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Webinars

Beginning in the Fall, the AAA webinar series will be twice a month, one webinar focusing on professional development strategies, the other focusing on more topical subjects.


November 5, 2014: Social Network Analysis for Qualitative Research

Samuel Gerald Collins

Samuel Gerald Collins is an anthropologist at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland.  His research examines the urban as the confluence of people and social media.  He is the author of various books, book chapters and articles, among them All Tomorrow's Cultures: Anthropological Engagements With the Future (Berghahn, 2008), Library of Walls (2009) and, along with co-author Matthew Durington, Networked Anthropology (Routledge, 2014).  He is currently in Seoul on a Fulbright Grant.

Webinar Summary:

1. Terms for Social Network Analysis.

2. Using NodeXL

3. Case Study 1: Who are my interlocutors?

4. Case Study 2: Where is my field site?

5. Case Study 3: What happened to my research?

6. Additional Resources

The event is complimentary, and you can register here. When it's time to join in, the attendee password will be "anthro" and be sure to add the event to your calendar to stay up to date: 


 

October 15, 2014: Mobile Economies

Kusimba

In September 2014 Apple unveiled its new iPhone 6, which also features Apple Pay, a mobile payment system. Although mobile payments have been slow to take off in the United States and other countries, they are extremely popular in Kenya, where billions of dollars are transacted by almost 20 million account holders.  Development economists hope that mobile money will be a part of a new "cash-light" future, bringing the benefits of financial inclusion to millions in developing settings.

The webinar takes an anthropological view of mobile money in Western Kenya as a form of communication, shaped by local cultures of friendship and kinship, and by the direct and often private connections that mobile phones allow. I use social network analysis to examine features such as reciprocity, centrality, and brokerage in the social networks of mobile money. This webinar will engage us in a conversation about the use of mobile phones cross culturally, and about how we can use new methods to understand the cultural and social impact of mobile phones. 

Sibel Kusimba is an anthropologist in residence at American University.  She has been conducting anthropological fieldwork in Kenya since 1993.  Her initial research interests were in Paleolithic, protohistoric and recent hunter-gatherers; her 2003 book, African Foragers, was named an outstanding academic book by the American Library Association.  Since living through the mobile phone revolution in Africa, her interests have turned to the social and cultural impact of mobile phone communication, in particular the use of mobile money.  For two field seasons she has traced the social networks of mobile money in families and communities, sponsored by the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion at the University of California at Irvine.

The event is complimentary, and you can register here. When it's time to join in, the attendee password will be "anthro" and be sure to add the event to your calendar to stay up to date: 


 

October 2, 2014: AAA Virtual Event- Ebola and Anthropology

The escalating Ebola crisis affects us all, and has shown a need for greater cooperation in developing public health communication and strategies.  On October 2, 2014 (important to note this is a Webinar THURSDAY) 1 PM EST, the American Anthropological Association will be hosting a virtual event panel discussing the role anthropologists play in not only research, but infrastructure and policy, in light of the escalating Ebola outbreak in western Africa.

The panel will include Adia Benton, Robert Hahn, Jacklyn Lacey, and Michael McGovern; with Julie Livingston as the acting moderator. We will also be trying a new format for this webinar: tapping into Google Hangout On the Air. We will be streaming the event live on YouTube, where you will be able to interact with the panelists directly through comment submission. Come be a part of this important conversation and technological experiment.

