The SCA at #AAA2016

The annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association kicks off in Minneapolis this Wednesday, November 16, and I want to cordially invite you to all of the exciting events that the Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA) will be sponsoring this year.

In particular, I invite you to attend the SCA Business Meeting on Friday, November 18, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. (Room 101a). At this meeting, we will be introducing four new board members and reporting on the state of the society’s finances and publishing activities. We will be awarding this year’s Cultural Horizons Prize for the best Cultural Anthropology article published in 2015, as well as the Gregory Bateson Book Prize.

Starting at 12:45 p.m., Anand Pandian will moderate an open-mike discussion about the U.S. presidential election and its aftermath. “It is possible that the greatest contribution that anthropology can make will be to keep men’s imaginations open,” Margaret Mead once suggested. Rarely has there been a moment in the modern United States when this imperative would seem to be more crucial. We invite your ideas and possible strategies for anthropological responses to this startling time of political and cultural crisis.

On Friday evening, from 7:45 to 9:00 p.m., SCA will be hosting a Reception in Salon C.  This will be an opportunity to meet and talk with SCA officers and other members of the society, and to celebrate the launch of Cultural Anthropology’s new Sound + Vision section, which will publish research articles incorporating embedded audio and video content. Free drink tickets will be provided to our first 100 partygoers!

Other major events sponsored by the SCA include:

Culture@Large Roundtable with Javier Auyero: Engaging with Inequality and Affective States. Thursday, November 17, 10:15 a.m. to noon (Room: Marquette III). Participants: Laura Bear, Kregg Hetherington, Nayanika Mathur, Laurence Ralph.

What Does OA Stand For? Open Access, Anthropology, and Revolutionizing Scholarly Communication (cosponsored by SAW). Saturday, November 19, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. (Room: 200E). Participants: Dominic Boyer, Marcel LaFlamme, Niko Besnier, Alberto Corsín Jiménez.

The SCA is sponsoring five invited panels, four of which are being cosponsored by another section:

Absence as Evidence: Ontologies and Epistemologies of the Unknown. Thursday, November 17, 8:00 to 9:45 a.m. (Room: 103AB).

Abduction: Captive Lines of Inquiry (cosponsored by SHA). Thursday, November 17, 1:45 to 3:30 p.m. (Room: 102D).

Life Matters: Accountability, Complicity, Politics (cosponsored by APLA). Thursday, November 17, 4:00 to 5:45 p.m. (Room: 101B).

Uncommon Territories of the Common Good (cosponsored by A&E). Friday, November 18, 10:15 a.m. to noon (Room: Salon C).

Field of Dreams: Dreaming as Evidence, Accident, Discovery (cosponsored by SAC). Saturday, November 19, 8:00 to 9:45 a.m. (Room 101).