Before it’s too late…Nominate!

Dear ATIG members,

As Convenor and Convenor-elect, Quetzil Castaneda and I wanted to urge members in ATIG to consider self-nominating for one of 18 Executive leadership positions–from the Nominations Committee (who vets these self-nominations) to the newly formed Programmatic Advisory and Advocacy Committee (M-PAAC).

We wanted to especially draw your attention to this new M-PAAC, which would be responsible for advising the Executive Board on a range of issues affecting the membership. There are 10 positions in total on M-PAAC, including two student positions, and they address important topics like ethics, human rights, gender, labor, and practicing anthropology. While there are no positions that directly speak to Interest Groups or Sessions (or to tourism and heritage), these are important advisory positions that touch on all facets of AAA life. It would, of course, be great to have the ATIG membership well-represented!

Please note the deadline is in a few days — Oct. 5. Self-nominations are then vetted by the Nominations Committee, who will make the final decision on who will run for election.

See below for the link to self-nominate.

Best of luck!
Michael A. Di Giovine and Quetzil Castaneda

http://www.americananthro.org/ParticipateAndAdvocate/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=1777&&navItemNumber=748

 

 

 

ATIG Election Results

ATIG is pleased to announce its recently elected board members!

We thank all members who took the time to cast their ballots. In addition to electing new board members, the ATIG membership overwhelming supported renewing ATIG as an Interest Group of the American Anthropological Association (AAA).

Newly elected officers:

Convener–Michael Di Giovine (West Chester University of Pennsylvania)

Secretary–Amy Speier (University of Texas at Arlington)

Program Chair–Clare Sammells (Bucknell University)

Undesignated Member-at-Large–Lauren Griffith (Hanover College)

Student-at-Large–Kimberly Berg (University at Albany, SUNY)

Congratulations to all and welcome to the ATIG Board!

 

ATIG CFP for the 2016 AAA Meeting

The American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group (ATIG) is currently soliciting proposals for the ATIG-sponsored session, (an “invited panel”) to be held at during the AAA Meetings in Minneapolis, November 16-20, 2016.

Prospective Invited Panel proposals should prioritize the use of tourism as an analytical framework or object of analysis, and should contribute to the anthropology of tourism, broadly conceived. Panels that focus on the critical examination of the 2016 meeting’s theme, “Evidence, Accident, Discovery” are especially welcome. (A full description of the meeting theme can be found at http://www.americananthro.org/AttendEvents/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=1695&navItemNumber=696 . Proposed panels conceptualized on issues other than the AAA meeting theme will also be considered.

The 115th Annual Meeting theme, ‘Evidence, Accident, Discovery’, raises issues central to debates within both anthropology and politics in a neoliberal, climate-changing, social media-networked era: What counts as evidence, and what does evidence count for? What are the underlying causes and foreseeability of violence and catastrophes? How is misfortune interpreted, and causality, attributed in cases of humanly-preventable harm? And in the give and take of relationships on which anthropological evidence typically depends, who gets to claim that they discovered something? Tourism is ideally poised to take on these issues, from the treatment of tourism as a voyage of discovery to examining the effects of such “discovery” on all groups impacted; from examining its benefits to interrogating the root causes of its catastrophic (or potential) catastrophic socio-cultural, environmental, and political-economic impacts; from understanding the evidence one uses to foster “tourist imaginaries” to deploying evidence to contest the same imaginaries. We welcome submissions that deal with any or all of these important themes of evidence-accident-discovery.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • “Accidental” tourism
  • Neoliberal tourism policies and its effects
  • Performances of discovery in a globalized age of mediation
  • Social media and tourism
  • Souvenirs as “evidence”
  • The continued role of “discovery” in tourism processes
  • The destruction of cultural heritage and its impacts on tourism processes
  • The politics and economics of tourism encounters
  • The role of affect in tourism practices
  • Tourism and climate change
  • Tourism and sustainability
  • Tourism as a catastrophe
  • Tourism as a means of fostering well-being
  • Tourism mishaps and their unexpected effects
  • Tourism pressures on cultural and natural heritage
  • Violence and tourism
  • Virtual voyages of discovery
  • What constitutes touristic “evidence”

