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SHA Events at the 2014 AAA Meetings

Society for Humanistic Anthropology invites you to attend our workshops, sessions and meetings for this year’s AAA: Producing Anthropology

SHA Workshops

This year there are ten SHA workshops. To participate, one must be registered for the AAA meeting and on-line registration for a workshop is open until Oct. 31st. Registration at the meeting is also possible until the day before the workshop. On site workshop registration will be located in the lobby of the hotel next to the meeting registration. Register early: workshops will close when the specified enrollment is reached.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

9:00-11:00am 3-0325 Submitting a Manuscript to a Peer-Reviewed Journal
Michael Harkin
1:30 PM-3:30 PM 3-0825 Stories from the FIELD: Crafting Narrative Ethnography
Kirin Narayan

Friday, December 5, 2014

9:00 AM-11:00 AM 4-0290 Utilizing Facebook for Ethnographic Research
Erik A Aasland
11:15 AM-1:15 PM 4-0580 Art and Imagination
Petra Rethmann
11:15AM-1:15PM 4-0585 Writing Ethnography: Experimenting on Paper, Experimenting Online
Alma Gottlieb
1:30 PM-3:30 PM 4-0780 The Ethics of Activist Anthropology
Erica Caple James
1:30-PM-3:30PM 4-0790 Poetry for Ethnographers
Renato I Rosaldo
3:45 PM-5:45 PM 4-1070 Writing Ethnographic Memoir
Ruth Behar
3:45PM-5:45PM 4-1075 Blogging Bliss: Writing Culture in the Blogosphere
Paul Stoller

Saturday, December 6, 2014

9:00-11:00 AM 5-0345 Crafting Narrative Ethnography
Julia L Offen
1:30 PM-4:30 PM 5-0830 Exploring Arts-Based  Ethnographic Writing
Billie Jean Isbell, Ather Zia and Naomi S Stone
2:00 PM-4:00 PM 5-0835 ACUTE Sensory Fieldwork Methodology
George Fitzpatrick Mentore

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SHA Business Meetings

SHA BOARD MEETING 3-0650 Thursday, December 4, 2014 1:00PM-2:15PM
SHA MEMBERS MEETING 4-1120 Friday, December 5, 2014 6:30PM-8:15PM
The Members Meeting will end with two short enactments by SHA prize winning poets: Nomi Stone will present Enactment of Drone Warfare-Theories of the Sublime, Awe/Terror, and Troubled Representation. Ather Zia will present Enactment of Loss, Haunting and Agency.
SHA AWARD CEREMONY 4-1390 Friday, December 5, 2014 8:30PM-10:30PM
The ceremony will begin with the inauguration of the Edie Turner Lifetime Award to be given to Edie Turner for her lifetime of inspiration to the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. The Victor Turner prizes in ethnographic writing, as well as the Society for Humanistic Anthropology’s Fiction and Poetry prizes will follow.

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SHA Sessions

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

12:00 PM-1:45 PM 2-0160
THEORY, (AUTO)ETHNOGRPHY, AND FICTION
Sascha Goluboff, Jonathan S Marion and Julia L Offen

Thursday, December 4, 2014

9:00 AM-10:45 AM 3-0065
WHO IS THE SUBJECT OF ILLNESS?: PART 1 OF A DISCUSSION OF AFFLICTION BY VEENA DAS
Sameena Mulla, Clara Y Han and Michael Lambek
9:00 AM-10:45 AM 3-0310
EXPLORING SENSORY ETHNOGRAPHY
Joshua Tucker
2:30 PM-4:15 PM 3-0920
ANTHROPOLOGY AND STORYTELLING
Coralynn V Davis, Gina Athena Ulysse, Carole McGranahan, Mary M Steedly and Jason Antrosio

Friday, December 5, 2014

9:00 AM-10:45 AM 4-0230
ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE CROWD: THE I, THE WE, THE US
Megan Amanda Steffen, John Borneman and Bjorn Thomassen
2:30 PM-4:15 PM 4-0895
ANTHROPOLOGY AND CREATIVITY: PRACTICE AND PROCESS
Tulasi Srinivas
6:30 PM-8:15 PM 4-1325
APPRENTICESHIP PILGRIMAGE AND THE PRODUCTION OF EMBODIED EXPERTISE
Lauren Miller Griffith, Jonathan S Marion, Lauren Miller Griffith and Helena Wulff

Saturday, December 6, 2014

2:30PM-4:15PM 5-0890
TRANSCULTURAL SITES FOR THE PRODUCTION OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE
Wayne H Osborn Jr, Bennetta Jules-Rosette, Bennetta Jules-Rosette and Bob W White

