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: 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 ( 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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Intersubjectivity & Social Connectivity: Apply for Mind & Life Summer Research Institute 2017

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Conferences, Funding, News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Intersubjectivity & Social Connectivity: Apply for Mind & Life Summer Research Institute 2017

Psychological anthropologists interested in fostering collaborative research in behavioral science, neuroscience, clinical science and the humanities, based on a process of inquiry, dialogue and collaboration with contemplative practitioners and scholars should apply. The Mind & Life Summer Research Institute (SRI) is held annually at the Garrison Institute in New York as a week-long immersive experience. The long-term objective to advance the training of a new generation of interdisciplinary scholars interested in exploring the influence of contemplative practice on mind, behavior, brain function and health, including the potential role of contemplative methods in shaping and enriching human experience and consciousness. SRI participants become eligible to apply for the Mind & Life Francisco J. Varela Research Awards.

Application period: January 9 – February 13, 2017
Summer Research Institute: June 5 – 11, 2017
Garrison Institute, New York

Grants are available to support students traveling from long international and domestic routes to attend. For more information and application instructions, visit the webpage.

Mind & Life Summer Research Institute 2017

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Inaugural SPA-SMA Speed Mentoring Receives High Marks

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Conferences, News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Inaugural SPA-SMA Speed Mentoring Receives High Marks

The Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA) and the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA) co-sponsored a rollicking Speed Mentoring Event and Reception at the 2016 AAA Meetings in Minneapolis. Each mentee met with four mentors matched to their interests by one of the event co-organizers.

Evaluations collected from the 77 participants confirmed consistently that mentoring should remain on the SMA’s AAA program. Representative comments included: “The event went beyond my expectations, everyone was so helpful and collaborative” and, “it was so much better than networking, it was an exchange of ideas.” The overall strengths reported were the details put into to the mentor-mentee matching, the relaxed social atmosphere, and time allotted for each speed mentoring conversation (15-20 minutes). The main suggestions were to hold the event earlier in the day, provide some type of introduction of all the mentors to the mentees either in advance or at the event, and have a larger room so people could spread out more and hear each other better.

The event co-organizers from SPA and SMA, the SMA Membership Committee, and the SPA and SMA Executive Boards would like to thank the event volunteers who included: Carolyne Egesa (MASA liaison and University of Amsterdam), Lara Gunderson (PIRE and University of New Mexico), Elise Trott (PIRE), Daniella Santoro (Tulane University), and Saira Mehmood (SMA Digital Communications Director and Southern Methodist University).

The organizers would like to thank the following mentors who volunteered their time to make the event a success:

Baer, Roberta (“Robbie”) (U South Florida)
Basile, Melissa (Northwell Health System)
Brown, Peter (Emory U)
Bruna, Sean (Western Washington U)
Buchbinder, Mara (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Chapin, Bambi (U Maryland Baltimore County)
Dressler, William (“Bill”) (U Alabama)
Feldman, Douglas (SUNY, Brockport)
Guarnaccia, Peter (Rutgers U)
Hay-Rollins, Cameron (Miami U)
Heckert, Carina (UT El Paso)
Korbin, Jill (Case Western U)
Lee, Simon Craddock (UT Southwestern)
Lende, Daniel (U South Florida)
Levin, Betty Wolder (CUNY)
Lowe, Ted (Soka U)
Luhrmann, Tanya (Stanford U)
Luque, John (“Juan”) (Medical U of SC)
McLean, Athena (Central Michigan U)
Mendenhall, Emily (Georgetown U)
Moore, Roland (PIRE)
Moyer, Eileen (U Amsterdam)
Myers, Neely Laurenzo (Southern Methodist U)
Oths, Kathryn (“Kathy”) (U Alabama)
Page, J. Bryan (U Miami)
Pritzker, Sonya (U Alabama)
Raikhel, Eugene (U Chicago)
Roedlach, Alex (Creighton U)
Seligman, Rebecca (Northwestern U)
Sobo, Elisa (“EJ”) (San Diego State U)
Strauss, Claudia (Pitzer College)
Weaver, Leslie Jo (U Alabama)
Weller, Susan (“Sue”) (U Texas Medical Branch)
Willging, Cathleen (“Catie”) (PIRE)
Wolf-Meyer, Matthew (Binghamton U)
Worthman, Carol (Emory U)
Yarris, Kristin (U Oregon)

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Attn SPA Presenters and Authors

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Attn SPA Presenters and Authors

The SPA meetings are coming up, and with them the opportunity to share your recent books with our great group of psychological anthropologists. The Society for Psychological Anthropology has arranged with The Scholar’s Choice to manage the combined book exhibit for our conference taking place March 9-12 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and it may be possible for your recently-published books to be included in their display. 

Any members interested in having their book displayed at the upcoming SPA meeting should contact their publisher as soon as possible to see if they would be willing to send the book for the exhibit.  The Scholar’s Choice displays on behalf of the publishers and all requests must come from them, not the individual authors. If they don’t already have it, the press may request the appropriate paperwork by emailing Mary Lynn Howe. Publisher reservations should be submitted no later than February 20th.

When you write/call to your publisher, have them contact the Scholar’s Choice at [email protected] or 585-262-2048 x.111 to get things arranged. You can send them this little blurb: 

Publishers who are unable to attend the meetings separately, but wish to have a few titles exhibited should contact The Scholar’s Choice. They will be providing the combined book exhibit at our biennial conference. Please contact Mary Lynn Howe by email ([email protected]) or phone (585-262-2048 x.111) for more information.

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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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