SPA Biennial Meetings 2001

SPA Biennial Meeting 2001

Decatur, GA

Oct. 18-21, 2001

 

The 2001 SPA Biennial Meeting was held at the Holiday Inn Select Hotel and Conference Center, Decatur, GA. For Oct. 18-21, 2001. Decatur is just outside Atlanta, about 10 minutes from Emory University. Robert I. Levy, professor emeritus from the University of California, San Diego, delivered the Distinguished Lecture.

Meeting sessions were scheduled in 3-hour blocks and 2-hour blocks, with a total of 12 sessions, and two plenary sessions on Saturday Morning. The program included a session with leading people from the fields of Psychology, Cognitive Science, Psychiatry and Philosophy giving talks about how their fields and work can benefit from cooperation with anthropologists. Sessions ran from Friday morning through Sunday morning.

The plenary session on Saturday morning involved a general discussion of SPA and psychological anthropology issues, followed by the distinguished lecture by Robert Levy. A banquet was Saturday night; prizes were awarded and a tribute given to Bob Levy.

Sessions

Listed below are sessions with their organizers. If you have an interest in obtaining papers from one of these sessions, contact the organizer.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18

Welcoming Reception
SPA Board of Directors Meeting

 


 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19

SESSION 1: CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING
Organizer: Marida Hollos, marida_hollos@brown.edu

Barbara Rogoff and Ruth Paradise (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Learning through Observant Participation in Cultural Activity

 

Stanton Wortham (University of Pennsylvania)Identity Development in First-Person DiscourseMichael Nunley (University of Oklahoma)Teen Morality and Baby Neuroscience: Can Neurobiology Help Us Understand Enculturation?Carol Worthman (Emory University)Painful Topics: Stress, Distress and Human DevelopmentHyang-Jin Jung (University of Minnesota)Junior-Highs are Crazy: The American Ethnopsychology of Early Adolescence and the Emphasis on Emotional Control

 

SESSION 2: GLOBALIZATION: PSYCHOCULTURAL APPROACHES
Organizer: Alex Hinton, ahinton@newark.rutgers.edu

Bradd Shore (Emory University)
Knowledge In-formation: Modularity and the Cognitive Basis of Modernity

 

Alex Hinton (Rutgers)Globalization, Modernity, and Genocide in CambodiaConerly Casey (UCLA)The Formation of Cultural Enemies: Media and Perceptions of Cultural Aggression among Nigerian YouthsKaren J. Brison (Union College)Globalization and the Sociocentric Self in Rural FijiDoug Hollan (UCLA)Dreaming in a Global WorldEileen P. Anderson (Harvard)Adolescent Girls’ Experiences of Abuse and Globalization in BelizeBruce Knauft (Emory)Desiring Development: The Affect and Motivation of ‘Progress’ in Out-of-the-way PlacesCharles Lindholm (Boston University) DiscussantDiscussion, 1 hourDiscussion LeadersLucia Cargill (Medical College of Wisconsin)Karen Hunt Ahmed (University of Chicago)

 

SESSION 3: FROM CULTURE AND PERSONALITY TO PERCEN-CENTERED ETHNOGRAPHY: STUDENT PAPERS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (PART 1)
Organizer: April Leininger, april@weber.ucsd.edu

Kaoru Watanabe (University of Illinois at Chicago)
How Young Cambodian Mothers Interact with their Children: Cultural Continuity and Changes

 

Jack R. Friedman (Duke)Agents, Agency, and “Secret Agency”: Negotiating Selves in the Context of Post-Socialist CollapseShana Fruehan (University of Chicago)Sexual Revolution? Japanese Women and the Birth Control PillDaniel H. Lende (Emory)The Subjective Experience of Drugs: Integrating Biological and Cultural Approaches

 

SESSION 4: FROM CULTURE AND PERSONALITY TO PERCEN-CENTERED ETHNOGRAPHY: STUDENT PAPERS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (PART 2)
Organizer: April Leininger, april@weber.ucsd.edu

Janxin Leu, David Liu, and Richard Nisbett (Michigan)
Culture and cognition in immigrant minds: Situating thinking among Chinese/Taiwanese Americans

 

