SUNTA is pleased to sponsor the following sessions and events on Saturday, November the 17th at the San Jose Meetings including the mentoring event.

8:00-9:45 AM

  • Global, Citizen, Human, Problem I: The Ongoing Impact of Aihwa Ong’s Anthropology (5-0120)
  • Pending Politics: Ethnographies of Urban Futures (5-0165)

10:15 AM-12:00 PM

  • Global, Citizen, Human, Problem II: The Ongoing Impact of Aihwa Ong’s Anthropology (5-0395)
  • SUNTA Mentoring Session (please see description and registration information below) (5-0495)

12:15-2:00 PM

  • Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (CORI) Committee Meeting (5-0640)

4:15-6:00 PM

  • High-rise failures: tower block anthropology (5-1030)
  • Imagining Im/migrant Futures: Potentiality in Im/migration Studies (5-1045)

The Politics of Urban Aesthetics (5-1165)


With the support of a grant from the AAA, the Society for Urban National and Transnational Anthropology is announcing its second annual mentoring program. The program is open to all graduate students or early career anthropologists who wish to discuss one of the three research, work, and career related topics listed below. We plan for a group size of about 3-5 participants. All mentoring sessions are scheduled for Saturday November 17 from 10:15 am to 12 noon. (Food/snacks will be provided).

To sign up for one of these mentoring meetings, please contact the respective mentor/moderator before Wednesday November 7 to reserve a seat, and to get further information and details about the meetings. For general questions, please contact Petra Kuppinger at .

Looking forward to seeing you at AAA!

  1. Getting the first paper published 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. Derek Pardue (Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University, Denmark).
  2. Juggling the academic job market while “ABD” Applying for academic jobs before finishing your PhD can feel like a lost cause. It’s well known that the chances of landing a tenure-track position while “ABD” are slim. However, the process can be productive in more ways than one—applications can help you to solidify your arguments and explain contributions to the field, and it’s not impossible to land a job while ABD! Based on my experience securing a tenure-track job in anthropology while finishing my dissertation last year, I will discuss with workshop participants tactics for juggling the job market and other responsibilities as ABD students, as well as the different elements of the application process (e.g. the campus visit). The workshop is best suited to those who are ABD and expect to apply for positions in the next cycle (2019-20). Camille Frazier (Department of Humanities and Social Science, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY)
  3. Preparing/making a career at a liberal arts college 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).