Carolyn Martin Shaw, from the University of California
at Santa Cruz, gave the 2002 lecture at AAA, on the
topic "Structures, Processes, Discourses, and Action:
Changing Anthropology in Africa".
invited sessions were sponsored at the 2002 AAA meetings.
Twenty panels were reviewed by AfAA for the meeting
program. For 2003, we plan to cosponsor at least one
invited session with another AAA section. Maria Cattell
will continue as program chair.
Our finances remain very solid, with a membership around
340 and a net asset balance of approximately $30,000.
Dr. Sheila Clarke-Ekong (University of Missouri-St.
Louis) has agreed to begin serving as treasurer.
Funds were approved at the 2002 business meeting for
an annual student paper prize in Africanist anthropology.
It was approved in principle at the 2002 business
meeting to hire a graduate assistant to work with the
President. This will be implemented in the current fiscal
year to the extent budgetary flexibility allows. The
assistant will help expand outreach and membership recruitment.
Cooperation With African Anthropological and
Other Research Organizations
Closer collaborative ties with Africa-based researchers
are important to building a solid long-term foundation
for anthropological research on the continent. AfAA
has made preliminary contacts with two organizations,
West African Research Association (WARA) and Pan African
Anthropology Association (PAAA) to increase joint activity.
In the first place, better publicity and more advance
planning for the AfAA travel grant will encourage more
colleagues from African institutions to attend the AAA
meetings.Secondly, possibilities are being explored
for cooperating in sponsoring symposia or conference
sessions that would foster mutual professional development.
to AAA Long Range Plans
This organizational cooperation would tie in with several
points of the long range planning document recently
circulated. Joint activity by sections with other organizations
outside the US is specifically encouraged, including
co-sponsoring sessions and planning program partnerships.
It would help enhance the diversity of the discipline
and promote a broader understanding of issues of diversity.
It would foster discussion of research and social issues
in a highly relevant public on the African continent.
Because of the high profile of practicing and policy-related
anthropology in the PAAA, as evidenced in their most
recent annual meeting, we could develop programs with
them for leadership development, media training and
career track support.