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This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.
Today’s feature are the candidates for Executive Board Undesignated Seat: Mark Aldenderfer and Helena Wulff.
Members of the AAA Executive Board (EB) help to set the vision and strategic direction of the association, safeguard the organization’s assets, and ensure the fiscal, legal and ethical integrity of the association. EB members also translate the shared values and interests of the members into organizational plans and programs, determine desired organizational outcomes, and assess progress in achieving those outcomes. Click here for complete position details.
I am delighted to be nominated to serve on the Executive Committee of the AAA. I believe that the discipline is a “big tent” and that a diversity of members as well as intellectual perspectives are critical to maintaining a vibrant, relevant field of inquiry that serves not only professional ends, but those of society at large. My present role of editor of Current Anthropology and my close association with the Wenner-Gren Foundation has only strengthened this conviction. I have a deep interest in publishing, having served as the co-editor of Latin American Antiquity and the SAA-Archaeological Record/SAA Bulletin, and have been involved in the development and evaluation of innovative financial models for scholarly publication. Creating a viable publishing plan is one of the critical challenges for AAA, and I hope to contribute to future conversations about it. My role as dean as well as a member of the Executive Board of the SAA has taught me much about leadership, working with colleagues in a respectful and positive manner, project management, fiscal responsibility, and strategic planning. I’m ready to work with the Board, sections, and membership to maintain the strength of the AAA as we move into the future.
As the AAA internationalizes, I am seeking to serve on the Executive Board as a European anthropologist with a longstanding engagement in the AAA. I have participated in AAA meetings since 1984, presenting papers and co-organizing sessions, as well as taking part in Roundtables. I was an executive board member of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology (2010-2012). As one aspect of my involvement with American anthropology, I was visiting professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in October 2011. As I also have an anthropological interest in the Unites States as a contemporary society in the world, I have done field work in New York twice: first on youth and globalization, and second on dance as a transnational occupation. Other field studies have been conducted in Stockholm, London, Frankfurt-am-Main, and Ireland (mostly Dublin). My current research centers on writing and literature as cultural process and form in Ireland. I was elected twice to the Executive Committee of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA). I have been editor-in-chief of Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, the journal of EASA (2007-2010). Presently, I am chair of the Swedish Association of Social Anthropologists.
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