Archive for January, 2012

The 39th Annual Meeting of the Alaskan Anthropological Association

The 39th Annual Meeting of the Alaskan Anthropological Association

Hosted by the UW Department of Anthropology and the Burke Museum

February 29 to March 3, 2012

UW Special Collections AWC0057

Opening Reception in the Burke Room at the Burke Museum, Feb 29th 6-9pm
Conference proceedings at Hotel Deca, March 1-3

Featured speakers include:

March 1, Banquet Dinner Keynote:
Dr. Charlotte Coté (Nuu-chah-nulth)
American Indian Studies, University of Washington


March 2, Buffet Lunch Keynote
Dr. Andrzej Weber
Department of Anthropology
University of Alberta-Edmonton

For more information about the conference, keynote speakers and to register, please visit the “Little Triple A’s” web site:

Deadline for paper/poster submission: Feb 3
Deadline to register at a discount and to purchase tickets to the Banquet Dinner and Buffet Lunch: Feb 21

The full Program will be available after February 15

Students interested in volunteering at the meetings for free registration should contact Adam Freeburg <> a.s.a.p.
Volunteers need to be willing to commit to 4 hours of volunteer work over the three day program in return for free entry throughout the conference.

If you have questions,  please contact Ben Fitzhugh, Carol Jolles, Will Brown, Erik Gjesfjeld, Adam Freeburg, Molly Odell, Natasha Slobodina, Amanda Taylor

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Seasonal Archaeology Positions at Salmon-Challis National Forest

The Salmon-Challis National Forest is seeking applicants to fill two SEASONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL TECHNICIAN POSITIONS under the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) hiring process.  Duties will center on the completion of a variety of Section 106 and 110 cultural resource inventory projects mainly within the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness.   Work will include archaeological site identification, documentation, evaluation, condition assessments  and monitoring.  Fieldwork will involve hiking in rugged mountainous terrain; often under extreme conditions carrying packs weighing up to 60 – 70 lbs.  Backpacking and camping in remote wilderness areas for up to 8 days at a time is common.

Positions may be filled at the GS-102-3, -5, -6 or -7 levels ($11.95 – 18.59/hr) depending on qualifications and experience.  Completion of an archaeological field school is required.   Participation in the STEP program requires the student to be enrolled at least half time during both the Spring semester/quarter prior to employment and Fall semester/quarter after employment.  In addition, the student must be in good academic standing as defined by the school.  Positions are full-time summer seasonal beginning in early June and lasting through the end of September.  Duty station for these positions will be in Salmon, ID.  Forest Service housing is not available though affordable rental properties can be found within the community.  All application materials must be submitted to the Forest Archaeologist and must include a current resume, transcripts, proof of enrollment, and a copy of your DD-214 if applying as a veteran.

The Salmon-Challis National Forest covers over 4.3 million acres in east-central Idaho. The Bitterroot Range of the North Central Rockies borders the Forest on the east with over 1.3 million acres of the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness to the west.  This rugged and remote country offers adventure, solitude and breathtaking scenery.  The Forest contains Mt. Borah, Idaho’s tallest peak, as well as the Wild & Scenic Salmon River and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.  The area is a highly desired destination for hunting, fishing, white-water rafting, camping, backpacking and many other popular recreational pursuits.  The largest town in the area is Salmon, Idaho with a population of approximately 3,000.  For more information on the Forest, visit the website –



Tim Canaday, Forest Archaeologist, at (208) 756-5116 or by e-mail at

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Iranian Women: A Film Series

The Middle East Studies Center and the Persian program in the Department of World Languages & Literatures at Portland State University are pleased to announce Iranian Women: A Film Series.

The series will include the following screenings:

Women Without Men (2010)

Sunday, February 5 | 3 PM
George C. Hoffmann Hall, 1833 SW Eleventh Street

Shirin Neshat’s independent film adaptation of Shahrnush Parsipur’s magic realist novel. The story chronicles the intertwining lives of four Iranian women during the summer of 1953; a cataclysmic moment in Iranian history when an American led, British backed coup d’état brought down the democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadegh, and reinstalled the Shah to power.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Shahrnush Parsipur, author of the book, Women Without Men

Reception to follow.


Pearls on the Ocean Floor (2011)

Friday, February 10 | 7 PM
5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall Street

A thought-provoking, feature-length documentary examining the lives and works of Iranian female artists living and working in and outside the Islamic Republic. This unflinching and incisive study, featuring interviews with art luminaries Shadi Ghadirian, Shirin Neshat, Parastou Forouhar and others, captures the uncertainty of this momentous time in Iran’s history. Speaking with grace and honesty, these brave women express what is seldom seen in the western media: unique individual perspectives regarding issues of identity, gender, and the role that art plays in challenging the traditional stereotypes often associated with women in Iran.


