The Ideal City: between myth and reality – Call for Abstracts


The RC21 Conference 2015 will be hosted by the School of Social and Political Sciences – Department of Economics, Society, and Politics at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy.

The proposed abstracts besides addressing the single sessions’ topics should be inspired by the conference theme of ‘The ideal city between myth and reality’

The selection process

The deadline for abstract submission is 31 January 2015. Each abstract will be classified by the session organizers into three categories:

A – Accepted abstract to be presented at the conference;
B – Accepted abstract as a contribution to the conference (available online) (this paper might be presented in case of drop outs);
C – Refused abstract. The paper will not be presented at the conference.

Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to and to the session organizers (see email addresses listed below).

Authors of accepted abstracts should send their paper not later than 15 June 2013 to: and to the session organizers. The accepted papers will be published online on the website only if submitted in time.

Abstracts should include the following information:

A – The session to which the abstract is submitted.
B – A synthesis of the issues to be addressed in the paper, the hypothesis underlying them, the empirical and/or the theoretical basis, and the structure of the paper (300-500 words).
C – The contact of the author(s): Name(s), affiliation, address, a phone nr. (will not be made public) and an e-mail address.


Cultural Domain Analysis (July 27-31, 2015) Summer Course

Supported by the National Science Foundation

Cultural domain analysis (CDA) is the study of how people in a group think about lists of things that somehow go together. These can be physical, observable things—kinds of wine, kinds of music, rock singers, foods that are appropriate for dessert, medicinal plants, ice cream flavors, animals you can keep at home, horror movies, symptoms of illness—or conceptual things like occupations, roles, emotions, things to do on vacation, things you can do to help the environment, and so on. The method comes from work in cognitive anthropology but it has since been picked up in fields such as marketing, product development, and public health. CDA involves systematic interviewing to get lists of items that comprise a coherent cognitive domain.

The data collection methods covered in this five-day course include: free lists, pile sorts, triad tests, paired comparisons and ratings. The data analysis methods include: multidimensional scaling, hierarchical clustering, property fitting (PROFIT), quadratic assignment procedure (QAP), and consensus analysis.

The methods covered in this course are based on the analysis of profile matrices and similarity matrices. The class covers the theory behind these matrices and how they can be used in many different areas of research, including the analysis of qualitative data (like text and images) and in social network analysis. Participants get hands-on practice with data collection techniques and with data analysis using Anthropac and Ucinet software.

Statistics in Ethnographic Research (July 20-24, 2015) Summer Course

Supported by the National Science Foundation

This five-day course covers the concepts and skills needed for analyzing and interpreting quantitative data collected as part of ethnographic field research. Researchers will learn how to: (1) develop quantitative measures of behaviors, attitudes, and material objects; (2) provide group-level summaries of quantitative data; (3) frame expectations about group differences and relationships between variables; (4) test those expectations with quantitative data; and (5) justify why a specific test is appropriate for a given kind of data.

In addition to lectures, the course involves class activities, visualizations, and analysis of real data, to illustrate the main concepts and skills and to walk participants through the steps of quantitative data collection and analysis. A supplemental web site contains primary course materials—lecture powerpoints, readings, activity modules, and datasets analyzed in the course.

A key goal of the course is to familiarize participants with techniques for analyzing the kinds of quantitative data commonly collected as part of ethnographic field research.


Short Courses on Research Methods

Supported by the National Science Foundation

Now in its tenth year, the SCRM offers a program of intensive, five-day courses on research methods in cultural anthropology. The program is directed by H. Russell Bernard, with support from the National Science Foundation. The SCRM courses are held at the Duke University Marine Laboratories in Beaufort, North Carolina.

The SCRM program is for colleagues who already have the Ph.D. in anthropology and who want to broaden or improve their skills. Because the program is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, eligibility is restricted to colleagues working in the U.S. (regardless of citizenship) or to U.S. citizens working abroad. The program covers room, board, and tuition. Participants are responsible for costs associated with travel to and from the Institute and required textbooks.


The Halperin Memorial Fund Committee is pleased to announce that the 2015 award represents an increase over previous years: $2000 for initial research field work, plus $500 for travel to the meetings of the Society for Economic Anthropology to present initial results.

