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Tuesday, November 15

12:00pm-5:00pm
1-0015 METHODS FOR CONDUCTING COMMUNITY-BASED PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH IN  SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES
Council on Anthropology and Education 

This interactive workshop, informed by The Ethnographer’s Toolkit and taught by its authors, introduces participants to community-based participatory research (CBPR), or projects in which researchers and community partners collaborate to resolve local problems of inequity and disparity. Participants will identify problem areas, research partners, conceptual models, methods for implementation and rubrics for evaluation.

Organizers:  Margaret Diane LeCompte (University of Colorado, Boulder), Jean J Schensul (Institute for Community Research) and Margaret R Weeks (Institute for Community Research)



Wednesday, November 16

8:00am-5:00pm
2-0010 THEORY AND PRAXIS IN DECOLONIZING THE NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION ACT
Archaeology Division

Common compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act can disenfranchise Native Americans from their heritage. The workshop explores the underlying biases that adversely affect compliance by alienating traditional communities. Workshop participants will be challenged to examine these biases and collaborate in identifying innovative ways that create a more equitable environment for Native people in the management of their heritage resources.

Organizers:  Kurt E Dongoske (Zuni Cultural Resource Enterprise) and Kurt F Anschuetz (Rio del Oso Anthropological Services, LLC)

 

1:00pm -5:00pm
2-0065 ETHNOGRAPHIC WRITING
American Ethnological Society

At its best, ethnographic writing is like a rosary; it allows the reader to feel his or her way through an argument without having to look down. This workshop features established and emerging ethnographic writers Renato Rosaldo, Ruth Behar, Marcia Ochoa, Vanessa Agard-Jones, Kristina Lyons and Lyndon Gill, and will be run in the format of the Macondo Writing Workshop.

Organizers:  Marcia Ochoa (Univ of California Santa Cruz)

Presenters:  Renato I Rosaldo (New York University), Ruth Behar (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), Vanessa Agard-Jones (Columbia University) and Kristina Marie Lyons (University of California, Santa Cruz)



Thursday, November 17

8:00am-12:00pm
3-0230 HOW TO WRITE ETHNOGRAPHIC POETRY THE SOCIETY FOR HUMANISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY 

Society for Humanistic Anthropology 

We focus on one among many vibrant new styles of anthropological scholarship: ethnographic poetry. Workshop participants will be asked to share and work on their own experiments in writing ethnographic poetry. This workshop will include practical advice, writing exercises, participatory feedback in order to further assist participants in exploring and developing a more poetic ethnographic voice and expression.

Organizers:  Erik A Aasland (Azusa Pacific University)

Presenters:  Adrie Kusserow (St. Michael's College) and Ather Zia (University of Northern Colorado, Greeley)


3-0235 How (and Whether) to Find an Academic Job
American Anthropological Association

This session focuses on the academic job search in Anthropology, beginning with whether or not an academic job is the right career track. Different kinds of academic jobs are outlined, the application process and components are highlighted, and the steps of a typical academic search are explained, with suggestions for how participants can improve their chances of success.

Organizers:  Lynne Goldstein (Michigan State University)

Presenters:  Lynne Goldstein (Michigan State University)


3-0240 CRAFTING A TEACHING PORTFOLIO
Lauren Herckis, Simon Initiative Research Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University

It’s never too early to begin building your teaching portfolio. Teaching portfolios are vital tools for reflection and self-evaluation. A well-executed portfolio is a compendium of your growth as an educator, showcase for your teaching philosophy and skills, and necessary component of job applications. We'll discuss teaching philosophy construction, best practices, available resources, and the curation and effective presentation of appropriate materials.

Organizer:  Lauren Herckis (Carnegie Mellon University)


8:00am-5:00pm
3-0245 THAT ALMOST FINISHED JOURNAL ARTICLE
Society for Medical Anthropology

Are you sitting on the third draft of a paper you haven’t gotten around to submitting? Stuck changing a conference presentation or dissertation chapter into a publishable article? Avoiding revising an article for resubmission because the reviewers’ comments were daunting? Do you have questions about peer review and editorial processes? Designed for junior professors and advanced graduate students (ABD), this all-day, hands-on workshop provides the guidelines and feedback you need to finish your revisions and submit that article for peer review. The workshop facilitator will lead you through analyzing components of your draft article, checking that you have: hooked readers at the beginning, balanced the structure of the article, provided signposts and transitions guiding readers through your argument, linked data logically to analysis, written a solid conclusion and accurate abstract, and taken other steps to increase the likelihood that your paper will be accepted for publication. The facilitator demystifies the peer review process, discusses strategies for steady publication, and provides checklists for manuscript preparation. Bring 2 double-spaced print copies of a draft manuscript you are planning to submit or resubmit to a journal. The first page should include your current abstract, total word count, the name of the journal planned for submission, and maximum words permitted by that journal. Bringing a laptop is also recommended. For more information, contact the facilitator, Dr. Jaida Samudra, a medical anthropologist with over fifteen years experience editing journal articles and scholarly books in the social sciences. Anthropologists from any subfield welcome.

