This coming March, the annual Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) conference will be held in Denver, CO. I’m planning to attend, and would like to organize a session on the work that many anthropologists do online, and the importance of recognizing and rewarding that work within our institutions. It was during the SfAA conference last year that a major discussion was going on online and in the American Anthropological Association (AAA) about this very topic. I realized that the SfAA would also benefit from having such a discussion, and so I decided then to form a panel if one wasn’t already in the works. Here’s an abstract for the session:
Over the last year, there has been a lot of attention paid to the work that anthropologists do to promote the discipline, collaborate, and share information online (e.g. blogging, social media, open access journals, etc.). Unfortunately, much of this work goes unrecognized and unrewarded by traditional institutional structures, both academic and applied. The papers on this panel will explore the roles of anthropologists in online communities, the ways that anthropologists have used online media to further their own interests, and the different mechanisms for calling attention to online work within our institutions.
Please contact me at jmtrombley (at) gmail if you’re interested in participating in this session or if you have any questions or suggestions. Hopefully we’ll get a good panel together, and have a nice lively discussion.