The Rhoda Halperin Memorial Fund celebrates the life and work of Rhoda Halperin by supporting PhD students in anthropology who emulate her love of economic anthropology and concern for people on the social margin. In memory of Rhoda’s convivial collegiality, the Fund also encourages student professional development through participation in the scholarly meetings of the SEA and AAA. To meet these goals, students engaged in economic research focused on social exclusion and poverty are provided small grants for preliminary dissertation field work and subsequent travel money to present their findings at the Society for Economic Anthropology annual conference [].

Because Rhoda Halperin’s career exemplified the integration of anthropological theory with social activism, for the purposes of this award, economic anthropology is broadly defined to include applied and non-applied perspectives, research that engages with issues of poverty, exclusion from the political process, and access to education.

The Halperin Memorial Fund is a fund of the Society for Economic Anthropology, a Section of the American Anthropological Association, which is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations to The Halperin Memorial Fund are typically exempt from federal income tax, as are membership fees, but please consult your tax advisor regarding your specific situation. When you make a donation to support the Halperin Memorial Fund by check, please make your check to “SEA/American Anthropological Association” and note that the donation is for the Halperin Memorial Fund.
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a. Any student enrolled in an anthropology (or allied field) doctoral program, regardless of citizenship or nation, is eligible for the award.
b. Strong preference is given to students early in the dissertation process rather than to those who are further along and have already developed their proposals.
c. The funds are not intended for language study.

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements may apply for the award by providing the following materials by the deadline listed below. All materials should be submitted via email to Martha Rees (<>) by December 15, 2014. We will announce awards by February 15, 2015.
a. Proposal Cover sheet
b. Abstract (100 words)
c. Project description, < 500 words about research goals, itinerary, primary research tasks, potential outcomes d. Curriculum Vitae e. Letter of recommendation (included or under separate cover) Find application forms at [].

Recipients receive $2,000 for preliminary PhD research, issued upon acceptance of the award and notification to the Treasurer of the SEA []
Recipients receive a one-year membership in the Society for Economic Anthropology.
Recipients receive $500 to supplement the costs of traveling to the SEA spring conference during the year following the research award to present a poster or paper on the dissertation research or background work.

Abierta la convocatoria para la postulación de artículos – Revista Pensamiento Americano

La Corporación Universitaria Americana y su Sello Editorial, se complacen en informarle que se encuentra abierta la convocatoria para la postulación de artículos de resultado de Investigación para su publicación en la revista Pensamiento Americano, órgano de divulgación científica de la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales

Pensamiento Americano circula en forma semestral desde 2008 en su edición impresa y desde el 2013 en formato electrónico en sistema Open Access. Se ocupa especialmente de la publicación de artículos de resultados de investigación, artículos de revisión y artículos de reflexión en los idiomas Español, Inglés y Portugués.

La forma de hacer llegar los artículos a */Pensamiento Americano /*es enviándolo a la siguiente dirección de correo electrónico:

Así mismo a través del sistema Open Journal Sistems OJS:

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Whiteford Graduate Student Award in Applied and Public Anthropology – submit papers

The Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA) announces its 2014 Whiteford Graduate Student Award in Applied and Public Anthropology in honor of Michael B. Whiteford and Scott Whiteford. The award is intended to help a graduate student attend the SLACA Spring bi-annual meeting. The 2015 meeting will be held in Oaxaca Mexico, March 26-28. The prize consists of US $1000 to support a student registered in a graduate program in Latin American, the Caribbean or the United States. We encourage anthropology departments to support students entering the competition by providing additional conference travel funds.

The Whiteford Graduate Student Award was created through the enduring support of Michael B and Scott Whiteford who have donated all of the royalties from their book Crossing Currents: Continuity and Change in Latin America to the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology since its publication in 1998. With their contributions, SLACA has supported Latin American scholars by helping them travel to present their work at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association. We are proud to extend the Whitefords’ generosity to students’ emerging scholarship at the spring SLACA meeting.
Papers submitted to the award’s committee are limited to a maximum length of six thousand words, including bibliography. Papers can be from any subfield of anthropology, but they must have an applied component and be based on field research carried out in Latin America, the Caribbean, or among first-generation migrants from these areas. The papers can be written in English, Spanish, French or Portuguese. The student must hold a current membership in SLACA. Awards will be announced at the 2015 SLACA meeting in Oaxaca, Mexico (March 26-28, 2015).

The paper may be submitted as early as Dec. 1, 2014 with a final deadline of January 5, 2015. Please submit papers electronically (as MS Word Files or PDFs) to Francisco Fernández, Jury Chair, at