Organizer:  Jaida K Samudra (Professional Editing for Scholars) (jaidasamudra@gmail.com)


9:00am-4:00pm
3-0270 ETHNOGRAPHIC TERMINALIA: THE PHOTO-ESSAY IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE PHOTO-ESSAY!
AAA Executive Program Committee

Building on our art-anthropology experiments in off-site locations, this year Ethnographic Terminalia Collective returns to the AAA conference site to re-examine the photo-essay within anthropological, photographic, and publishing communities.  Emulating our recent workshop and rapid-publication enterprise (see our 2015 publication for ISEA  http://ethnographicterminalia.org/terminus), we invite you to join us in actively considering how experimentations at the intersection of art and anthropology can function as frameworks for thinking about the future of the photographic image in anthropology. 

Organizers:  Fiona P. McDonald (Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis), Craig AR Campbell (University of Texas, Austin), Trudi Lynn Smith (University of Victoria), Stephanie Takaragawa (Chapman University) and Kate Hennessy (Simon Fraser University, School of Interactive Arts and Technology)


10:30am-12:00pm
3-0540 ACADEMIC AND POST-ACADEMIC CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR PRE-DOCS: KAREN KELSKY TAKES ON PROFESSIONALIZATION
Culture and Agriculture

Dr. Karen Kelsky, a noted anthropologist, and academic career consultant will lead Ph.D. students in planning for their post-Ph.D. career in ways that encompass both academic and non-academic options.

Organizers:  Seth Murray (North Carolina State University) and David D Meek (University of Alabama)


1:00pm-5:00pm
3-0695 THE MESSAGE AND THE MEDIUM: ADVANCING YOUR MISSION THROUGH COMMUNICATIONS
American Anthropological Association

Learn how to better convey your work in clear, concise language that resonates with everyone, from the provost to the politician to the public at large. By the end of the workshop, you will:  

Organizer:  Jeff Martin (AAA)


3-0700 A PITCH SESSION FOR ETHNOGRAPHIC FILMMAKERS: DEVELOPING YOUR STORY, INTEGRATING YOUR RESEARCH, FINDING FUNDING AND DISTRIBUTION  
Society for Visual Anthropology

Five pre-selected filmmakers pitch their work-in-progress (in development, production, rough cut or completion). Modeled on major documentary festivals, a jury of award-winning anthropological filmmakers and distributor provide professional advice. Workshop participants observe competitive pitches and participate in Q&A. Interested pitch filmmakers should contact Alice@der.org by Sept 30, 2016.

Organizers:  Alice Apley (Documentary Educational Resources, Inc.) and Sarah Elder (University at Buffalo: SUNY)

Presenters:  Alice Apley (Documentary Educational Resources, Inc.), Sarah Elder (University at Buffalo: SUNY) and Camilla Nielsson (Upfront Films)


3-0705 THRIVING AT LIBERAL ARTS INSTITUTIONS: EXPECTATIONS, CHALLENGES, AND OPPORTUNITIES
FOSAP (General Anthropology Division)

What are the challenges and benefits of working at Liberal Arts institutions? This workshop examines this academic context in two parts: 1) Getting the Job: characteristics of a strong job application and how to prepare for the teaching and research expectations of this type of institution; 2) Building a Career: strategies for engaged teaching and active scholarship, negotiating small/joint departments, and collaborative research with students.

Organizers:  Jennifer D Heung (Saint Mary's College of California)

Presenters:  David McCurdy (Macalester College) and Jennifer D Heung (Saint Mary's College of California)


2:00pm-3:30pm
3-0990 ACADEMIC AND POST-ACADEMIC CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR POST-DOCS: KAREN KELSKY TAKES ON PROFESSIONALIZATION
Culture and Agriculture

Dr. Karen Kelsky, a noted anthropologist, and academic career consultant will lead Post-Doctoral Anthropologists in planning for their career in ways that encompass both academic and non-academic options.

