CFP: 108th College Art Association of America (CAA) Annual Conference

108th College Art Association of America (CAA) Annual Conference

Hilton Chicago, Chicago, IL/USA

February 12–15, 2020

https://www.collegeart.org/programs/conference/

The CAA Annual Conference is the largest gathering of visual arts professionals that celebrates and advances the accomplishments of members and provides opportunities to share research and creative work. Each year we offer a full breadth of sessions representing the vast range of scholarship and practice of our members, as well as professional development and art-making workshops, meetings, receptions, and more. 

Over 900 members submit proposals each year to be reviewed by the Annual Conference Committee Council of Readers. The Committee considers subject areas and themes that arise from proposals to present as broad and diverse a program as possible. The Committee selects approximately 250 sessions for each conference and must, at times, make difficult decisions on submissions of high merit. This means that on occasion, quality submissions may not be selected. 

CAA schedules the conference program so that there are back-to-back sessions with similar content. However, given the number of sessions, this is not always possible.  

In 2020, all sessions are 90 minutes in length and are scheduled Wednesday, February 12, through Saturday, February 15, in the following timeslots: 

8:30–10:00 AM 

10:30 AM–12:00 PM 

2:00–3:30 PM 

4:00–5:30 PM 

6:00–7:30 PM (Thursday, February 13, and Friday, February 14 only) 

NEW FOR 2020 

  • CAA debuts Lightning Rounds in 2020. These short, lively presentations allow individuals to address key subjects related to their area of study or practice. Talks are brief and require the speaker to make their point clearly and concisely. Individual presentations may consist of up to 20 slides and are limited to seven minutes in length. Accepted rounds will be arranged by the Annual Conference Committee one after the other.

  • This year, you may upload images to your proposal. This is optional and is meant to complement your abstract. You may include up to 5 images, in jpeg format. Each image may be no larger than 10 MB.

DETAILS AND GUIDELINES 

  • To allow a greater number of participants in the conference, CAA members may participate in each of the following session roles only once during a conference: chair, presenter, discussant. Individuals may also participate in lightning rounds and poster sessions; however, consideration will be made for those who are not participating in a general session.

  • All participants (chairs, presenters, discussants) must be current CAA members and register for the conference in some capacity in order to participate in a session.

  • We encourage innovative session formats. If you choose an alternate format, please plan accordingly, as all sessions are 90 minutes.

  • For a traditional 90-minute session, we suggest one chair, four presenters, and one discussant.

  • Proposal content will be used for printed and online materials as submitted. Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style. All edits to accepted submissions must be finalized no later than August 27, 2019.

  • Institutional Member IDs can not be used to create a submission. Only an Individual CAA Member ID or non-member CAA ID will allow you to sign into the submission forms.

  • For information about submission and proposal types or technical questions about proposals, please contact programs@collegeart.org.

WHAT YOU NEED TO SUBMIT  

  • Individual CAA Member ID and account password. Log in to the portal with your CAA Member ID and password. If you are not a member of CAA, email membership@collegeart.org or call 212-691-1051, ext. 1 to get a non-member CAA ID.

  • Title and abstract (250 words max.) for your session

  • List of subject area(s) that best represent your proposal. See our full fields of study list: https://www.collegeart.org/pdf/standards-and-guidelines/2018-CAA-Fields-of-Study.pdf

  • Possible scheduling conflicts

  • CVs for chairs (shortened CVs preferred)

  • For Complete Sessions, you must have all names and affiliations of session participants (chairs, presenters, discussants), presentation titles, and abstracts (250 words max.) Participants can be added to your session either by name or email and must have a CAA Member ID

See FAQ for more information: https://www.collegeart.org/programs/conference/FAQ

CAA AFFILIATED SOCIETES AND CAA PROFESSIONAL COMMITTEES 

CAA Affiliated Societies and CAA Professional Committees may each submit one guaranteed session in the Complete or Soliciting Contributors category according to the general session proposal deadlines (March 1 – April 30, 2019). 

CAA Affiliated Societies may hold one guaranteed business meeting during the conference. These meetings are held in the 60-minute midday time slot. 

Visit Affiliated Society or Professional Committees for more information. 

