Welcome to the Society for Psychological Anthropology home page. The Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA) of the American Anthropological Association was founded in 1977. SPA is a broad, multidisciplinary organization of individuals interested in cultural, psychological,...Read More
Through its book series entitled “Culture, Mind, and Society,” the Society for Psychological Anthropology proposes to publish innovative research in culture and psychology now emerging from the discipline of anthropology and related fields. In recent years, new...Read More
John M. Ingham, p. 1. Psychological Anthropology Reconsidered. Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Sign up now for a catered evening of mentoring from leading figures within the Society for Psychological Anthropology and the Society for Medical Anthropology. Any graduate student or postdoc attending the AAA 2016 meetings in Minneapolis, MN may apply to meet with 3-4 mentors. The student will meet with each mentor for 15 minutes at an evening networking reception with the hope of benefitting from sage advice regarding their research and career paths. Students and mentors may also opt to enter into a longer-term mentoring relationship. The workshop will be held on the evening of Thursday, November 17.
For graduate students and postdocs: please submit a short paragraph that includes your name, institution, field specialty/interests, mentoring area of interest (e.g., grant-writing, publishing), degree/post-doc program and SMA and/or SPA affiliation. Submissions are due to Tawni Tidwell by October 1.
We also need mentors: professional members of the SPA and/or SMA. Please indicate your willingness to be a mentor in a short paragraph that includes your name, academic affiliation, researh focus, mentoring areas of expertise/interest (if different or in addition to field specialties), affiliation with SPA and/or SMA, and willingness to be contacted for continued mentorship by mentees after the event. Please send your information to Tawni Tidwell by October 1.
We will do our best to match up students and mentors with similar interests.Read More
Don’t forget to vote in the 2016 SPA elections. On the ballot are two items. First, two open positions on the Board are up for grabs. Click here for more information on the four outsanding candidates. Second, the board has voted unanimously to split the Secretary-Treasurer position into two separate positions to handle the recent expansion of SPA activities. However, this amendment to our by-laws requires a majority approval from SPA members. Click here for more information on the proposed changes.
Within the broader American Anthropological Association, a number of positions and resolutions are also being voted on, including the controversial resolution to boycott academic institutions in Israel so be sure to cast your vote.
Members of the AAA can vote here.Read More
The Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA) Call for Proposals
2016 Meetings of the American Anthropological Association
The Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA) welcomes abstracts for individually volunteered papers, sessions, roundtables, and workshops to be considered for inclusion in the SPA program for the 115th Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. This year¹s meeting will be held in Minneapolis, MN, November 16th-20th, 2016. This year’s conference theme is “Evidence, Accident, Discovery.”
Please note that there is now a unified deadline (April 15, 2016) for the submission of ALL abstracts for the AAA meetings. Sessions seeking invited status will follow the same submission format as all AAA submissions. Invited status will be awarded during the general review period after the April 15 submission deadline. The SPA encourages prospective organizers of invited sessions to consider co-sponsorship with other AAA sections, and to indicate those potential sections as part of their submission.
Additional information about the various kinds of proposals that may be submitted can be found at the AAA Meetings website:
The 2016 SPA Program Committee includes Rebecca Seligman (Northwestern University), Jack Freidman (University of Oklahoma), Eleanor Ochs (UCLA), and Sara Lewis (University of Oregon).
For questions regarding the SPA Program for the annual meetings of the AAA, please contact the SPA Program Chair:
The Robert Lemelson Foundation has graciously renewed funding for the SPA/Lemelson Student Fellowship Program for 2016. Consequently, applications are now being accepted for 2016-2017 fellows. Details on the program and application can be found on the SPA/Lemelson Fellowship webpage The deadline for applications is February 28th, 2016. Please let your students and colleagues know about the opportunity!
The Robert Lemelson Foundation and the SPA Board are currently discussing the SPA/Lemelson Conference Fund to try and determine a format that would be mutually beneficial to the two organizations and support the goal of advancing the field. We will not be accepting any applications for conferences and workshops in 2016.Read More
The winners of the SPA’s annual paper prizes were announced at the AAA meetings in Denver, CO. The Stirling Prize for Best Published Work in Psychological Anthropology went to Kristin Yarris’ Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry article “‘Pensado mucho’ (‘Thinking too much’): Embodied distress among grandmothers in Nicaraguan transnational families.” Suma Ikeuchi received the Condon Prize for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology for “A case for the fantasy of an audience: Debating Christian selfhood in multicultural Japan.” Look for it in an upcoming issue of Ethos! Finally, P. Steven Sangren was awarded the Boyer Prize for Contributions to Psychoanalytic Anthropology for his article “The Chinese family as instituted fantasy: Or, rescuing kinship imaginaries from the ‘symbolic’” in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
Congratulations to Kristin, Suma, and Steven!Read More
As those of you who were at the Biennial in April may have noticed, the plenaries and the banquet were video recorded. Those recordings have now been edited and uploaded to our new Vimeo channel, which can be found at http://vimeo.com/channels/psychanthro. That URL takes you to all of our videos, and we have also collected the individual events as “portfolios”: The Society for Psychological Anthropology Biennial Banquet 2015, Postcolonial Theory and Psychological Anthropology: A Conversation with Homi Bhabha, and Controversies in Global Mental Health. All of the videos can be embedded into other sites (like your class websites, etc.), and we have the full events as singular videos and we also broke them down to individual talks.
In the future, we will be uploading more talks from SPA-sponsored events. And we also ask that if you have videos of interest please let us know — your ethnographic films, department colloquiums, and talks from other disciplines. And if you find other videos on Vimeo you think would be of interest, we can include it on our channel as well.
Here’s a taste of the what we have…Read More
As in previous years, the SPA will be sponsoring a series of workshops in which small groups of students convene with faculty member around professional, theoretical, and methodological themes. These workshops offer an opportunity for students to engage in in-depth discussions within a mentoring context related to the proposed workshop theme, and work through specific research and writing problems with a leading scholar in the field.
Each workshop can accommodate three students, on a first come, first serve basis, provided the student’s questions are closely related to the workshop theme and that they are current members of the SPA. These sessions will take place in a cafe in or near the conference hotel.
Workshop mentors and themes this year include:
To apply for these workshops, please prepare a 250-300 word description of your project as well as your general aims for participation in the workshop. Submit this along with your details as soon as possible at this link.
As we add workshops to the list, the form will be updated, so please check back on the link periodically for new additions. Please direct any questions to Erin McFee.Read More