  • Robert A. Hahn has served as an epidemiologist at the CDC since 1986 and is a member of the Senior Biomedical Research Service. He received his doctorate in anthropology at Harvard University and his masters of public health in epidemiology from the University of Washington. He is the author of Sickness and Healing: An Anthropological Perspective and co-editor of Anthropology and Public Health: Bridging Differences in Culture and Society.  
  • Adia Benton is an assistant professor of anthropology at Brown University. She holds a PhD in social anthropology from Harvard University, an MPH in international health and infectious diseases from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and an AB in human biology from Brown University. Her work focuses primarily on the politics and culture(s) of health institutions, the issues they prioritize and the communities in which they work; among the topics she studies are HIV/AIDS, infectious disease epidemiology, gender violence, and access to surgical care.  She is the author of HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone (University of Minnesota Press 2015).
  • Jacklyn Lacey is curatorial associate of African and Pacific Ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History.  The two major themes in her work currently are intersections of infectious disease epidemiology, medical anthropology, sociology and anthropocene studies as well as analyzing museum discourses on African culture and technology. She has a background in virology and medical anthropology, previously working in public health education in Tanzania, HIV/AIDS testing and research at African Services Committee in Harlem, and in Drew Cressman’s NSF-funded immunology lab at Sarah Lawrence College. 
  • Mike McGovern is a political anthropologist who works in West Africa and uses a variety of sources from kinship idioms to the aesthetics of state-sponsored folklore to try to understand post-colonial states within the arc of longer historical trajectories. He has taught anthropology at Yale and was also the West Africa Project Director of the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think tank that analyzes the causes of armed conflict.

  The event can be viewed on YouTube or Google+. Our Q&A tab is active now, so if you have a question you know you'll want answered, submit it now, and we'll address it during the Q&A session. 


Be sure to check out Somatosphere's article "Ten Things that Anthropologists Can Do to Fight the West African Ebola Epidemic"

As well as NPR's recent article "The Experts The Ebola Response May Need: Anthropologists"

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September 17, 2014: Ken C Erickson

Ken 

Doing “Consumer” Anthropology, Warnings and Advice*

Dr. Erickson is the CEO of PacEth -- a small market and design research firm that uses anthropological methods to help organizations understand consumers and design better products and services for them -- and International Business faculty member at the Darla Moore School of Business, U. South Carolina

Whether its burgers or Boeing, anthropological technique and theory have found significant purchase in the business world.  Sometimes.  The questions Anthropologists ask often lead to discomfiting revisions in thinking about who buys products and services and what using or experiencing them means.  Bringing anthropological stories to the enterprise table can even raise fundamental questions about the nature of business.

Fundamental questions (about value, valuation, sustainability, and suffering caused by organizations, for example) need not be laid aside while asking and answering enterprise tactical questions. Using video examples and tales from the field, this webinar offers tips and tricks for finding an anthropological focus that can be heard and, sometimes, become levers to think about and change organizational practices.

 

You can now view the recording of the webinar here.



May 8, 2014: Harjant Gill

Harjant Gill  Ethnography And Film

On May 8, 2014 at 2 PM Harjant Gill will lead the fourth installment of AAA's Webinar Wednesday (mixing it up on THURSDAY).  Harjant Gill is an assistant professor of anthropology at Towson University, Maryland. He received his PhD from American University in 2012. His research examines the intersections of masculinity, modernity and migration in India. Gill is also an award-winning filmmaker and has made several films that have screened at film festivals and academic conferences worldwide. His latest documentary, Roots of Love explores the changing significance of hair and turban among Sikhs and is currently being screened on BBC World News, BBC America, Doordarshan (Indian National TV) and on PBS channels nationwide. Gill is currently co-directing the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) Film & Media Festival. His website is www.TilotamaProductions.com.

Harjant's full film can be viewed here.



May 5, 2014: Nicholas Wade and Agustin Fuentes

A Troublesome Inheritance - A discussion on genes, race and human history with author Nicholas Wade and Agustin Fuentes

On May 5, 2014 at 1pm a lively discussion between author Nicholas Wade and anthropologist Agustin Fuentes will be moderated by AAA Executive Director, Dr. Edward Liebow. You can view the webinar straight from WebEx here, or view it on YouTube here.