20 Fingers (2004)

Saturday, February 11 | 7 PM
5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall Street

A film in several episodes with Bijan Daneshmand and Mania Akbari, exposing some of the issues of men and women within the confines of tradition and family life in Iran. Each episode is devoted to various life situations and displays a different form of male/female interaction. The placing of the actors in a moving vehicle or against a moving backdrop signifies the movement of life despite all the obstacles in its way. The film deals with the roots of dependencies, limitations, power struggles and conflict that are the familiar stuff of life of couples in the Middle East.


The Unwanted Woman (2005)

Sunday, February 19 | 3 PM
5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall Street

A woman trapped in an unhappy marriage, Sima must contend with a husband so insensitive that he makes no effort to hide his various sexual indiscretions. He forces her into an even more uncomfortable situation when he asks his wife to pretend she is related to his current girlfriend in order to avoid trouble from a society that punishes unmarried couples for being together in public.

All screenings are free and open the public

Presented with funding from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute.

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COPAA Recruiting New Graduate Student Representative

COPAA is adding a graduate student representative to the leadership group.  The student will receive $500/year in travel money to attend the SfAA meetings.

Deadline:  Feb. 10th

Email questions to:

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Travel Awards Available for SfAA Students

The Society sponsors ten travel scholarships for student members to attend the annual meeting in Baltimore next March. Please read carefully the instructions below and on the SfAA web site, and note the deadline for applications. The guidelines and criteria for each of the travel awards is somewhat different. Please go to the SfAA web page for a description of each award (

The travel awards are:

Edward Spicer – two awards, $500 each

Del Jones – two awards, $500 each

Beatrice Medicine – two awards, $500 each

Gil Kushner – new this year, two awards, $500 each

Human Rights Defender – one award, $500

Student Committee Award – one award, $175 plus membership

In order to be eligible for the student travel awards, you must have an abstract (either paper or poster) submitted and accepted for the Program in Baltimore. The Society also sponsors several cash prizes for student posters as well as a competition for a research paper in the applied social science (Peter K. New). Please contact the SfAA Office (405-843-5113) if you have any questions or wish additional information.

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Write for the Student Corner

The February issue of the SfAA Newsletter is quickly approaching. For this issue, we are assembling a suite of micro-essays on exclusion and inclusion in the city. Micro-essays are meant to be short, snappy, thought-provoking pieces about theory, methods, and politics. Send comments, questions, and submissions to by Jan 25.

Highlighting “The Anthropology of Urban Exclusion and Innovative Forms of Inclusion”
Urban space and citizenship are constantly being produced, delimited, and contested through a dizzying array of processes, including informal settlers’ struggles for municipal infrastructure, movements for public green space, the growth of political graffiti, the proliferation of gated communities, and the work of city planners. With over fifty percent of the world’s population now living in cities, an anthropology that analyzes urban exclusion and innovative forms of inclusion has never been more important. For the upcoming issue of the SfAA newsletter, the student committee is looking for micro-essays that explore the relationship between the production of space, citizenship, and exclusion/inclusion in urban areas. We encourage students at all levels – undergraduate to post-graduate – to submit short essays (800-1200 words). Submissions will be reviewed by the student committee and 2-5 will be selected for print in the February SfAA newsletter and/or published online.

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Selling Yourself Without Selling Yourself Short

Selling Yourself Without Selling Yourself Short

Writing Job, Scholarship, and Graduate School Applications

Wed, January 18. 6-7 pm. University Success Survive and Thrive Series, Ondine Dorm, Room 220, Portland State University. 1912 SW 6th Ave. (between College and Hall) For more information, go to

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ArchaeologyFest Film Series

Best of 2011: A benefit for The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival
Details: Portland State University’s 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall Blvd., January 13/14 & 20/21, 2012. Doors open at 7pm and programs begin at 7:30pm. Admission $6. Tickets at the door.
The best archaeology-related films in the world are coming to Portland, starting this Friday night. This is our annual event, ArchaeologyFest Film Series: Best of 2011! Please come to see some outstanding films and help us support TAC Festival 2012 by enjoying our PSU mini-Festival at the Fifth Avenue Cinema in Portland for four evenings (a different 2-hour show each evening), Friday, January 13; Saturday, January 14; Friday, January 20: and Saturday, January 21. These are the top films from The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival that took place in Eugene last May. All of them are award-winners from this international competition. And it’s just six bucks for two hours of sheer enjoyment. Find out more!

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