Organizers:  Seth Murray (North Carolina State University) and David D Meek (University of Alabama)



Friday, November 18

8:00am-10:00am
4-0290 HOW TO WRITE A GRANT PROPOSAL: AN INTRODUCTION TO GRANTS AND PROGRAMS AT THE WENNER-GREN FOUNDATION AND THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Wenner-Gren Foundation and the National Science Foundation

The Wenner-Gren Foundation and the National Science Foundation will provide an overview of their grant programs for faculty and graduate students. We will discuss what both funding agencies are looking for, what makes a proposal successful, and what the most common pitfalls are. We will dispel the myths that surround the funding process, focus on how proposals are processed and evaluated in both agencies, and explain how your proposal can get the attention it deserves.

Organizers:  Leslie C Aiello (Wenner-Gren Foundation) and Deborah Winslow (National Science Foundation)


9:00am-12:00pm
4-0295 TEACHING ANTHRO
American Ethnological Society

Undergrad students enrolled in introductory anthro courses, both majors, and non-majors, comprise our discipline’s largest public audience. More than a blog, an op-ed or a media piece, the intro class provides anthropologists with opportunities for in-depth presentation of key research strategies and analytical frameworks of our field. Come discuss creating a dynamic classroom experience designed to help students apply anthropology to their everyday lives.

Organizers:  Tristan Daniel Jones (Rutgers University)

Presenters:  Kenneth Guest (Baruch College, CUNY)


4-0300 CRAFTING NARRATIVE ETHNOGRAPHY (SOCIETY FOR HUMANISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY WORKSHOP
Society for Humanistic Anthropology

This workshop provides practical advice in narrative techniques and converting meaningful ethnographic moments into compelling stories. Including story elements, writing exercises, and participatory feedback, the workshop assists participants in exploring and developing their ethnographic voice and expression. Led by Anthropology and Humanism’s Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Editor, Julia Offen.

Organizers:  Julia L Offen (Independent) and Nicole D Peterson (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)

Presenters:  Julia L Offen (Independent)


9:00am-12:00pm
4-0320 MASTER CLASS & WORKSHOP WITH DIRECTOR CAMILLA NIELSSON
Society for Visual Anthropology

The Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) is offering a 2-hour “master class” for students and early career filmmakers. The workshop is offered by Camilla Nielsson, anthropologist, and director of the award-winning documentary "Democrats" (2014), and covers discussion of documentary filmmaking strategies, including concept, story, and development, and how best to convey anthropological intent throughout the filmmaking process and final product.

Organizers:  Ulla Dalum Berg (Rutgers University, New Brunswick) and Kathryn A Ramey (Emerson College)

Presenters:  Camilla Nielsson (Upfront Films)


9:00am-5:00pm
4-0325 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS
Society for Anthropological Sciences

Social network analysis is the study of patterns of human relations. Participants learn about whole networks (relations within groups) and personal networks (relations surrounding individuals). This hands-on workshop uses examples from anthropological research. Whole networks are analyzed using UCINET and NetDraw; personal networks are analyzed using EgoNet. Free short-term demos of these programs are available. Participants furnish their own laptops.

Organizers:  H Russell Bernard (University of Florida, Gainesville)

Presenters:  Christopher McCarty (University of Florida, Gainesville) and Jeffrey C Johnson (University of Florida, Gainesville)


1:00pm-4:00pm
4-0810 SUBMITTING A MANUSCRIPT TO A PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL THE SOCIETY FOR HUMANISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY
Society for Humanistic Anthropology

Peer-reviewed journals remain the gold standard for publishing original research. This workshop is taught by Michael Harkin, who has approximately twenty years of editorial experience at two peer-reviewed journals. We will discuss targeting the right journal, how to approach editors, the publication timeline, and ranking issues such as impact factor. Also covered will be special issues, and transforming conference papers into published articles.

Organizers:  Erik A Aasland (Azusa Pacific University)

Presenters:  Michael Harkin (University of Wyoming)


1:00pm-5:00pm
4-0820 TEACHING ANTHROPOLOGY THROUGH STUDENT WRITING PROJECTS ON WIKIPEDIA
Wiki Education Foundation

Hundreds of college instructors have assigned their students to expand and improve the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. As an educational tool, developing Wikipedia articles allows students to create collaborative work with a visible impact on a global audience. It requires careful sourcing, involves classroom peer review, and spreads anthropological knowledge to a global audience.

Organizer:  Carwil R Bjork-James (Vanderbilt University)



Saturday, November 19

8:00am-12:00pm
Practical Evaluation Research Design
National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

This workshop will focus on designing evaluation research as an external, contracted evaluator. Topics will include: determining the type of evaluation needed, understanding what types of methods are appropriate based on what will be evaluated, balancing the needs of the funder and other stakeholders, determining the appropriate deliverables, engaging stakeholders from the beginning of a project, deciding who to include in the design process, and budgeting.

