CFP NASA (National Assoc. of Student Anthropologists) E-Journal


Below is an announcement from NASA:

The National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA) will launch its first online publication, The NASA e-Journal, under the banner of the 2008 American Anthropological Association conference theme: “Inclusion, Collaboration, and Engagement.”

We seek scholarly submissions from undergraduate and graduate students worldwide about the application of anthropological theories and methods outside of academia or across disciplines for the purpose of exploring, problematizing, or addressing social problems. Have you worked in an internship, co-op or another job as a student anthropologist and wish to reflect on how you relied on your anthropological training? Perhaps you collaborated with students from other disciplines at a volunteer organization and seek to describe the value you added from an anthropological perspective? Is there a paper you submitted for a service-learning class where you addressed a social problem using anthropological methods? Have you done fieldwork in a community where you sought to create positive social change in the process of gathering data? Tell us about it! Scholarly articles should be 1,000 words in length and will be subject to a double blind review process.

We also welcome innovative commentary submissions to the e-Journal. Commentaries are opinion or avant-garde pieces of work which are the original work of the authors. These submissions are to express the next generation of anthropologists’ ideas, goals and beliefs of the direction our discipline should head, be it locally, nationally or globally. We seek a plurality of voices on this issue and intend to raise awareness among fellow students as well as more established anthropologists about the direction our discipline is heading. Commentary submissions might include such mediums as written pieces (1,000 words in length), photo stories (10 photos + 1,000 words of commentary in length) and videos/YouTube© clips (10-minute maximum in duration + 1,000 words of commentary in length)

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit a full 1,000 word manuscript for consideration by midnight EST on April 21, 2008 along with any accompanying materials.

* Authors should complete their submissions according to the AAA style guide (
* Submissions should be saved in Microsoft Word “.doc” format with the file title being the first author’s last name and first initial. (example: HebertM.doc)
* We invite authors to provide drawings, graphs and maps to enhance the visual component of each article. These should be included as separate attachments in the email. Graphics should be saved as “.jpg” format. The file name should be the first authors last name, first initial and then the number of the photo. (example: HebertM1.jpg) Please also include reference in your text where graphics should be placed by inserting the above identifier in the text.
* Videos should be provided as a link (if located on a site such as YouTube) or included as a graphics file in a readily viewable format such as QuickTime or Windows Media Player.
* Please send submissions to the e-Journal editorial team with the subject heading “NASA Manuscripts – Vol. 1” at

Authors will be notified regardless if their work has been selected for publication or not. We look forward to publishing submissions for Volume 1 of the NASA e-Journal in the fall of 2008 and spring of 2009.

The application for applying to be a member of the SfAA Podcast team is now available!!

SfAA, SfAA Podcasts

(x-posted at

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) Podcast team announces six openings for team members to participate in an ongoing podcasting project at the 2008 SfAA Annual Meeting, March 24 – 29, 2008, in Memphis, TN. The primary responsibility will be to audio record sessions and publicize the SfAA podcasts at the SfAA Annual Meeting. Interested individuals will be asked to dedicate 15 hours to the project between February 15 and April 30, 2008. All team member positions have identical duties and are open to any student, undergraduate or graduate, who will be attending the 2008 Annual Meeting of the SfAA in Memphis, TN March 24 – 29, 2008. Previous experience in audio recording or podcasting is not necessary as there will be training involved.

The SfAA Podcasts project began at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the SfAA in Tampa, Florida, managed by Jen Cardew. This year the project will be co-managed by Jen Cardew and Diana Harrelson. The goal of the 2008 SfAA Podcast team is to record 15 selected sessions, to be published to the web as free podcasts, making the meeting accessible to students who cannot travel as well as to members of other disciplines. Please visit this site for more information.

The deadline for applications is January 28, 2008. The application process is described in this PDF document:Download file

Please help us spread the word about the available team member positions and link back to this page!

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!!

Download file

What sessions would YOU like to see recorded at the Memphis, TN meeting?

SfAA Podcasts

(x-posted at SfAA Podcasts and in the SfAA Ning Community)

I’ve started a discussion about which sessions people would like to have recorded at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the SfAA in the SfAA Ning Community SfAA Podcast group. Membership to the SfAA Ning Community is free and open to everyone.

Here is a copy of the post (PLEASE RESPOND AT SfAA Podcasts OR the Ning Community):

Hello everyone!

We decided not to host a poll of the website but we’d still like to hear what sessions you would like to have recorded!

Here’s your assignment: Go through the SfAA preliminary program (available here: and pick what sessions you’d like to have recorded at the 2008 Annual Meeting.

Please consider:
*Topic is “hot”
*Topic is of widespread interest to many people
*Famous speakers

You can vote for your own session to if you want. SUGGESTIONS ARE DUE JANUARY 18. You can post them here or email them to me ( Please include the session number, e.g. S-46, and the session title.

