The AAA Annual Meeting, which took place in Washington, D.C. this year, was quite a whirlwind for UC Press. Seven different awards for six books. Non-stop meetings. Dinners, parties, and die-ins.
Here are some of the highlights:
- We threw a dinner for Seth Holmes, who won the prestigious Margaret Mead Award. Executive Editor Naomi Schneider reports the dinner was attended by a wide array of senior anthropologists—Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Philippe Bourgois, Charles Briggs—who reconfirmed their commitment to social justice and human rights as guiding principles of their intellectual work.
- We held a book party for Eduardo Kohn‘s How Forests Think, as well as a dinner to celebrate Joseph Hankin‘s new book, Working Skin.
- There was a “die-in” in which primarily African-American anthropologists expressed their rage about the recent non-indictments in Ferguson and New York.
- Issues surrounding the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement against Israel were a predominant theme of the meeting and AAA members rejected a proposed resolution opposing the academic boycott of Israel.
Congratulations to this year’s award winners:
- Eduardo Kohn‘s How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human, 2014 Gregory Bateson Award in Cultural Anthropology
- Nick Harkness‘s Songs of Seoul: An Ethnography of Voice in Christian South Korea, 2014 Edward Sapir Book Prize in Linguistic Anthropology
- Tine Gammeltoft’s Haunting Images: A Cultural Account of Selective Reproduction in Vietnam, 2014 AES Senior Book Prize
- Seth Holmes’ Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States, 2014 Margaret Mead Award
- Lochlann Jain‘s Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us, 2014 Diana Forsythe Prize and the Victor Turner Prize
- Sarah Besky‘s The Darjeeling Distinction, The Society for Economic Anthropology’s Book Prize
These wonderful authors stopped by to say hello:
For more research and insights on this year’s AAA theme, “Producing Anthropology,” be sure to check out our author blog series (and use hashtag #AAA2014 when sharing). Thanks to everyone for a great meeting; we can’t wait to do it again next year!