If you registered for the 2015 Annual Meeting, you will have received two emails this week, one from the proponents of Resolution #1, and one from the proponents of Resolution #2.
We have heard from several members asking for an explanation. Both of these groups of resolution proponents paid to become Annual Meeting sponsors, a benefit of which is the opportunity to broadcast an email message to all meeting registrants. We have no specific rules in place governing the content of such sponsor messages. But we are a scholarly and professional association with an educational mission, and I asked that both groups respect this mission in their Sponsor Messages, avoiding any advocacy for legislative or government regulatory policies. I am very concerned that if I had said no to any messages whatsoever the Association would be vulnerable to accusations of censorship, especially when we have recognized that many of the issues embedded in the political situation in Israel/Palestine are relevant to anthropology, to anthropologists, and to our Association. Each group agreed to abide by the conditions I set. Moving forward, the Executive Board will be working to provide clear guidelines for meeting sponsorship and sponsor messages.
Your comments are most welcome,