AAA Montreal 2011: the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association. This was my first meeting since I began Living Anthropologically, the first meeting I knew to follow #AAA2011 on Twitter. Great session on Digital Anthropology: Projects and Projections on Sunday. Daniel Lende of Neuroanthropology was there and also had a great round-up, including a look at the session hashing over the anthropology-as-science issue. Lende highlights biological anthropology, and for another look at biological anthropology sections see Julienne Rutherford’s Biological Anthropology sessions at AAA.
Given those great round-ups, I took a different tack here and highlighted some sessions on political economy as well as on Latin America and the Caribbean. I’ve realized with some of the pushback I received on the Anthropology, Moral Optimism, and Capitalism post that there are many people who simply have no idea anthropologists study contemporary political and economic issues. They don’t think anthropologists have anything to say about issues like the death penalty, and often would rather not hear it anyway.
I’m tagging here things emphasized by the Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA), the Society for the Anthropology of Work (SAW), and the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA).
The Book Exhibit
At Berghahn books, check out Classifying to Kill: An Ethnography of the Death Penalty System in the United States by Brackette F. Williams. Brackette is an incredibly dedicated ethnographer and one of the most perceptive theorists in anthropology. Her Annual Review article from 1989, A Class Act: Anthropology and the Race to Nation Across Ethnic Terrain is still enormously important. I saw Brackette at the 2010 meetings, when she was an organizer for a panel in honor of Michel-Rolph Trouillot, and she spoke of this book–very excited to see it, although it looks like it is presently only in hardcover.
Wednesday, November 16
14:00-17:45 ETHNOGRAPHIES OF FINANCIALIZED LIVES
20:00-21:45 PURPOSIVE ECONOMIES IN THE NEOLIBERAL ERA
Thursday, November 17
13:45-17:30 FEMINISM AND REPRODUCTION: TRACES, TIDEMARKS AND LEGACIES (Full disclosure: I’m married to one of the panelists, who blogs at parenthropology)
13:45-17:30 ECONOMIES OF AFFECT
Friday, November 18
13:45-17:30 ILLEGAL ANTHROPOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGISTS
Saturday, November 19
16:00-17:45 NOSTALGIA FOR INDUSTRY IN THE HINTERLAND (Full disclosure: I’m the organizer of this panel and co-authored a presentation)
Sunday, November 20
12:15-14:00 LABOR: NEGOTIATING CHANGES
12:15-14:00 INEQUALITY: IMMIGRATION, HOUSING AND RACE