Eric Lindland (Emory)Localizing Religion: Cultural Psychologies of Spirituality in MalawiAnna Månsson (Lund University, Sweden)Transformations of the Self-image: Meanings of Conversion to Islam.Jill Mitchell (Program in Medical and Psychocultural Anthropology, UCLA)Construction of Illness Narratives in Relation to Psychoneuroimmunological Indicators of Health Status in Individuals with Auto-immune DiseaseHeather Rae Obleman de Espinoza (University of California, San Diego )Effect of Family Structure on Need Achievement in Puerto Rican StudentsPenny Owen (Michigan State)The Stories of Heroes: The Power of Eroticism in Ritual and Narrative StructureVaishali Raval (University of Windsor, Canada)Aastitva (Existence) for East Indian Women: Qualitative Analysis of InterviewsAllen Tran (UCLA, AIDS Project Los Angeles)Bisexual Identity Formation and HIV Status Disclosure

 

SESSION 5: CULTURE AND MEMORY
Organizer: Roger Lohmann, rlohmann@acs.wooster.edu

Roger Ivar Lohmann (The College of Wooster)
The Action of Memory in Cultural Storage, Transmission, and Reception

 

Yoram Bilu (The Hebrew University)Circumcision, Haircut, and Bibliophagia: Memory and Male Identity in Jewish Ultraorthodox Rituals of ChildhoodHaley Duschinski (Harvard University”Land, Homeland, and the Value of MemoryKeiko Matsuki (Doshisha University)”‘Nominalizing’ the Past Self: Dialogical Construction of Memory and Self in Japanese Narrativization Process”Jeannette Marie Mageo (Washington State)Dreams and Cultural MemoryYohko Tsuji (Cornell)Not a Boring Matter: Reminiscence among Older AmericansRobert W. Schrauf (Northwestern)The Linguistic Encoding of Cultural Experience in Memory: Experimental, Psychoanalytic, and Neuropsychological Evidence

 

SESSION 6: CULTURE AND IDENTITY NARRATIVES
Organizer: Melvyn Hammarberg, mhammarb@ccat.sas.upenn.edu

Rebecca Huss-Ashmore, (Penn)
Creating Possibility: Cosmetic Surgery and Identity Change

 

Melvyn Hammarberg, (Penn)Coping with Threats to Self as a Mormon MissionaryKristina Wirtz (Penn)Retelling the Telling Moment: Narratives as Guides to Religious Conversion in Cuban Santeria.Fran Barg (Penn)Breast Cancer Viewed as an Assault on the Self.Discussant: Daniel M. G. Fessler, Department of Anthropology, University of California at Los Angeles

 

SESSION 7: “REACHING OUT” WORKSHOP – CAN THE ANTHROPOLOGIST AND THE CLINICIAN TALK TO ONE ANOTHER?
Organizers: Ray Fogelson and Tanya Luhrmann (University of Chicago)

 


 

SATURDAY OCTOBER 20, 2001

SESSION 8: PLENARY SESSION I, GENERAL DISCUSSION: REACHING OUT, RETHINKING PSYCHOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

SESSION 9: PLENARY SESSION II, DISTINGUISHED LECTURE, ROBERT I. LEVY

SESSION 10: PRESIDENTIAL FORUM, REACHING OUT: PSYCHOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY VIEWED FROM OTHER DISCIPLINES
Organizer: Bradd Shore (Emory)

Nancy Nercessian: Department of Cognitive Science, Georgia Institute of Technology
Larry Barsalou, Department of Psychology, Emory University and President International Society of Cognitive Science

 

SESSION 11: FEMINISM AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Organizer: Naomi Quinn, nquinn@socsci.duke.edu

Rebecca J. Lester (University of Chicago)
Like a Natural Woman: Celibacy and the Embodied Self in Anorexia Nervosa

 

