ASA Sessions at the 2018 Annual AAA Meetings in San Jose

The Association of Senior Anthropologists is hosting an exciting array of events, consisting of one Roundtable, four Paper Sessions, and one Field-trip with clear ties among them and with the venue of this year’s AAA meetings.

The Roundtable opens the program on Wednesday drawing ties between oldest and youngest generations of anthropologists and between the work of our discipline and the wider world within and outside academia. The Paper Sessions, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, stem from anthropological concerns and experiences of ASA members filtered through their memories. Memories of technological transformations will loom large this year.

The Field-trip to the Computer History Museum, on Thursday, emerges from these concerns and promises to illuminate them. It will challenge us to examine the continued relevance of our anthropological experience when seen through the prism of Silicon Valley.

As in previous years, the Business Meeting/Luncheon is open to all AAA meetings participants, irrespective of previous membership in the ASA. Non-members pay the cost of the meal, with complimentary section membership.

List of events

Wednesday, November 14

(2-0340) Conversations across Generations: Anthropology and its Publics
2:15 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussants: Pablo Landa, Sidney M. Greenfield, William E. Mitchell, Tim Wallace, Saul Schwartz, William P. Mitchell, Anita Spring, Sofia Pinedo-Padoch, Jeffrey David Ehrenreich, Barbara Joans

Thursday, November 15

(3-0075) Elders in the Field
8:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m. Paper Session Presenters: David W. Plath, Keith Brown, Laura J. Zimmer-Tamakoshi, Dorothy Kay Billings, Maria G. Cattell, Susan C. Seymour, Paul L. Doughty
(3-0485) Omissions and Silences in Anthropological Fieldwork: Revisiting Earlier Research
10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Paper Session Presenters: Jim Weil, Mary E. Hegland, Regna D. Darnell, Louise Lamphere, William P. Mitchell. Discussants: Sydel Silverman, Maria-Luisa Achino-Loeb
(3-0715) Business Meeting/Luncheon
12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m. At Il Fornaio restaurant at The Westin Hotel, 302 South Market Street
(3-0998) Field-trip to the Computer History Museum
2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Instructions for signing up for the field trip on the AAA website are at the end of this announcement.

Friday, November 16

(4-0515) Technological Innovations in Anthropology at the Dawn of the Digital Era
10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Paper Session Presenters: Myrdene Anderson, Judith Kaplan, Seth Watter, Ralph Bolton. Discussant: Alice Kehoe
(4-1020) Anthropological Pioneers in Silicon Valley
4:15 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Paper Session Presenters: Michael Chibnik, Peter Reynolds, Bonnie Nardi, Jeanette L. Blomberg, Discussant: Jan English-Lueck.












Photos from the ASA 2011 Montreal Meeting – People and Events