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Saturday's Workshops

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Introduction to Social Network Analysis
H Russell Bernard
Jeffrey C Johnson
Christopher McCarty

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.

9:00 AM-11:00 AM

NAPA : Tips and Tools for Success in Job Hunting As a New Professional Anthropologist
Cathleen E Crain
Nathaniel Tashima

In this workshop, the Managing Partners of LTG Associates, Inc., the oldest anthropologically based consulting firm in North America will engage participants in an interactive process designed to highlight skills and refine approaches to creating opportunities to work in professional settings. Cathleen Crain and Niel Tashima will work with participants to identify the practical uses of anthropological skills across a variety of professional settings. In this workshop, they will work with participants to refine job hunting skills; focus on the translation of experience and disciplinary skills into professional settings; and, explore the means and methods for gaining access to professional job opportunities.

Serving As an Expert Witness in an Asylum Case
Carole McGranahan and Tricia M Redeker-Hepner

What does an expert witness do? How can anthropologists best serve as expert witnesses in political asylum cases? In this workshop, we will discuss the job of the expert witness in and out of court, as well as questions of what counts as expertise, how to translate and present anthropological knowledge so that it may be best heard and used by attorneys and judges, and ethical questions involved in both deciding to serve and serving as an expert witness. Examples of expert reports (redacted versions) will be shared in the workshop, as will strategies used by workshop facilitators in both written and oral expert testimony. Workshop organizers have extensive experience with expert witness work: Dr. Tricia Redeker Hepner has done over 250 cases for Eritrean asylum applicants, and Dr. Carole McGranahan has served as an expert witness for approximately 90 Nepali and Tibetan asylum cases.

Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) : Crafting Narrative Ethnography
Julia L Offen

This active workshop will provide advice and practice in converting key experiences from the field into compelling ethnographic narratives. We will go over narrative techniques and focus on meaningful moments that evocatively convey larger cultural stories.

11:15 AM-1:15 PM

"Producing Anthropologists" in a Landscape of Uncertainty:
A for Surviving and Navigating the Job Market in a Climate of Scarcity and Precarity

Maura S Finkelstein and Ellen Lewin

According to the AAA, this years' meeting theme, Producing Anthropology, "offers a provocation to examine the truths we encounter, produce and communicate through anthropological theories and methods." But what of the production of anthropologists? According to the AAUP, 48 percent of faculty work part-time and 68 percent of all faculty appointments take place off the tenure track. Over the past few years, the reality of these statistics have led to extensive debates on college and university campuses, across social media and the blogosphere, and within highly circulated media outlets like the Chronicle of Higher Ed, Inside Higher Ed, PBS, and the New York Times. Adjuncts across the country are unionizing with varying support from their TT/Tenured colleagues. As we produce more and more Anthropology PhD's in an academic environment with less and less Tenure Track options, the reality of securing work (whether it be a Post Doc, a contingency position, or the holy grail of the TT line) becomes increasingly frought. This workshop brings together individuals from a diversity of experiences (post docs/Adjuncts/Lecturers/VAP's/TT/Tenured) to discuss the reality of navigating the job market, the forms of alliances forged across appointments, and the potential for cooperation in an increasingly stratified and fought academic landscape. As we produce anthropologists in a climate of rapidly changing opportunities, this workshop seeks out space for both survival and solidarity.

Jonathan S Marion
Lauren Miller Griffith

Given the current job market, the traditional academic trajectory is not widely available to job seekers. As such, many people are faced with very different job prospects and possibilities than was true for previous generations. While the structural barriers to employment on the tenure track are an issue in their own right, there are strategies for navigating the current employment opportunities to better situate oneself as a full member of the profession. As two individuals who have held a variety of academic and applied positions within higher education, we are holding this workshop to share these techniques with others who are similarly interested in transitioning to the tenure track. Specifically, we will be focusing on: (1) practical steps for networking; (2) leveraging different academic engagements; and (3) a variety of publishing opportunities.