Organizers:  Fatimah Williams Castro (Beyond the Tenure Track)

Presenters:  Ellen Puccia (BETA Research Associates, Inc.) and Terry M Redding (Independent Consultant)


5-0235 Promoting Diversity With A Campus-Wide Cultural Event

Annual Day of the Dead activities at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania to promote diversity on campus. Events include lectures, workshops, exhibits, a parade, and a museum exhibition. This workshop will inform participants how to organize a campus-wide Day of the Dead or another cultural event. Topics of discussion include planning, student and faculty involvement, curriculum development, funding strategies, collaboration building, and community engagement.

Organizers:  Lisa McCann (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

Presenters:  Lisa McCann (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) and Nancy Lopez Sosa (Indiana University, Pennsylvania)


5-0240 UTILIZING FACEBOOK FOR ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH SOCIETY FOR HUMANISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY
Society for Humanistic Anthropology

Even as social media options multiply, Facebook continues to be an important resource around the world. This workshop considers recent ethnographic research utilizing Facebook as a means to organize research efforts or collect data. Participants will share about their own current or planned uses of Facebook for their ethnographic research. Participants will also explore opportunities for collaboration, presentation, and publishing.

Organizers:  Erik A Aasland (Azusa Pacific University)

Presenters:  Erik A Aasland (Azusa Pacific University)


8:00am-5:00pm
5-0245 INTRODUCTION TO TEXT ANALYSIS
Society for Anthropological Sciences

This 1-day course is an introduction to systematic methods for analyzing qualitative data. Topics covered include: techniques for identifying themes, tips for developing and using codebooks, and suggestions on how to produce qualitative descriptions, make systematic comparisons, and build and test models. The course is not a software workshop, but we will introduce participants to software that can facilitate the systematic analysis of qualitative data.

Organizers:  H Russell Bernard (University of Florida, Gainesville)

Presenters:  Clarence C Gravlee (University of Florida, Gainesville) and Elizabeth L Krause (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)


9:00am-12:00pm
5-0260 FROM FIELDWORK PHOTO TO VISUAL ARGUMENT
Society for Visual Anthropology

This interactive workshop will examine the ethical, theoretical, and methodological issues key to visual communication and argumentation. Starting with a discussion of the opportunities and constraints intrinsic to image-based research and representation, we will work around the question "what constitutes good visual argumentation?" developing specific guidelines for critiquing and constructing academic visual representations.

Organizers:  Jonathan S Marion (University of Arkansas)

Presenters:  Jonathan S Marion (University of Arkansas), Jerome W Crowder (University of Texas Medical Branch) and Richard B Freeman (University of Florida, Gainesville)


9:00am-5:00pm
5-0270 Research Ethics Workshop:Promoting Ethics in Research
American Anthropological Association

This workshop will introduce the broad arena of responsible conduct of research, or RCR, to faculty and students, and assist faculty in creating strategies to incorporate research ethics/responsible conduct of research [RCR]* education [as defined by NIH and NSF] into the research environment. The goal is to promote education in the ethical dimensions of research and scholarly activity. * “Research ethics” as used here is NOT confined to human subjects research.

Organizers:  Dena Plemmons (University of California, Riverside)

Presenters:  Dena Plemmons (University of California, Riverside)


1:00pm-5:00pm
5-0675 NAPA WORKSHOP: Being the Anthropologist: Successfully Using Mixed Methods in Applied Work
National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

This workshop focuses on combining qualitative and quantitative data in a mixed methods approach, specifically, integrating survey data (popular with stakeholders as it is inexpensive, has many respondents, and is easily analyzed and presented) with focus group and interview data (useful in understanding the whole picture). Topics also include: explaining the value of qualitative data to others and being an anthropologist, often the only anthropologist, at work.

Organizers:  Ellen Puccia (BETA Research Associates, Inc.)

Presenters:  Ellen Puccia (BETA Research Associates, Inc.)


5-0680 NEW FUTURES EVERYDAY: A YOUTH SUMMIT FOR CULTURAL & INTELLECTUAL LEADERS
Council on Anthropology and Education

A summit bringing together diverse youth groups engaged in mentoring, consciousness-raising, and other activist-oriented activities, with like-minded anthropologists. The event will consist of panels, dedicated mentoring time, and a mobile common collaborative art space, and open mic.

Organizers:  Peter W Demerath (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) and Jenna Cushing-Leubner (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)



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