Nicholas Wade (c)-New York TimesNicholas Wade received a B.A. in natural sciences from King's College, Cambridge. He was deputy editor of Nature magazine in London and then became that journal's Washington correspondent. He joined Science magazine in Washington as a reporter and later moved to The New York Times, where he has been an editorial writer, concentrating his writing on issues of defense, space, science, medicine, technology, genetics, molecular biology, the environment, and public policy, a science reporter, and a science editor. Wades latest book A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History (Penguin Press) will be available on May 6.


Augustin FuentesAgustín Fuentes, trained in zoology and anthropology, is a professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. His research delves into the how and why of being human. From chasing monkeys in the jungles and cities of Asia, to exploring the lives of our evolutionary ancestors, to examining what people actually do across the globe, Professor Fuentes is interested in both the big questions and the small details of what makes humans and our closest relatives tick. Fuentes is author of Race, Monogamy and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths About Human Nature (University of California Press).




March 19, 2014: Mark Aldenderfer: The Bar is Very High:Academic Dossier Evaluation and What to Expect

Mark Aldenderfer

Mark Aldenderfer, UC Merced will lead the third installment of AAA's Webinar Wednesday series. Presenting on the topic of academic dossier evaluation, Mark will address topics that include:

Crafting tenure dossiers and the importance of publishing records (including online publishing)

The realities of what PhDs can expect during the tenure evaluation process and being prepared

Department culture and the expectations of deans, chairs, admins and colleagues

The webinar will be of particular interest to graduate students, recent PhDs, as well as AAA Section Leadership and volunteers.

Mark S. Aldenderfer is an American anthropologist and archaeologist. He is the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts at the University of California, Merced. He has served as Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Aldenderfer received his Ph.D. from Penn State University in 1977. He is known in particular for his comparative research into high-altitude adaptation and for contributions to quantitative methods in archaeology. He has also served as editor of several journals in anthropology and archaeology.

Missed the webinar? Download and view it by clicking here.Download the webinar's presentation here.


February 19, 2014: Rosemary Joyce

Rosemary JoyceBest  Practices: Recruitment and Retention of underrepresented minorities into anthro  programs
  On February 19, 2014 at 2pm ET, AAA will host a webinar  event with Dr Rosemary Joyce on the topic of Best Practices:Recruitment and  Retention of Underrepresented Minorities in Anthropology Programs.The  webinar will be of particular interest to anthropology students, faculty,  department chairs and administrators.The program will cover topics such as:
  •Developing  a pipeline—reaching out to minority students through strategic partnerships  with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and  Universities, and professional organizations
  •Inclusive  admissions processes—moving away from GRE scores to screen out applicants and  looking carefully at GPAs and other indications of academic merit
  •Mentoring  for retention and completion-- clearly defined benchmarks of progress, and  formal required consultation of students and faculty to communicate progress  and benchmarks
 
Rosemary Joyce
, Professor of Anthropology at the  University of California, Berkeley, received the PhD from the University of  Illinois-Urbana in 1985. Currently Associate Dean of the Graduate Division at  Berkeley, she oversees graduate admissions, academic careers, and professional  development that annually produce the largest number of doctorates granted to  students from under-represented populations. As a member of the anthropological  archaeology program at Berkeley, she was a co-recipient of the Leon Henkin  Citation for Distinguished Service from the Committee on Student Diversity and  Academic Development of Berkeley's Academic Senate in recognition of the  success of the program in increasing diversity. She has been a mentor of  undergraduates in the McNair and Mellon-Mays programs and in the UC  Presidential Postdoctoral program intended to increase diversity among faculty  in academia.

Click here to review the recorded event

Click here to download a PDF of the PowerPoint used in the webinar.

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January 22, 2014: Riall Nolan

Riall NolanThe webinar topic is professional development and career building for  anthropologists outside of the academy.

Program topics will include CV writing,  job search tips, interviewing and more.

This webinar will be of particular  interest to advanced graduate students, those who have recently earned their  PhD and those seeking practicing anthropology careers.

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Make sure  to download all necessary software before the event begins.
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