Sunday, December 7, 2014

10:00 AM-11:45 AM 6-0265
EMPATHY, CONFORMITY, AND (IM)MORAL KILLING: ANTHROPOLOGY AT THE LIMITS OF KNOWLEDGE
Sarah Mathew, Carolyn R Nordstrom, Bilinda S Straight, Peter D Little, Ivy L Pike, Günther Schlee and Bilinda S Straight

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Deadline Extended for Poetry Competition

EXTENDED DEADLINE: AUGUST 15
POETRY COMPETITION: SOCIETY FOR HUMANISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY

JUDGES: Renato Rosaldo, Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, and Nomi Stone

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology announces our annual poetry competition as a means to encourage scholars to use alternative literary genres to explore anthropological concerns. These concerns may be any of those associated with the fields of anthropology: archaeological, biological, linguistic, sociocultural, and applied. We consider only previously unpublished work.

The first-place winner will receive a certificate and award of $100, the second-place winner will receive $75, and the third-place winner will receive $50. All entries will be considered for publication in the journal. Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the SHA Awards Ceremony at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association Dec. 3-7, 2014, and will be published in the Society’s
journal, Anthropology and Humanism. Email poems to shapoetrycompetition@gmail.com

All inquiries concerning any of the writing prizes should be addressed to Billie Jean Isbell, President of SHA, at bji1@cornell.edu

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Society for Humanistic Anthropology – 2014 Call for Papers

SHA welcomes paper and poster session proposals for consideration at this year’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. (December 3-7, 2014). The theme for the meeting is “Producing Anthropology,” which provides a rich context for exploring the innovative and exciting work conducted under the broad rubric of humanistic anthropology. 

For the 2014 Annual Meeting, the SVA programming committee consists of:

Jonathan S. Marion (jsmarion@gmail.com); Kristen Ghodsee (kghodsee@bowdoin.edu)

SHA encourages innovative formats, including poster sessions, workshops, and other formats fostering more dynamic discussion periods.

Upcoming deadlines and the appropriate contacts for each:

• For the official AAA Call for Papers, see: http://www.aaanet.org/meetings/Call-for-Papers.cfm

• Online abstract submission system opens for all proposal types on February 16, 2014

Volunteered Papers/Posters/Sessions – Due April 15, 2014 online

To Submit a Paper/Poster, go to AAA website and follow the links to the call for papers. A paper/poster abstract of up to 250 words is required. To submit a session (including Roundtables), go to AAA website and follow the links to the call for papers. A session abstract of up to 500 words is required. Meeting registration forms and fees must be submitted for each participant. Submission deadline is 5:00 pm EST (10:00 pm GMT) April 15.

Retrospective Sessions – Due April 15, 2014 online

Retrospective sessions are new to the AAA Annual Meeting Program in 2014. They are intended to highlight career contributions of established leading scholars (for example, on the occasion of their retirement or significant anniversary). To submit a proposal for an invited session, go to www.aaanet.org and follow the links to the call for papers

SHA Sponsored Session Proposals – Due April 15, 2014 online

This includes all paper and poster sessions, roundtable proposals, and individual paper/poster submissions. All Invited Session Proposals (paper or poster sessions) must include a session abstract of up to 500 words and information for all participants (including individual abstracts and any technical needs for your session). Submission will be through the AAA website. We highly encourage anyone planning to submit an invited session proposal to contact us ASAP, ideally by March 1, 2014. The AAA will announce decisions in early April. Participants must abide by the AAA rules regarding roles, registration, and fees.

Workshops –Due April 15, 2014 online via the SHA Programming Committee 

Workshops have been a traditional part of SHA’s offerings at the AAA Annual Meetings, and anyone with an idea for or interested in facilitating a workshop at the 2014 Meeting is encouraged to get in touch with the SHA Programming Co-chairs as soon as possible.

Installations – Due April 15, 2014 online via the AAA Programming Committee

Installations (a remix and rebirth of “InnoVents” and “Salons” introduced to the AAA Annual Meetings program in recent years) invite anthropological knowledge off the beaten path of the written conference paper. Presenters may propose performances, recitals, conversations, author-meets-critic roundtables, salon reading workshops, oral history recording sessions and other alternative, creative forms of intellectual expression for consideration. Selected Installations will be curated for off-site exhibition and tied to the official AAA conference program. Installations are meant to disrupt who and what we tend to see at the Annual Meetings, helping attendees encounter new people and to do different kinds of things at the intersections of anthropological arts, sciences, and cultural expression.

