American Anthropological Association
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What is Anthropology?

Photo - What is Anthropology?Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences. A central concern of anthropologists is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems. Historically, anthropologists in the United States have been trained in one of four areas: sociocultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology. Anthropologists often integrate the perspectives of several of these areas into their research, teaching, and professional lives.

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AAA COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Resources

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, anthropological insights are valuable research and teaching resources for health promotion, disease prevention, and the strengthening of health systems. We're collecting some of these resources to support open and fact-based conversations about the pandemic and community responses. 

Upcoming Webinar
COVID-19: Responses from Around the Globe
Thursday, April 2
1 p.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. PDT

AAA Annual Meeting Update

To help preserve every possibility for a successful Annual Meeting in St. Louis this November, we are extending the Call for Paper deadlines. Visit the AAA 2020 Annual Meeting webpage for additional information.

Spring Section Meetings Update 

The following Section Meetings have been cancelled or postponed.

SACC Northeast Regional Conference
April 24-25, Boston, MA

SEA Spring Meeting
April 30-May 2, Notre Dame, IN

SACC Great Lakes Regional Conference
April 18, Chicago, IL

SLA Spring Conference
April 2-5, Boulder, CO
POSTPONED to Sept 24-26

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Apply for a AAA Summer Internship!

Each summer, the American Anthropological Association offers two internship opportunities funded by member donations. Internships are six weeks in length and usually extend from early July through mid-August. Internships are unpaid, however they are provided housing and a meal/travel stipend.

Interns will spend approximately 40 percent of their time working onsite at the AAA offices in Arlington, VA, and the other 60 percent of their time working on-site at one of two locations: The Naval Historic & Heritage Command or The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

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