Deadline for proposal submission: Friday, March 25, 2016

ATIG will notify submitters of its selection by Wednesday, April 6, 2016

 Proposals Must Include:

  1. Title and Abstract of proposed session
  2. Names of Session organizer(s), affiliation, contact email(s), and phone
  3. List of Papers, including titles, abstracts, author names and affiliations

Submit by email as attachment to: Michael A. Di Giovine, Program Chair, at [email protected]

Cannabis Cultures AAA Event Featured in Anthropology News

Cannabis Cultures tour at the Denver AAA meeting. Photo courtesy AAA/Josh Gold Photography.
Cannabis Cultures tour at the Denver AAA meeting. Photo courtesy AAA/Josh Gold Photography.

ATIG was pleased to co-sponsor the “Cannabis Cultures” event at the AAA annual meeting in Denver last fall. A write-up of the event is featured in the latest edition of Anthropology News. Please click the following link to read the full story: http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2016/01/28/cultivating-knowledge-about-cannabis-legalization/

 

 

As always, if you have any ideas for future AAA events or activities that might be of interest to ATIG, please  let us know!

ATIG CALL FOR SELF-NOMINATIONS EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 15

OPEN BOARD SEATS 2016-2019

All American Anthropological Association members who are current members of ATIG are invited to self-nominate for one of our open board positions. Please become a member or renew your membership by January 15, 2016 to self-nominate and vote:
http://www.americananthro.org/ConnectWithAAA/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=1945&navItemNumber=764

Open Positions (description of positions and nomination instructions below):
• Convener
• Secretary
• Program Chair
• Member At Large (Student)
• Member At Large (Undesignated)
These 3-year terms run from the end of the meetings 2016 to end of the meetings 2019. The Convener also includes a fourth year as ex-officio member of board to ensure transition of ATIG leadership. Board members are expected to commit to attend the Annual Meetings of the AAA and to participate in both the ATIG Board and Business Meetings that are held during the AAA meetings.

ATIG uses the AAA standardized self-nomination format. Self-nomination includes a brief bio, statement of goals, and an optional photo. Download nomination instructions here: _ATIG_Self_Nomination_Instructions
• The deadline for self-nomination is Feb 1, 2016.
• Send self-nomination materials to Christine Preble ([email protected])
• Please send questions to Christine Preble ([email protected])
• Elections are conducted in February
The election is combined with the vote for renewal of ATIG as a formal interest group in the AAA organization. According to AAA rules, renewal must be submitted every three years and requires support of 25 AAA members.

We encourage you to consider yourself for self-nomination.
Thank you for your participation in ATIG.

Quetzil, ATIG Convener
Naomi Leite, ATIG Co-Convener
Christine Preble, ATIG Organization & Events Chair

Board Description

Convener:
The convener is the one sole official interface with AAA. Responsibilities include scheduling the ATIG board meeting in the program, running the ATIG board and business meetings, maintaining information on IG membership, working with elected board members to conduct activities, events, round tables, and sessions at AAA and elsewhere, creating collaborations and partnerships with AAA sections, and submitting annual IG report to AAA.

Secretary:
The Secretary is responsible for minutes of Business Meetings, certifies results of all ATIG elections, and carries out other duties as assigned by the ATIG Executive Board.

Program Chair:
The Program Chair’s primary responsibilities lie in planning the programming for the AAA meetings. This consists of soliciting proposals for invited session(s), chairing and overseeing the Program Committee who votes on these proposals, and compiling a broader list of tourism-themed sessions that is posted online prior to the conference. A member of the ATIG executive board, the Program Chair also contributes to the general operations of ATIG as may be agreed upon by the ATIG executive board.

Member At Large (Student):
Member At Large—Student is a voting position in which the person collaborates with the board to create and conduct strategic activities and carries out duties and tasks assumed or assigned by the ATIG Executive Board to assist in board responsibilities, e.g., daily maintenance of Facebook page, Listserv and website; assisting in meeting programming; and other emergent board activities.

Member At Large (Undesignated):
Member At Large—Undesignated is a voting position in which the person collaborates with the board to create and conduct strategic activities and carries out duties and tasks assumed or assigned by the ATIG Executive Board to assist in board responsibilities, e.g., daily maintenance of Facebook page, Listserv and website; assisting in meeting programming; and other emergent board activities.