11:15 AM-2:15 PM

Active Learning for Anthropology: TEAM-Based Learning 101
Sarah J. Mahler

As class sizes grow and students are evermore distracted in class, how can anthropology courses maintain and improve their student engagement without completely compromising content? An effective solution used widely in many disciplines and professional schools but not yet among anthropologists is team-based learning (TBL). TBL is a well-established pedagogy with its own faculty collaborative, website, annual meeting and myriad resources. It is not an educational fad; research confirms that classes using TBL produce not only more student engagement but deeper learning and higher order thinking as well. How is this done? In TBL, students are placed into permanent teams (NOT groups) at the start of a semester/trimester. Most class time is devoted to team-based activities that APPLY the course content in meaningful ways (flipped classroom concept). For example, students studying gender might be asked to debate in their teams which society studied positions females highest vis-à-vis males and why. Teams debate what they have read and then "vote" simultaneously followed by instructor-facilitated discussion of teams' choices and the reasons for their choices. To ensure that students prepare for class, they take short individual quizzes followed by the same quiz with their team—a strategy that holds them accountable and reinforces individual learning. Participants in this workshop will learn about TBL by actually doing it. The instructor has utilized this pedagogy for years in research methods but recently adapted her Intro to Anthro course for TBL and will share her experiences, insights, challenges and triumphs.

1:00 PM-2:15 PM

SAE Luncheon Roundtable- Crisis and Livelihoods in the European South
(Susana Narotzky, University of Barcelona)

Jaume Franquesa

In Southern Europe employment and incomes are dwindling and provisioning of education, health services, retirement pensions and social support from the state is diminishing. Structural adjustment policies are underscoring the lack of sovereignty and responsibility of nation-states towards the wellbeing of their citizens. In this context, people organize to voice their claims but also to actively transform their situation. Forms of protest are extremely diverse, both individual and collective, and span the entire political spectrum. Forms of organization include such diverse expressions as mutual help associations; personal family and friendship networks; local exchange networks or alternative social currencies; etc. In their different expressions, these processes all point to the struggles around defining boundaries and designing paths for claiming legitimate access to resources. The crisis and austerity measures have resulted in enhancing or creating paths of provisioning beyond the market and the state, without aiming at their substitution. Moreover, forms of mobilization are extremely complex and need to be addressed as individual and collective strategies operating simultaneously at different scales, often resorting to different meaningful framings in each case. Finally, the historical processes and long-term power struggles and alliances that have created the particular conditions of possibility for localized expressions of the financial crisis need to be taken into account. Political economy understandings of the longue durée processes of social differentiation need to be blended with moral economy understandings of processes of consent and outrage.

SAE Luncheon Roundtable- Crossing the Divide: Looking at the Social(ist) in East and West
(Petra Rethman, McMaster University)

Jaume Franquesa

This workshop starts from the assumption that it is time to cross the analytical divide that has separated the anthropology of Eastern and Western Europe in the last few years. While it is certainly the case that both entities carry distinct political trajectories and histories, it is equally the case that both have been affected by an onslaught of neoliberal politics. In this workshop we'll discuss how in both Eastern and Western Europe (and beyond) social(ist) program ceased to exist, and how – in a larger sense – democracies began to restrict themselves to issues of profit and loss, and a language of efficiency, productivity, and benefit has come to dominate the political landscape. Once participants have been established, a roster of three articles as well as a bibliography will be distributed to get the discussion started. The aim of this workshop is to bring scholars and activists together in an informed, vibrant, and stimulating debate.

SAE Luncheon Roundtable- Migrants and City-Making Processes in Times of Crisis
(Ayse Caglar, University of Vienna)

Jaume Franquesa

This roundtable will address the location of migrants in city making processes. The main focus will be on the question of "how can anthropologists study migrants in relation to city-making processes?" "What would be the best entry point for the anthropologists to study the mutual constitution of dynamics between the migrants and the cities?" The roundtable aims to put different approaches of studying migrants and cities under scrutiny: namely those that frame "city as the context" for studying migrants; analyze urban dynamics from within the "own unique logic" of cities; or analyze migrant dynamics through an exclusive focus on everyday practices especially framed within neighbourhood studies. These approaches will be addressed and assessed from a comparative perspective of studying cities. Another central topic for the roundtable in relation to migrants and city-making would be the impact of the crisis. It aims to reflect on the effects of the crisis particularly on urban development, its discourses and policies and specifically on their impacts on migrants in cities of varying power (including the disempowered cities) in Europe.

SAE Luncheon Roundtable- Producing Knowledge:
Novel Sites and sources 
(Martha Lampland, UC San Diego)
Jaume Franquesa

Universities and large businesses no longer monopolize the spaces where innovative research is taking place. DIY laboratories are springing up in empty warehouses and communities committed to political experiments gather on-line to design projects. This roundtable is organized to bring together people who are studying or hope to study novel sites for producing knowledge in Europe. The purpose is exploratory rather than definitive. Recent changes in technology and infrastructure have made it possible to launch projects that were once prohibitively expensive, or required access to tightly controlled professional communities and services. We are particularly interested in the social composition of these groups: who joins and why. How do the communities take form and develop over time? Are there particular fields or sectors that predominate, or is the range of innovative practices wide open? Do the projects mimic earlier configurations of scientific research or are there radically new ways being developed of gathering and producing knowledge?

