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This month we are taking a look at the candidates.
Today’s feature are the candidates for undesignated seat #6 of the Committee on World Anthropologies. Committee member objectives are to identify significant issues that are shared among anthropologists from different nations, to develop clear objectives for drawing US and international anthropologists together in ways that benefit anthropology globally, and to engage a diversity of international voices and perspectives and involve both academic and applied anthropologists in this endeavor.
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I share the Committee on World Anthropologies’ commitment to developing broad international alliances, particularly in the global South. I am active in the AAA, recently serving on the Executive Board and as Section Assembly Convenor, Chair of the Association Operations Committee, member of the Committee on Minority Issues in Anthropology, President of the Association for Feminist Anthropology, and board member for SLACA and AFA. As a life member of the interdisciplinary Latin American Studies Association, I have been Chair of the Sexualities Section and a member of the Gender Section board. I participate in international conferences including the Americanist congress and IUAES as well as regional meetings abroad, and find these to be among my most gratifying experiences. Moreover, I have considerable collaborative experience with my southern colleagues in Latin America, publish often in Spanish, and travel to meetings on three continents. My long-term research emphasizes gender, race, indigeneity, and nation as critical elements in understanding culture and power globally, and I would bring this perspective to my work on the CWA. I would be honored to work with the committee to productively decenter US anthropology and help build what are called to our south “otros saberes,” or other knowledges.
In many world regions, archaeology is front-page news. Local constituents ranging from educators and architects to farmers, developers, and business owners all engage in public dialogues about tangible heritage. Knowledge about the past can be an excellent entrée into wide-ranging discussions about identity-formation, the development of social status and privilege, access to formal institutions of learning and culture (including museums as well as schools), and environmental impacts. Over the past twenty years, I have worked on international collaborative excavation and survey projects in Europe, North Africa and South Asia; the contacts that I have sustained in the course of these projects have enabled me to listen to and engage with local perceptions of the value of archaeological research and heritage preservation. Our colleagues around the world have much to offer to the AAA’s mission of anthropological awareness, with a freshness of approach grounded in both local experience and global realities. Given the Association’s many publication and presentation opportunities, the AAA can and should be the leading forum for all fields of anthropology, and it would be a pleasure to serve on the committee whose explicit goal is to serve as a liaison between the AAA and other international anthropological organizations.
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