Society for Psychological Anthropology

Welcome to the Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA) - A subsection of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). We are a broad, multidisciplinary organization of individuals interested in cultural, psychological, and social interrelations at all levels.

Latest News from SPA

In this section you can read the latest news about our publications, funding opportunities and awards.

SPA Biennial, April 27-30, San Diego

Registration for the SPA/SSPC joint meeting is closed via AAA. However, you can still register via SSPC at

All information can be found at 

Check the full conference program.


We are looking for student volunteers to help out during the conference (including helping to manage tech in the hybrid sessions). Student volunteers will receive a coupon code for half-price registration. If you have already registered, you may be reimbursed. If you are interested, please contact volunteer coordinator Daniel Lende: 

2023 SPA Boyer Prize

The Society for Psychological Anthropology awards the Boyer Prize for Contributions to Psychoanalytic Anthropology annually to a book and/or an article published between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022 that addresses the psychodynamic process in cultural context. If you have previously submitted for this award, you are no longer eligible to submit again. By […]

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SPA-SSPC Pre-Conference Digital Media Workshop Registration Deadline Extended

Dear SPA Biennial Conference Attendees, I hope this email finds you well. I am writing to inform you that the registration deadline for the pre-conference workshop on digital media has been extended until Thursday April 13 2023. If you haven’t already registered, now is the perfect time to do so. The digital media workshop will cover a […]

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The Beatrice and John Whiting SPA Biennial Travel Grants 

DUE MARCH 12 2023 The Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA) announces The Beatrice and John Whiting SPA Biennial Travel Grants to facilitate participation in the SPA Biennial Meetings. The SPA Biennial Meetings represent one of the most important ways in which the SPA promotes and supports the continued growth of the field of psychological anthropology, […]

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SPA Awards

2022 SPA Condon Prize Committee Announcement

The Society for Psychological Anthropology solicits entries for the Richard G. Condon Prize for the best student essay in psychological anthropology. The winner will be awarded $500 and a one year membership in the Society for Psychological Anthropology. The winning essay will be published in Ethos after working with the Editor for final preparation of the manuscript.

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2022 SPA Stirling Prize Announcement

The winner will be announced at the Spring 2023 Biennial SPA meeting and will receive a $500 cash prize. The Stirling Prize is awarded to a previously published work (this year, it will be awarded for a book) that makes an outstanding contribution to any area of psychological anthropology. Unpublished manuscripts, dissertations, and web publications are not […]

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Ethos is an interdisciplinary and international quarterly journal devoted to scholarly articles dealing with the interrelationships between the individual and the sociocultural milieu, between the psychological disciplines and the social disciplines.

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