What my Twitter network means to me


There has been much buzz around Twitter, what Twitter means, what Twitter is, etc. in the last day. (Twitter is a microblogging social network site.) Yesterday @jowyang did a great blog post about this and it sparked a firestorm of of chatter on Twitter, blogs, etc. One thing that came from it (and I believe that’s what Jeremiah intended with his post) was a surge in people adding new Twitter friends. Someone in my friend list coined the term “friend ninja” to mean following someone because another friend said hello to them and another friend later shortened it to “FNJ.”

I thought I’d give my two cents about Twitter today. It’s something I’ve been meaning to write, but I’m feeling inspired after what another friend called “Twitter Tuesday.” I’ve illustrated as many points as I could in this post with links back to either specific tweets (posts on Twitter) or Twitterers. Now, I’ve written before about Twitter(here, here, here and here) but I haven’t shared too many thoughts about it.

For months I’ve realized that Twitter is of incredible value to me:

  • Since I work and go to school online I’m home by myself all day, everyday, and there are days that I don’t leave the house. Twitter keeps me company.
  • Also a result of working from home, I sometimes become uninspired or I feel like I’m becoming stagnant. Twitter inspires me.
  • Sometimes I run into problems or need to discuss an idea. Twitter becomes a dialog.
  • I can talk about anthropology with people (something I don’t get to do all that often ;)
  • When a new invitation-only beta launches and I need an invite, Twitter becomes my entry in.
  • Twitter has really become a source of news. I don’t pay quite as much attention to my RSS now, I read Twitter.
  • I learn about new events and meetups, both local and nationally.
  • I’ve made face-to-face friends on Twitter and I’ve become friends with people that I hope to meet someday.
  • I’ve gotten to know face-to-face friends better through Twitter.
  • Twitter has also become a way for me to update my family about my life because they now check Twitter everyday :)
  • It’s also a pragmatic tool; your favorite tweets can be reference in iTweet from the iPhone. When I’m standing in front of the beer case at the grocery or at a new bar, I look at my “Good beer:” tweets that I’ve favorited ;)
  • When I travel my friends also offer me recommendations of where to eat or what to do if I’m in a city where they are familiar with.

I have a poor memory (hence my organizational skills!) but I’ve always had a knack for remembering tidbits about people (hence I’m an anthropologist). While I sometimes find it hard to keep track of my ever-growing number of friends, I do remember bits and pieces about almost everyone of my Fritters (Twitter friends). (added Dec 13 – some of my friends call their Twitter friends ‘tweeps‘ – I love it!) I like to hear their stories; the events, their thoughts, the day-to-day, etc. It’s all interesting to me (even the boring parts). On Twitter I’m exposed to people I would never otherwise know; parents (can you believe I do not have face-to-face friends with kids?), older people, younger people, real estate people, PR people, publishers, social media specialists, teachers and students, international friends (my feed is never quiet, someone is always up somewhere), and the like. It’s amazing!

This diversity is both intentional and unintentional. Since Twitter has added the tracking feature I track things I’m interested in as well as things I’m becoming interested in (like HCI). But, for the most part, my friend list has developed organically and unintentionally.

In 2007 we had two (with) Twitter births, a Twitter wedding, a Twitter suicide threat, people making true friendships (by the traditional definition), people being diagnosed with cancer, people changing jobs, hacks to work around Twitter faults, trends & memes, third party apps, and so much more. I’m looking forward to seeing if Twitter will continue to thrive in 2008 or if it will be out (sorry- I’m watching Project Runway as I write this!).

Find me on Twitter: @jencardew
I’d love to hear your thoughts, experiences, comments about Twitter and leave your Twitter name in your comments (which I have to moderate because my blog is loved by spambots).

The “graduate experience” and UNT’s online master’s program in anthropology


Since I’ve never attended graduate school in an on-campus program, much of what I see as the “graduate experience” comes from hearsay and others’ experiences. Part of my hesitation about enrolling in the online master’s program was about if I’d get the “graduate experience” (whatever that is).

Well, a year and a half into the program I feel like I can say I am getting it- at least a part of it.
As I’ve written about in the past, I’m a research assistant for my advisor in the department. I’ve had two opportunities to present at conferences so far from this research and publications are in the works. So, this is part of the “experience.”

UNT and the department of anthropology have made efforts to extend other parts of graduate school to the online students also though. Many on-campus students are presenting their practicums this week and next. At UNT students do a practicum (applied project with a client) instead of a thesis. The department is recording these presentations and will upload them for the online students to view. Some presentations will also be available in real-time via a teleconference line and Live Classroom (which is sort of like a desktop sharing app). I thought this was a neat idea.

Another thing that the on-campus graduate students have done for the online is to hold the graduate anthropology club meetings in a room that has a speaker phone and Live Classroom. The online students can attend the meetings virtually along side the on-campus students. This is cool because most of the time students will do short presentations about topics and discussion will follow.

Lastly, the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) at UNT makes presentations available in real-time via Live Classroom. In about an hour I will be attending a talk by Darrell Hull from the College of Education speak on this topic:
“An experimental design study was conducted to examine participant interaction toward social knowledge construction and negotiated meaning in asynchronous online discussion. Different instructional methods were examined that show significantly enhanced group discourse processes. The presentation will focus on the measures used to examine this phenomenon and a Vygotskian theoretical framework that supports the interventions and measures used for the analysis.”

