SCA Events at the 2014 AAA Meeting in Washington DC

The SCA has a full slate of events lined up for the AAA annual meeting in Washington, DC, December 3–7. For a full list of the panels, invited sessions, roundtables, and other events sponsored by the SCA, please see the online searchable program. All of the events listed below are open for any and all to attend.

SCA Business Meeting—Celebrating the First Year of Open Access Cultural Anthropology

Friday, December 5, 2014: 8:30–10:30 PM, Washington Room 4 (Marriott Wardman Park)

Come hear from the officers and staff of the SCA as they report on the operations of the SCA, Cultural Anthropology, and plans for the future. The Cultural Horizons and Greogory Bateson Book prizes will be awarded, and then we will party! The first one-hundred people through the door will receive a free drink ticket.

Culture@Large—The Future of Race in Science: Regression or Revolution?

Saturday, December 6, 2014: 11:00 AM–12:45 PM, Palladian Ballroom (Omni Shoreham)

Dorothy Roberts, the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights at the University of Pennsylvania, with discussants Theodore Schurr, Amade M'charek, and Kim Fortun.

The completion of the Human Genome Project promised a new science of human unity and diversity that no longer relied on biological definitions of race. Yet the last decade has witnessed a resurgence of interest in racial genomic variation that has yielded a slew of race-based studies and biotechnologies. In a July 20, 2001, article, New York Times science journalist Nicholas Wade described the next phase of the HGP as confronting “the genetic differences between human races.” This focus on race-based genetic difference increasingly influences the social sciences. What is the future of race in the social and life sciences? How can we address the political implications of increasing race consciousness at the molecular level at a time when color blindness and postracialism are gaining popularity at the social level? Roberts argues for a biopolitical and transdisciplinary paradigm that is committed to our common humanity and the need for social change.

Publishing with Cultural Anthropology—A Roundtable Conversation with the Editors

Thursday, December 4, 2014: 1:00–2:15 PM, Roosevelt Room 1 (Marriott Wardman Park)

Join the outgoing editors, Anne Allison and Charles Piot (2011–2014) and the incoming editors, Dominic Boyer, James Faubion, and Cymene Howe (2015–2018), for a conversation about the past and future of the SCA's flagship publication, Cultural Anthropology. The discussion will range widely, from observations on the directions of cultural anthropology and new editorial initiatives, to the politics and process of transitioning the journal to a society-published, open-access publication.

Opening Access, Being Publisher—A Discussion about Anthropology, Epistemic Ethics, and Post-Profit Publishing

Friday, December 5, 2014: 9:00–10:45 AM, Delaware Suite A (Marriott Wardman Park)

A roundtable conversation between Giovanni da Col, Jessica Cattelino, Kim Fortun, Francis B. Nyamnjoh, Charlie Piot, Alberto Corsin Jimenez, Michael Fortun, and George Marcus.

Open access publishing has the potential to transform the landscape of anthropological scholarship; indeed many would argue it already has. Open access is no longer a hypothetical possibility or an abstract potential, but a process with which our discipline is currently and actively experimenting in various ways (e.g. Hau and Cultural Anthropology). Moving from the pragmatic operations of “going open” to the philosophical dimensions of anthropological knowledge in digital motion, we take open access as an ethnographic object, turning it over and around to surface its possibilities and its impasses.

Cultural Anthropology Editorial Interns Meeting

Friday, December 5, 2014: 8:00–10:00 AM, Cleveland 2 (Marriott Wardman Park)

Calling all editorial interns! This meeting (which is mandatory for current interns attending the AAAs) is designed for everyone to meet, share ideas, and talk about our own research and work for Cultural Anthropology. The meeting is always a great way to recharge our batteries and plan for new projects. Breakfast will be provided.

Although the meeting is primarily meant for current interns, anyone interested in applying to be a Cultural Anthropology editorial intern, or who just wants to learn more about how they contribute to the mission of the SCA, please feel free to attend.