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Workshop 9415: NAPA Workshop On Effective Negotiating for Anthropologists

Sponsor: National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Time/Date: Friday, November 22, 2013: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM

Workshops Abstract: In all academic negotiations the goal is to gain the best possible compensation package while remaining within an appropriate range of requests and preserving excellent relations with the hiring department and future colleagues. Because even small increases in a job compensation package can yield enormous returns over the course of an individual's career, negotiating is an invaluable skill to master for any anthropologist on or off the tenure track. Yet negotiating is one of the least understood elements of the job search, and academics are often uncomfortable with the practice, in some cases hesitating to appear grasping in the face of a coveted offer, and in other cases having no idea of the nature and scope of things that may be requested. In this workshop I explain the norms of negotiating the academic job offer. First, I discuss the basic elements of the tenure track offer, including salary, teaching release time, start-up funds, research funding, conference travel funding, spousal hires, summer salary, etc. I explain how to evaluate an offer, the general norms of academic job offers, and the scope for negotiation of offers at different ranks of institutions, for different types of positions. Second, I discuss written and verbal techniques of negotiation and the common pitfalls that beset the inexperienced negotiator. I pay special attention to self-sabotaging habits common to women in particular, and use role play to demonstrate best practices.

Organizer:  Karen Kelsky (The Professor Is In)

Workshop 9048: Methods for Telling Spatial Stories

Sponsor: Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition 

Time/Date: Friday, November 22, 2013: 8:00 AM-11:00 AM  

Workshops Abstract: All ethnographic data have a spatial dimension, because culture happens in particular places, and in the movement between places. This three-hour short course provides participants the introductory theory and skills necessary to begin spatially illustrating qualitative data, such as interviews, oral histories, photographs, and ethnographic field notes. This workshop is particularly timely given the rapidly evolving methods—both online and in stand-alone software programs— for telling spatial stories. Participants will be introduced to (1) geographic information systems (GIS); (2) available desktop and online software options; (3) what constitutes spatial data; (4) what steps are necessary to spatialize ethnographic data; and (5) a broad variety of spatialized ethnographic examples. Following this overview, participants will then work through two modules, using either data that they bring to the workshop, or data provided by the workshop leader. The first module involves incorporating data into Google Earth, and in the second participants will create a "Story Map" using ArcGIS online. The workshop will conclude with an open discussion about the next steps one might take in using these methodologies. Participants will need to bring their own laptop computers, and download free software prior to the workshop . Instructions will be provided ahead of the workshop to registered participants. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to use these introductory skills and software knowledge to transform their aspatial ethnographic data into a story map.  

Organizer: David D Meek (University of Georgia)

Workshop 8201: Introduction To Social Network Analysis

Sponsor: Society for Anthropological Sciences

Time/Date: Friday, November 22, 2013: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Workshops Abstract: Social network analysis (SNA) is the study of patterns of human relations. Participants learn about whole networks (relations within groups) and personal networks (relations surrounding individuals). This one-day, introductory, hands-on workshop uses examples from anthropological research. Whole networks are analyzed using UCINET and NetDraw; personal networks are analyzed using EgoNet. Free short-term demos of these programs are available. Participants furnish their own laptops.

Organizers: H Russell Bernard (University of Florida)

Presenters: Jeffrey C Johnson (East Carolina University) and Christopher McCarty (University of Florida)

Workshop 9589: NAPA/NASA Workshop On Undergraduate and Graduate Funding

Sponsor: National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Time/Date: Friday, November 22, 2013: 10:15 AM-12:15 PM

Workshops Abstract: Information on funding for undergraduate and graduate students will be presented. Public and private sources of funding will be discussed along with opportunities for field-based research and field schools. Non-traditional fundraising, crowd funding, and non-academic funding will also be examined. Tips and best practices for successful proposals will be offered.

