Panel Organizers: Chelsea Wentworth (University of Pittsburgh) and Lisa Garibaldi (UC Riverside)
Title: Employing Visual and Digital Methods to Produce an Enhanced Anthropology of Child Feeding
This panel investigates the use of visual methods in researching childhood dietary practices. Drawing on the recent resurgence of interest in the experience of childhood and the expansion of visual methodologies, these papers will contribute to our understanding of the practice of child feeding. The intersect of visual methods as instruments of data collection and the study of child feeding provides greater insight into our understandings of how children access food, children’s food preferences, and the decision-making processes of caregivers as they feed children. We operationalize child feeding as any interaction that a caregiver or the child has in making food choices, and consuming food. Much research on child feeding practice has relied on heavily quantitative measures that examine nutritional value of foods and child growth (see Birch et al. 2003, Pelto et al. 2010). However, we argue that our understandings of the practice of child feeding are greatly advanced through the use of visual methods. (more…)
The American Institute of Indian Studies announces its 2014 fellowship competition, and invites applications from scholars who wish to conduct their research in India. Junior fellowships are awarded to Ph.D. candidates to conduct research for their dissertations in India for up to eleven months. Senior fellowships are awarded to scholars who hold the Ph.D. degree for up to nine months of research in India. AIIS welcomes applicants from a wide variety of disciplines. It especially encourages applicants in fields such as Development Studies, Natural Resources Management, Public Health, and Regional Planning. The application deadline is July 1, 2014. Applications can be downloaded from the web site www.indiastudies.org. Inquiries should be directed to 773-702-8638 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through the next few weeks SMA will share photos and recaps from our December 2013 annual meeting, highlighting award recipients. Our first feature is on the Eileen Basker Memorial Prize, awarded annually for a significant contribution to scholarship on gender and health.
This year’s Basker Prize Committee was delighted to award the 2013 Basker Prize to Alexander Edmonds for his book Pretty Modern: Beauty, Sex, and Plastic Surgery in Brazil (Duke, 2010).
Edmonds’ beautifully crafted ethnography explores how a stunningly diverse array of Brazilians find in plastica (plastic surgery) a way of renegotiating their place in the world and claiming what has effectively become codified in Brazil as a “right to beauty” – a “right” that meets with the full endorsement of the biomedical establishment for a fascinating set of historical and cultural reasons that Edmonds enumerates. Deliberately inviting the question of false consciousness, Edmonds’ keen ethnographic sensibility reveals both the tantalizing appeal and mundane presence of plastica – as fantasy or fantasy-imbued reality – for Brazilian citizens, ranging from elite socialites, to chicken pastry vendors, to the physicians whose extensive expertise enables them to train a specialized cadre of global plastic surgeons while skating the thin line between reparadora and estetic
The Basker Prize Committee also conferred an Honorable Mention upon Kimberly Theidon’s book Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru (Penn Press, 2013). Congratulations, Kimberly.
The Basker Prize Committee includes Sarah Willen (University of Connecticut; Chair), Virginia Dominguez (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) and Simon Craddock Lee (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center).
The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) have announced a Health Disparities Service Fellowship in NCHS’ Office of the Center Director. The Fellow, reporting to the Director of Extramural Research, will develop a research program to examine health disparities using data from across the Center. The announcement is available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/service_fellowship_health_disparities.htm. Applications are due January 15, 2014.
This fellowship will further advance OMH’s and the Department’s commitment to reducing health disparities by promoting data collection and analysis to examine health disparities which can inform the development of programs, policies, and research to improve minority health and reduce health disparities.
The Minerva Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the End of Life Summer 2014 Seminar is now accepting applications for the June 22-15, 2014 seminar.
For further information and the application form please visit:
Download the 2014 Minerva Summer Seminar End of Life Flyer.
International Service Learning in Mexico
Summer 2014 Application Deadline: March 1st
Dates: May 27 – June 29
Credits: 6 Housing: Homestays
Rutgers University is positioned at one end of a transnational migration corridor that extends from Oaxaca, a state in southern Mexico, to New Bruns- wick, NJ, a city with a diverse population including a rapidly growing number of migrants from south- ern Mexico. This program represents one part of a larger, multidisciplinary and multi-institutional col- laboration to develop and expand relationships with the Mexican community both in New Jersey and Mexico. The program involves three main educational components: A course on the an- thropology of health in Mexico; a course in Span- ish, with an emphasis on medical vocabulary and dialogues; service learning activities in communi- ty and public health programs in Oaxaca.
Learn more about the program at http://globaleducation.rutgers.edu/isl
Download a Flyer: Mexico ISL Flyer 2014
Contact: Gregory Spear, International Service Learning Coordinator, email@example.com
Working Title: Assistant or Associate Professor in the School of Human Ecology – Sustainable Community Systems
Official Title: ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (C40NN) or ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (C30NN)
Degree and Area of Specialization:
Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate required. Relevant disciplinary backgrounds may include community psychology, public health, design, urban planning, human ecology, and other interdisciplinary programs such as environmental studies, organizational or community development. (more…)
Posting Date: November 2013
Application Deadline: Applications are due to the UVM Graduate College by February 1st; letters of interest and supporting materials are due to Dr. Vatovec by January 20th
Position: PhD Assistantship; Three years of funding available (research and teaching assistantship) with a goal of securing project funding for the duration of the students’ program.