DEADLINE – APRIL 15TH, 2014

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2014 Turner Prize Competition

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) announces the 24th annual juried competition for the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing. The late Victor Turner devoted his career to seeking a language that would reopen anthropology to the human subject, and the prize will be given in recognition of an innovative book that furthers this project.

Eligible genres include ethnographic monographs, narratives, historical accounts, biographies, memoirs, dramas, or single-authored collections of essays, short stories, or poems. A $500 first-place, a $300 second place and $200 third-place prizes, for books published between April 2012 and April 2014, will be awarded at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington DC in December 2014.

Books may be entered into the competition by authors, book editors, or colleagues. No formal letter of nomination is needed. Books published in 2012-2013 and entered in last year’s competition may be resubmitted this year with the appropriate entry fee.

Submission fee: For authors who are already SHA members, the entry fee is $25/book. For authors who are not SHA members, the entry fee is $75/book. (Publishers: for all books you submit, please check with the author first to discover whether s/he is a current SHA member and please encourage authors to join SHA).

The fee may be paid either online here (log into Anthro Gateway to get the SHA member rate of $25), or by check with the submission fee form sent to:

Suzanne Mattingly, Controller
American Anthropological Association
2300 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 1301
Arlington, VA  22201-3386

Send one copy of the book to be entered to each of the three the judges (a total of 3 copies):

  1. Victor Turner Prize, c/o Ruth Elizabeth Toulson, Department of Anthropology, Dept. 3431, 1000 University Avenue, Laramie, WY 82071- 2000
  2. Victor Turner Prize, c/o Julie Livingston, 214 W. 85th St. Apt 5W, New York, NY 10024
  3. Victor Turner Prize, c/o Daniel Reichman, Department of Anthropology, 440 Lattimore Hall, Rochester, NY, 14627

All who enter the contest must include a cover letter with four items of required information:

  1. book title, publication year, and publisher,
  2. the author’s contact information including mailing address, all telephone numbers and e-mail address;
  3. the author’s biographical sketch (1-2 paragraphs) including highest degree awarded, in which discipline, and from which institution;
  4. current affiliation (university or otherwise).

Entrants may also include an optional short statement about intellectual training/ orientation, and the circumstances surrounding the research/ writing of the book. Biographical information will be used for presenting the winners and publicizing the results of the competition and will not be used for judging the quality of the entries.

Please send the cover letter and accompanying statements and biographical information to the chair of the Victor Turner Prize Committee, c/o Ruth Elizabeth Toulson, Department of Anthropology – Dept. 3431, 1000 University Avenue, Laramie, WY 82071- 2000 (rtoulson@uwyo.edu)

The absolute deadline for receipt of the required materials is May 1, 2014.

All inquiries should be directed to Ruth Toulson at rtoulson@uwyo.edu

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2014 SHA Fiction Competition

JUDGES: Jessica Falcone, Rachel Newcomb and John Colman Wood

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology announces our annual fiction competition to encourage anthropologists to use alternative literary genres to explore anthropological concerns associated with the four fields of anthropology. Stories should not exceed 20 pages typed double-spaced. There is a limit of one story per submission.

Please email your entry to shafictioncompetition@gmail.com without the author’s name (anonymized), along with a separate cover page with your full name, title of your submission, address, email address and institutional affiliation by May 1, 2014. There is no entry fee for this competition.

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington DC, December 3-7, 2014. The winning story will be published in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. The winner(s) will receive a certificate and award of $100.

All inquiries concerning any of the writing prizes should be addressed to Billie Jean Isbell, President of SHA, at bji1@cornell.edu

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2014 SHA Poetry Competition

JUDGES: Renato Rosaldo, Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, and Nomi Stone

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology announces our annual poetry competition as a means to encourage scholars to use alternative literary genres to explore anthropological concerns. These concerns may be any of those associated with the fields of anthropology: archaeological, biological, linguistic, sociocultural, and applied.

The first-place winner will receive a certificate and award of $100, the second-place winner will receive $75, and the third-place winner will receive $50.00. All entries will be considered for publication in the journal.

