"Psychological anthropology is concerned with subjective and sociocultural worlds and with the interplay between them. Scholars in psychological anthropology examine social and cultural influences on individual psychology and the psychological foundations of social behavior and shared culture."

John M. Ingham, p. 1. Psychological Anthropology Reconsidered. Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Invitation to global SPA action call

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Invitation to global SPA action call

Dear SPA members: 

Interested in advancing engaged psychological anthropology? Seeking avenues to positive social action? The Society for Psychological Anthropology has organized two community calls this month and invites your participation. The goal is to spark and share ideas about what individuals, institutions, and organizations can do to promote outreach, inclusion, and exchange to address the mounting challenges we confront. 

These calls respond to keen interest in potential proactive plans expressed by membership during AAA last Fall. Results from the calls will guide our initial efforts and scaffold discussion at the SPA biennial in New Orleans next month. Each and all of us are touched by the powerful forces afoot. But we also are especially well prepared to understand the psychosocial dynamics at play, formulate effective responses, and mobilize action. Please take the time to participate in one or both calls to help launch us on this path.

 The two community calls will take place on February 14 at 10am EST and February 15 at 5pm EST. To aid our planning, please complete the following form and recommend items for our open agenda: https://goo.gl/04Qu8P We realize the designated times may not work for everyone, but have left room for individuals interested in future calls to recommend items (in the form above) and will circulate notes from the two calls.

On the day of the call, you can either join via our website (https://www.uberconference.com/psychanth) globally, or dial in (888-602-6638) from your US phone. If you are based outside the US but have limited internet access and would like to dial in, please let us know (via Google form). 

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best regards,

Carol Worthman, President, SPA

Kathy Trang, SPA Electronic Publications Editor


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Apply for the 2017-2018 SPA/RLF Fellowship

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in Funding | Comments Off on Apply for the 2017-2018 SPA/RLF Fellowship

Details below! Please note that all application materials should be sent to the SPA secretary Cameron Hays ([email protected]) by 5PM EST on Friday Feb 3, 2017; applications received after this time and date will NOT be reviewed.

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SPA award winners

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in News, Prizes | Comments Off on SPA award winners

The winners of the SPA’s annual prizes were announced at the AAA meetings in Minneapolis, MN. The Stirling Prize for Best Published Work in Psychological Anthropology went to Julia Cassaniti’s Living Buddhism: Mind, Self and Emotion in a Thai Community.  The Condon Prize for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology went to Amir Hampel’s “Equal Temperament: Autonomy and Identity in Chinese Speaking Clubs.” Finally, the six SPA/RLF fellowships went to Mirjam Holleman (U Alabama), Eva Melstrom (UCLA), Carolyn Merritt (UCLA), Sanja Miklin (U Chicago), Pablo Delaporte (Stanford), and Kathy Trang (Emory).

Congratulations to all!


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SPA Newsletter, Fall 2016

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in News | Comments Off on SPA Newsletter, Fall 2016

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Student rate for hotels at SPA meetings

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Student rate for hotels at SPA meetings

The SPA is offering a a reduced rate on hotel rooms ($169) for graduate students and postdocs. That’s a $60 discount per night! Claim your spot before they’re gone!

Royal Sonesta Bourbon Balcony

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Register for the SPA Biennial Meetings 2017!

Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Register for the SPA Biennial Meetings 2017!

The registration and submission portals are open for the SPAs in New Orleans. Click here to get started!


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Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Listserv

The SPA has a new listserv hosted by the AAA. Click here for more information.

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