Recent Anthropology News
2018 SPA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDEE: Thomas S. WeisnerNovember 14, 2019
2019 SPA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDEE: BRADD SHORENovember 14, 2019
AAA-CASCA EVENT REGISTRATION ANNOUNCEMENT- Breakfast Mentoring Crash Course: Research Methods, Publication, and Professionalization for Psychological and Medical AnthropologistsAugust 13, 2019
Congratulations to SPA awardees!June 26, 2019
Recent Voices of Experience Interviews
An interview series on engagement in psychological anthropology.
Scholar Strategy Network:
Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences: http://www.bitss.org/
Urban Institute: http://www.urban.org/
- Engaged psych anth can feel isolating; want more dialogue (reaching inwards to build SPA community, reaching outward to build partnerships), address fragility of academic community; scaffolding discussion
- Events that go from individuals → families → institutions
- Using our understanding of how mindsets work (e.g., fixed vs. incremental) to experiment with ways of broadening people’s conceptualization of race, racism, in/out groups, identity
- Purpose will need to be as specific as possible for virtual gatherings and site, so can facilitate building the community
- Should it take the form of an online forum? a blog?
- informed blog posts to lay audiences? – what is the end goal? how can we address specific problems?
- requires a lot of time investment (not just one individual); but Society can consider putting in small resource
- integrating into existing platforms (Somatosphere, Neuroanth, Wenner Gren Sapiens) vs. creating our own
- “Hotspot” – having people who can speak to implications of Trump’s policies gather (virtually?) to discuss; others can tune in + ask questions
- Creating a podcast series (forthcoming events to look forward to in the imminent future) – what topics should we cover?
- Refugees, trauma survivors, global and domestic mental health?
- Being mindful that we want more conversation, less theory, less dictation; less one person speaking, more panels and open discussions.
- Safe spaces / open discussion sessions online around a topic (e.g., refugees)
- Engaging with those of different political beliefs – a challenge, too, within the classroom (especially as a teaching assistant);
- Platform needs to make personal; put a face to research – video introductions of people behind the blog / website / project
- Consider having multiple projects, multiple forums (centrally linked through the SPA website) centered around group interests: race/racism/identity/in-group/out-group, mental health/trauma/intervention, political violence
- Revamp Facebook group
In-person meeting at SPA
- Would people be interested in continuing this conversation in person? When? Thurs @ 7:30PM?
- Doing a story circle – introduction on what brought you to engaged psych anth (what was your journey); builds intimacy
- Speed-mentoring event for people interested in engaged psych anth + people with experience
- Can look forward to AAA and potential roundtables
- Exemplars people know?
- Website built on resources for people?
- Things to be mindful of: Standardizing tool kits and applying them to different communities, should be bottom-up instead.
Communicating findings to wider audiences
- Building Bridges (program)
- Podcasts through Transcultural Psychiatry, through existing Foundations
- Facebook and YouTube advertisement/channel + iTunes, beyond our Vimeo channel to upload podcasts
- Ethical implications of this – AAA ethics panel?
- Communicating across difference: Potential project if we are interested in understanding more of the other side: assign undergraduates (if professors are looking for practical, engaged, work), a project that involves mini-interview(s) with someone from a group/organization/church/etc where they might feel they don’t align their political views. This assignment would require students to go out and engage (face-to-face) and practice an ethnographic epoche (bracketing their assumptions about their subjects and the world!). Additionally, this would help professors do a mini survey of the political landscape, as the data their students turn in could help guide future readings (depending on what sort of themes emerge). Final project could accumulate into something useful for the professor and perhaps turn into something shareable for other professors/educators.
- Rules around circulation of information with particular grants (e.g., NIH) restricted
- Which grants/foundations allow for greater (non-traditional) dissemination of information? Which directly allows community collaborations?
- USAID is an example where community engagement and impact is built into grants.
- Other small foundations are good resource.
- University of MN example; Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Need to aggregate list of grants, especially those that provide for support beyond the academic + community
- Law offices
- Resources for engaging with divergent political perspectives both within the classroom and community?
- Resources for community participatory research? resources for engaging with policy and communicating findings to lay audiences?
- Hoover Summer Policy Bootcamp: http://www.hoover.org/hoover-institution-summer-policy-boot-camp
- James Marshall Public Policy Fellowship: http://www.spssi.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewPage&pageID=747&nodeID=1
- NEH Public Scholar program: https://www.neh.gov/grants/research/public-scholar-program
- How to build empathy? open, as opposed to closed, mindsets and strengthen our ability to hear others?
- Need to address multiple levels of capacity building (among undergraduates, graduates, postdoc, faculty, others outside academia) with differing levels of interest + investment + goals
- Interest in establishing a group where individuals who have experience with applying their medical/psychological anthropology work could share their knowledge and expertise with those trying to figure out how to not only inform the community they are working with about psych/med anthr research, but also how work can influence policy (local and global) and have some sort of beneficial outcomes for the community involved – extending the speed mentoring idea
- Develop an integrated platform that includes both professional and public resources, briefings and analyses in written, audio and video formats. Integrate the platform with Ethos by linking to published scholarship and public-focused summary points and audio snips discussing articles
- Integrate required summary points for articles and possibly audio pieces for Ethos submissions to be used on engaged anthropology platform and other forums. New England Journal of Medicine as possible model
- Develop group of SPA scholars willing to be contacted by the media for opinion pieces
- Facilitate working groups within SPA to develop themes around. E.g., Take A Stand critical anthropology working group
- Hosting webinars/podcasts with SPA experts on key issues (e.g., current SPA interview series)
- Engaged Psych Anth meetings at every AAA meeting
- Promote diversity and expand inclusiveness of psychological anthropology. Attract and support participation by underrepresented scholars within and outside the U.S.