FIRST ANNUAL AAA VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: FAMILIAR/STRANGE IN THE DIGITAL LANDSCAPE

Thursday, November 19, 2015: 7:45 PM-9:00 PM
Centennial D (Hyatt Regency)
Anthropology has always been at the forefront of engaging disparate communities and social issues. The digital revolution has expanded this potential reach and capability, but has brought with it new sets of challenges: issues of authenticity, accessibility, and scholarly credibility weigh on researchers looking to work in the field. Anthropologists interested in the digital must develop new technological skills and explore beyond well-trodden career paths. How is the digital not only changing the communities anthropologists study but also the anthropologists themselves? With Tom Boellstorff as moderator of an AAA sponsored roundtable discussion, key anthropological figures will discuss their own digital research experiences: highlighting how they became interested in the field, the challenges they have faced, and what skills and knowledge helped them along the way. They will address how the use and examination of the digital as a frame has enhanced anthropological endeavors and how we as a community can foster anthropologists in a digital age through education, training and refinement of digital methods and ethics.

This session would be of particular interest to:
Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Teachers of Anthropology in Community Colleges, Students, Those involved in mentoring activities

Organizers:  Andrew Russell (American Anthropological Assn) and Katie Vizenor (American Anthropological Association)
Introductions:  Tom Boellstorff (University of California, Irvine)
Chairs:  Andrew Russell (American Anthropological Assn) and Samuel G Collins (Towson University, Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice)
Roundtable Presenters:  Thomas M Malaby (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), Alex J Golub (University of Hawai‘i Mānoa), Lynne Goldstein (Michigan State University), Patricia G. Lange (California College of the Arts) and Haidy Geismar (University College London)

Go to this site to watch it online http://aaalive.conferencecontent.net/

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