Call for Applications: Doctoral Student Member of the Wenner-Gren Advisory Council

The Wenner-Gren Foundation is seeking a doctoral student to join the Advisory Council, a group of six anthropologists who offer feedback and advice to the Foundation on our programs, initiatives, and future directions. In early November and early May, the Advisory Council gathers in person for a day of discussion and deliberation, then joins the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for a special session the following day. In recent years, the Advisory Council has played an instrumental role in everything from the crafting of the Foundation’s new mission statement to the development of strategies for combatting racial injustice in anthropology and promoting the ethical treatment of human remains. The doctoral student member will serve a 1 year term, bringing a critical perspective to the Advisory Council’s deliberations at a moment of transformation in the Foundation and the discipline at large.

Eligibility:  Ideally, the successful candidate will have completed the requirements for their degree except the dissertation at the time they apply for this position. Individuals of all nationalities, subfields, and traditions of scholarship are welcome to apply. We are particularly welcome to applicants who will bring diverse viewpoints to our conversations. The doctoral student member will not be eligible to apply for a Wenner-Gren award for programs with deadlines falling between November 1 and May 1 during their term of service.

Role:  The doctoral student member will fully share in the work of the Advisory Council, (1) participating in an annual review of the Foundation’s activities, including those of SAPIENS and Current Anthropology, (2) guiding the selection of topics for Wenner-Gren Seminars and Symposia; (3) providing guidance on specific Wenner-Gren programs; (4) participating in a roundtable discussion on current issues and topics in anthropology in a joint session with the Board of Trustees; (5) advising the President when pressing issues arise.

Support: The Foundation will cover travel expenses, lodging, and a per diem for the November and May Advisory Council meetings, which will be held either at the Foundation’s offices in New York or at an off-site location.  For our doctoral student member, we will also provide a $500 stipend to offset any lost income.

More here.

Call for Applications: Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research Program, National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities is currently accepting applications for its Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research program. The application deadline is September 28, 2022.

This program makes awards to institutions and organizations conducting field research that answer humanistic questions. Supported projects can use a variety of methodologies including ethnographic methods, oral history, and participant observation to answer significant questions in human history and culture. Projects can be led by individuals or teams of scholars, and awards are made for one to three years with funding up to $150,000. More information on the program, including the Notice of Funding Opportunity and links to the application package, is at:
https://www.neh.gov/program/archaeological-and-ethnographic-field-research

NEH will host a live webinar on July 20 for prospective applicants and grant administrators, introducing the program, describing the application process, and offering application-writing suggestions. There will be a chance to ask questions, captions will be available, and the webinar will be recorded so others can watch it later.

Date: Wednesday, July 20
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm (Eastern time)
Participants can access this webinar through the registration link.

Questions may be directed to fieldwork@neh.gov. We will also respond to draft applications if we receive them by July 25. Submitting a draft is optional but helpful for applicants.

Call for Applications: SAPIENS Public Scholars Training Fellowship

With the support of a three-year grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the SAPIENS Public Scholars Training Fellowship program guides anthropologists on accessible writing and podcasting for broad nonacademic audiences. The purpose of this fellowship program is to provide in-depth training for anthropologists in the craft of science communication and public scholarship—to transform their research into stories that engage the public and spur readers and listeners to rethink themselves and their world.

Applications for the fellowship programwill be accepted each summer to select a yearly cohort of 10 fellows.Each year will present a particular theme, drawing primarily from the research areas around cultural evolution: the Wisdom of World Cultures (2022–2023), the Impacts of Technology (2023–2024), and Global Challenges, Cultural Opportunities (2024–2025).

Each fellow will be selected for the academic year (September 1–May 31) and be expected to: (1) enthusiastically participate in regular Zoom meetings and trainings with their cohort; (2) pitch, develop, and publish at least one article for SAPIENS; (3) pitch, develop, and publish at least one article for another popular magazine; and (4) contribute to one SAPIENS podcast episode in collaboration with our production partner, House of Pod.

As part of this program, fellows will attend an exclusive quarterly keynote lecture by four renowned science writers and editors: Carl Zimmer, The New York Times; Kate Wong, Scientific American; Samir Patel, Atlas Obscura; and Amanda Mascarelli, The Conversation.

We are especially interested in bringing historically marginalized voices—such as by race, ethnicity, gender identity, class, geography, or ability—to the center of public conversations.

Indiana Museum Apologizes for Offering a “Juneteenth Watermelon Salad”

Via Hyperallergic, June 7, 2022

Last year, Juneteenth — a commemoration of the emancipation of enslaved individuals in Texas on June 19, 1865, two years after slavery was legally abolished in the United States — officially became a federal holiday. Unsurprisingly, some corporations and institutions appropriated Juneteenth for commercial purposes, with one notably egregious attempt by Walmart to cash in on the holiday. And this week, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis apologized for an offensive menu item promoting an upcoming “Juneteenth Jamboree” scheduled for June 18.

In the comments section of the museum’s June 3 Facebook post about the event, one user shared a picture of a “Juneteenth Watermelon Salad” for sale in the museum’s food court.

More here.

Canadian First Nation calls for portion of controversial $789m museum budget to be spent repatriating Indigenous artefacts

Via The Art NewspaperJune 6, 2022

In a new twist in the ongoing saga of the Royal British Columbia Museum’s plan to spend C$789m ($626m) demolishing its longtime home in Victoria, British Columbia and erecting an entirely new building, a BC First Nation is urging the province to earmark part of the proposed budget for repatriating Indigenous artefacts and helping First Nations to build their own arts centres.