Katherine Frank (College of the Atlantic)Hustlers, Pros, and the Girl Next Door: Social Class, Race, and the Consumption of the Authentic Female BodyHolly F. Mathews (East Carolina)Negotiating Gender Ideology in Natural Contexts: the Use of the La Lllorona Tales in a Mexican CommunityApril Leininger (University of California, San Diego)Scenes from a Vietnamese-American Marriage: Gendered Internalization and the Fate of Gender Inequality and PatriarchyKathleen Barlow (Minnesota)Critiquing the “Good Enough” Mother: Mothering, Intersubjectivity, and the Negotiation of Self in Murik SocietySusan Seymour (Pitzer College)Multiple Caretaking of Infants and Young Children: Some Implications for Feminist and Psychological AnthropologyNaomi Quinn (Duke) and Wendy Luttrell (Harvard)Gender Belief Systems Reconsidered in Relational Psychoanalytic TermsDiscussant: Claudia Strauss (Pitzer College)

 

SESSION 12: RETHINKING BATESON
Organizer: Ernestine McHugh, emhh@rochester.edu

Kari Mikko Vesala (University of Helsinki), Seppo Knuuttila (University of Joensuu), Kimmo Ketola (university of Helsinki), Antti Mattila (Private Practice, Helsinki)
The Perspective of Noncommunication

 

Ernestine McHugh (Rochester)Play, Purpose, and Transitional SpaceDavid B. Kronenfeld (University of California, Riverside)Gregory Bateson: Pulling It All TogetherRobert I. Levy (North Carolina)Bateson And Academia: Reflections On The Fit Of Different Kinds Of Visions With The Business Of Departments Of AnthropologyDiscussant: Eric Silverman, De Pauw University

 

SESSION 13: STRUCTURES OF FEELING
Organizer: Setha Low slow@gc.cuny.edu

Jacquetta Hill (University of Illinois)
The Feeling of Futures

 

Gloria Levitas (Queens College, C.U.N.Y)Making Senses:Ethnographic and Literary Documentation of the Cultural Transformation of Sensory Experience and Its Effect on Human Emotions and PhysiologyMaria-Luisa Achino-Loeb (N.Y.U)From the Sound Up: Practices of Silence, Affect and IdentityRebecca Sachs Norris (Boston University)Education of Feeling and the Embodiment of CultureGeoffrey White (East-West Center)Emotive InstitutionsDiscussants:Joseph Glick (Psychology, Graduate Center, C.U.N.Y.)Catherine Lutz (Anthropology, U.N.C. Chapel Hill)

 

 


 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2001

SESSION 14: NATURAL SELECTION FOR SOCIAL TRANSMISSION: THE EVOLUTIONARY UNDERPINNINGS OF CULTURALLY VARIABLE PRACTICES
Organizer: Dan Fessler, dfessler@anthro.ucla.edu

Dan Fessler (UCLA)
Introduction: The need for evolutionary perspectives in psychological anthropology, or Why Hallowellian psychology will no longer suffice

 

Alan Fiske (UCLA)Evolved psychological mechanisms that are functionally dependent on cultureFrancisco Gil-White (UCLA)The coevolution of ethnic markers and essentialist reasoning about social groupsDiscussantMaurice BlochJoe Henrich (Emory)Prestige psychology and cultural transmissionPete Richerson (UCLA)The evolution of human ultra-socialityDiscussants:Paul Rozin (Penn)Scott Atran (Michigan) DiscussantOur express purpose is to explore the utility of evolutionary perspectives in understanding the intersection of psychological and cultural phenomena.

 

SESSION 15: CULTURE, POWER AND PSYCHE
Organizer: Kevin Birth, kevin_birth@qc.edu

Mark A. Cravalho (Universidade Federal da Bahia)
Culture, Power and Psyche in the Reproduction of Religious Authority: The Deká in Brazilian Candombl

 

Ken Jacobson (U of Massachusetts-Amherst)Of Politics, Educational Practice and Stereotype Threat: The Neo-colonialism of AccountabilityKatherine Ewing (Duke U)Being Other: Power and the Negotiation of Identity in a Diaspora CommunityMcKim Marriott (U of Chicago)The Logics of Hindu Power and EmotionSuzanne R. Kirschner (Holy Cross)”Good Babies” or “Goodness of Fit”?: Essentialism and Contextualism in Discourse on TemperamentDaniel Linger (UC Santa Cruz)Virtual SubjectivityKevin Birth (Queens C, CUNY)Indiscipline and Revelry: Resistant Bodies, Time and Experiences of Consciousness in Trinidadian Christmas and CarnivalDiscussantKevin Yelvington (U South Florida)