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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Call for Submissions: Society for Humanistic Anthropology at the 2013 AAAs in Chicago

SOCIETY FOR HUMANISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY

2013 AAA ANNUAL MEETING:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

 

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology welcomes paper and poster session proposals for consideration at this year’s Annual Meeting in Chicago (November 20-24, 2013). The theme for the meeting is “Future Publics, Current Engagements,” which provides a rich context for exploring the innovative and exciting work conducted under the broad rubric of humanistic anthropology.

The 2013 Programming Committee consists of Kristen Ghodsee (kghodsee@bowdoin.edu) and Jonathan S. Marion (jsmarion@gmail.com)

Both Kristen and Jonathan are more than happy to work with you on your paper, poster, or roundtable sessions – please be in touch early, and as often as necessary, with us! We’re happy to assist session organizers with the structuring of their proposals. SHA encourages innovative formats, including poster sessions and fostering more dynamic discussion periods.

Paper/Poster/Roundtable Sessions submit through the AAA website

SHA Section Invited Session Proposals due March 15, 2013 online

All Invited Session Proposals (paper, poster, or roundtable sessions) must include a session abstract of up to 500 words and information for all participants (including individual abstracts). Submission will be through the AAA website. We highly encourage anyone planning to submit an invited session proposal to contact Kristen ASAP, ideally by March 1. Decisions will be announced in early April.

SHA Sponsored Session Proposals due April 15, 2012 online

All sponsored session proposals must be submitted online by April 15, 2012. This includes all paper and poster sessions, roundtable proposals, and individual paper/poster submissions. Submissions must include a 250-word abstract as well as individual abstracts for each participant (as necessary). Participants must abide by the AAA rules regarding roles, registration, and fees.

AAA website (for full meeting details): www.aaanet.org

SHA website: http://www.aaanet.org/sections/sha/

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2012 SHA Writing Prizes

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 SHA Writing Prizes

SHA is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 Ethnographic Fiction, Ethnographic Poetry, and Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing competitions who were honored at the SHA awards ceremony at the 111th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco.

Ethnographic Fiction Prizes

The readers for the 2012 Ethnographic Fiction competition are Jessica Falcone, Kristen Ghodsee and Ruth Behar and they voted to award first prize to Thararat Chareonsonthichai (Australian National University) for “The Fragrance of the Classical Past,” and Honorable Mention to Cynthia Keppley-Mahmood (Notre Dame) for “How Jesse Became a Revolutionary.”

Ethnographic Poetry Prizes

The readers for the 2012 Ethnographic Poetry competition are Renato Rosaldo, Melisa Cahmann-Taylor and Lorraine Healy and they voted to award first prize to Irina Carlota Silber (CUNY) for “Nanita,” second prize to Kuo Zhang (Georgia) for “One Child Policy,” third prize to Jonathan Glasser (William and Mary) for “Enemy Territory,” and Honorable Mention to Elena Harap (Independent Scholar) for “Sanctuary/Home.”

The Victor Turner Prize

The readers for the 2012 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing are Misty Bastian, Kevin O’Neill, Neni Panourgía, and John Watanabe and they awarded first-place to Angela Garcia (Stanford) for her book, The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession along the Rio Grande (California 2010), second place to Mark Auslander (Central Washington University) for his book, The Accidental Slaveowner. Revisiting the Myth of Race and Finding an American Family (Georgia Press 2011), and third place to Daniel R. Reichman (University of Rochester) for his book, The Broken Village: Coffee, Migration, and Globalization in Honduras (Cornell 2011).

Citation for Angela Garcia’s The Pastoral Clinic.

Less than a year before his last, Victor Turner published an article with Edith Turner on performing ethnography in The Drama Review (volume 26, no. 2 [Summer 1982]). It was a meditation on method. They recounted how they would prompt their students to perform different rites of passage, to step into liminal spaces. They acted out weddings. They acted out funerals. They wanted their students to feel “how people in other cultures experience the richness of their social existence, what the moral pressures are upon them, what kinds of pleasures they expect to receive as a reward for following certain patterns of action, and how they express joy, grief, deference, and affection, in accordance with cultural expectations.” This was not play-acting. This was not just fun. It was a reflexive exploration of ethnography. They asked, what does it mean to feel a story?

