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.
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
The SPAs have a great lineup of panels at this year’s AAA meetings. Click here for a preview. And don’t forget about the business meeting on Friday, November 20 from 7:45 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar, snacks, and plenty of time to socialize before, during, and after the proceedings.
Safe travels to Denver!Read More
The Society for Psychological Anthropology is pleased to launch a call for nominations for the SPA Student Representative to the Board. The student elected to the position will begin service at the 2015 Denver AAAs during the SPA Board and Business Meetings.
If you are, or know of student who may be a good fit for this role, please send the current student representative, Erin McFee, their name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a brief description of the nominee (about 200 words), including why you feel s/he is a good candidate for the position. The board will decide collectively from a selection of submissions and we will notify the individual in mid-October. The student must be a member of the SPA and be able to attend the AAAs in Denver (2015), Minneapolis (2016), and Washington DC (2017) as well as the biennial. Typically, post-field students occupy the position, which includes the following responsibilities:
Questions? Please write to Erin McFee.
Submit your nominations by the application deadline of September 22, 2015.Read More
The deadline for entries for the SPA’s STIRLING PRIZE FOR BEST PUBLISHED ARTICLE IN PSYCHOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY has been extended through Monday, July 20. Articles and chapters from edited volumes published in 2014 and 2015, including those scheduled for publication later in the year, are eligible for consideration. It is easy to submit a publication for consideration. Simply email a PDF of the published article or chapter from an edited volume and a cover letter describing the work’s contribution to the field of psychological anthropology to Charles Nuckolls, chair of the selection committee. The winner will be announced at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the AAA, and will receive a $250 prize. For more information, click here.Read More