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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2012 Writing Prizes

The Society of Humanistic Anthropology announces the opening of the 2012 competitions for the Victor Turner Prize, the Ethnographic Fiction Prize and the Ethnographic Poetry Prize.

2012 Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing

JUDGES: Misty Bastian, Kevin Oneill, Neni Panourgiá, and John Watanabe

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) announces the 22nd 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 2010 and April 2012, will be awarded at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco in November 2012.

Books may be entered into the competition by authors, book editors, or colleagues. No formal letter of nomination is needed. Books published in 2010 or 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 one copy of each book for a total of four copies separately addressed to: Victor Turner Prize, c/o Misty Bastian, Department of Anthropology, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003; Victor Turner Prize, c/o Kevin Oneill, Department for the Study of Religion, Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, floor 3, Toronto, Ontario M5r 2M8 Canada; Victor Turner Prize, c/o Neni Panourgiá, ICLS, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027; Victor Turner Prize, c/o John M. Watanabe, Department of Anthropology, 6047 Silsby Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755.

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

703.528.1902, ext 1160 – fax: 703.528.3546

smattingly@aaanet.org

3. All who enter the contest must include a cover letter with four items of required information: (a) the book title and the 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 the required highest degree awarded, in which discipline, and from which institution; (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 James M. Taggart (jim.taggart@fandm.edu), Department of Anthropology, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003

The deadline for submitting the required materials is May 1, 2012.

2012 Ethnographic Fiction Competition

JUDGES: Jessica Falcone, Kristen Ghodsee and Ruth Behar

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, 2012. 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 San Francisco in November 2012. 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.

2012 SHA Ethnographic Poetry Competition

JUDGES: Renato Rosaldo, Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, Lorraine Healy

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 2012, and will be published
in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism.

Send poems postmarked no later than August 1, 2012 to:

Renato Rosaldo,Times, SHA Poetry
Department of Anthropology
NYU
25 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10003

Electronic or faxed submissions will not be accepted except by request from ethnographic poets working outside the U.S. and Canada.

Members of the American Anthropological Association do not have to submit an entry fee. Others must submit a check for $ 10 accompanied by the Submission Fee form to:

Suzanne Mattingly, Controller
American Anthropological Association
2200 Wilson Blvd – Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22201

703.528.1902, ext 1160 – fax: 703.528.3546

smattingly@aaanet.org

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Call for Proposals for the 2012 SHA Invited Sessions at AAA

The AAA website states that The 2012 AAA Annual Meeting in San Francisco offers the perfect venue for thinking about border crossings across time, space, embodied differences, language and culture. SHA can contribute significantly to this theme.

Please submit proposals for SHA invited sessions, special events, round tables and innovents for the 2012 AAA meeting in San Francisco in November to Prof. Billie Jean Isbell (bji1@cornell.edu), the SHA Program Chair and President-Elect, by the deadline of March 1st. We especially encourage co-sponsorship with another section as well as innovative round tables.

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Congratulations to SHA Prize Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Turner Prizes and the SHA Ethnographic Fiction and Poetry contests.

Turner Prize winners

The Turner Prize committee, composed of Regna Darnell, Tracey Heatherington, and Misty Bastian, awarded first prize to Neni Panourgiá for her Dangerous Citizens: The Greek Left and the Terror of the State (Fordham). Second prize went to Amira Mittermaier for Dreams that Matter: Egyptian Landscapes of the Imagination (California). The committee decided to award a special prize for an Oral History and Collaborate Ethnography and they selected Shirleen Smith and the Gwich’in First Nation’s People of the Lakes: Stories of Our Van Tat Gwich’in Elders/Googwandak Nakhwach’ànjòo Van Tat Gwich’in (Alberta).

Ethnographic Fiction winner

The committee of Jessica Falcone and Kirin Narayan awarded the Ethnographic Fiction prize to Kristen Ghodsee for her short story, “Tito Trivia.”