The Tseshaht First Nation, which has an array of cultural items in the museum including carvings and harpoon points, wrote an open lettersuggesting the change in approach to the BC government. It says it has yet to receive a reply.

In a CBC Radio programme last week, Tseshaht elected chief councillor Ken Watts said, “I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t get up and speak on behalf of not just our people, but the people who made those items that they have in the museum, you know, ancestors who aren’t here anymore.”

More here.

Harvard Holds Remains of 7,000 Native Americans and 19 Possible Enslaved People, Leaked Draft Says

Via Hyperallergic, June 4, 2022

The Harvard Crimson student newspaper says it has obtained a leaked draft report in which Harvard University acknowledges that it holds the remains of four likely enslaved people not previously accounted for, bringing the total human remains of possibly enslaved people in the school’s collections up to 19.

Previously, the university had only acknowledged the remains of 15 individuals of African descent who were likely enslaved. The recently discovered remains are of people from Brazil and the Caribbean. The draft report also says that Harvard still houses the remains of 7,000 Native Americans, which the university had previously admitted and whose “stewardship” it pledged to prioritize.

More here.

Call for Editor: Museum Anthropology

The Council for Museum Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), invites nominations (including self-nominations) for the position of Co-Editor of its journal, Museum Anthropology. The three-year term begins September 1, 2022. The deadline for nominations is July 1, 2022. We welcome applications from individuals willing to join the current editor to create an Editorial Team.

Museum Anthropology seeks to be a leading voice for scholarly research on the collection, interpretation, and representation of the material world. Through critical articles, provocative commentaries, and thoughtful reviews, this peer-reviewed journal aspires to cultivate vibrant dialogues that reflect the global and trans-disciplinary work of museums. Situated at the intersection of practice and theory, Museum Anthropology advances our knowledge of the ways in which material objects are intertwined with living histories of cultural display, economics, socio-politics, law, memory, ethics, colonialism, conservation, and public education.

The incoming CMA Co-Editor will contribute to the publication of a journal that enriches and diversifies scholarly and professional environments by: (1) setting a sustainable annual publication budget; (2) revitalizing the Journal’s Editorial Board; (3) actively contributing to strategies that will transition the journal to an open access format; (4) soliciting high-quality manuscript submissions and peer-reviews from a diversity of experts in relevant fields; and (5) constructively working with AAA Publications and Wiley staff. The Co-Editor will serve as a non-voting member of the Council for Museum Anthropology Board, providing annual reports to CMA’s members at its Business Meeting and participating in quarterly Board Meetings. Full responsibilities of the Editors are outlined in the CMA’s By-Laws: https://museumanthropology.org/about/cma-bylaws/

Nominations should include a CV and Letter of Interest that attest to a strong record of scholarship in the field of Museum Anthropology and excellent organizational, editorial and project management skills. Applications are welcome from individuals based in academic institutions, cultural institutions, NGOs, community organizations or independent scholars. The ability to assemble resources to assist with the production of the journal–such as assistants or interns, and/or support for the time commitment from a supervisor, Chair or Dean—is an asset.

The successful candidate will be selected by mid-July 2022 to provide an orientation and training period while the Fall/Winter issue is being prepared. The current editor, Hannah Turner (museumanthjournal@gmail.com), is available for questions from colleagues interested in the position.

Nominations, self-nominations, and inquiries should be sent to Cara Krmpotich, CMA President (cara.krmpotich@utoronto.ca). Members of the search committee include Cara Krmpotich, Bill Wood, Carrie Heitman, Catherine Nichols and Hannah Turner.

Call for Nominations: Native American Archives Section, Society of American Archivists

Come join the Native American Archives Section!

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) Native American Archives Section (NAAS) is seeking (self-)nominations for Vice Chair/Chair-Elect and three Steering Committee members. Anyone is welcome to apply, including students and early-career archivists. If you work with Native American archival materials, or are interested in learning more about the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials, this is a great way to get involved and influence the profession. Tribal & Indigenous archivists and archivists working with Native American materials are especially encouraged to apply.

  • The Vice Chair/Chair-Electis a two-year term, serving the first year as Vice Chair and the second year as Chair. The Chair-Elect assists the Chair in conducting section business. In the absence of the Chair, the Chair-Elect assumes the duties of Chair. The Chair-Elect becomes the Chair of the section in the second year of the term. The Chair presides over section meetings, directs section activities, appoints liaisons, and submits a final annual section report to SAA Council following the end of their term as Chair. The outgoing Chair serves a third year on the Steering Committee as Immediate Past Chair and Chair of the Nominating Committee.
  • A Steering Committee Member-at-Largeserves a two-year term, participates in Steering Committee meetings, and provides input, and general support to the Steering Committee. Sections members may volunteer for additional roles (e.g. Editor for the Case Study series, social media manager etc.) at the start of their term.

In the 2022-2023 year, the Section will be focusing on new ‘Indigenized’ training for stewarding archival collections; new archival repatriation initiatives; expanding our Protocols Case Study series, toolkit, and resources; and continuing to support the adoption of the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials. This is a great time to get involved especially if you are interested in Indigenous archival advocacy! Please feel free to contact any member of the Steering Committee with questions about the activities of the Section and the Steering Committee.

We welcome and encourage self-nominations. DEADLINE EXTENDED! Please send your self-nominations via this google form by May 30.

Please note that SAA membership is a requirement for section leadership. If you are interested in joining NAAS, but are unable to join SAA due to financial reasons, or have any other questions about this process, please contact NAAS Chair Diana Marsh at dmarsh@umd.edu.