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SUNTA and SANA Joint Resolution Regarding Columbia University’s Firing of Kim Hopper

The Boards of the Society of Urban National Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) and of the Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA), both constituent units of the American Anthropological Association, condemn the firing of Professor Kim Hopper by Columbia University. Professor Hopper is a preeminent urban anthropologist in the study of North America, known internationally for his original and pioneering research on homelessness and schizophrenia in the urban US, and for being co-founder and first President of the National Coalition of the Homeless. Professor Hopper’s position as a public intellectual working on behalf of the homeless and schizophrenic is unquestioned. That someone of his stature in scholarship, teaching, and public prominence should be fired after 26 years of service for not bringing sufficient outside funding at the very time when his important research topics are suffering from the lack of such funding, is a profound injustice which is relevant to all urban anthropologists. As organizations each consisting of several hundred members, SUNTA and SANA support the January 30, 2014 letter of support for Kim Hopper by senior scholars to Provost James Coatsworth of Columbia University, and calls on that University to reinstate Professor Hopper immediately in his current position with academic tenure.


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COMING SOON – SUNTA Undergraduate and Graduate Paper Prizes to Be Announced May 2014



Announcing SUNTA’s 2014 Graduate Student Panel Prize

SUNTA will select a “Best Graduate Student Panel” for the forthcoming AAA 2014 meeting in Washington, DC. Graduate Student Members of the winning panel will split the $1000 award to defray the costs of travel to D.C. This prize will be awarded at the SUNTA Business Meeting at the AAA Annual Meeting in D.C.

SUNTA has broad interests in the theories, problems, processes, and institutions of urban, national and transnational life. SUNTA appreciates that urban life and problems in the modern world are interrelated with national and transnational institutions, processes, and forces. SUNTA, therefore, particularly focuses on these interrelationships as they affect and are affected by the everyday social and cultural lives of people living, acting, and struggling in cities.

This year’s Annual Meeting theme – Producing Anthropology (see http://www.aaanet.org/meetings/) – should be one of broad interest to SUNTAites.

Eligibility and Procedures:

  1. The panelists and panel-organizers must all have been current students when the panel was accepted (although a non-student discussant is acceptable)
  2. Panels must be submitted directly through the AAA web site by April 15. Cick here for information.
  3. SUNTA must be marked as the reviewing section in the submission.
  4. Please reach SUNTA Program Chair Petra Kuppinger by April 15 if you would like your panel considered for this award and/or with inquiries at [PETRA@monmouthcollege.edu].


The 2014 Anthony Leeds Prize in Urban Anthropology

The Leeds Prize is awarded each year by the Society for Urban/National/Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) for the outstanding book in urban, national and/or transnational anthropology. The prize is named in honor of the late Anthony Leeds, a distinguished pioneer in urban anthropology. The prize is awarded to a book that uses ethnographic data from complex, transnational, urban societies in methodological innovative ways. The goal of the prize is to showcase model studies that advance the research agenda of urban anthropologists. The 2014 prize committee is chaired by Robert Rotenberg and includes Philippe Bourgois, winner of the 2010 prize for Righteous Dopefiend (University of California Press), Danny Hoffman, winner of the 2012 prize for The War Machines (Duke University Press), and Daniel Goldstein, winner of the 2013 prize for Outlawed (Duke University Press).

  • This year’s deadline for submission is June 15, 2014. No books received after that date will be considered for the 2014 prize.
  • To be eligible for consideration a book must be relevant to the field of urban, national or transnational anthropology. The book must have a publication year of 2013. Textbooks and anthologies will not be considered, but monographs of original scholarship by more than one author may be submitted.
  • Winners must to be willing to serve on the prize selection committee for three years.
  • Prizes are awarded at the business meeting of the SUNTA at the American Anthropological Association meetings each year. Winners must be willing to have their prize acceptance remarks published in City and Society, SUNTA’s journal.
  • A letter of nomination (from an author, a colleague, or a publisher) is required only for those authors whose Ph.D. is in a different discipline from anthropology. The letter should specify the relevance of the book for an urban anthropology prize.
  • *Four* copies of the book should be sent before June 15, 2014 to:
    • Robert Rotenberg
    • Leeds Prize Committee
    • Department of Anthropology
    • DePaul University
    • 2343 N. Racine Avenue
    • Chicago, IL 60614-3107
  • Please be sure that books’ package is clearly marked “Leeds Prize Committee.”
  • Please address all questions concerning the prize to Robert Rotenberg [rrotenbe@depaul.edu].


American Anthropological Association Resolution on Contingent & Part-time Academic Labor

A SUNTA board motion was called to support CLR’s Resolution on Contingent & Part-time Academic Labor. The Board passed the motion on October 21, 2013. Click here for a .pdf of the resolution.

A quorum of 250 & majority vote are needed to pass the resolution. Vote at the AAA Annual Business Meeting on Thursday 11/21/13 at 6:15pm.



Submissions for SUNTA Column

The Society for Urban, National and transnational Anthropology invites submissions for the SUNTA column published in the Sections News area of the monthly Anthropology News newsletter.

News updates, conference announcements, essays, and research summaries of interest and relevance to the general membership are welcomed. Columns can be up 700 words, and photos will be included as space allows.

Please contact SUNTA Contributing Editor and Secretary Susan Falls (sfalls@scad.edu) regarding potential submissions and deadlines.


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