Call for Executive Session Proposals, 2022 AAA Annual Meeting

The” encourages anthropological discussion of past, present, and future unsettlings of the world – be it through environment, power, political economy or through the collective efforts of unsettling and disrupting oppressive structures while building worlds otherwise. While our worlds are defined by nothing if not change, the current unsettling of landscapes brings with it an urgency that demands conversations which may elicit feelings of discomfort and disturbance, but may also stoke hope and determination. This orientation towards unsettling pushes us beyond easy narratives and facile binaries into moments of transformation. In essence, this theme asks two questions: In what ways are we, and those we work with, unsettled? How are we also unsettling landscapes and to what end?

Join the conversation in Seattle and online to initiate change within the discipline by that speaks directly to this year’s meeting theme. Selection and participation in Executive Sessions are highly competitive. The deadline to submit a proposal is 11:59 PM Eastern on Friday, February 18.

When submitting, session organizers must select a modality and submission type that fits the preference of the entire panel. The lists below detail the modality and submission options for the Executive Call for Papers.

Modality Options

  • Fully in-person, presenting onsite in Seattle
  • Fully virtually, presenting on the online platform
  • The entire panel is open to presenting either fully in-person or fully virtual

Submission Types

  • Oral presentation
    A lecture-based panel with seven, 15-minute timeslots for paper presentations and/or moderated discussion
  • Roundtable / Townhall
    A discussion-based panel WITHOUT papers or timed 15-minute presentations

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Position Announcement: Curator Supervisor and Curator of Latin American and Southwestern US Hispanic Collections, Museum of International Folk Art

The Curator Supervisor provides strategic and managerial leadership for the Museum of International Folk Art’s Curatorial Department. Responsibilities include: managing the curatorial team; developing and implementing exhibitions; working with curators and museum staff to create interpretive plans for exhibitions and publications; building connections with our local, national and international community of artists, as well as donors to solicit funding and grants to support museum projects and implementing aspects of the museum’s strategic plan. This position supervises up to four curators and is responsible for the Latin American and Southwestern US Hispanic Collections.

The Curator Supervisor is a key position for the public face of the museum and works to connect the museum with a broad range of constituents including artists and community groups. The Curator Supervisor will participate in MOIFA administrative activities and teamwork, including attendance at museum staff meetings, collections committee meetings, curator meetings, and other committees as requested by the Director. Develop and maintain program-based budget for collections, exhibitions and related projects. Assist with museum public relations, marketing, and resource development efforts relating to exhibitions and/or area of specialization. Responsible for the development and implementation of educational training and outreach programs, relating to the curator’s exhibitions and/or area of specialization.

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Call for Proposals to Organize a Workshop: African Critical Inquiry Programme


Closing Date: Monday 2 May 2022

The African Critical Inquiry Programme invites proposals from scholars and/or practitioners in public cultural institutions in South Africa to organise a workshop to take place in 2023. The African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) seeks to advance inquiry and debate about the roles and practice of public culture, public cultural institutions, and public scholarship in shaping identities and society in Africa. The ACIP is committed to collaboration between scholars and the makers of culture/ history, and to fostering inquiry into the politics of knowledge production, the relationships between the colonial/apartheid and the postcolonial/postapartheid, and the importance of critical pluralism as against nationalist discourse. ACIP is a partnership between the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape and the Laney Graduate School of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (USA).

ACIP Workshops are intended as annual occasions to identify and address critical themes, fundamental questions, and pressing practical issues concerning public culture. For instance, Workshops might focus on particular questions and issues related to publics, visuality, museums and exhibitions, art, performance, representational forms, or institutional forms from diverse methodological, practical, and theoretical vantage points. They might examine forms and practices of public scholarship and the theories, histories, and systems of thought that shape and illuminate public culture and public scholarship. Workshops should encourage comparative, interdisciplinary, and cross-institutional interchange and reflection that bring into conversation public scholarship in Africa, creative cultural production, and critical theory. Workshop budgets will vary depending on proposed plans; the maximum award is ZAR 60,000.

Workshop Themes and Formats: Working with a different focus each year, the ACIP Workshop will facilitate and energise conversations among scholars and practitioners drawn from universities, museums, and other cultural organisations, seeking to bridge institutional silos and boundaries. The ACIP Workshop should help place research and public scholarship within broader frames, work against institutional isolation, facilitate collaborative research relations and discussions, and build a cohort of scholars and practitioners who talk across fields, across generations, and across institutions. Proposed Workshops will be selected with an eye to cultivating these goals.

Proposed Workshop themes should focus on issues and questions that foster critical examination and debate about forms, practices, and institutions of public culture. Themes should be addressed from multiple orientations and disciplines, include comparative perspectives, and be situated in relation to concepts and theories from relevant fields. Workshops should be planned to engage participants across different institutions of public culture, including universities, museums, arts and culture organisations, NGOs, or others appropriate to the topic. Abstracts for previously funded ACIP Workshops are available here.

