Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Prizes!

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!

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Introducing the SPA’s Vimeo channel

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Introducing the SPA’s Vimeo channel

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 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…

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Student-faculty workshops at the AAAs

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Student-faculty workshops at the AAAs

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:

  • Ted Lowe (Soka University, Editor of Ethos): Publishing in the Psychological Anthropology Discipline
  • Carol Worthman (Emory University): Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research
  • Cameron Hay (Miami University): Mixed Methods and Research at the Intersection of Psychological and Medical Anthropology
  • Kathleen Barlow (Central Washington University): Mothering and attachment
  • Daniel Lende (University of South Florida): Neuroanthropology
  • Richard Shweder (University of Chicago): Comparative Ethics

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.

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in News | Comments Off on [email protected]

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!

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Student rep

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Student rep

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:

  • Ensure that the students’ interests are represented in Board matters.
  • Participate proactively in deliberating SPA issues as they periodically arise (for example, planning discussions for the Biennial Meeting in 2017, requested input from the editorial leadership at Ethos, membership issues for the Society).
  • Attend and participate in planning for the AAA meetings each year, including organizing student-faculty workshops, an SPA tradition at the AAAs.
  • Attend and participate in planning the student involvement at the SPAs, including scheduling and staffing the volunteer group that manages the reception and registration desk at the meeting.

Questions? Please write to Erin McFee.

Submit your nominations by the application deadline of September 22, 2015.

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Stirling prize

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Stirling prize

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.

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