Association for Feminist Anthropology

Dear ALLA Members and Friends,

The Association for Feminist Anthropology will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, marking our inception as a formal AAA Section.  Since 1988 AFA has had an impressive history fostering critical inquiry related to women and gender, a history that intersects with other disciplines, discourses, and social categories.  Today feminist anthropology has permeated our epistemology and pedagogy.

To mark this important anniversary, the Association for Feminist Anthropology will author an annotated history of the AFA, using the AFA Archives housed at the Smithsonian and other sources.  Research will be conducted by a student intern through the AAA Summer Internship program.  The finished product will be a useful guidebook for research and scholarship related to our mission:  pedagogy and scholarship in feminist anthropology.

To defray the costs of hosting an AFA Summer Intern estimated at $4,000, the AFA is embarking on a fund-raising drive.  We ask you to donate to the AFA Summer Internship Program through the AAA, using the attached form.   All donations are fully tax-deductible.  On-line donations may be made through the AAA Internship program at:  <>

•       Donation Categories:
$50             Enthusiastic Feminist
$100           Courageous Feminists
$200+         Visionary Feminist
•       Donors contributing $100 or more  will receive a copy of an AFA Publication (email with your selection):
–From Labrador to Samoa: Theory and Practice of Eleanor Burke Leacock
–Gender and Race through Education and Political Activism: The Legacy of Sylvia Helen Forman
–Feminism, Nationalism and Militarism

Thank you very much for your support.  We know that you will be extremely pleased and impressed with the AFA History Project and Guidebook.

Sandra Faiman-Silva, Ph. D. AFA Treasurer
Chair, AFA Fund-Raising Committee

Executive Session at 2012 AAAs

Congratulations ALLA members! The panel, “RE-ASSESSING “BORDERS,” “BORDERLANDS, AND CROSSINGS:” LATINA/O PERSPECTIVES” was selected as an Executive Session at the 2012 American Anthropological Association Meetings: Borders and Crossings  in San Francisco November 14-18, 2012. The panel was co-organized by our own Pat Zavella and Luis Plascencia and also features Ana Ramos Zayas, Lynn Stephen, Cathering Tactaquin, with Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez as discussant. More information to come as we get closer to San Francisco 2012.

ALLA 2011 Book Awards:

ALLA 2011 Book Awards:

We are happy to announce the 2011 ALLA Book Award Winners. During the 2011 AAA Meetings in Montreal, the ALLA book award committee (Ramona Tenorio, Arlene Torres, and Christian Zlolniski) delivered the following awards:

ALLA AWARD WINNER: Luz María Gordillo- Mexican Women and the Other Side of Immigration: Engendering Transnational Ties. University of Texas Press 2010.

HONORABLE MENTION: Ruth Gomberg- Muñoz-Labor and Legality: An Ethnography of a Mexican Immigrant Network. Oxford University Press 2010.

ALLA Section Survey

Section Survey

The American Anthropological Association is organizing a section summit that will address the following issues.  I am hoping to bring a range of responses from ALLA.  Please take a moment to look at these questions and send answers to me,  I will consolidate the answers and present them at our business meeting and as part of the section summit.  Thanks, Miguel

  1. What skills do anthropology graduates in your area of specialization need to succeed in positions beyond the university?
  2. What strategies can faculty and community members adopt that would enable successful internships, class research projects, and post-graduate employment?
  3. How might anthropology programs evolve to face the changing job market?
  4. What changes in the curriculum would be useful for such students?
  5. Finally, how do new anthropologists gain access to that job market in your area?

ALLA Resolution on Pressing Migration Policy

Association of Latina & Latino Anthropologists (ALLA)

ALLA Resolution on Pressing Migration Policy Issues in the United States

Whereas, the Association of Latina & Latino Anthropologists (ALLA) has since its inception advocated the social inclusion and participation of all Latino national-origin groups in the United States, as well as the promotion of human rights and social justice; and

Whereas, the ALLA members recognize the historical and contemporary contribution of Latina/Latino non-citizens and citizens to the economic prosperity of the United States as well as its social, cultural, and political development; and

Whereas, the ALLA members are cognizant of the fact that all individuals, citizen and non-citizen alike, contribute to the local, state, and national tax base of the nation, even though not all can access the benefits made possible by their tax contribution; and

Whereas, the ALLA members are aware of the historical contribution of non-citizens, including “undocumented” migrants to the military defense of the nation, as well as being casualties to attacks such as those that took place on September 11, 2001;

Therefore be it resolved that the Association of Latina & Latino Anthropologists endorses the educational grounds for the adjustment of status under the DREAM Act for the thousands of Latinas/os who were brought to the United States as children and have been educated under the mandates of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982), yet cannot continue their education or formally pursue a livelihood without the omnipresent fear of removal; and

Be it further resolved that the ALLA endorses amending Section 249 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) [8 U.S.C. 1259] by updating the Registry provision cutoff date from January 1, 1972 to May 2, 1995; and

Be it further resolved that the ALLA members strongly oppose the clear absence of normal Federal criminal court protections for migrants processed under the Operation Streamline, wherein detained migrants are processed as groups rather than as individuals; and

Be it further resolved that the ALLA opposes the actions of state and local governments that are pursuing the policy of “attrition through enforcement” in measures such as Arizona’s SB1070/HB2162, Oklahoma’s HB1804, and similar measures that are targeting immigrants from Latin America, including Mexicans and Central Americans; and

Be it further resolved that the ALLA fully opposes national and state initiatives which seek to re-interpret or amend the jus soli (right of the soil, birthright) principle in the 14th Amendment, with the aim of denying U.S. citizenship to persons born in the United States because of the migration status of the parents.