Reflection, Impermanence and Intention: The SfAA Elections and Bylaws

November 1, 2013

By Roberto Alvarez
[r1alvarez@ucsd.edu]
SFAA President’s Column

01I have just returned from a meditation retreat at Vajrapani Institute, a Tibetan Buddhist Center just North of Santa Cruz, California. Nestled in the coastal mountains amidst Redwoods and Oaks, where no electronic disturbances are allowed or available, I sat with a community of friends in silence for five days. I do this every year now, and each time come away with new insights and understandings about life (primarily mine), but also about the work with which I am engaged. I had a chance to think about the Society, my role as president and the current challenges the Society is facing. At the retreat, a number of meditative principles helped me think about the society. Three of the most fundamental principles include reflection, impermanence and intention. Reflection is thinking about and exploring the world and things as they actually are. Impermanence is a reminder that everything changes and that nothing stays the same. Intention brings action into the picture. As applied practitioners, SfAA members don’t simply ponder reality or change, but act with intent.

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From the Treasurer In Focus: SfAA Annual Meetings

November 1, 2013

By Jennifer R. Wies
[jennifer.wies@eku.edu]
Eastern Kentucky University

02As we head towards the 2014 annual meetings in Albuquerque, NM, I would like to use this opportunity to discuss how the annual meetings figure into the Society’s budget. The SfAA annual meetings provide a significant source of revenue for the Society. Over the past few years, the annual meetings have accounted for approximately 40% of the annual revenues. The annual meeting revenues are spread over a three-year period, thus the 2013 budget includes figures from the 2012 meetings in Baltimore, the 2013 meetings in Denver, and the 2014 meetings in Albuquerque. In total, the annual meetings budget line increased from $191,670 in 2012 to $208,295 in 2013. The included chart provides additional details about the annual meetings revenue trends from the previous ten years.

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Countdown to Albuquerque

November 1, 2013

By Erve Chambers
[echamber@umd.edu]
2014 Program Chair

04As I prepare this column, the deadline to submit abstracts for the 2014 annual meetings has just passed. While we do not yet have a full count of preregistrations, it seems clear that these meetings will be well attended. It is equally clear to me that they should appeal to a good mix of anthropologists and other applied social scientists. There is something for everyone, and plenty for most all of us.

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Lodging in Albuquerque

November 1, 2013

By Tom May
[tom@sfaa.net]
Executive Director, SfAA

The Society has arranged for a variety of lodging options for the 74th Annual Meeting in Albuquerque next March. It will be important to make your plans early. There is additional information on the web page along with links that allow direct contact with the reservations staff at the hotels.

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The SfAA Podcast Project: Sustaining Excellence and Developing Improvements

November 1, 2013

By Jo Aiken
[jonieaiken@gmail.com]
Chair, SfAA Podcast Project
University of North Texas

By Angela Ramer
[angela.ramer.unt@gmail.com]
Associate Chair, SfAA Podcast Project
University of North Texas

Jo Aiken

Jo Aiken

Angela Ramer

Angela Ramer

The SfAA Podcast Project is gearing up for its eighth year to provide high quality podcasts of selected papers from the SfAA Annual Meetings. Since August, we’ve been busy prepping for the 74th Annual Meeting and implementing new ways to improve the podcast experience.

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