Organizer:  David A Himmelgreen (University of South Florida)

Workshop 9592: Workshop On Teaching Gender and Sexuality III: Social Media and Teaching Feminist Activism

Sponsor: Association for Feminist Anthropology

Time/Date: Friday, November 22, 2013: 10:15 AM-12:15 PM

Workshops Abstract: The 112th annual meeting calls us to reflect on producing knowledge beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries and engaging with current issues through new ways of communicating. If feminist anthropology is to adapt to future publics then we must understand new technologies' impact on how students relate to events in real-time. Twitter, Facebook, and other social media create information flows that provide instant updates on current events. This fosters closeness between human communities, as students become more informed (and misinformed) than ever. The violent gang rapes in India and the Steubenville trial demonstrate the role of social media as an educating agent that spreads knowledge, informs choices, and formulates political positions. When social media becomes a legitimate way to speak against gender violence, how do we use it to foster classroom activism? Instead of policing Internet use during class, should we embrace it and make it part of the debate? How do we ourselves integrate these mediums into our work? Can students become engaged activists simply sitting in front of a computer screen? This workshop is the third in a successful series on pedagogical strategies focusing on gender and sexuality. The workshop includes roundtable participants discussing classroom activities, didactic tools, and theoretical approaches to teaching. Attendees are welcome to engage in organic discussions on presented material.

Organizers:  Isabelle LeBlanc (Université de Moncton) and Jose L Santos (Metropolitan State University)

Presenters:  Chelsea Blackmore (University of California Santa Cruz) and Susan Harper (North Lake Community College)

Workshop 9050: Remote Sensing and Anthropology: An Introduction to Integrating Aerial Photographs and Satellite Imagery Into Anthropological Research

Sponsor: Society for Visual Anthropology

Time/Date: Friday, November 22, 2013: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

Workshops Abstract: From anthropological studies of land-cover change to explorations of urban place-making, images taken from above the ground have a great potential to enrich our understanding of cultural phenomena. Remote sensing is the obtainment of data about an object or phenomena without making contact with it. Aerial photographs and satellite images are two types of remotely sensed data whose potential has yet to be fully realized by anthropologists. This half-day session provides an introduction to the theory and methodology of collecting and analyzing remote sensing data in an anthropological context. Participants will learn about freely available sources of aerial photographs and satellite imagery, new affordable technologies that enable researchers to collect their own remotely sensed data, and how valuable image verification or "ground truthing" can be conducted while in the field. Through three hands-on modules participants will learn how to 1) georeference aerial photographs; 2) conduct supervised classification of satellite imagery; and 3) conduct a land-cover change analysis. Participants will need to bring their own laptop computers, and download both freely available software and data sets prior to the workshop. Instructions will be provided ahead of the workshop to registered participants. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to use these introductory skills and software knowledge to gather freely available remotely sensed imagery, enrich it with data collected from the field, and understand how these data can inform anthropological analyses.

Organizer:  David D Meek (University of Georgia)

Workshop 8014: Crafting Creative/Critical Visualizations

Sponsor: Society for Visual Anthropology

Time/Date: Friday, November 22, 2013: 12:30 PM-2:30 PM

Workshops Abstract: This participatory and interactive presentation explores the use of simple, everyday tools to construct (and acknowledge the construction of) visual imagery. Drawing on the presenters experiences with digital heritage, archaeological visualizations, commercial photography, and image circulation rights, we focus on specific problems and questions that arise in the context of contemporary visualization practices. Using concrete examples, we briefly examine the implications of different means of showing. For example: photography, video, and online imagery all show things in different ways, each embedded in the roles expected of and played by images in constructing social meaning and understanding. We will then turn attention to issues of open access, web distribution, and traditional publishing, and discuss the constraints, opportunities, and challenges involved in creating, crafting, and conveying critical visualizations in each of these forums. Some of the topics we aim to cover include: ″ examples of everyday practitioners pushing the limits on typical forms of visual creation in cross-disciplinary manners. ″ how the publishing industry has responded and pushed back, whether embracing changes or reinforcing constraints. ″ how practitioners have themselves responded to the industry responses. ″ what digital tools and the web facilitate (or hinder) across these contexts. Beyond engendering a discussion of further and future strategies for crafting innovative visuals, this workshop is intended to offer participants our own concrete strategies—including the reasoning behind our approaches.

Organizers:  Jonathan S Marion (University of Arkansas)

Presenters:  Jonathan S Marion (University of Arkansas) and Sara E Perry (University of York)

Workshop 8841: NAPA Workshop On Mixed Method Evaluations: Qualitative Or Quantitative Or What?