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the SHA Awards Ceremony at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association Dec. 3-7, 2014, and will be published in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism.
Email poems to shapoetrycompetition@gmail.com by August 1, 2014

All inquiries concerning any of the writing prizes should be addressed to Billie Jean Isbell, President of SHA, at bji1@cornell.edu

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2013 SHA Prize Winners

2013 SHA Award Winners

Chicago 2013 Award Ceremony Attendees (clockwise from top left): Michael Jackson, Lifetime Achievement Award Winner; Kenneth T. Macleish, Victor Turner 3rd Prize Winner; Heidi Kelley, Poetry Honorable Mention Winner; Jon Ben Soileau accepting award on behalf of Glenn Harvey Shepard, Fiction Honorable Mention Winner; Terese Gagnon, Poetry 3rd Prize Winner; Christine Walley, Victor Turner 2nd Prize Winner; Ather Zia, Poetry 2nd Prize Winner; and Xueting Liu, Poetry Honorable Mention Winner. Photo by Julia Offen

 

Victor Turner Prize

Judges: Ruth Toulson, Angela Garcia and Ather Zia

  1. First prize: Julie Livingston, Improvising Medicine: An African Oncology Ward in an Emerging Cancer Epidemic (Duke, 2012)
    Julie Livingston is Professor of History at Rutgers University
  2. Second prize: Christine Walley, Exit Zero: Family and Class in Postindustrial Chicago (Chicago 2013)
    Christine Walley is Associate Professor of Anthropology at MIT
  3. Third prize: Kenneth T. Macleish, Making War at Fort Hood: Life and Uncertainty in a Military Community (Princeton 2013)
    Kenneth Macleish is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt

Fiction Prize

Judges: Jessica Falcone, Rachel Newcomb and Cynthia Mahood

  1. First Prize goes to “The Professional” by Kim Huynh (Australian National University – Canberra)
  2. Honorable Mention goes to “The Eye of the Needle” by Glenn Harvey Shepard (Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi)

Poetry Prize

Judges: Renato Rosaldo, Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, and Kate Harding

  1. First Prize, “Malalel” by Janis Rodgers
  2. Second Prize, “The Ex Fighter Returns” by Ather Zia (University of California, Irvine)
  3. Third Prize, “Normaltown” by Terese V. Gagnon (University of Georgia)
  4. Honorable Mention (three poems)
    “2000/5th Sun/Our Present” by Steven Alvarez (University of Kentucky)
    “The Anthropologist Returns” by Heidi Kelley (University of North Carolina, Asheville)
    “Waiting for John Nash Outside a Beijing conference Room” by Xueting Liu (University of Chicago)
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SHA Events at the 2013 AAA Annual Meeting

As scheduled in the preliminary program, be sure to check for any changes in the final program. You can also view the complete SHA listing on the AAA website.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

8:00 AM-9:45 AM

3-0095, EPISTEMOLOGY, EMPATHY, AND IMAGE

10:15 AM-12:00 PM

3-0425, LEISURE AND DEATH: LIVELY ENCOUNTERS WITH RISK, DEATH, AND DYING
Jonathan P Skinner, Adam R Kaul, James W Fernandez and Amanda L Stronza

12:15 PM-1:30 PM

3-0600, SOCIETY FOR HUMANISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY BOARD MEETING
Billie Jean Isbell

1:45 PM-3:30 PM

3-0700, POST-HUMAN EMBODIMENT AND UNSTABLE MEDIA: COLLABORATIVE ENGAGEMENTS in EXPLAINING ILLNESS
Jerome W Crowder, Erica H Fletcher and Daniel M Price

3-0775, INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENTS WITH the HUMAN EXPERIENCE
Frances Trix and David Koester

3:30 PM-5:30 PM

3-0955, SOCIETY FOR HUMANISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY WRITING GROUP
James M Taggart, Renato I Rosaldo and Melisa (Misha) S Cahnmann-Taylor

Friday, November 22, 2013

10:15 AM-12:00 PM

4-0385, WITHER THE HUMAN AND WHITHER THE ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITY OF ANTHROPOLOGY?
Roy Wagner, Laura H Mentore, Neni E Panourgia and George Fitzpatrick Mentore

4-0495, POETRY, POWER, AND THE SOCIAL IMAGINATION
Mary L Scoggin, John Leavitt, Bernard Bate and James W Fernandez

1:45 PM-5:30 PM

4-0890, “A BOTTLE of GIN, A KOLA NUT, AND A CHICKEN”: A CELEBRATION of the LIFE AND LESSONS of BRUCE GRINDAL
Frank A Salamone, Ashley Kistler, Julie L Williams, George Fitzpatrick Mentore and Alma Gottlieb

7:30 PM-8:30 PM

4-1290, SOCIETY FOR HUMANISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY (SHA) MEMBERS’ MEETING
Billie Jean Isbell

8:30 PM-10:00 PM

4-1360, VICTOR TURNER AWARDS AND SPECIAL RECOGNITION HONORING MICHAEL JACKSON
Billie Jean Isbell

Saturday, November 23, 2013

8:00 AM-9:45 AM

5-0050, STRATEGIC ENGAGEMENTS WITH ACADEMIC HISTORIES: ETHICAL METHODOLOGICAL CHOICES TO SHIFT NEGATIVE REPRESENTATIONS
Patricia Antoniello, Na’amah Razon, Claire N Snell-Rood and Kristin E Yarris

8:00 AM-10:00 AM

5-0165, CRAFTING NARRATIVE ETHNOGRAPHY
Julia L Offen

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2013 SHA Writing Prizes Open

The Society of Humanistic Anthropology announces the opening of the 2013 competitions for the Victor Turner Prize, the Ethnographic Fiction Prize and the Ethnographic Poetry Prize.

