Note from Ronald Waterbury: Once a Symbol of Power, Farming Now an Economic Drag in China

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/13/world/asia/once-a-symbol-of-power-farming-now-an-economic-drag-in-china.html?emc=eta1

There are some interesting parallels (also many differences) with
farming in Mexico: small-holders who can’t make an acceptable income
from farming, land titling complications, ejido lands near cities
being converted to commercial and residential uses by developers, a
flood of rural emigration, etc.

Proposed session for the Society for Applied Anthropology meetings

Pittsburgh, PA, March 24-28, 2015
Organized by:  Sara E. Alexander (Baylor University)

Linking Human Rights and the Environment in the Context of Climate Change
Climate change continues to threaten the fundamental interdependence that exists between human rights and environmental quality.  Without a habitable environment, human rights may become either unattainable or meaningless. Humanity’s absolute reliance on a healthy and healthful environment makes a right to such an environment a prerequisite to the enjoyment of other basic human rights.  The issue of the indivisibility of human rights is also relevant and adds arguments to the strong linkage between human and environmental rights.  Local populations not technically indigenous are most vulnerable because they have actually received less entitlement, through international law, to natural resources or a particular environment.  Climate change exacerbates challenges to populations who are unable to claim basic human rights such as the right to self-determination, autonomy, or the recognition of traditional land rights.  The papers in this session explore how human responses to climate cha
nge are playing out in terms of shifting value systems, changing worldviews, adjustments in how certain human rights are conceptualized, and redefining goals for the future.
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CfP: 9th International Conference in Critical Management Studies

Food and Drink Markets:
The Production and Consumption of Alternative Market Practices and Narratives

Conference stream of the 9th International Conference in Critical Management Studies “Is there an alternative? Management after critique”
University of Leicester: 8-10 July, 2015.

Abstract deadline: 31 January, 2015.

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CfP: social theory publication disClosure: Market Failures, Famines, and Crises

disClosure is an annual thematic publication out of the University of Kentucky that is dedicated to investigating and stimulating interest in new directions in contemporary social theory. The forthcoming Spring 2015 issue will draw on the work of a variety of scholars, artists, and acclaimed members of academia from a social theoretical perspective. The journal will include a variety of media including scholarly essays, poetry and visual art. Continue reading

Funded PhD studentship: Place, Food Sovereignty, Resilience, and Participatory Video Methodologies

PhD studentship on Place, Food Sovereignty, Resilience, and Participatory Video Methodologies. Note that although the post states that only UK and European applicants are eligible, that exceptional international applicants will also be considered for this studentship.

Details also available here: http://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-students/research-studentships/place-food-sovereignty-resilience-and-participatory-video-methodologies/

 

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience
Coventry University
http://www.farmtoforkresearch.com<http://www.farmtoforkresearch.com/>
colin.anderson@coventry.ac.uk<mailto:colin.anderson@coventry.ac.uk>
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public radio seeking anthropologist re: transnationalism in Kansas City

Note from Matthew Long-Middleton longmiddletonm@gmail.com :

**Interview Request** Monday, October 13 between 10am and 11am CT
on KCUR’s Central Standard

I’m the producer of Central Standard
<http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard> a live, hour-long, public
affairs call-in show hosted by Gina Kaufmann, on KCUR–Kansas City’s NPR
station.

We’re planning an episode exploring the transnational experiences in and
around Kansas City. As part of that we’d love to find ourselves an
anthropologist who studies these kinds of experiences, not just in KC but
all over the world. We’re curious if you might be that person or know who
we should reach out to.

We’re planing to do this show *Monday, October 13* *between 10am and 11am*.

Thanks for your consideration and all the best,

Matthew Long-Middleton
Twitter: KCURCST <https://twitter.com/kcurcst> | Facebook
<https://www.facebook.com/centralstandardradio?ref=ts&fref=ts>
*Producer – Central Standard*

*KCUR 89.3 FM* <http://www.kcur.org/>* ? Kansas City Public Media*

4825 Troost, Suite 202

Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

P: 816-235-2852 | C: 978-273-1261 | Matthew@KCUR.org

Twitter: KCURCST <https://twitter.com/kcurcst> | Facebook
<https://www.facebook.com/centralstandardradio?ref=ts&fref=ts>

 

Note from Lisa Markowitz

As you may know, our section, for the first time, is this year a sponsor of the Meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology.  Please consider submitting a panel, paper, or poster.  You can indicate that you would like your submission to be reviewed by C&A.  Read on for updates about the Meetings.

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Halperin Memorial Fund

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2015

The Halperin Memorial Fund Committee is pleased to announce that the 2015 award represents an increase over previous years: $2000 for initial research field work, plus $500 for travel to the meetings of the Society for Economic Anthropology to present initial results.

The Rhoda Halperin Memorial Fund celebrates the life and work of Rhoda Halperin by supporting PhD students in anthropology who emulate her love of economic anthropology and concern for people on the social margin. In memory of Rhoda’s convivial collegiality, the Fund also encourages student professional development through participation in the scholarly meetings of the SEA and AAA. To meet these goals, students engaged in economic research focused on social exclusion and poverty are provided small grants for preliminary dissertation field work and subsequent travel money to present their findings at the Society for Economic Anthropology annual conference
[http://econanthro.org/awards/halperin-memorial-fund/]. Continue reading

CfP: Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Applied Anthropology

Panel to be submitted for consideration as part of the Society for Applied Anthropology meeting, March 24-28, 2015

Co-organizers:  Tara Hefferan (Grand Valley State U), Deana Weibel, (Grand Valley State U) and Elizabeth Arnold (Grand Valley State U)

Continuity and Change in Undergraduate Education:
Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning

This panel explores innovative approaches to teaching and learning in applied anthropology.  In recent years, the Great Recession has intensified the neoliberal preoccupation with a vocational approach to higher education.  From this, one important indicator of educational success is thought to be how many students graduate directly into jobs.  Navigating this terrain places new demands on programs, instructors, as well as students, who must be able to articulate and demonstrate their skills to potential employers.  The papers assembled here speak to the ways that anthropology departments, faculty, and students are responding to these pressures by claiming and emphasizing an applied approach to anthropology.

If you are interested in participating in this session, please send an abstract of no more than 100 words to Tara Hefferan (hefferta@gvsu.edu) by Oct. 8, 2014.

For more information about the SfAA annual meeting, please visit:  http://www.sfaa.net/annual-meeting/

SfAA Proposed session

SfAA, Pittsburgh, PA, March 24-28, 2015
Organized by:  Sara E. Alexander (Baylor University)

Linking Human Rights and the Environment in the Context of Climate Change
Climate change continues to threaten the fundamental interdependence that exists between human rights and environmental quality.  Without a habitable environment, human rights may become either unattainable or meaningless. Humanity’s absolute reliance on a healthy and healthful environment makes a right to such an environment a prerequisite to the enjoyment of other basic human rights.  The issue of the indivisibility of human rights is also relevant and adds arguments to the strong linkage between human and environmental rights.  Local populations not technically indigenous are most vulnerable because they have actually received less entitlement, through international law, to natural resources or a particular environment.  Climate change exacerbates challenges to populations who are unable to claim basic human rights such as the right to self-determination, autonomy, or the recognition of traditional land rights.  The papers in this session explore how human responses to climate change are playing out in terms of shifting value systems, changing worldviews, adjustments in how certain human rights are conceptualized, and redefining goals for the future.

If you are interested, please send your paper title and abstract to sara_alexander@baylor.edu by Friday, October 10th.