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This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.
Featured today are the candidates for the Committee on World Anthropologies Undesignated Seat #8: Theodore Bestor and Sandra Lopez Varela.
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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Throughout my career I have worked to expand close ties and collaborations among North American anthropologists and communities of anthropologists in East Asia. I was the founding president of the Society for East Asian Anthropology, and recently the President of the Association for Asian Studies. My goals are to promote greater degrees of communication and mutual interaction among scholars in diverse parts of the world and to encourage ways in which the AAA can facilitate ties to other anthropological organizations and academic communities.
Sandra Lopez Varela
In holding the archaeology chair at the Executive Board of the AAA, I have further the association’s efforts to expand a dialogue with our sister organizations to protect human rights and people’s heritage in these violent times around the world. This is not the first time in my professional career, that I have been given the responsibility to represent the values and interests of our academic community, without the frontiers of our geopolitical borders. Knowing and living the challenges that threshold and stronger economies face in today’s world has given me the opportunity to demonstrate to governments and institutions around the world, the benefits of increasing their financial support to research and education in the social sciences. In this context, we have worked ethically together to unite our worlds of knowledge for the benefit of our disciplines and society in general. Through these international dialogues, I have enhanced to those unfamiliar with the reach of anthropology that creating sustainable and responsible social models requires of its many approaches. It will be a great honor if I could have the opportunity to serve the CWA.
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