Inside the President’s Studio: João Biehl

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Hosted by AAA President Virginia R. Dominguez, “Inside the President’s Studio” features interviews with anthropologists about their ideas, research and passions. It is part of an ongoing effort to foster public, visible and active engagement with anthropologists. Become a part of the conversation by reading and listening to the interviews, adding your comments to the blog, and suggesting people or topics for future pieces.

This month’s guest is Princeton anthropologist João Biehl, the award-winning author of Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment (U California Press 2005) and Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival (Princeton U Press 2007).  He discusses his upbringing in Brazil, the importance of education for underprivileged youth , and the many strengths of anthropology. Listeners are also treated to a fascinating account of his work with Catarina and her family in Vita, as well as his thoughts on writing and art.

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Free Anthropology Podcasts from ISCA and AAA

Earlier this year, Oxford’s Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology launched a set of anthropology podcasts, available through both their webpage and iTunes. Featured content ranges from departmental seminars with guest speakers such as Jane K Cowan (U Sussex), Adam Frank (U Central Arkansas), and Tania Murray Li (U Toronto); to nutritional and medical anthropology … Continue reading Free Anthropology Podcasts from ISCA and AAA

Inside the President’s Studio: Carolyn Sargent

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Hosted by AAA President Virginia R. Dominguez, “Inside the President’s Studio” features interviews with anthropologists about their ideas, research and passions. It is part of an ongoing effort to foster public, visible and active engagement with anthropologists. Become a part of the conversation by reading and listening to the interviews, adding your comments to the blog, and suggesting people or topics for future pieces.

This month’s guest is medical anthropologist and past SMA president Carolyn Sargent.  She discusses her efforts to bring the expertise of medical anthropologists to the national health care debate and a recent meeting she had with Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) on the issue.  Listeners will also learn about Carolyn’s love for piano and detective fiction, her training in anthropology under Max Gluckman, her Peace Corps experience, academic life, and a number of other topics.

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Introducing “Inside the President’s Studio”

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AAA President Virginia Dominguez is pleased to bring you the first of many Inside the President’s Studio podcasts. This month she interviews Monica Heller, AAA Executive Program Chair for the 2010 annual meeting in New Orleans. Monica discusses growing up in Montreal, her path to linguistics, politics in Canada, the representation of Francophones in the Winter Olympics, her research on nationalism, the internationalization of anthropology, the annual meeting, and several other topics.

Introducing “Inside the President’s Studio”
Virginia Dominguez

I became an anthropologist because of the first anthropologists I met, the kind of people they seemed to be, and the lives I spotted them leading. The content of their university courses fascinated me, but the impact of those courses did not stop there. I found myself wanting to get to know the instructors as people. They tended to be down-to-earth and to live their lives often a bit “off-center.” Their worldliness made me feel at home. Their combination of intensity, warmth, knowledge, insight and frequent social and political critique made them people I genuinely liked and wanted to emulate. Continue reading “Introducing “Inside the President’s Studio””

Annual Meeting Podcast: War and Counter-Counterinsurgency

War and Counter-Counterinsurgency: Demilitarizing Anthropology and U.S. Society
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On December 5, 2009,  the Network of Concern Anthropologists (NCA) held a session at the AAA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia to discuss some of the issues they raised in their recently released Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual. The session was chaired and recorded by David Vine, assistant professor of anthropology at American University and a founding member of the NCA.

Panelists/Discussants: Roberto Gonzalez; David Price; Andrew Bickford; Gregory Feldman; Dylan Kerrigan; Catherine Besteman; Catherine Lutz; Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Session Abstract
Anthropology and “cultural knowledge” have become much trumpeted tools in the U.S. military’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to the widely criticized Human Terrain Team program, the Pentagon drew on anthropology and anthropological concepts in the writing of its new Counterinsurgency Field Manual. Continue reading “Annual Meeting Podcast: War and Counter-Counterinsurgency”