015. Be sure to indicate if you wish SHA to review your submission.

SHA Invited/Sponsored Session Proposals – Due 4/15, 2015 online

This includes all paper/poster sessions and roundtable proposals. All Session Proposals (paper, poster, or roundtable sessions) must include a session abstract of up to 500 words and information for all participants (including individual abstracts for paper/poster sessions, and any technical needs for your session). Submission will be through the AAA website. We highly encourage anyone wanting consideration for invited session status to contact us ASAP, ideally by March 20, 2015.

Installations – Due 4/15 online

Note: these are not officially SHA sessions, but may still be of interest.

Installations invite anthropological knowledge off the beaten path of the written conference paper. Presenters may propose performances, recitals, conversations, author-meets-critic roundtables, salon reading workshops, oral history recording sessions and other alternative, creative forms of intellectual expression for consideration. Selected Installations will be curated for off-site exhibition and tied to the official AAA conference program. Note: these are not officially SHA sessions.

Check the SHA website for deadline updates

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Please Note, Update on Journal Editor Search

The Executive Board of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) will be closing our search for Managing Editor of our journal, Anthropology and Humanism (AH) early. Should anyone else wish consideration, please contact James M. Taggart, Chair of AH Search Committee at [email protected] immediately to express their intent. Expressions of interest must be received by March 8 to be considered.

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2015 SHA Ethnographic Poetry Competition

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology announces our annual poetry
competition as a means to encourage scholars to use alternative literary genres to
explore anthropological concerns. These concerns may be any of those associated
with any of the five fields of anthropology: Archaeological, Biological, Linguistic,
Sociocultural and Applied.

There is no entry fee for this competition.

Deadline: September 15, 2015

Please email your entry (no more than three unpublished poems) as a single pdf document to: [email protected] without the author’s name (anonymized), along with a separate cover page with the following information by September 15, 2015:

  • NAME, TITLE, INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATION (S)
  • CONTACT INFO (ADDRESS, PHONE, EMAIL):
  • POEM TITLE(S)
  • ETHNOPOETRY STATEMENT

The anonymous entry pdf must include an *ethnographic statement (of no more than 400 words) which connects the poem(s) submitted to anthropology which will be taken into account as the judges make their award selections.

JUDGES: Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, Nomi Stone, Kuo Zhang

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Denver in November 2015. Winning poems will be published in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. The first place winner(s) will receive a certificate and award of $100. All entries will be considered for publication in the journal. Membership in AAA or institutional subscription is required to receive AnthroSource access to the journal and SHA membership is required to receive a free print issue.

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Call for MANAGING EDITOR

ANTHROPOLOGY AND HUMANISM

The Executive Board of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) is now inviting applications for Managing Editor of its peer-reviewed journal, Anthropology and Humanism (AH). AH welcomes a broad spectrum of contributions from those who see the relevance of humanism for getting to the heart of anthropology, accepting both traditional research article and creative writing styles. Interested applicants should send by e-mail a written statement specifically addressing the qualification criteria listed below and her/his vision for the journal. Please send all materials as e-mails and attachments by April 30, 2015, to James M. Taggart, Chair of AH Search Committee at [email protected]

Qualifications for Anthropology and Humanism managing editor:

  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology’s area of interest.
  • Experience and knowledge in publishing, editing and journal administration
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ph.D. in anthropology
  • Proven record of refereed publications
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and leadership experience
  • Willingness to work with AAA’s evolving publication program

Working arrangements: Must be available for a three-year term of appointment, beginning July 1, 2015. Must meet strict deadlines to produce two issues of the journal annually. Works closely with Associate Editors/peer reviewers. Expected to attend the AAA annual fall meeting with SHA providing a maximum travel and lodging allowance of $ 500.  Must have the ability to work remotely, with a computer updated to current standards and software. It would be helpful to have organizational or financial support from the editor’s institution.

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2015 SHA Fiction Competition

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology announces our annual ethnographic fiction competition to encourage anthropologists to use alternative literary genres to explore anthropological concerns associated with the four fields of anthropology. Stories should not exceed 20 pages typed double-spaced. There is a limit of one story submission per applicant.

There is no entry fee for this competition.

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Please email your entry as a pdf document to: [email protected] without the author’s name (anonymized), along with a separate cover page with your full name, title of your submission, address, email address and institutional affiliation by May 1, 2015. The anonymous entry pdf must have an additional extra final page that addresses the following query: “what is ethnographic fiction, and what makes this submission ethnographic fiction?”  This statement (of no more 400 words) will be taken into account as the judges make their award selections.

JUDGES: Jessica Falcone, Kamala Visweswaran, and John Wood

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Denver in November 2015. The first place story will be published in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. The first place winner(s) will receive a certificate and award of $100.

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