(I’m attending because of our online-on-campus research)

I’ve been rather impressed by UNT’s and the department’s efforts to include online students.

Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC) blog by Tony Salvador


One of the keynote speakers at the EPIC conference in October was Tony Salvador. Apparently, many people had questions for Tony after his talk (which was great!) so he has started a blog called ‘Ask Tony!‘ over at the EPIC website. It seems that readers will have an opportunity to post questions for Tony which he will answer in a blog post.

EPIC publishes the conference proceedings on their website. The 2007 proceedings have not been finalized on the site yet, but I received a paper copy yesterday so I’m sure they are making progress online as well.

2007 AAA Days 3-4


The AAA conference in DC went on until Sunday, December 2 but Saturday was the last day I went in. By the time our session was over on Saturday, I was completely conferenced out!

I spent the majority of the day on Friday in various meetings/meet-ups/etc. I had a much needed f2f meeting with my advisor and we’ve figured out an approach for finding my practicum idea- I have several ideas, but nothing ‘perfect’ yet.

We presented our research on online-on-campus education on Saturday morning. The session went pretty well and we had some questions after the session. There were about 50 people in the room while we were presenting- this was an improvement over last year’s 8 :) If anyone has interest in reading our paper “Using Linguistic Anthropology to Compare Online and On-Campus Learning Experiences” let me know. The focus for the paper was on the experiences in class discussions.

Overall, I felt like this year’s AAA conference was much better than last year’s. It’s likely that I’ll attend the 2008 meeting in San Francisco, but I’m not sure if I’ll chose to go after I graduate- the SfAA conference is much more comfortable for me and is of more interest to me as well. I was in one of three ‘applied’ sessions at the AAA and it wasn’t as ‘applied’ as you’d find at the SfAA (some papers were, some were not). I do not like non-applied anthropology; I’ve always been in an applied department and I plan to always do applied work.

The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) is a group within the AAA, as is Ethnography in Praxis Conference (EPIC); if I continue to be part of the AAA post-graduation it will likely be because of these 2 organizations.

2007 AAA Day 2 & SfAA Podcasts

SfAA, SfAA Podcasts

I spent about 6 hours at the main conference hotel yesterday and while I did not attend any sessions, I had a great time! The vibe of this year’s AAA is drastically different from last year’s and I’m contributing this to two things; there is a central location for people to hang out in (last year the convention center was not conducive to hanging out) and I know significantly more people. I’ve met a ton of people in the last year because of the podcast project and knowing people makes conferences more fun (half the fun is running into friends, etc.!).

Yesterday I met up with John Curran . I’ve emailed with John before, but had not met him f2f yet. He’s a great guy!

I also met the program chairs for both the 2008 and 2009 SfAA Meetings. Both chairs are supportive of the SfAA podcasts and I’m looking forward to working with them!

I also went to dinner with five people to discuss the podcast project. It was a very productive meeting and we discussed funding, documentation, consent forms, etc. Going forward the podcasts will be hosted much longer than four months and there will be an option for professors to use them in their courses! The podcasts will also remain free to the listeners ;)

I’m off to yet another meeting in a bit…

2007 AAA Day 1


The 2007 Meeting of the AAA started yesterday. I’m here in DC for the conference and went in yesterday to register. I spent about an hour total at the conference yesterday and I didn’t attend any sessions. But, I can already tell this conference venue is going to be much better than last years (the San Jose Convention Center). There were many groups of people hanging out the hotel and it felt much more intimate than the too large venue last year.

I’m headed into the conference in a bit. I’m not sure that I’ll sit in on any full sessions today, but I’m happy to finally spend some time there. I’ll be meeting up with a bunch of people this afternoon, and that’s always fun!

I’ll be at the AAA conference this week in DC


After a little encouragement from those around me (and most importantly from my research team), I’ve decided to attend the American Anthropological Association’s Annual Meeting again this year.

I went to the meeting in San Jose last year and I was less than impressed with it. My main dislike for the conference last year was the general vibe, it felt stuffy, too academic, and semi-dull. After a few days there I felt better about it, but I still did not like it as much as the SfAA conference. People told me that last year’s Meeting was stuffier than usual, so that on top of presenting, convinced me to give it another go. Well, I’ve never been to DC so that is an added bonus!

I’ll be presenting, along with my advisor Christina Wasson and the other RA Megan Bannon, on Saturday morning (8 am is when the session starts!). Our panel is called “Issues in Applied Linguistic Anthropology.” It’s sure to be an interesting session for those of you interested in linguistics and there are some big names in the almost 4 hour long session! We are presenting on our online-on-campus research (and here and here).

I’ll be tweeting during the conference, so you can find me here on Twitter.
Let me know if you’ll be at the conference too, here’s my email.

I’ll be in DC from Nov. 27 – Dec 3.