Submit a Proposal for CAA 2020

CALL FOR PROPOSALS 

March 1 – April 30: Complete Session; Soliciting Contributors; Individual Presentation; Lightning Round; CAA Affiliated Society Session; CAA Professional Committee Session 

March 1 – September 5: Poster Session; Workshop; CAA Affiliated Society Business Meeting 

June 4 – September 16: Exhibitor Session 

 

Sessions Soliciting Contributors 

OPENS: June 25, 2019 

DEADLINE: July 23, 2019

 The Call for Participation in sessions soliciting contributors will be posted on CAA’s website from June 25 to July 23, 2019. Individuals will submit proposals directly to chairs. Chairs are responsible for selecting and notifying accepted participants and must finalize their session details in the portal by August 29, 2019.   

REVIEW SESSION ABSTRACTS: https://caa.confex.com/caa/2020/webprogrampreliminary/meeting.html

Poster Session 

OPENS: March 1, 2019 

DEADLINE: September 5, 2019

 Poster Sessions offer opportunities for informal discussion focused on topics of scholarly or pedagogical research. Proposals should include a title and a 250-word abstract.  

SUBMIT: https://caa.confex.com/caa/2020/poster/papers/index.cgi

 Workshop

OPEN: March 1, 2019

DEADLINE: September 5, 2019

 Professional development and art-making workshop proposals may address the following topics: grant writing; finding grant funding and fellowship opportunities; pedagogy; diversity and inclusion; job searching and networking; publishing strategies; online learning platforms and technology; financial planning, strategies, and negotiation; art-making. Proposals on other topics are welcome. 

SUBMIT: https://caa.confex.com/caa/2020/pdworkshop/sessions/index.cgi

CAA Affiliated Society Business Meeting

OPENS: March 1, 2019 

DEADLINE: September 5, 2019

CAA provides each Affiliated Society with one 60-minute business meeting at the Annual Conference. These meetings are held during the midday time slot and are free and open to the public at the discretion of the Affiliated Society. 

SUBMIT: https://caa.confex.com/caa/2020/society/sessions/index.cgi

Exhibitor Session 

OPENS: June 4, 2019 

DEADLINE: September 16, 2019

Registered exhibitors are invited to propose complete 90-minute sessions or workshops. These sessions should convey practical information, professional expertise, or historical/scholarly content and may not be used for direct marketing, sales or promotion of products, publications, services, or programs. These are guaranteed sessions and are not vetted by the Annual Conference Council of Readers or Committee.   

SUBMIT: https://caa.confex.com/caa/2020/society/sessions/index.cgi

DATES 

Please be sure to confirm dates closer to the time as they can occasionally shift. 

KEY DATES: 

  • Late June: Notifications sent to submissions entered by the April 30 deadline

  • June 25 – July 23: Chairs of accepted Sessions Soliciting Contributors, accept proposals directly from submitters.

  • Mid July: Notification of schedule is sent to accepted submissions entered by the April 30 deadline. Chairs responsible for notifying their participants.

  • September 10: All session and presentation content must be entered into portal (includes any edits to abstracts, titles, and speaker order)

  • October: CAA 2020 Annual Conference schedule posted on CAA website; online conference registration opens

2019 CMA "Museums Different" Conference -- Post-Conference Trip Registration Now Open!

On Sunday, September 22nd, the Council for Museum Anthropology is offering a one-day post-conference trip. The day will begin with a tour of the ancestral San Ildefonso mesa-top village of Tsankawi. The hike is about 2 1/2 miles with a moderate climb. Following our walk, we will travel to the Tewa village of San Ildefonso for lunch and a pottery demonstration at the home of a celebrated potter. On the way back to Santa Fe, our tour will take us through the village of Chimayo for a self-guided visit to the world famous El Santuario de Chimayo, and the day will end with a dinner at the equally famous Rancho de Chimayo. 

The cost of the one-day trip will be $70.00. Transportation and the cost of lunch is included in this cost. To register for this program, please fill email cmaconference2019@gmail.comand we will send you more information.Registration will be capped at 25 people. 

 

2019 CMA "Museums Different" Conference -- Pre-Conference Workshop Applications due July 22nd!

Museums Different: “Guidelines for Collaboration: Practical Considerations of Access, Documentation, and Relationship-Building”

Date: September 18, 2019 from 9am-5pm 

Location: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology

The Council for Museum Anthropology is pleased to announce that we will beoffering a pre-“Museums Different” conference workshop on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 addressing the philosophical and practical realities of collaboration between museums and communities. The Guidelines for Collaboration, a document drafted by the National Museum of the American Indian and the School for Advanced Research to aid museums in initiating and navigating collaborative projects with Native peoples, will be used as a reference for the day’s discussion.