Ethnographic Poetry winners

The committee of Misha Cahmann-Taylor, Lorraine Healy and Renato Rosaldo awarded ethnographic poetry prizes of first place to Carolyn Moore for “Translator’s Notes on the Island of Unst’s Norn Fragment, Forkortning Saga,” second place to Susan Settlemyre Williams for “KV55: Its Voices,” third place to W. F. Lantry for “Yungas Valley,” and honorable mention to Worth Summers for “Coyote, Clacier Point Winter” and Christine Eber for “Do You Want Me To Cut More Vegetables, Boss ?” Continue reading

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SHA events at the AAA

SHA AWARDS CEREMONY

Please celebrate with us good writing and good ethnography in the best humanistic tradition by attending the SHA Awards Ceremony at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Montreal on Friday November 18, 2011, from 19:45-21:00 (Session 4-1370). We shall present the winners of the 2011 Victor Turner Prize and the Ethnographic Fiction and Poetry prizes, who will read excerpts from their work. We warmly invite you to read from your own work during the open mike portion of the ceremony.

Also at the AAA meetings in Montreal are six SHA workshops, two SHA invited session, and eleven sponsored sessions. Continue reading

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2011 Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) announces the 21th 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 2009 and April 2011, will be awarded at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Montreal in November 2011.

Books may be entered into the competition by authors, book editors, or colleagues. No formal letter of nomination is needed. Books published in 2009 or 2010 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 one copy of each book for a total of three copies separately addressed to: Victor Turner Prize, c/oTracey Heatherington, Cornell University, Society for the Humanities, A.D. White House, 27 East Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14853-1101; Victor Turner Prize, c/o Misty Bastian, Department of Anthropology, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003; Victor Turner Prize, c/o Regna Darnell, Department of Anthropology, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, N6A 5C2 Canada.

2. Submit the submission fee of $25 for current SHA members and $75 for nonmembers, with a check made out to the Society for Humanistic Anthropology (Publishers: for all books you submit, please check with the author first to discover whether s/he is a current SHA member) with a cover letter addressed to Victor Turner Prize, c/o James M. Taggart (jim.taggart@fandm.edu), Department of Anthropology, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003.

3. Include, in the cover letter accompanying the fee, four items of required information: (a) the book title and the 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 the required highest degree awarded, in which discipline, and from which institution; (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.

The absolute deadline for submitting the required materials is May 1, 2011.

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2011 Ethnographic Fiction Competition

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.

Three hard (printed) copies per entry should be submitted to SHA Ethnographic Fiction Prize, c/o Dr. Jessica Marie Falcone, 204 Waters Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506, by August 1, 2011. There is no entry free for this competition.

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Montreal, CA, in November 2011. 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.

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2011 SHA Ethnographic Poetry Competition

JUDGES: Renato Rosaldo, Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, Lorraine Healy

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.

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the annual meeting
of the American Anthropological Association in Fall 2011, and will be published
in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. The winner(s) will receive
a certificate and award of $100. All entries will be considered for publication in the journal.

Deadline: All entries must be postmarked by August 1, 2011.

Non-Members Entry Fee: $10.00

Members of the American Anthropological Association do not have to submit an entry fee. Others must submit a check for $ 10 made out to the Society for Humanistic Anthropology.

Submission Information

  • Poems must be typed.
  • $10 Check to Society for Humanistic Anthropology (Non-AAA Members only)
  • Poems must be typed.
  • Submit up to three (3) poems. One entry per person.
  • Do not put the author’s name on the poems because the judges prefer to read them blind.
  • A cover letter with a 3-to 4-line bio, title(s) of the work(s) submitted, and your name, institutional and home mailing addresses, phone number, and email address.
  • Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope (SASE) for contest results (Outside the U.S., email notification only). Manuscripts will not be returned.
  • Please send submissions to:
    Renato Rosaldo, SHA Poetry
    Department of Anthropology
    NYU
    25 Waverly Place
    New York, NY 10003

Electronic or faxed submissions will not be accepted except by request from
ethnographic poets working outside the U.S. and Canada.

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Call for proposals for invited sessions and other events

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) would like to draw your attention to several activities that include a call for proposals for invited sessions and other events at the AAA meeting in Montreal next November and the 2011 competitions for the Victor Turner Prize in ethnographic writing and the fiction and poetry prizes.

Call for proposals for invited sessions and other events Continue reading

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