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 Society for Psychological Anthropology will sponsor six student-faculty workshops at the AAA meetings in Washington, D.C. this December. The workshops are informal settings for graduate students to discuss their research with like-minded students and leading scholars in the field. Each workshop can accommodate three students and the workshops are free and open to all SPA student members. Meals/café snacks will be provided for all workshops. The workshops are:
1. Byron Good (Harvard University)
Topic: Psychological Anthropologists Working in Global Mental Health Settings
2. Eugene Raikhel (University of Chicago)
Topic: Psychiatry and Mental Health
3. Claudia Strauss (Pitzer College)
Topic: Narrative Analysis
4. Ted Lowe (Soka University of America)
Topic: Publishing in Psychological Anthropology
5. Rebecca Lester (Washington University in St. Louis)
Topic: Integrating Clinical Practice and Academic Research
6. Kristin Yarris (University of Oregon)
Topic: Interdisciplinary Work as a Psychological Anthropologist
To apply to a workshop, please complete the following form, which includes a 250-300 word essay on your work and aims for the project: http://goo.gl/forms/HnE79OKk3h. Email Erin McFee with any questions or concerns that you have.
You do not have to be a member of the SPA at the time of application, but we request you join the Society for Psychological Anthropology should you be selected to participate.
Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-reviewed basis, and with the requirement that applicants’ projects/questions be closely related to the workshop topics. As such, please submit your applications as soon as possible.Read More
The deadline for the first set of applications for the Lemelson/SPA Conference Fund is quickly approaching: June 1. Click here for more information.Read More
Save the date for the next SPA Biennial Meeting! It will be held on April 9th – 12th, 2015 at the beautiful Omni Parker House in Boston, Massachusetts. Please plan on joining us for what will surely be an exciting meeting. A call for papers and additional information will be made available here in the coming weeks.
The deadline for this year’s Lemelson Student Fellowship is March 31, 2014. Graduate students in the early stages of studying psychological anthropology are encouraged to apply for funds that can be used for initial fieldwork, exploratory research for planning dissertation research, methods training to prepare for dissertation research, and pilot studies to prepare for more extensive research applications. More information can be found here. Good luck!Read More
The deadline for submitting abstracts for this year’s American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting is April 15, 2014. This year’s AAA’s also marks the inauguration of the International Early Career Scholar Travel Grant. Find out more information here.
Looking for a session to join? Looking for a paper to complete your session?
If you are looking to join a session at the AAAs, please feel to post in this forum some brief information on your paper and an email where a session organizer can contact you. If you are a session organizer, who is looking for an additional contributor, please post in this forum your session’s abstract and an email.Read More
The SPA’s prizes for contributions to psychological anthropology were announced during its business meeting at the AAA’s in Chicago, IL.
The Stirling Prize for Best Published Article in Psychological Anthropology was awarded to Talia Weiner for her article “The (Un)managed Self: Paradoxical Forms of Agency in Self-Management of Bipolar Disorder.”
Jing Xu received the Condon Prize for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology for her essay “Becoming a Moral Child amidst China’s Moral Crisis,” which will be published in a forthcoming issue of Ethos.
John Borneman’s article “Daydreaming, Intimacy, and the Intersubjective Third in Fieldwork Encounters in Syria” won the Boyer Prize for Contributions to Psychoanalytic Anthropology.Read More
The Society for Psychological Anthropology Business Meeting will be on Friday, November 22 at 6:15 p.m. It will include presentations for this year’s winners of the Condon Prize for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology, Boyer Prize for Contributions to Psychoanalytic Anthropology, and Stirling Prize for Best Published Article in Psychological Anthropology. This year’s Lemelson student fellows will also tell us about their research. The new Early Career International Scholar Travel Grant Program will be unveiled as well. A reception will begin at 7:30 p.m. A limited number of drink tickets will be provided to graduate students. See you there!
Finally, SPA-sponsored panels at the AAAs can be viewed here.Read More