The Workshop might use a range of formats as appropriate. Examples of formats that might be proposed or combined:

 a standard workshop of 2-3 days, with specific sessions, presentations, discussants, pre-circulated papers or readings, etc. Variations on this format might also be introduced. Preferred timing for such workshops is March 2023.

 a working group of colleagues and postgraduate students drawn from across institutions that meet regularly over several weeks or months to discuss common readings and work in progress; visitors who work on the group’s central theme and issues might be invited to give public lectures, participate in group meetings, mentor students, etc.

 a collaborative teaching programme with a common postgraduate course, or module of a course, taught in parallel at different universities with various modes of coordination and interaction, with participants coming together for a 1 day workshop at the end.

 a distinguished scholar or cultural practitioner invited as a short-term Public Scholar in Residence (PSR) to bring fresh, comparative perspectives to particular issues and debates through public lectures, participation in a standard workshop, consultations with colleagues at institutions of public culture, and meetings with students supported by ACIP’s Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards. The visitor might also contribute to courses as appropriate.

Workshop organisers will work through the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) at the University of the Western Cape for basic financial administration and are responsible for complying with CHR policies. Workshop organisers should submit a letter from the host institution, centre, programme, or department confirming that appropriate administrative and institutional support will be available.

We ask Workshop organisers to incorporate appropriate modes of participation for postgraduate students holding current Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards from ACIP so that they have opportunities to consult with Workshop participants. Prior holders of Ivan Karp awards may also wish to attend and we encourage organisers to include students from a range of higher education institutions.

Who Should Apply: Applications may be submitted by experienced scholars and cultural practitioners based in universities, museums, and other cultural organisations in South Africa who are interested in creating or reinvigorating interdisciplinary, cross-institutional engagement and understanding and who are committed to training the next generations of scholar-practitioners. Applications may be submitted by a single individual or a pair of individuals who have different institutional affiliations and bring different perspectives, approaches, or specialisations to the proposed Workshop theme.

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Smithsonian Names New Leader of National Museum of the American Indian

Via The New York Times, January 19, 2022

The Smithsonian Institution has named Cynthia Chavez Lamar as the new director of the National Museum of the American Indian.

Chavez Lamar — who is a member of San Felipe Pueblo, a Native American tribe in New Mexico’s middle Rio Grande Valley — will assume the post on Feb. 14.

“I don’t see this as something that I have achieved on my own,” Chavez Lamar, who is also of Hopi, Tewa and Navajo heritage, said in a phone interview on Tuesday.

“There are many Native and Indigenous peoples before me who have been in prominent roles,” she added, “who have struggled and persevered to ensure that our stories and our perspectives as Native people were heard.”

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Call for Applications: Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards for African Students Enrolled in South African Ph.D. Programmes

“Who defines the needs of the people and the related epistemologies that serve them?” (Karp & Masolo 2000:10)

1985! People’s Parks, Sites of Struggle and the Politics of Plants, one of two 2022 African Critical Inquiry Programme Workshops, will explore many dimensions of the People’s Parks created in 1985 and how we understand them today. ‘Freedom in our lifetime’, Soweto. Peter Setuke, City Press, 03.01.1986, People’s Parks Archive, courtesy of Steven Sack.


Closing Date: Monday 2 May 2022

             The African Critical Inquiry Programme is pleased to announce the 2022 Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards to support African doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled at South African universities and conducting dissertation research on relevant topics. Grant amounts vary depending on research plans, with a maximum award of ZAR 40,000.

            The African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) seeks to advance inquiry and debate about the roles and practice of public culture, public cultural institutions, and public scholarship in shaping identities and society in Africa. The ACIP is committed to collaboration between scholars and the makers of culture/history, and to fostering inquiry into the politics of knowledge production, the relationships between the colonial/apartheid and the postcolonial/postapartheid, and the importance of critical pluralism as against nationalist discourse. ACIP is a partnership between the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape and the Laney Graduate School of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (USA).

ELIGIBILITY: The Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards are open to African postgraduate students (regardless of citizenship) in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Applicants must be currently registered in a Ph.D. programme in a South African university and be working on topics related to ACIP’s focus. Awards will support doctoral research projects focused on topics such as institutions of public culture, particular aspects of museums and exhibitions, forms and practices of public scholarship, culture and communication, and the theories, histories, and systems of thought that shape and illuminate public culture and public scholarship. Applicants must submit a dissertation proposal that has been approved by their institution to confirm the award; this must be completed before they begin ACIP-supported on-site research or by December 2022, whichever comes first.