Project background: Dr. Christine Vatovec has funding available for one doctoral-level student to conduct environmental health social science research that is related to medical care. Current projects focus on two areas regarding the interplay between human health and the environment: 1) the socio-ecological consequences of medical care, and 2) the human health benefits of nature contact. (more…)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Human Rights
Department of Anthropology/Human Rights Institute
University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut is seeking applications for a joint appointment within the Department of Anthropology and the Human Rights Institute at the rank of Assistant Professor. The tenure-track position is a nine-month appointment and resides in the Department of Anthropology. The successful candidate is expected to engage in scholarly research with a focus on the anthropological study of global health and human rights and publish in high quality journals. The position includes undergraduate and graduate teaching assignments in the Department of Anthropology and in the Human Rights Institute. The faculty member will contribute to the Research Program in Global Health and Human Rights sponsored by the Human Rights Institute and the Department of Anthropology, and is expected to perform service and outreach as needed and consistent with the Department of Anthropology’s, the Human Rights Institute’s, and the University of Connecticut’s interests and priorities. The appointment beings August 23, 2014. The compensation package will be commensurate with background, qualifications, and experience. (more…)
The University of Dallas’s Constantin College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position for a beginning Assistant Professor in medical anthropology with start date 27 August 2014 (Ph.D. in hand by the start date). The successful candidate will be the first full-time faculty member in the newly established, undergraduate, interdisciplinary social sciences major, the Human Sciences in the Contemporary World (HUSC). The major is predicated on the common foundations of the contemporary social and behavioral sciences (especially sociology, anthropology, social psychology, and linguistics, without excluding more humanistic or scientific approaches to human being). See the web site for further information: http://www.udallas.edu/constantin/programs/humansciences/index.html (more…)
Davidson College’s Medical Humanities Program seeks applications for a two-year visiting position in Global Health with expertise in the social determinants of health, inequality, and public policy. We are particularly interested in candidates with demonstrated teaching and research excellence focused on pragmatic solutions for resolving global health disparities. The position will have a dual-appointment in the disciplinary home of the candidate (e.g., sociology, political science, economics, anthropology) and the Medical Humanities Program. The teaching load is five courses per year with a combination of upper- and lower-level courses.
Applicants must have a PhD or DrPH by the start of appointment, a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching, a record of promising research, experience working with diverse populations in the classroom, and a willingness to serve as an undergraduate research mentor. (more…)
The Anthropology Program in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology at Utah State University invites applications for a 9 month, tenure-track position in Medical Anthropology at the Assistant Professor level. Applicants with expertise in bio-cultural Medical Anthropology and Applied Community Health are encouraged to apply. Areas of interest should complement those of the current faculty and might include public and/or community health, global/international health, bio-cultural approaches to chronic and infectious disease, health disparities in minority populations, community development and health economics or environmental health. Geographic area is open. Candidates should be prepared to: teach undergraduate courses in cultural and medical anthropology, and develop courses within their specialization; develop opportunities for student engagement in applied health settings; develop and maintain an active research program with a medical anthropology focus; pursue external research grants and/or contracts with NIMH, NIH, USDA, NSF, and/or similar agencies; and provide service to the department and the profession. (more…)
Opportunity for students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences (including anthropology) to participate in an eight week summer interdisciplinary research internship on medicinal plants, traditional medicine and medical anthropology in the North of Peru, the site of an NIH undergraduate summer training grant through San Diego State University. The overall interdisciplinary project is a collaborative effort involving anthropologists, natural products chemists, ethnobotanists, and physicians in the US and Peru. The Trujillo laboratory is located at the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo on the coast; and the anthropological research is conducted at the homes of curanderos (healers), at the Centro de Salud Complementaria (CAMEC) and ES Salud in Trujillo, and at the medicinal plant gardens in Huamachuco in the Andean highlands. (more…)
Position Summary: The Department of Anthropology at California State University, Fresno seeks to hire a cultural anthropologist with research interests in health and the environment and an applied/practicing orientation. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and offer BA-level courses in Cultural Anthropology, including the candidate’s teaching and research expertise. Other responsibilities will include research, publication, and other scholarly activities, as well as advising and mentoring students and engaging in service at all levels of the university. Specific assignments will depend on department needs. The successful candidate may be called upon to teach in a distance-learning mode and encouraged to develop web enhanced and/or web-based instruction. Outcomes assessment and service learning are important components of the university curriculum. Faculty members are also expected to engage in service activities at all levels of the university and provide academic and professional advice to students. The successful candidate will be expected to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with faculty, staff, and administration. The successful applicant will join a multidisciplinary Physical, Psychological and Environmental Health cohort of faculty. The research and professional activities of this cohort will focus on evaluating and responding to the causes of the chronic conditions that affect the physical and emotional health of the Central Valley’s children and adults. Cohort members will help frame a regional agenda that will include psychosocial and emotional health, social behaviors, childhood obesity, and family nutrition, all of which have been identified as serious problems in our region. (more…)