The absolute deadline for receipt of the required materials is May 1, 2013.

2013 Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing

JUDGES: Ruth Elizabeth Toulson, Angela Garcia, and Ather Zia

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) announces the 23rd annual juried competition for the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing. The late Victor Turner devoted his career to seeking a language that would reopen anthropology to the human subject, and the prize will be given in recognition of an innovative book that furthers this project. Eligible genres include ethnographic monographs, narratives, historical accounts, biographies, memoirs, dramas, or single-authored collections of essays, short stories or poems. A $500 first-place, a $300.00 second place and $ 200.00 third-place prizes, for books published between April 2011 and April 2013, will be awarded at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Chicago in November 2013.

Books may be entered into the competition by authors, book editors, or colleagues. No formal letter of nomination is needed. Books published in 2011 – 2012 and entered in last year’s competition may be resubmitted this year with the appropriate entry fee.   Submission fee: For authors who are already SHA members, the entry fee is $25/book. For authors who are not SHA members, the entry fee is $75/book.

1.  Send three (3) copies of each book separately addressed to: Victor Turner Prize, c/o Ruth Elizabeth Toulson, Department of Anthropology, Dept. 3431, 100 University Avenue, Laramie, Wy 82071- 2000; Victor Turner Prize, c/o Angela Garcia, 1737 Willington Ct., Oakland, Ca 94602; Victor Turner Prize, c/o Ather Zia, 7201 Palo Verde Road. Irvine, Ca 92617.

2.  Send the submission fee of $25 for current SHA members and $75 for non-members along with the completed Submission Fee Form to:

Suzanne Mattingly, Controller
American Anthropological Association
2200 Wilson Blvd – Suite 600
Arlington, VA  22201
phone: 703.528.1902, ext 1160,  fax: 703.528.3546
smattingly@aaanet.org

(Publishers: for all books you submit, please check with the author first to discover whether s/he is a current SHA member)

3.  All who enter the contest must include a cover letter with four items of required information:

  • (a) book title, publication year, and publisher,
  • (b) the author’s contact information including the mailing address, all telephone numbers and e-mail address;
  • (c) the author’s biographical sketch (1-2 paragraphs) including highest degree awarded, in which discipline, and from which institution; and
  • (d) current affiliation (university or otherwise).

Entrants may also include an optional short statement about intellectual training/ orientation, and the circumstances surrounding the research/ writing of the book. Biographical information will be used for presenting the winners and publicizing the results of the competition and will not be used for judging the quality of the entries.  Please send the cover letter and accompanying statements and biological information to Victor Turner Prize, c/o Billie Jean Isbell (bji1@cornell.edu) Department of Anthropology, McGraw Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. 14853

2013 Ethnographic Fiction Competition

JUDGES: Jessica Falcone, Rachel Newcomb and Cynthia Mahood

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology announces our annual fiction competition to encourage anthropologists to use alternative literary genres to explore anthropological concerns associated with the four fields of anthropology. Stories should not exceed 20 pages typed double-spaced. There is a limit of one story for each submission.

Please submit three hard (printed) copies per entry without the author’s name to SHA Ethnographic Fiction Prize, c/o Dr. Jessica Marie Falcone, 204 Waters Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506, by May 1, 2013. There is no entry fee for this competition.

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Chicago in November 2013. The winning story will be published in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. The winner(s) will receive a certificate and award of $100.

2013 SHA Ethnographic Poetry Competition

JUDGES: Renato Rosaldo, Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, and Kate Harding

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology announces our annual poetry competition as a means to encourage scholars to use alternative literary genres to explore anthropological concerns. These concerns may be any of those associated with the fields of anthropology: archaeological, biological, linguistic, sociocultural and applied.

The first-place winner will receive a certificate and award of $100, the second-place winner will receive $75, and the third-place winner will receive $ 50.00. All entries will be considered for publication in the journal.

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the SHA Awards Ceremony at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in fall 2013, and will be published in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism.

Send poems postmarked no later than August 1, 2013 to Renato Rosaldo, SHA Poetry, Department of Anthropology NYU
25 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10003

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