Designed as a practicum, the workshop is intended to broaden knowledge of the Guidelines while also testing their utility with curators and museum anthropologists. The workshop will demonstrate the ways in which all phases of museum work, including conservation and collections management, are responsible for the initiation and sustaining of collaborative work.  

Each participant will be asked to review the Guidelines prior to the workshop. One week before the start of the session, all participants must submit a 3-minute example of an issue, specific problem, question, or some aspect of a collaborative project that either went well or did not go well. 

 To apply, please send the below information to cmaconference2019@gmail.com: 

·     Name, title, institutional affiliation, and tribal affiliation (if applicable) 

·     One paragraph indicating how participation in this workshop will further your academic or professional goals 

·     One paragraph describing your previous experience and/or interest in collaborative museum work  

Applications are due on July 22nd, and participants will be notified of their acceptance to the workshop by July 29th. Please email Landis Smith and Lillia McEnaney at cmaconference2019@gmail.comfor questions about the workshop program or application process.  

Workshop speakers may include: Dr. Bruce Bernstein (Executive Director, Coe Center for the Arts; Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Pueblo of Pojoaque), Jennifer Day (Registrar, Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research), Tony Chavarria (Santa Clara Pueblo; Curator of Ethnology, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology), Kelly McHugh (Supervisory Collections Manager, National Museum of the American Indian), and Dr. Cynthia Chavez Lamar (Assistant Director for Collections, National Museum of the American Indian). Additional speakers will be announced shortly. 

This workshop is organized by Landis Smith (Collaborative Programs Consultant at the School for Advanced Research; Projects Conservator at the Museums of New Mexico) in conversation with the Council for Museum Anthropology’s Local Arrangements Conference Committee. 

2019 CMA "Museums Different" Conference -- REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Registration is now open!

Please visit the conference website for more information on registration, lodging, and visiting Santa Fe. 

Hotel Information:

Santa Fe Sage Inn & Suites

725 Cerrillos Road

Santa Fe, NM 87505

 We have reserved a small block of discounted sleeping rooms. Reserve your room by calling 505.982.5952, toll free at 866.433.0335, or use this special link to book online. The special rate that AAA and CMA have secured is $120 S/D plus tax and Xperience Xclusive fees. The Xperience Xclusive fee is an additional $15.00 per night. When making reservations by phone, please ask for the Museums Different: The Council for Museum Anthropology Conference rate. The block of rooms is limited, and rooms might sell out before the deadline. To ensure availability at the group rate, please make your reservations as soon as possible, as September is in high demand for the Santa Fe area.

La Fonda on the Plaza

100 East San Francisco Street 

Santa Fe, NM 87501

We also have reserved a limited block of rooms at the historic La Fonda on the plaza. The special rate that AAA and CMA have secured is $299/SD plus tax. To reserve these rooms, please call 800.523.5002, extension #1. When making reservations by phone, please ask for the The Council for Museum Anthropology Conference rate. 

British Museum to return Buddhist heads looted in Afghan war

The Guardian, July 8, 2019

“Fourth-century Buddhist terracotta heads probably hacked off by the Taliban and found stuffed in poorly made wooden crates at Heathrow are to be returned to Afghanistan where they will be star museum exhibits.

The British Museum gave details on Monday of one of the most significant repatriation cases it has dealt with relating to the illegal looting of artefacts from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Nine sculptural heads and a torso were intercepted at Heathrow in 2002 after a flight from Peshawar in Pakistan. After a long legal process, they were sent to the British Museum last year to be analysed, conserved and catalogued.

St John Simpson, a senior curator at the museum, said the heads would have been painted and had bodies and would have adorned the walls of Buddhist monasteries in the ancient kingdom of Gandhāra about 1,500 years ago.

“They are stunning,” he said. “These are quite outstanding. We’ve returned thousands of objects to Kabul over the years but this is the first time we’ve been able to work on Buddhist pieces.”

Simpson said the Gandhāran sculptures were most likely caught up in the most intense period of Taliban iconoclasm in early 2001, during which giant Buddha statutes in the Bamiyan valley were blown up.”

More here.

