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The following videos are a recent sampling from the American Anthropological Association's YouTube channel. AAA's YouTube channel features webinars, interviews, and many other issues surrounding the field of anthropology. For additional videos and to learn more, subscribe here


Webinar Wednesday Medical Anthropology in the 21st Century with Lenore Manderson

September 14, 2015

The AAA's Webinar Wednesday is back for the Fall Semester. Medical anthropology has expanded in its fields of study and the number of people who identify as medical anthropologists. Yet it is hard to describe what we do: studying people’s experience of sickness and heath, care seeking and care, seems banal and inaccurate. Medical anthropology helps make sense of suffering and recovery as a social experience; it carries us into refugee camps, birthing centers, factories, boardrooms, goals, rehabilitation centers and schools, across countries and between communities. Many medical anthropologists are employed outside of academic settings: in government ministries and departments of health and other government departments, aid agencies, international and local NGOs, multilateral agencies, health care organizations, and private foundations. Others of us collaborate with such organizations for short-term periods.
In this webinar, I will discuss four areas of medical anthropological research, practice, and application: Changing Childhoods, Chronicity, Health and Illness; Climate Change; and War and Violence. I will draw on work associated with my current work on a handbook (The Routledge Handbook of Medical Anthropology) I am writing with Elizabeth Cartwright (Idaho State University) and Anita Hardon (University of Amsterdam), out April 2016. By the end of this webinar, you should be familiar with: Some of the fields in which medical anthropologists work in communities, clinics and laboratories, on a diverse range of health and social issues, How medical anthropology has been applied in practical ways to improve public health The employment opportunities available to medical anthropologists.

Lenore Manderson is internationally known for her work in anthropology, social history and public health. She has played a lead role in training and research in inequality, social exclusion and marginality, the social determinants of infectious and chronic disease, gender and sexuality, immigration, ethnicity and inequality, in Australia, Southeast and East Asia (including Malaysia, China, Thailand, the Philippines and Japan), South Africa and Ghana, and most recently in the Solomon Islands. Much of her work with Indigenous and immigrants Australians, and in infectious disease, is applied; this includes the development of guidelines for practice to enhance access to services and to provide cultural appropriate services. At the University of the Witwatersrand, she is developing a program of work around medical interventions, technology, access and equity. At Brown University, her work includes a five-year program bringing together the natural and social sciences, humanities and the arts in conversations on environmental change and sustainability. She also teaches in the IE Brown Executive MBA.


Larissa Sandy Webinar Q&A Sex Work in Cambodia

May 26, 2015

It is very difficult for many people to understand sex work in Cambodia in terms other than trafficking, and so this webinar attempts to challenge and transform conventional thought and theory about sex work in non-Western modern settings like Cambodia.

In the webinar, I explore women’s pathways into sex work and highlight how this often begins with a series of constraints and choices that cannot be disconnected and which renders their identification as victims of trafficking or free agents highly problematic. The webinar shifts the focus of debate from very simplistic dichotomies by concentrating on descriptions of women’s lives rather than beginning with a priori assumptions (e.g. sex workers as victims enslaved in prostitution). I consider some of the difficulties surrounding the intersection of structural factors with subjective choices in sex workers’ everyday lives and analyse how Cambodia’s transitional economy and development plans shape sex working women’s trajectories into and experiences of sex work, and debt bondage in particular.

By exploring sex work through an anthropological lens, the webinar examines women’s involvement in the sector as part of the moral and political economies of sex work. It also discusses how sex work can be understood as a rational economic choice and a vehicle through which important social and cultural obligations fulfilled as well as reflecting on the pressing need to critically re-think the trafficking/sex slavery label.


Unanthrapologetically Working Together Mixed Methods Collaboration and Health Services Research

May 18, 2015

In recent years the number of anthropologists employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs has exploded. In October 2013, Dr. David Atkins, the Director of VA’s Health Services Research & Development affirmed anthropologists’ contribution to health services research teams because of their expertise in understanding how culture can facilitate or impede efforts to improve health care. Using a mixed-methods smoking cessation study as an example, this webinar will explore the incorporation of anthropological methods and insights into the institutional and research structure of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Anthropologist Dr. Heather Schacht Reisinger will provide an historical overview of the Center for Comprehensive Access & Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE)’s Qualitative Core, housed at the Iowa City VA. Dr. Kenda Stewart, also an anthropologist, will discuss her role in conducting qualitative research on a smoking cessation intervention in collaboration with quantitative researcher, Dr. David Katz, MD, who will share his experience working with anthropologists and the advantages and challenges of incorporating anthropological methods into health services research.


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