Statement From the Chair

Welcome to the AIDS and Anthropology Research Group webpage. As our mission statement makes clear, the AIDS and Anthropology Research Group has a long history of advocating for HIV and AIDS research within anthropology, promoting the application of anthropological methods and perspectives in research and intervention work both within and outside our discipline, and providing a forum for anthropologists and other professionals to disseminate and critique various approaches. Our website is newly revamped and I encourage you to explore it. We now have online registration, and offer a list of our members and their areas of expertise that may prove valuable for individuals looking to contact potential consultants or network within specific areas of research and, intervention and advocacy.

We launch our new website at the same time that we are revamping the AIDS and Anthropology Research Group Bulletin with goals of improving the ways that we disseminate our approaches and advocate for more culturally nuanced approaches to HIV and AIDS research and intervention work. We plan to provide themed issues that bring together works representative of anthropological approaches that reflect what we, as anthropologists, have to offer.

We also sponsor a dynamic listserv on which controversial and timely issues are regularly discussed. In the near future we plan on hosting blogs and establishing AARG facebook and twitter groups. We also host a business meeting at the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association where members have the opportunity to interact and get involved with running our organization.

If you haven’t already done so, please join AARG and benefit from what we have to offer. More importantly, get involved with AARG. We are always looking for energetic and dedicated folks to contribute to the AARG Bulletin and join our board of directors and steering committee. Without these people AARG would not exist. If you have ideas about how to make this organization better serve its members and the people we advocate for, do not hesitate to contact me or any of our officers and steering committee members.

David Turkon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY 14850
dturkon@ithaca.edu

Chair, AIDS and Anthropology Research Group (AARG)
Program Editor, Association for Africanist Anthropology