Cyberworlds, Digital Studies, and Potential ideas for AAA 2013 Panel

Are you interested in planning a session for Digital Anthropology at the 2013 AAA conference? Sydney Yeager at Southern Methodist University [] is looking for a few good anthropologists!

“Future Publics, Current Engagements” fits well with the interests of our group and it would be a shame to miss this opportunity to put together a session that can share the research and methods of digital anthropology. Last fall there were numerous, successful sessions that addressed issues relating to digital anthropology. It is possible for us to put together a successful session for 2013 which can be associated with DANG and that works toward achieving some of the goals we set during our business meeting last fall.

We have two options for how we would like to set this session up. Last fall it was mentioned that the Society for Visual Anthropology was interested in sponsoring a session with us. If this option is still on the table, I think it would be preferential. In addition, we have the right to claim some conference time to do whatever we want.

Does anyone of ideas for a the theme, topic, purpose of a session on Digital Anthropology? Our session needs to fit with the overall theme. Potentially we could discuss how the “current engagements” of anthropologists working around the world could benefit from the addressing “future publics” with the methods and insights gained from digital anthropology. That of course is still a very vague topic, but it would leave us room to address both digital methods and insights from digital research. Do we have a preference about what exactly we think this session should be focused on?


The AAA Call for invited sessions closes on March 15.

The AAA Call for volunteered sessions closes on April 15.

Either way, we need to get busy if we want to make this happen. Sydney would great appreciate everyone’s feedback. After we have a more concrete idea for what we want to do, she can organize a “hangout” on Google+ so that interested members of DANG can discuss this over video chat.

Please share your suggestions and feedback.

DANG’s to do list…

Hi DANGsters! Just a quick FYI and redirect here. I’ve been posting notes and observations about our AAA business meeting on Savage Minds. Please join the conversation.

On the anthropology of digital worlds and the professionalization of blogging
On Open Access

More posts to come.

AAA is hiring an Asst. Manager of Databases and Web Services

If you know any good computer programmer types or you ARE one, that would like to make more money than most Anthropology Post-Docs, visiting and contingent faculty,including a benefits package, tell them about this job at the American Anthropological Association:

Job Description:

National Association located in Arlington has an excellent opportunity for a website and database professional.

Duties include web application and relational database development and maintenance; CMS, DB and web support; listserv administration; maintaining SOPs and documentation; and, training and assisting end users. Experience working for a membership association preferred.


Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field, or equivalent knowledge with three years of related professional experience. Requires proficiency in ColdFusion (including CFCs), HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, Ajax, CSS, MS SQL. Familiarity with a content management systems, PHP, WordPress and MySQL a plus. Familiarity with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices and procedures. Basic understanding of DNS, IIS, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, VPN. Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to think strategically and multi-task. Demonstrated ability to handle complex tasks, formulate plans, and to carry out objectives; ability to interact effectively with individuals and meet stringent deadlines.

Must be flexible, have a good sense of humor, and be able to work with a small staff in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Excellent benefits package.

Note: If you hear of other jobs that would be of interest/relevance to DANGsters, please let us know so we can post them!

World Archaeology Congress Online

The World Archaeology Congress is raising funds to make their conference accessible online this year for individuals and organizations that can not afford to make the trip to the Congress in Jordan.  I suspect this is the type of activity many DANGsters would be interested in supporting.

For those unfamiliar with WAC, I think this answer to one of the questions in their FAQ describes them well:

“WAC was founded in 1985 as the only representative, international organization of practicing archaeologists. It encourages open dialogue between archaeologists and others concerned about the past, including Indigenous peoples and First Nations people whose pasts are told by archaeologists. One of WAC’s primary functions is to hold an international congress every four years.”

WAC is known, in part, for bringing together archaeologists and interested parties from many non-western countries who often are not part of some of the other large archaeology organizations. This gives scholars who have small archaeological communities in their home countries the chance to engage with others in similar situations, to discuss not only archaeological theory and research, but policies, legislation and problem-solving. WAC tries to raise funds to assist marginalized peoples in attending the conference. That being said, for those not in the region of the conference costs for attendance can still be prohibitive.  The plan for this year is to charge a reduced fee for those who want to participate online in lieu of attending in person.  If enough money is raised through the current solicitation for online donations, they will be able to reduce the cost even further.

Here is a link to the WAC-7 fundraising site, where you can read about the project and watch a cute and informative video on the reason for going online.

World Archaeology Congress-7 Meeting

World Archaeology Congress



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