If posed this question today, by Victor or Edith Turner, or by anyone for that matter, I would not orchestrate a ritual—although that would not be a bad idea. Rather I would pick up Angela Garcia’s The Pastoral Clinic, turn to page one, and begin reading out loud. What does it mean to feel a story? “The clinic is a house,” Angela begins her book.  “Small, brown, made of straw bale and mud plaster.” The Pastoral Clinic is an ethnography of heroin addiction and fatal overdoses in northern New Mexico’s Española Valley. Heroin problems, Angela argues, are a contemporary expression of material and cultural dispossession, which makes her book a portrait of addiction and of place. But maybe most of all, at least for this competition, in light of Victor and Edith Turner, The Pastoral Clinic is also a statement about ethnography. Angela writes, with possibly unintentional echoes of Turner, “I understood my task as an anthropologist to conjure up the social life that produced these signs, to give it flesh and depth. Indeed, that is why I went to New Mexico to study heroin—to try to give purpose and meaning to an aspect of American life that had become dangerously ordinary, even cliché” (p. 6). The Pastoral Clinic shuttles between joy and grief; it is an ethnographic meditation that foregrounds, to quote Turner yet again, “the kinds of pleasures [that people] expect to receive as a reward for following certain patterns of action.”  It is for this reason, and for many more, that The Pastoral Clinic emerged from a stack of successful ethnographies. The book feels a story, which makes it a true accomplishment. Many, many congratulations.

Kevin Lewis O’Neill
University of Toronto

Citation for Mark Auslander’s The Accidental Slaveowner

In 1844, a national controversy erupted in the strongly abolitionist Methodist Church over the censure of Bishop James Osgood Andrew of Oxford, Georgia for owning slaves. The censure precipitated a schism between northern and southern Methodists, black and white congregants, that would last a century. The first president of the board of trustees of Emory College, precursor of Emory University, Bishop Andrew claimed he had inherited a slave named Catherine Boyd—known locally as “Kitty” to whites, “Miss Kitty” to African Americans—who, upon reaching her majority, had refused manumission and transport back to Africa to remain in his household. For many white southerners then and now, the story of Bishop Andrew and Miss Kitty captures both abolitionist intolerance and northern misunderstanding of the lifelong attachments, if not love, that often united owners and domestic slaves, many of whom grew up together. For African Americans, Miss Kitty’s story epitomizes the intimate injuries and iniquities of dehumanizing property rights and relations crosscut by the all too often unspoken bonds of kinship between black and white families during and long after slavery. Bishop Andrew, the “accidental slaveowner” in the title of Mark Auslander’s fine book, thus becomes occasion for this exemplary ethnography of race relations past and present in the United States.

Most concretely, as all ethnographies should, this book opens to us the unexpected world of domestic relations between masters and slaves in antebellum Georgia and what happened to those relations after emancipation—a world all the more unexpected because it lies so close to home, especially in the association of so many universities north and south with slaves or the slave trade. More broadly, the book traverses the fraught ground that all ethnographies must between what people believe to be true about themselves and what we as ethnographers may discover about them from others. In this, Auslander never presumes to render the myth of Miss Kitty and Bishop Andrew into his own or others’ history, but rather, he wisely and painstakingly shows us how for whites their various myths came to be, and how for African Americans, including Miss Kitty’s desendants, the history got lost, the myth forgotten or remembered otherwise. Most importantly, Auslander writes in the face of all ethnographers’ greatest fear that the people we write about will actually read what we write and find it incomprehensible, irrelevant, insulting, wrong, or simply banal. In knowing full well that those about whom he writes will read his book, Auslander writes with modest conviction yet quiet courage that giving voice to hidden, half-remembered or long forgotten pasts is essential to “saying something now” in the present to help reopen dialogues across difference too long stifled or stigmatized by power, anger, fear, and shame. There are larger lessons we can all learn from this book about what writing anthropology could—and should—be. We are pleased to recognize Mark Auslander for his signal achievement, and above all, for his deep concern, abiding commitment, and always human voice.

John M. Watanabe
Dartmouth College

Citation for Daniel R. Reichman’s The Broken Village

La Quebrada, the pseudonymous “broken place” in Daniel Reichman’s compelling book, evokes a telling series of breaks. Historically, a boom then bust in international migration to the United States prises open this small coffee growing town in central Honduras, itself the result of earlier internal migration to its forests and coffee lands that globalization has already, ominously, serially commodified. Socially, La Quebrada fractures along growing moral, not just political, economic, or religious, divides precipitated by unseen others in faraway places. And anthropologically, globally interconnected ruralities like La Quebrada decisively challenge ethnography to break with any vestige of past romances—or even tragedies—of solitary communities local, global, or otherwise. At the heart of all these breaks lies the double bind of all modern, and now postmodern, human experience infused with the disembodied, contagious magic of market competition, not only in the Marxian sense of commodification and alienation, but also experientially in having to habituate, often unwittingly, to ever wider and ultimately unfathomed webs of appeal and obligation that distance and disguise us from our interdependencies: whether in rural Honduras or New York coffee houses, Reichman finds in Foucauldian-like fashion that the more we mind our respective runaway worlds, the more we privatize—that is, personalize and internalize—the perceived causes and consequences of our disquiet in terms of individual moral worth or monetary value that only further distracts us from the systemic imperatives that bind us.

