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We recorded our first and second sessions for the podcasts of the SfAA conference yesterday. Surprisingly enough- the recordings were fantastic and we were met with a warm welcome! I had been planning for the first session to not go so well because it’s always hard to take something live for the first time and there’s almost always a unforeseen interruption that occurs. But the only glitch was that the first few minutes of the session did not record- the rest was fine! The presenters (except for one in the first session) were very happy to have us their and to be recorded. It was very reassuring to see that the anthropologists were open to new technology, as we are not known as a “techy” or “progressive with new technology” field 🙂

There are some USF students doing informal interviews and some minimal coverage of the conference, which will be published on the web. I was only able to speak to the folks for a few minutes, so I’ll post some more details when I get them. Their goal was to seek out how anthropologists are using technology- I’m sure this will be of great interest to most of us and specifically to Lorenz over at anthropologi.info.

On a side note- I’m so excited that this conference’s vibe is totally different than the AAA conference I attended last year in San Jose. The two conferences are almost a dichotomy of each other. I’m finding this conference to be far more welcoming. It’s my third SfAA conference and I know a fair amount of people here- so I’m sure that is effecting my perceptions. However, the SfAA has a lot more students, which I think helps to add to the friendly and fun atmosphere. There is a bar and restaurant on the first floor of the conference hotel where you can always find some people sitting. There’s also a courtyard behind the hotel where various groups sit throughout the day. The fact that people are sitting together, hanging out, adds to what feels like a community. BUT most importantly, people aren’t so damn stuffy. People are acting like people. The ivory-tower types are fewer and further between than in San Jose (in my opinion of course 🙂 I saw so many professors in San Jose that would walk around with an air of importance about them- it made them unapproachable (not that I wanted to talk to them though).

I am going to the AAA again this year; I’m presenting, but more importantly I want to give it another shot. I’m hoping that my awful first impression was just that and that the D.C. meeting will be fun.

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