SUNTA Events at the 2017 AAA Annual Meeting



The Society for Urban, National, Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) invites you to attend our events at the 2017 American Anthropological Association meeting in Washington, DC:


With the help of a grant from the AAA, the Society for Urban National and Transnational Anthropology is launching its first annual mentoring program. The program is open to all graduate students or early career anthropologists who wish to discuss one of the four research, work, and career related topics listed below. We plan for a group size of about 3-5 participants. 

To sign up for one of these mentoring meetings, please contact the respective mentor/moderator to reserve a seat, and to get further and details  about the meetings. For general questions, please contact Petra Kuppinger at .

1. Preparing/making a career outside the USA

Lunch: Friday December 1, 2017, 12:30-2pm

The US is a highly competitive and tight job market, but it is not the only option to look for employment after graduation. There are very good and attractive options beyond the US. Based on my own experience, in this lunch I will help students consider the international job market, what is important to keep in mind, and discuss the pros and cons before making such a decision. 

Friederike Fleischer (Departamento de AntropologĂ­a, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia). 

2. Collaborative/participative approaches to ethnography.

Lunch: Friday December 1, 2017, 12:30-2pm

“Participative” and “collaborative” forms of ethnographic research are gaining traction in anthropology and similar fields. These approaches have emerged in response to a variety of critiques leveled at the traditional “ethnographer/informant” framework, but they are not without their own ethical, intellectual, and methodological problems. Our discussion examines different approaches as well as complications that arise in various contexts.  

Andrew Newman (Department of Anthropology, Wayne State University, Detroit MI).

3. Getting the first paper published

Breakfast: Thursday November 30, 9-11am

Getting one’s first academic publication can be a challenge.  Where should you send your manuscript? How much should you revise your manuscript before sending it out?  How should you interpret feedback from your reviewers? How should you communicate with the editors and copy editors? Based on my experience editing City & Society, I will share insights with aspiring authors on these and other questions related to challenge of publishing one’s first article.

Suzanne Scheld (Department of Anthropology, California State University at Northridge, Northridge CA). 

4. Preparing/making a career at a liberal arts college

Breakfast: Friday December 1, 2017 8:30-10:30am

Graduate student often assume that research and work in large research universities is the only academic career path for anthropologists. There are however interesting other places and options, very prominently among them liberal arts colleges. Based on my own experience, in this meeting I will describe and discuss my own experiences at a liberal arts college. We will discuss pros and cons of such a work environment.

Petra Kuppinger (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Monmouth College, Monmouth IL).