So, more than beleaguered Central American villagers, Reichman shows us would-be migrants from La Quebrada caught between the dissatisfactions of providing (or not) for their families and leaving them for distant perils yet possibilities; between risking all only to fail—foolishly in the eyes of sanctimonious neighbors—or to return successfully but never again feel quite at home at home. He shows us evangelicals in La Quebrada who grapple personally with their sinfulness to assure salvation but disattend to the inbuilt inequalities in their lives. He shows us coffee growers who rationalize volatile markets as just another cost of doing business but who themselves must migrate during downturns if they want to recapitalize their smallholdings for when the market returns. And finally, even closer to home, he shows us how supporters of fair trade coffee aspire through their individual consumer choices to make the world a better place percisely because they can afford to (and not coincidentally, display their taste while gratifying it), but in fact the markups from buying fair trade go mostly to the largest coffee marketers, not to small growers in Central America.

In this multifaceted way, The Broken Village becomes a meditation on the perils of thinking and acting in overly individual, private ways in an increasingly upscaled world; but confounded by so many already inescapably entangled places, how can we do otherwise without impossibly changing that world? In finding in the most particular of circumstances this most general dilemma of globalization, Daniel Reichman’s book exemplifies the ethnographer’s craft at its best because he understands that realizing what we all have most in common constitutes the first step of mutual recognition in seeking necessarily diverse solutions across our abiding differences. For this important, deeply humanistic insight that shows why ethnography still matters, Daniel Reichman deserves our keenest recognition and warmest congratulations.

John M. Watanabe
Dartmouth College

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SHA Program at the 2012 AAA Meetings

The 2012 Program Chair and President-Elect, Billie Jean Isbell, and many members of SHA have mounted a full program for the AAA meetings in San Francisco.  The highlights are listed below, and the full program will appear by clicking on the following link: http://aaa.confex.com/aaa/2012/webprogrampreliminary/SHA.html

SHA Awards Ceremony is Friday evening 8-9:15 pm.  Learn who won the Turner, Ethnographic Writing and Poetry prizes for 2012 (4-1185)

SHA Invited Sessions
Thursday
8-9:45 am  “Literary Ethnography: Anthropology that Breaks Borders and Breaks Your Heart,” Elizabeth L. Krause, Melisa (Misha) S. Sahnmann-Taylor organizers (3-0010)

Friday
8-11:45 am  “The Ethnographer’s Craft: Works Inspired by Ruth Behar I,” Vanessa J. Díaz Erica Lehrer, Ellen E. Moodie, Ruth Behar and Renato Rosaldo organizers (4-0165)

SHA Sponsored Sessions
Wednesday
2-5:45 pm  “Sensing the Political: Materiality, Aesthetics, and Embodiment,” Frances E. Mascia-Lees, M. Nell Quest, Yael Navaro-Yashin, and Alex Hilton
organizers (2-0475)

4-5:45 pm  “Ethnography of Imaginary Cultures: Storied Innovations,” Roger Ivar Lohmann, and Rena Lederman organizers (2-0580)

4-5:45 pm  “Crossing Borders with Miles Richardson: Teacher, Scholar Poet, Provocateur,” Helen A. Regis, Matt Samson, and James Peacock organizers (2-0590)

Thursday
10:15-12:00 pm  “Aesthetics and Advocacy” (3-0435)

10:15-12:00 pm  “The Restless Anthropologist: Crossing Borders to New Fieldsites,” Virginia R. Dominguez, Alma Gottlieb, and Paul Stoler organizers (3-0300)

1:45-3:30 pm  “Species of Non-Said: Linguistic and Other Tricks to Live, Feel and Know the Ineffable,” Bernard Bate, Marko Aivkovic, and James W. Fernandez organizers (3-0700)

SHA Special Events
Thursday
8-9:15 pm  “A Conversation with Writer, Rebecca Solnit, and Anthropologists Brian Palmer, Yana Stainova and Andrew Buckser,” hosted by Billie Jean Isbell (3-1125)

Friday
6:15-7:30 pm  “Secret Conspiracy of Hope: A Multimedia Show” with Brian Palmer, and Billie Jean Isbell (4-1025)

SHA Workshops
Thursday
9-11:OO am  “Getting an Article Published in a Peer-Reviewed Journal” with Michael Harkin and Geroge Fitspatrick Mentore (3-0245) registration required

Friday
3-5:00 pm  “SHA Poerty Workshop” with Renato I. Rosaldo (4-0845) registration required

Saturday
1-3:00 pm  “Writing Ethnography” with Alma Gottlieb and Phillip Graham (5-0630) registration required

3-5:00 pm  “Crafting Narrative Ethnography” with Julia Offen (5-0905) (registration required)

SHA Round Tables
Wednesday
12-1:45 pm  “Music, Art, Narrative and Fiction” with Sadiah Nynke Boonstra (2-0215)

SHA Writer’s Group
Thursday
8-9:15 pm  James M. Taggart and Renato I. Rosaldo (3-1120)

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