This year’s regional conference of the Society for East Asia Anthropology is hosted in Hong Kong. Join the conversation about “East Asia and Tomorrow’s Anthropology.” See conference details and refer colleagues and students to http://arts.cuhk.edu.hk/~ant/SEAAconf/
At the SEAA business meeting at the AAA annual meeting in Denver the winners were announced for Book Prize, Best Student Paper, and (even numbered years) Media Production.
A short description follows, together with a link to the full description by the selection committees.
The 2015 Francis L.K. Hsu Book Prize Winner is Rian Thum. 2014. The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History. Harvard University Press.
Rian Thum’s The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History is an extraordinary accomplishment that advances our understanding of sacred traditions of pilgrimage, local senses of history, and politics of nationalism. The book redefines the fields of Xinjiang history and Uyghur studies in a way that scholars in these fields will now have to take into account…
… Indeed the relative paucity of historical sources on the region in Turkic languages that Thum works with (rather than Chinese) may well be a source for the book’s creative methodology and a reason the book is so good.
Amazon entry, http://tinyurl.com/hsu2015thum
The 2015 Theodore C. Bestor Prize for Best Student Paper was tied between:
“Modeling History: How Chinese Local Officials and Designers Meet in Museums” (Leksa Chmielewski Lee, U.C.-Irvine) and
“Negotiating Masculinities through the Game of Distinction: A Case Study of MOBA Gamers at a Chinese University” (Siyu Chen, U. Oslo)
For this year’s Theodore C. Bestor Prize for Outstanding Graduate Paper, there were 23 applicants. Most of these were remarkably good papers indeed, and could, with a little polishing be publishable within a wide range of anthropological journals. In a unanimous decision the three judges for the Bestor Prize—Sealing Cheng, Joshua Hotaku Roth, and Gordon Matthews— found that three papers stood out for closer comparison. The result was an award tie and one honorable mention.
In a tied vote the judges awarded this year’s prize to Leksa Chmielewski Lee (University of California, Irvine) who wrote “Modeling History: How Chinese Local Officials and Designers Meet in Museums” and to Siyu Chen (University of Oslo) who wrote “Negotiating Masculinities through the Game of Distinction: A Case Study of MOBA Gamers at a Chinese University.”
For honorable mention the judges chose Suma Ikeuchi (Emory University):
“Of Two Bloods: Nation, Kinship, and Religion among Nikkei Brazilian Pentecostal Migrants in Japan.” Like the authors above, this paper is another example of the artful weaving together of ethnography and theory in a whole that transcends the sum of its parts.
Full discussion and description by selection committees [Annual Awards 2015 from SEAA: MS-Word document downloads to view or print]
This year’s theme is at the heart of the anthro project – making the familiar strange (and the strange familiar)
Our annual business meeting takes place at 7:45 p.m. Friday, November 20.
The room location does not display online, but on-site you should have all session room locations.
Come to learn this year’s awardees:
—Francis L.K. Hsu Book Prize
—Theodore C. Bestor Prize for Outstanding Graduate Paper
—David Plath Media Award
4-1560 SOCIETY FOR EAST ASIAN ANTHROPOLOGY (SEAA) BUSINESS MEETING
Organizer: Li Zhang (University of California – Davis)
See the full list of SEAA sessions in the online program, “browse by section”
Our parent association, the American Anthropological Association, has revised its website with the address “AmericanAnthro” at www.americananthro.org and so, too, of the many sections the URL has changed, as you see in your address bar above.
During the transition your bookmark to the old address will automatically take you to the new one: http://seaa.americananthro.org
SEAA has had great success in hosting meetings independent of AAA sessions at the Annual Meeting.
Come to Hong Kong to engage with colleagues from 19 to 22 June 2016, where the conference theme is “East Asia and Tomorrow’s Anthropology.”
Download proposal forms for paper or panel at the “Call for Papers” tab, http://arts.cuhk.edu.hk/~ant/SEAAconf/
Deadline for registration is Dec. 1. After the program is announced in January, the conference registration will begin and accommodations will be arranged.
Consider presentations you can make or panels to join in. Please, also invite colleagues near and far to participate.
announcement for Inter-Congress of International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences
May 2016, the Institute for Anthropological Research from Croatia, in collaboration with Slovenian colleagues (Department for Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Ljubljana, and Association KULA), will organize the Inter-Congress of International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES). As the IUAES’s fields of interest are similar to the ones SEAA has, we would like to invite them to participate in the Inter-Congress.
The IUAES Inter-Congress will be held from May 4th to 9th 2016 in Hotel Palace Dubrovnik, Croatia, under the title World anthropologies and privatization of knowledge: engaging anthropology in public.
Please note that the Call for panels is open until September 30th 2015 and submission of panel proposals is made via online form at www.iuaes2016.com.
We hope to see you in Dubrovnik! We are looking forward to many SEAA panels!
With best regards,
Saša Missoni, Ph.D. President of IUAES Inter-Congress 2016
INSTITUTE FOR ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH Ljudevita Gaja 32 10 000 zagreb; P.O. Box 290 C R O A T I A
Phone: +385 1 5535 100 Fax: +385 1 5535 105
Send questions to:
Lucija Dodigović, [email protected]
IUAES Inter-Congress 2016 Organizing Committee
Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb (Croatia)
TEL +385(0)15535119 FAX +385(0)15535105
Asian Highlands Perspectives (AHP) is seeking articles and book reviews for its sixth annual collection of essays.
Deadlines: Expressions of interests by 20 February 2014
First drafts by 1 May 2014 with expected publication by late 2014
Send questions to [email protected]