Position Announcement: Assistant Curator of African Anthropology & Archaeology, Field Museum Chicago

The Field Museum invites applications for an Assistant Curator of African Anthropology & Archaeology, including Egypt. The Field Museum's Anthropology Section has a record of scientific excellence in collections-based research, and we seek a colleague focused on using material culture to address pressing questions of global importance. Our curators focus on research on the rise of urbanism, as well as economic, environmental, and political anthropology, global heritage, and social resilience. We are seeking a collegial individual with strong communication skills to develop an outstanding research program in African Anthropology who will complement our existing faculty expertise in the areas of comparative research. The candidate should also have strong ties to African descendant communities and have a plan for engaging them with museum collections.

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an externally funded field research program, to contribute to building and using the African Anthropology collections, and to participate in Museum exhibition, public outreach and education, and programmatic efforts. Close relationships with local universities, especially UIC and Northwestern, provide opportunities for participation in graduate and undergraduate training. A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline must be held by the start of employment. Applications should include: (1) a Curriculum Vitae; (2) a statement of research interests and career objectives; (3) names and contact information for three people from whom letters of recommendation may be sought; and (4) copies of up to 5 relevant publications. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2019.

To apply and for inquiries, e-mail: anthrosearch@fieldmuseum.org.

Position Announcement: Collections Assistant, Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research

Founded in 1907, the School for Advanced Research (SAR) is one of North America’s preeminent independent institutes for the study of anthropology, related social sciences, and the humanities. SAR is home to the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC), one of the nation’s most important Southwestern Native American art research collections. The IARC also provides resident fellowships for Native artists. Additionally, the IARC stewards and makes available to scholars and artists and extensive collection of Native American art and conducts lectures, artist open houses, and campus tours for the public.

Since its establishment in 1978, the IARC has served as a key resource for museum professionals, scholars, artists, and the source communities represented in our collections. Our outreach to and work with descendant communities increases knowledge and understanding of our collections while also providing important guidance from tribal representatives about long-term collections management and community engagement. Another important focus of IARC’s programs is the intergenerational transfer of skills and knowledge to preserve culture and artistic practices. IARC also works closely with underserved communities in the Santa Fe area to provide arts education for youth.

 The Indian Arts Research Center has an immediate opening for a collections assistant. This position is responsible for assisting the collections manager with the physical care and management of the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) and Arroyo Hondo collections in consultation with IARC director and in accordance with the AAM Code of Ethics. Provides direct assistance with preventive maintenance and conservation techniques, storage, and any concerns associated with daily collections care practices. This position is full-time (40 hours per week), non-exempt.

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES:

  • Assists with collections care including acquisitions, preventive conservation, access, security, environmental and pest control monitoring, storage, inventory, and loans.

  • Assists in training of volunteers and IARC interns working on collections management and curatorial projects.

  • Assists the collections manager with collections-related correspondence.

  • Works with IARC staff in achieving administrative goals and objectives.

  • Updates data (i.e., condition, conservation, and locations records) into The Museum System (TMS) database.

  • Assists with symposiums, seminars, collection reviews, NAGPRA consultations, and other program activities as requested by the collections manager and IARC director.

  • Assists in monitoring HVAC system and other environmental controls to ensure storage conditions are adequate for collections.

  • Assists in implementing integrated pest management procedures.

  • Assists with research and community visits and accommodates Native artist fellows with access to collections when needed.

  • Assists IARC staff with collections management-related tours.

  • Informs collections manager of any concerns related to the general maintenance and care of collections.

  • Other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISION: The position reports to the IARC collections manager.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum two years museum experience. Bachelor’s degree in art history, anthropology, Southwest studies, museum studies or history desired. Demonstrated knowledge of Southwest Native American art and culture. Basic knowledge of storage practices, collections management, and preventive conservation methods. Must also have some familiarity with, and be respectful of, culturally sensitive issues among the diverse Native American communities represented in the IARC collection. Good speaking, writing, and computer skills are necessary. Must have good interpersonal skills and be excel in a team-oriented environment.

Salary is $34,000 to $37,000 annually, depending on experience and qualifications. Benefits include 403(b) retirement plan and option to participate in group health, dental, life insurance plans. SAR also offers paid holidays as well as generous vacation and sick leave benefits.

HOW TO APPLY:

Application deadline is Friday July 19, 2019. To be considered, applications will be emailed to sandoval@sarsf.org. The application documents must be in one .pdf file and includes cover letter, résumé, and list of three (3) professional references; and the .pdf file name includes candidate’s last name.