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Position Announcement: Associate Director, Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

The Associate Director will work collaboratively with the Director to fulfill the educational mission of the museum through its exhibitions, programming, acquisitions, and engagement with faculty, staff, students and the community of Providence and surrounding areas. This position is responsible for managing and providing leadership for the administrative, financial, and human resources operations to fulfill the museum’s objectives.

Candidates must have a doctoral degree in anthropology or museum studies and 5 to 7 years of experience in an academic museum.

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Rubin Museum to Return Nepalese Relics Thought to Have Been Stolen

Via The New York Times, January 10, 2022

The Rubin Museum of Art announced on Monday that it would return two sculptures to Nepal after researchers working for the museum concluded that smugglers had stolen the carved wooden artifacts from religious sites.

“We are deeply grateful,” Nepal’s acting consul general, Bishnu Prasad Gautam, said in a statement. “The proactive response and thoughtful collaboration from the Rubin have positively contributed to Nepal’s national efforts to recover the lost artifacts.”

The museum credited a nonprofit called the Nepal Heritage Recovery Campaign for playing a role in the repatriation by calling attention to questions about the history of the items. In September, a Twitter account affiliated with the recovery campaign had postedconcerns that the wooden relics had been stolen

The recovery campaign had a role in the return of at least seven relics last year from cultural institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Dallas Museum of Art.”

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Position Announcement: Assistant Collections Manager, Anthropology Collections, Denver Museum of Nature & Science

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science seeks an Assistant Collections Manager in the Integrative Collections Branch to support the Anthropology Collections. The Anthropology Collections currently hold approximately 500,000 artifacts in the areas of Archaeology and Ethnology; the collections are largely from North America, but represent cultures from around the world. This position supports the efforts to preserve and protect the collections on a long-term basis, increase access and grow scientific output, to manage and expand collections, and to help inspire diverse communities’ understanding of, and involvement in, anthropology and the natural world.

This position supports the collections and research activities of the Department of Anthropology as it aspires to curate the best understood and most ethically held anthropology collection in North America. The Department seeks to document and understand the human communities of the Rocky Mountain region and beyond through study of their material cultures while adhering to the guiding principles of respect, reciprocity, justice, and dialogue.

Essential duties: 

  • Assists with professional collections management for all collections.

  • Assists with the accession, deaccession, documentation, registration, and preparation of collections as assigned.

  • Implements training, monitoring, and daily supervision of interns and volunteers as assigned.

  • Responds to internal and external queries and requests, and facilitates use of collections.

  • Assists in maintaining collections metadata, including digital records and associated multimedia files.

  • Implements and ensures adherence to all safety protocols in collections.

  • Supports and delivers internal and external outreach programs as appropriate or required.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum qualifications/Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology or related field required.

  • 1 year museum collections management experience required.

  • 1 year relational database experience required.

  • Occasional local and out of state travel required.

  • Evening and weekend shifts as needed required.

  • Ability to handle culturally sensitive items and human ancestral remains according to cultural and departmental protocols required.

  • The Museum loves science. As a science institution, the Museum believes in the science behind vaccines. Effective September 1, 2021, all persons offered a position will be required to provide valid proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 prior to starting employment.

All applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to be considered, along with the online application form.

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Reminder: Call for Applicants: 2022 Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology

The Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology is a graduate student summer training program in museum research methods offered through the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History with major funding from the Cultural Anthropology Program of the National Science Foundation.

Summer 2022 dates are June 13—July 8. 

During four weeks of intensive training in seminars and hands-on workshops at the museum and an off-site collections facility, students are introduced to the scope of collections and their potential as data. Students become acquainted with strategies for navigating museum systems, learn to select methods to examine and analyze museum specimens, and consider a range of theoretical issues that collections-based research may address. In consultation with faculty, each student carries out preliminary data collection on a topic of their own choice and develops a prospectus for research to be implemented upon return to their home university. Visiting faculty members for 2022 will be announced in the coming months. Local faculty will include Dr. Joshua A. Bell, SIMA director and Dr. Candace Greene Director emeritus of SIMA as well as other Smithsonian Institution Department of Anthropology curators and staff. 

Who should apply?: Graduate students preparing for research careers in cultural anthropology who are interested in using museum collections as a data source. The program is not designed to serve students seeking careers in museum management. Students at both the masters and doctoral level will be considered for acceptance. Students in related interdisciplinary programs (Indigenous Studies, Folklore, etc.) are welcome to apply if the proposed project is anthropological in nature. All U.S. students are eligible for acceptance, even if studying abroad. International students can be considered only if they are enrolled in a university in the U.S. Canadian First Nation members are eligible under treaty agreements. 

Costs:  The program covers students’ tuition and shared housing in local furnished apartments. A small stipend will be provided to assist with the cost of food and other local expenses. Participants are individually responsible for the cost of travel to and from Washington, DC. 

Application deadline: March 1, 2022

For more information and to apply, please visit