2014 Rudolf Virchow Awards

2014 Rudolf Virchow Awards

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Rudolf Virchow, a 19th century German physician, was a key founder of social medicine. His contributions centered on his recognition that multiple intersecting factors – social, political, and economic – produce disease and illness.  He argued that the circumstances and deprivations of poverty increase people’s susceptibility to disease and result in reduced life expectancy and quality of life.  He eloquently articulated the limits of medicine in the absence of material security, a sentiment which informed his view that nation-states play an important role in ensuring health security for a citizenry.  Virchow viewed advocacy as an essential part of health praxis, and, in keeping with this legacy, the Critical Anthropology for Global Health Caucus honors Virchow’s work with three awards.


The annual Rudolf Virchow Awards are given by the Critical Anthropology for Global Health Caucus, a special interest group of the Society for Medical Anthropology.  The Professional Award honors a recent published article, and the Graduate and Undergraduate Student Awards honor recent student papers that have not yet benefited from editorial review.  Winning submissions combine a critical anthropology focus with rich ethnographic data, and best reflect, extend, and/or advance critical perspectives in medical anthropology.




The submission deadline for the 2014 Rudolf Virchow Awards is July 31, 2014.


Awards are made in the following categories: 1) Professional, 2) Graduate Student and 3) Undergraduate Student (see below).   We encourage you to submit your own work and/or to nominate papers of your students or articles of colleagues.


If you wish to submit a paper for consideration, please e-mail the paper and a cover letter of introduction to the Virchow Awards Chair, Alexa Dietrich, Department of Anthropology, Wagner College, at alexa.dietrich@wagner.edu by July 31, 2014.  Hard copies are no longer accepted.  Confirmation of receipt will be sent.  To ensure a prompt and fair review, papers will not be accepted after the July 31, 2014 11:59 pm PST deadline.


Professional Award Category

The professional award will be awarded for an article or chapter published during 2013 in a peer-reviewed journal (print or online) or peer-reviewed edited volume.  Articles may be singly- or co-authored. Technical reports and other contracted works are not considered for this award.  Professional articles must be submitted electronically in Adobe PDF format as they appeared in print.


Graduate Award Category

The graduate student award will be awarded for a paper that was written in 2013 or 2014 and that has not yet been subjected to editorial review.  Papers that have been submitted to a journal or edited volume, but that have not yet benefited from review may be included in this category.  Theses and dissertations will not be accepted.  However, a summary no longer than 30 pages double-spaced (inclusive of references) of a thesis or a dissertation that can stand on it own, or a chapter that has been revised to stand on its own will be considered for this award.  Papers from students who have graduated are still accepted in this category as long as the paper was written in 2013 or 2014.  Graduate student papers must be submitted in Adobe PDF or Word format with a title-only first page.  File sizes must be less than 2MB. The document must exclude the author’s name, author’s advisor, and university affiliation throughout.  The cover letter should include this information.  Only papers, not interactive media, will be considered for this award.


Undergraduate Award Category

The undergraduate student award will be awarded for a paper written in 2013 or 2014 while the student was still an undergraduate. Honors theses are not accepted. However, a shortened version no longer than 30 pages double-spaced (inclusive of references) of the thesis or a chapter from the thesis that has been revised to stand on its own will be considered for this award. Undergraduate student papers must be submitted in Adobe PDF or Word format with a title-only first page.   File sizes must be less than 2MB.  The document must exclude the author’s name, author’s advisor, and university affiliation throughout. The cover letter should include this information.  Only papers, not interactive media, will be considered for this award.


Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University

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The Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University invites applications for a one- year position in medical and cultural anthropology (with the potential for renewal). Areas of specialization are open, although we are particularly interested in candidates with an active research program which focuses on the health of Indigenous peoples, gender, and critical analysis of health inequity within larger political, social, and cultural contexts. The successful candidate for this position will teach introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses; and some service to the program is expected. Compelling evidence of scholarly activity and teaching effectiveness is required.  A Ph.D. in anthropology is required by date of appointment. Compelling evidence of scholarly activity and teaching effectiveness is required. Complete applications will include an application letter including names of three references, CV, sample syllabi and teaching evaluations, and up to three publications or manuscripts. Electronic submission is required and materials should be uploaded at the MSU website athttps://jobs.msu.edu. Look for posting #9170. The closing date for applications is April 1, 2014, or until the position is filled. Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Heather Howard at howardh@msu.edu.


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The Society for Medical Anthropology is pleased to announce its competition for the Career Achievement Award, 2014. Candidates may either be nominated or may self-nominate for the award. They 1) should not have already received the award; 2) should have advanced the field of medical anthropology through career-long contributions to theory and/or method; 3) should be successful in communicating the relevance of medical anthropology to broader publics; and 4) should be a senior scholar, typically someone who is about to retire, or has achieved emeritus status, or has passed the age of 65. The award includes a plaque, recognition at our annual awards ceremony, and $500. Please send a letter of nomination or self-nomination and a copy of the CV by the September 1, 2014 deadline to: Dr. Douglas A. Feldman, Chair of the Career Achievement Award Committee, at dfeldman@brockport.edu. Thank you.

SMA at the SfAA in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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March 18-22, the Society for Applied Anthropology will host its annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  SMA is proud to announce that we are hosting several sponsored sessions.  Download a list of seesions, here:   SMAatSfAA_2014_preliminaryprogram



CFP for Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association 2014: December 3-7, Washington, D.C. Meeting Theme: Producing Anthropology

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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…)

American Institute of Indian Studies 2014 fellowship competition

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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 aiis@uchicago.edu.


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The Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA) is calling for nominations to fill the following positions on the SMA Executive Board:
President – Elect (4-year term; 2014-2018)
Member at large (3 positions open) (3 year term; 2014-2017)
Nominees must be members of SMA. Terms begin at the SMA Board meeting at the American Anthropological Association meetings in November 2014.
To nominate someone (self nominations are welcome) please submit the following information electronically:

-       A statement from the nominator explaining why he/she chose to nominate this person
-       A CV for the nominee
-       Confirmation that the proposed nominee has agreed to stand for election if nominated by the nomination committee.

Nominations may be submitted to the chair of the Nominations Committee:
Juliet McMullin, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside. julietm@ucr.edu
Nominations should be submitted no later than January 21, 2014. For questions regarding the nominations procedures please contact Juliet McMullin (julietm@ucr.edu).

Alexander Edmonds Receives 2013 Basker Prize

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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).


Basker Prize recipient Alexander Edmonds with (l-r) Virginia Dominguez, Doug Feldman (SMA Past-President) and Sarah Willen.

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 estetica. The committee enjoyed reading the book tremendously and encourages SMA members to do the same. Congratulations, Alex.

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.


Honorable mention recipient Kimberly Theidon with (l-r) Virginia Dominguez, Doug Feldman and Sarah Willen.

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).


National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Health Disparities Service Fellowship

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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.

Minerva Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the End of Life Seminar

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2014 minerva summer seminar

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.

Rutgers University International Service Learning in Mexico

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International Service Learning in Mexico
Summer 2014 Application Deadline: March 1st
Scholarships Available!

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, gspear@gaiacenters.rutgers.edu

Assistant or Associate Professor in the School of Human Ecology – Sustainable Community Systems

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Working Title: Assistant or Associate Professor in the School of Human Ecology – Sustainable Community Systems


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…)

Ph.D. Research and Teaching Assistantship, University of Vermont: Human Health and the Environment

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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, University of Connecticut

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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…)

Assistant Professor in Medical Anthropology, University of Dallas

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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…)