 

Pre-Conference Workshop, Post-Conference Trip, and General Registration NOW OPEN: “Museums Different,” Second Biennial Conference of the  Council for Museum Anthropology

The Council for Museum Anthropology’s second biennial conference will take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico from Thursday, September 19 through Saturday, September 21, 2019. Using the unique position of Santa Fe -- the “City Different” -- as a starting point for thinking broadly about both local and global approaches to museum anthropology, the conference theme is “Museums Different.” We will build off the theme and conversations from our first conference, “Museum Anthropology Futures,” held in May 2017 at Concordia University in Montreal. 

The conference is based on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill, home to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. The conference includes sessions and activities at the Institute of American Indian Arts as well as an evening reception at the School for Advanced Research. 

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Registration and Lodging

 

Registration is now open! Please visit the conference website for more information on registration, lodging, and visiting Santa Fe. 

  

Hotel Information:

Santa Fe Sage Inn & Suites

725 Cerrillos Road

Santa Fe, NM 87505

  

We have reserved a small block of discounted sleeping rooms. Reserve your room by calling 505.982.5952, toll free at 866.433.0335, or use this special link to book online. The special rate that AAA and CMA have secured is $120 S/D plus tax and Xperience Xclusive fees. The Xperience Xclusive fee is an additional $15.00 per night. When making reservations by phone, please ask for the Museums Different: The Council for Museum Anthropology Conference rate. The block of rooms is limited, and rooms might sell out before the deadline. To ensure availability at the group rate, please make your reservations as soon as possible, as September is in high demand for the Santa Fe area.

 

La Fonda on the Plaza

100 East San Francisco Street 

Santa Fe, NM 87501

 

We also have reserved a limited block of rooms at the historic La Fonda on the plaza. The special rate that AAA and CMA have secured is $299/SD plus tax. To reserve these rooms, please call 800.523.5002, extension #1. When making reservations by phone, please ask for the The Council for Museum Anthropology Conference rate. 

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Pre-Conference Workshop 

 

Museums Different: “Guidelines for Collaboration: Practical Considerations of Access, Documentation, and Relationship-Building”

 

Date: September 18, 2019 from 9am-5pm 

Location: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology

 

The Council for Museum Anthropology is pleased to announce that we will beoffering a pre-“Museums Different” conference workshop on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 addressing the philosophical and practical realities of collaboration between museums and communities. The Guidelines for Collaboration, a document drafted by the National Museum of the American Indian and the School for Advanced Research to aid museums in initiating and navigating collaborative projects with Native peoples, will be used as a reference for the day’s discussion.

 

Designed as a practicum, the workshop is intended to broaden knowledge of the Guidelines while also testing their utility with curators and museum anthropologists. The workshop will demonstrate the ways in which all phases of museum work, including conservation and collections management, are responsible for the initiation and sustaining of collaborative work. 

 

Each participant will be asked to review the Guidelines prior to the workshop. One week before the start of the session, all participants must submit a 3-minute example of an issue, specific problem, question, or some aspect of a collaborative project that either went well or did not go well. 

 

To apply, please send the below information to cmaconference2019@gmail.com: 

·     Name, title, institutional affiliation, and tribal affiliation (if applicable) 

·     One paragraph indicating how participation in this workshop will further your academic or professional goals 

·     One paragraph describing your previous experience and/or interest in collaborative museum work 

 

Applications are due on July 22nd, and participants will be notified of their acceptance to the workshop by July 29th. Please email Landis Smith and Lillia McEnaney at cmaconference2019@gmail.comfor questions about the workshop program or application process.  

 

Workshop speakers may include: Dr. Bruce Bernstein (Executive Director, Coe Center for the Arts; Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Pueblo of Pojoaque), Jennifer Day (Registrar, Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research), Tony Chavarria (Santa Clara Pueblo; Curator of Ethnology, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology), Kelly McHugh (Supervisory Collections Manager, National Museum of the American Indian), and Dr. Cynthia Chavez Lamar (Assistant Director for Collections, National Museum of the American Indian). Additional speakers will be announced shortly. 

 

This workshop is organized by Landis Smith (Collaborative Programs Consultant at the School for Advanced Research; Projects Conservator at the Museums of New Mexico) in conversation with the Council for Museum Anthropology’s Local Arrangements Conference Committee. 