SAE Luncheon Roundtable- Professional Development and the Job Market:
Prospects and Strategies for Early-Career Europeanists
(Krista Harper, University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Jaume Franquesa

This roundtable is aimed at professional development, mentoring, and networking for early-career Europeanists--those in graduate school, on the job market, or in the first five years of a position. Anthropological careers and higher education institutions in North America and Europe are going through a period of great change. At the same time, many anthropology departments place priority on other geographic specializations when developing new positions--so it is especially important for early-career Europeanists must communicate the relevance of their work. Topics include strategies for developing research projects, using social media to build a professional network, honing high-demand research skills, and communicating professionally in the curriculum vitae, letter, and presentations. We will also discuss the structural changes affecting early-career Europeanists and forms of collective action for the profession that could address creeping precarity and casualization. The roundtable luncheon discussion will be led by Professor Krista Harper, who leads an NSF-sponsored research and training program for Europeanist anthropologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (NSF #IIA-1261172). Participants who sign up by November 1 will get a personalized review of their curriculum vitae.

SAE Luncheon Roundtable-Health, Gender & Immigration in the European Union
(Carolyn Sargent, Washington University in St Louis)

Jaume Franquesa

Globalization, including transnational flows of people, is clearly linked to vulnerability to health risks among immigrant populations. This roundtable will focus on the underlying political, economic, and social structures that produce particular patterns of health and disease among immigrants living in EU countries. Both critical and phenomenological analyses explore ideas of alterity and community, which underlie the production and management of immigrant health. Research on immigrant health underscores the importance of further attention to policies of entitlement and exclusion, which ultimately determine health vulnerabilities and accessibility of health care. Migrants move not only across geographical borders, but also across, between, and among medical systems. Significant changes in risks to health and therapeutic options thus accompany migration, but they vary in relation to features of migrant populations such as gender, ethnicity, class, and legal status. As much research has indicated, the health of immigrants is directly correlated with their degree of social integration and productivity, and illness debilitates immigrant populations, exacerbating their marginalization, as we will explore in our discussion. Regrettably few studies provide in-depth accounts of migration, culture, gender, and health. Identifying compelling research questions across the spectrum of male and female health issues is therefore a priority for anthropologists focusing on transnational immigration and its consequences for everyday life.

1:30 PM-4:30 PM

Exploring Arts-Based  Ethnographic Writing
Billie Jean Isbell
Naomi S Stone

Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible (Francis Bacon, in Patricia Leavy 2013: 259) and poetics to enact it. Storytelling is an essential component of ethnographic writing, and increasingly, anthropologists are examining and experimenting with form and genre to conjure experiential worlds and modes of being. A question often asked is: What Genre Should I Use for Writing Ethnography? Can genre be blurred? An increasing number of researchers are answering affirmatively (Behar, Ruth 1993, 1996, 2008; Ghodsee 2011; Gottlieb and Graham 1994; Isbell, B. J. 2009; Jackson, M. (1986); Leavy 2009, 2013; Cahnmann-Taylor and Maynard 2010; Rosaldo 2014; Stoller 1989). We contend that close attention to form crucially enhances the representation of both textures and concepts within social worlds. This workshop will explore mixed-genre writing with examples and exercises. Bring your own short writing examples, field notes, poems, prompts, headlines from newspapers, or even photographs to get your creative juices flowing. The workshop is three hours and much of the time will be spent on experimenting with your own writing. Email me if you have questions. Billie Jean Isbell President, Society for Humanistic Anthropology

2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Society for Humanistic Anthropology : ACUTE Sensory Fieldwork Methodology
George Fitzpatrick Mentore

Have you learned everything you need to know about doing ethnographic fieldwork? Have you prepared your bodily capacities for collecting "data?" What will you miss or not experience if not trained to be senorially as well as intellectually prepared? This workshop is about getting properly prepared for doing fieldwork.

3:15 PM-5:15 PM

Now What? How to Get Employment after Graduate School.
Michaela E Howells

Whether you are beginning your degree or recently completed it, this workshop is designed to help you plan and organize your professional development and post-academic job search. The event will feature 5-6 topic tables with a variety of BAS mentors for an informal Q & A session. Topics will include how to prepare for the job market before graduation, a behind the scenes view on the search committee, writing a successful research and teaching statement and balancing work and family. All BAS student members and recent graduates are welcome to join us.

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