Welcome to the Society for Psychological Anthropology home page. The Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA) of the American Anthropological Association was founded in 1977. SPA is a broad, multidisciplinary organization of individuals interested in cultural, psychological,...Read More
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The SPA is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Boyer Prize for Contributions to Psychoanalytic Anthropology. The Boyer Prize is awarded annually to a book or article—published in the preceding three years (in this case, Jan 2009 to July 2013)—that addresses psychodynamic process in their cultural context. It seeks to encourage and reward work that takes a psychodynamic approach to cultural phenomena, provides an anthropological perspective on the psychodynamically-oriented clinical context, or in some way integrates the theoretical and/or clinical insights of psychoanalysis with the traditional methods or subject matter of anthropology. The prize carries a cash award of $500, which will be presented at the SPA Business Meeting, during the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Chicago.
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The Society for Psychological Anthropology is now accepting submissions for the 2013 Condon Prize for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology. The winner will be awarded $500 and one year’s free membership in the Society for Psychological Anthropology. The winning essay will be published in Ethos after working with the Editor to revise and prepare the final manuscript.
The Society for Psychological Anthropology seeks a new Editor or Editorial team for Culture, Mind, and Society, the society’s book series with Palgrave Macmillan. The new editor(s) would begin work in Fall 2013 and will be appointed for a three-year (renewable) term. The series publishes innovative research in culture and psychology that illuminates the workings of the human mind within social, cultural, and political contexts. As scholars from many fields seek to bridge gaps between inner and outer domains of experience (and even to problematize that distinction itself) this interdisciplinary terrain is more active than ever.
We seek an experienced scholar or scholars working in psychological anthropology to take on the leadership of the series. Applicants should submit a CV and letter of interest indicating their vision for the series and editorial experience as soon as possible to Claudia Strauss, SPA President (email@example.com). Letters nominating promising candidates are welcome as well. Finalists will be invited to respond to a series of directed questions on these topics. Final selection will follow an interview at the upcoming SPA/ACYIG meeting (April 4-7) or over the phone. Applicants are welcome to contact the current editor, Rebecca Lester (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss the current editorial processes.Read More
Ethos is looking for a book reviews editor.
The ideal candidate should be broadly trained in psychological anthropology or in allied disciplines, have strong administrative and scholarly writing skills, and be committed to meeting publication deadlines. The book reviews editor is generally responsible for the following tasks (in consultation with the editor)
The book reviews editor will be working within the ScholarOne manuscript tracking system and must be comfortable working with an online manuscript management system. We will provide training in the use of this system.
The work load is approximately 2-3 hours per week on average. The Ethos editorial office can reimburse most of the costs associated with book review correspondence and mailings between the book reviews editor and review authors. All other costs associated with the position should be supported by the book reviews editor’s home institution.
Ethos is an interdisciplinary and international quarterly journal devoted to scholarly articles dealing with the interrelationships between the individual and the sociocultural milieu, between the psychological disciplines and the social disciplines.
Individuals who are interested in filling this position should send a letter of interest and their current CV to Edward Lowe at the editorial office at email@example.com and at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. This position will remain open until filled.Read More
At long last, registration for the SPA /ACYIG Biennial Meeting on April 4-7th, 2013 in San Diego is now open! The registration fee for professionals is $125 and a reduced rate of $60 for students. One-day conference rates for professionals are $50 and $25 for students. These fees cover all conference costs including meeting room rentals, audio / visual equipment, programs, etc.
In addition to registering for the conference, there are two optional events for which you may also register at the website. The first is the Saturday Night Banquet featuring presentations of the SPA’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Awards to Jean Lave and Anthony Wallace. The banquet will be a three-course plated dinner with a cash bar. The second special event is the Friday Night Cocktail Party at the University of California, San Diego to provide an opportunity for conference attendees to socialize and to celebrate the continued contributions of UCSD to psychological anthropology. The cocktail party’s venue has beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and Downtown San Diego, and will include a range of hot and cold hors d’oeuvre and a cash bar. Buses will provide transportation to and from the conference hotel. On the ride back, attendees will have the opportunity to be dropped off at a number of central spots in downtown San Diego to visit restaurants, bars and cafes if they wish. Space is limited for the Friday night event so please register soon. More details on these two events can be found on the registration website by clicking on “Workshops” right next to “CLICK HERE TO REGISTER” towards the top of the page. Finally, the registration website also provides conference attendees with the possibility of contributing to a fund to be used to support graduate student travel to this Biennial conference. Please consider supporting the next generation of psychological anthropologists. All donations are tax-deductible.
Conference attendees can make reservations for hotel rooms at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay online through Passkey or by calling Hyatt’s Central Registration (1-888-421-1442). If you call, please indicate that you are attending the “AAA/SPA Biennial Meeting” to receive the reduced conference rates. The reduced conference rates are: Single, Double and Triple Occupancy: $189; Quadruple Occupancy: $239; and VIP and Waterfront Suites: $239.Reservations must be made by March 13th, 2013 to receive these rates. Conference rates are available to attendees for three days before and after the dates of the conference based on availability.
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The SPA is now accepting applications for both the Lemelson/SPA Conference Fund and the Lemelson Student Fellowships. The SPA board voted to broaden the eligibility of the student fellowships so that applicants’ advisors no longer need to be members of the SPA. The deadline for both is February 15, 2013. Please email all application materials to Harold Odden at email@example.com. Further information can be found here.Read More