 

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Post-Conference Trip

 

On Sunday, September 21st, the Council for Museum Anthropology is offering a one-day post-conference trip. The day will begin with a tour of the ancestral San Ildefonso mesa-top village of Tsankawi. The hike is about 2 1/2 miles with a moderate climb. Following our walk, we will travel to the Tewa village of San Ildefonso for lunch and a pottery demonstration at the home of a celebrated potter. On the way back to Santa Fe, our tour will take us through the village of Chimayo for a self-guided visit to the world famous El Santuario de Chimayo, and the day will end with a dinner at the equally famous Rancho de Chimayo. 

 

The cost of the one-day trip will be $70.00. Transportation and the cost of lunch is included in this cost. To register for this program, please fill email cmaconference2019@gmail.comand we will send you more information.Registration will be capped at 25 people. 

 

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Funding Opportunities for Native Attendees and Participants

 

In the coming weeks, we will be announcing generous travel and registration scholarship opportunities for Native speakers and participants. Watch CMA social media channels for this exciting announcement.

 

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Call for Volunteers

 

We are looking for conference volunteers to assist with registration, AV, catering, busses, and social media. Please email us at cmaconference2019@gmail.comif you are interested! 

Better Safe Than Sorry: American Museums Take Measures Mindful of Repatriation of African Art

June 11, 2019, ARTnews

This past February, the Metropolitan Museum of Art ended an exhibition earlier than expected when the centerpiece of “Nedjemankh and His Gilded Coffin”—after seven months on view with robust attendance figures nearing 450,000—was found to have been looted from Egypt. The museum had acquired the ornate golden coffin from the first century B.C. two years ago for €3.5 million (around $3.9 million) from Christophe Kunicki, a Parisian art dealer who supplied fake provenance records including a forged Egyptian export license dated 1971.

According to an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, however, it appeared that the coffin had been stolen from its homeland in 2011. In response to the finding, the Met agreed to turn the artifact over to the Egyptian government. But the question of how such a tainted treasure could work its way through the hallowed museum’s acquisition process remained.

“Stewards of the world’s most important artifacts have a duty to hold their acquisitions to the highest level of scrutiny,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement at the time. Max Hollein, the Met director then just a few months on the job, said, “Our museum must be a leader among our peers in the respect for cultural property and in the rigor and transparency of the policy and practices that we follow.” Hollein vowed that the Met would learn from the incident and that he would personally be “leading a review” of the acquisition program in order “to understand what more can be done to prevent such events in the future.”

The turnabout at the Met was not the first of its kind in the United States, and it won’t be the last. In fact, calls for repatriation of holdings in American museums may be about to get much more heated, as attention to the matter migrates beyond Europe and demands for closer scrutiny intensify across the globe.

More here.

Op-Ed Project Workshop, American Anthropological Association

Deadline approaching for this fabulous opportunity -- apply by 30 June to take part in this Op-Ed Project workshop.

“Whoever tells the story … writes history”

This is a good time for anthropology. Today’s anthropologists are making remarkable contributions to human understanding and tackling civilization’s most pressing problems. We have a world of information the world needs to know, and now there’s an opportunity for you to add to the national and international conversations that affect all of us.

This fall, the American Anthropological Association is offering, on a pilot basis, up to 12 members the opportunity to take part in one-day “Write to Change the World” workshops organized and facilitated by The Op-Ed Project – a think tank and leadership organization that accelerates the ideas and impact of underrepresented voices. They are a community of journalists and thought leaders who actively share knowledge, resources and connections with stunning results. 

Programs are based on time-tested models of transformational learning. Games, high stakes scenarios, and live experiments challenge participants to think in new and bigger ways. You will explore the source of credibility; the patterns and elements of persuasion; the difference between being “right” and being effective; and how to think bigger about what you know—to have more impact in the world. Participants emerge with concrete results (op-ed drafts and more), and access to a national network of journalist mentors for individual follow up.

The AAA will make this opportunity available to 12 members who are based in or can travel to:
Detroit, September 2019
Los Angeles, October 2019
McAllen, TX, November 2019
New York City, December 2019

Expenses for those selected include registration fees and travel reimbursement for the workshop. AAA will also arrange for special “coaches/mentors” to provide participants with feedback on topics, drafts, and placement choices post workshop.

To be considered, please submit by June 30:
• Your background and contact information
• A short - 750 words or less - writing sample aimed for a general audience (it doesn’t have to be a published piece)
• A brief paragraph on why this workshop matters to you and how it will make a difference
Please send all information to jmartin@americananthro.org.