Sponsor: National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Time/Date: Friday, November 22, 2013: 12:30 PM-2:30 PM

Workshops Abstract: Anthropologists often join evaluations as "qualitative" members of teams in mixed method projects. This workshop will address the technical challenges of participating in interdisciplinary projects that merge qualitative and quantitative methods in mixed method evaluations. But what is the role of the anthropologist on such projects? Ethnographer? Text analyst? "Human factors" expert? Referee? And what do we need to know about quantitative methods to do this work? We will explore the theoretical and methodological concerns that affect the design of mixed-method evaluations, the negotiations that are needed to blend methods to focus on the same issues, and analysis methods that articulate different species of data into a single body of evidence. The workshop will be participatory and will include group work to design a mixed-method project.

Organizer:  Mary Odell Butler (Reston)

Workshop 9890: NAPA Workshop On (FREE) Software For Writing and Managing Fieldnotes: Flex DATA Notebook For PCs

Sponsor: National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Time/Date: Friday, November 22, 2013: 2:45 PM-4:45 PM

Workshops Abstract: The FLEx Data Notebook is designed for writing and managing fieldnotes. This workshop is an interactive demonstration of basic features for this free software. The Data Notebook comes with standardized and customizable templates for data input and several ways to search, retrieve, and review data. Multi-language and script technologies allow its use in almost any linguistic environment in the world. In its latest release, the Data Notebook has been embedded in SIL's FieldWorks Language Explorer – FLEx (Ver 7.2.7). Best of all, FLEx is free! Downloaded are available from the SIL server at: System requirements: FLEx is designed for the Windows operating system. A Linux-compatible release is available. A Mac version is not available, but the program is functional on Macs with a Windows partition.

Organizers:  James Tim M Wallace (NC State University) and G Tomas Woodward (SIL International)

Workshop 8016: Evocative Imagery

Sponsor: Society for Visual Anthropology

Time/Date: Friday, November 22, 2013: 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Workshops Abstract: This workshop explores how to fieldwork-based images, moving and still, that convey feeling as well as content. Beyond simply recording ethnographic facts, images also have the power to evoke feeling, meaning, and understanding, and we will discuss and demonstrate strategies for facilitating, composing, and crafting images that evoke ethnographic understanding. Our aim is to help you think about and create images that are part of narrating--rather than merely annotating--a good ethnographic story. This workshop's facilitators are both successful photographer/anthropologists whose fieldwork ranges from the rural Andes to the urban Ballroom. We use our disparate field-sites and photographic styles to present a variety of approaches for creating evocative images for use in research, publications, and the classroom. Likewise, participants are encouraged to discuss their own fieldwork situations to explore ideas about crafting images that help explicate understanding of an ethnographic situation. Our goal is for everyone to leave this workshop with viable strategies to improve the evocative nature of their ethnographic imagery.

Organizers:  Jonathan S Marion (University of Arkansas)

Presenters:  Jonathan S Marion (University of Arkansas) and Jerome W Crowder (Universtiy Texas Medical Branch (Medical Humanities))

Workshop 9768: Grassroots Mapping and DIY Industrial Monitoring: Low Cost, Open Source Techniques For Community-Academic Collaboration In Environmental and Cultural Anthropology

Sponsor: Culture and Agriculture

Time/Date: Friday, November 22, 2013: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM

Workshops Abstract: This hands-on workshop will teach participants how to make low-cost, satellite-like maps using helium balloons and digital cameras. The method is currently being used by anthropologists in collaborations with communities to document mining operations, oil and gas development, informal settlements, and industrial farming operations. The method was used during the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico by communities to create a public archive of maps documenting damage from the spill. Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, a non-profit that develops low-cost open source hardware and software for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) environmental monitoring, was founded based on the success of this aerial mapping project. The first hour of the workshop will introduce anthropologists to Grassroots Mapping. The second hour of the workshop will feature two other research tools interesting to anthropologists: 1) low-cost tools for detecting Hydrogen Sulfide and 2) home spectrometry. Participants will be able to choose which research tool they wish to workshop: low cost methods for studying Hydrogen Sulfide will be of interest to anthropologists studying oil and gas extraction, industrial farming operations and landfills and low cost spectrometry will be of interest to anthropologists working on environmental justice issues, such as oil spills and chemical contamination from oil refining and chemical manufacture. The final hour of the workshop will be a group discussion of how low-cost, open source tools can help build thriving academic community partnerships that both study and help to address environmental health issues through advocacy, remediation and increasing public and regulatory awareness.

Organizers:  Sara Wylie (Northeastern University and Public Laboratory)

Presenters:  Shannon M Dosemagen (Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science)

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