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 AAA elections are coming up on April 15. Click here for statements from the candidates for the SPA’s President along with proposed amendments to the bylaws.Read More
The Society for Psychological Anthropology invites you to submit proposals for its 2015 Biennial Meeting to be held at the historic Omni Parker House in Boston. Highlights will include talks by Homi Bhabha and Paul Farmer, plenary sessions on controversies in global mental health and postcolonial psychologies, a discussion of mixed methods with Robert Levine and Tom Weisner, and the presentation of the 2015 SPA Lifetime Achievement Award.
We will be accepting submissions of individually volunteered papers and posters, volunteered paper sessions, and discussion roundtables on any topic in the field of psychological anthropology. Deadline for submission is Sunday, January 25th, 2015. Abstract submission will open in late December. Click here for further information, and we hope to see you there!Read More
The SPA’s annual awards were announced at the 2014 SPA Business Meeting. All of the prize committees noted the highly competitive nature of this year’s submissions. The Stirling Prize for Best Book Published in Psychological Anthropology went to Geoffrey Saxe’s Cultural Development of Mathematical Ideas: Papua New Guinea Studies (2012, Cambridge University Press). The Condon Prize for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology was awarded to Nofit Itzhak for her essay “Making Selves and Meeting Others in Neo-Shamanic Healing.” Look for it in an upcoming issue of Ethos! And finally Tine Gammeltoft was given the Boyer Prize for Contributions to Psychoanalytic Anthropology for her Ethos article Toward an Anthropology of the Imaginary: Specters of Disability in Vietnam (2014).
Congratulations to Geoffrey, Nofit, and Tine!Read More
The SPA Business Meeting will take place on Friday, December 5 from 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. We will announce important information about the section group, the results of the Stirling, Condon, and Boyer Prize competitions, and the latest news about the 2015 Biennial in Boston. A cash bar and snacks will be on hand for all the action, and the first 20 graduate students will get free drink tickets. Bring a friend, and we’ll see you there!Read More
We have a great line up of 14 SPA-reviewed sessions on the program for the AAA Meeting from December 3-7, 2014. These include 3 invited sessions, one of which has been co-sponsored with the Society for Humanistic Anthropology and another with the Biological Anthropology Section. We also highly-reviewed another 7 sessions that were placed on the schedule. In addition, we formed 3 paper sessions and 1 poster session out of individually submitted abstracts and found homes for other individual papers in already-formed SPA sessions and sessions organized by other sections as well. Continuing from what we started last year, SPA members with related interests agreed to serve as chairs and discussants for each of the paper sessions SPA organized.
Looking forward to seeing lots of you there!
Bambi Chapin and Carol Worthman
SPA Program Committee for AAA 2014
The SPA is now accepting applications for its two signature programs generously funded by the Robert Lemelson Foundation.
Lemelson Conference Funding Program
The Lemelson Conference Funding Program provides financial support for conferences that engage innovative and significant topics, issues, and theoretical/methodological perspectives in any subfield of psychological anthropology as well as conferences that seek to bring psychological anthropology into generative dialogue with other related fields of inquiry. Conference funds are available to support pre- /post-conference events held prior to or immediately following the SPA Biennial Meetings (April 9-12, 2015) or the 2015 AAA Annual Meeting (November 18-22, 2015) as well as more traditional, “stand alone” meetings. Funding can be requested for the full range of conference expenses and transportation, room and board for invited attendees up to a maximum of $30,000. Further details on the program can be found here. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2015.
Lemelson Student Fellowships
The Lemelson Student Fellowships provide graduate students working in the field of psychological anthropology with funding to pursue exploratory research for planning their dissertation research and methods training to prepare for dissertation research. Up to a maximum of $6,000 in funds can be requested to cover travel expenses, research expenses and any other reasonable and justified expenses. We anticipate awarding six fellowship in 2015. Applicants need not be graduate students in departments of Anthropology, but must be SPA members at the time of application. Fellowships are open to all students without regard to citizenship or residence. Further details on the fellowship can be found here. The deadline for applications is February 14, 2015.Read More
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