Many Front Doors: How to Get Involved in the Council on Anthropology of Education’s Activities

In a meeting last year, Mission Committee Co-chair Kevin Foster offered up the metaphor of ‘many doors’ to describe our goal for fostering (get it?) greater participation in CAE. The idea is that getting involved and participating in CAE can be achieved by choosing to enter some of our ‘many front doors’ rather than one imposing front door, or an insider’s “back door.”

Because we are a large national organization, most of our activities occur at the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association. Please note that although one need not join the AAA in order to fully participate in the meetings, the conference registration rate for non-members is almost as high as it would be if one became a member and got the lower member rate. In other words, it makes little sense NOT to join if you plan to attend, because by joining you receive all sorts of other benefits, like access to job postings and journals through the Anthrosource database. When you join the AAA, you must also choose at least one of its sections, which is what we call the sub-disciplinary organizations like CAE. Please note that CAE offers an especially low student membership rate of $15, along with a $22 Associate rate for independent scholars/practitioners.

We would like to note that it is NOT imperative for you to have a formal place on the AAA program to participate in CAE activities. Perhaps you were too busy or unsure to submit a proposal for this year’s conference (and remember that the New Member Poster Session is always a gentle way to start your involvement with CAE). We know that many participants cannot receive institutional support for travel if they do not indeed have a paper or poster accepted for the program, but if you can pay your own way, you may wish to participate less formally your first time around. And if you DO submit a paper or poster, be sure to consider applying next year for our Shirley Brice Heath New CAE Scholar Travel Stipend—applications are usually due in September.

Once you get to the meetings, the first important thing to point out is that virtually all CAE events and activities on the AAA program are completely open to any registered conference participants (with the exception of the Presidential Fellows meetings—see below).  This is true of the Board Meeting (even though voting rights are limited according to constitutional by-laws), and all other special events and activities, in addition to the regular paper and roundtable sessions. It’s also true of the “Business Meeting,” which despite its stuffy-sounding name is actually a vital, celebratory space for our organization. This year we’ve changed the name to the “Business-Community Meeting,” and incorporated it into the New Member Reception. We usually have a very good time, so please come on Friday night and meet fellow CAE members, new and old!

Perhaps the most important and fruitful space for initially getting involved in CAE is the “All-Committee Meeting,” which is usually held on Friday or Saturday (this year it will be on Friday at 1 p.m.).  The 15 committees are the spaces where participants (current or prospective CAE members) get together according to their topical interests, introduce one another and share their work, and informally brainstorm ideas for paper panels or other events at the following year’s meeting. Sometimes research projects or advocacy actions blossom out of these committees as well. And if you’re not careful, you just may find yourself getting elected as a Chair or Co-Chair—we’re always looking for new blood to energize the committees.  The current list of committees can be found at: (Although capped at 15, from year to year it is possible for new committees to be formed, and old ones to be dissolved if little interest is being shown).

For graduate students and relative newcomers to CAE, there are a number of special events specifically designed to facilitate involvement. The student representatives have created 3 special events this year, each intended to foster intimate self-reflection and mentoring opportunities for some of the unique challenges of navigating today’s academic and practitioner settings. In addition, there is a Works-in-Progress session, scheduled for Friday at 9 a.m., which pairs junior scholars with senior mentors, and there are also sessions for special mentoring of our competitive selection of Presidential Fellows. We are aware, of course, that such competitions have winners and losers, and can lead to feelings of exclusion. If you were not selected as a Presidential Fellow, please take heart: We do not mean to imply that your work is any less important or distinguished, or that you are any less deserving of full participation; we still welcome your involvement across all other CAE sessions.

This year, the Mission Committee is sponsoring a “Town Hall” session, on Thursday at 1 p.m., to evaluate our progress toward our stated goals of promoting social justice, as well as to discuss, debate, and possibly revise the mission statement itself. This would be an excellent opportunity to experience the “culture” of CAE and have your voice heard.

In closing, we pride ourselves on being a transparent, democratic, and inclusive organization, but we also know that we can always do a better job. If you have questions or concerns about our practices or activities, please bring them to the attention of anyone serving on the Board, which includes all officers and committee chairs. These concerns will get communicated to the Executive Committee for consideration.





Anthropology and Education Quarterly Call for Papers – Ethnographic Short Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction

Anthropology and Education Quarterly (AEQ) is seeking ethnographic short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction for a new creative section of the journal focused on alternative productions and representations of anthropological work in education.

The field of anthropology is rooted in the search for multiple truths. Stories (Bell, 2003; Solinger, Fox, & Irani, 2008; Yosso, 2006) and poems (Maynard & Cahmann-Taylor, 2010) provide avenues for scholars to make sense of their findings, honor the traditions and experiences of marginalized communities, explore the tensions of researcher positionality, and trouble the authority of knowledge(s) and its representations. Furthermore, creative approaches to anthropological production can open the otherwise closed space of the academy, communicating findings in ways that provoke both thought and action among the wider public.

Submissions should draw on rich, rigorously collected ethnographic data. Additionally, they should represent high literary quality. Short fiction and creative non-fiction should be no longer than 5000 words, and poetry should be limited to 1-3 poems. Please include biographical information in a separate cover letter so that the work itself remains blind for review. Please submit to [email protected] Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis, and will be accepted or rejected but will not receive reviewer comments.

Submitting to the CAE for the 2014 AAA Meetings

Submitting to the Council on Anthropology of Education for the 2014 AAA Meetings

 A Note from the 2014 Program Chair

Calling all knowledge producers!  On behalf of the Executive Committee, we invite you to get involved with the program for this year’s AAA meeting, to be held in Washington, D.C., Dec. 3-7. We particularly look forward to engaging, provocative sessions and activities that link to the overall theme of the meetings (“Producing Anthropology”), and, importantly, connect to educational actors and organizations in the D.C. area.

As many of you know, April 15th has become the annual deadline for paper and panel submissions, and that remains unchanged.  It will also remain unchanged that you must register for the conference (and typically renew membership) at the time of submitting your proposal, even though this does not guarantee that you will get on the program (You CAN get a refund in the event that you are not accepted to the program). Please note, however, that one does not need to be a member of CAE in order to submit to our section. Indeed, we hope that you will get colleagues involved who ordinarily might not participate in the CAE program. This goes for AAA members with primary affiliations to other sections, as well as non-AAA members, whom you can assist by applying for a membership waiver so they can participate without purchasing AAA membership (though they will still have to pay the non-member registration fee).

Submissions for the April 15 deadline can take multiple forms. You can submit as a member of a paper session, which is a cluster of papers organized around a particular theme, or as a part of some other collective format (see below). We very much hope that you will explore the CAE standing committee structure and connect with like-minded folks who are putting together panels or other events (There are currently 12 thematic committees, and 2 more pending Board approval). That said, we also want to make it clear that committee involvement is not a prerequisite to proposing a session; it is simply a way of trying to bring people together with common interests. And if you don’t manage to connect with a group compiling a panel, you can still submit an individually volunteered paper, and have it considered for inclusion in the program. If you submit an individual paper to CAE, the program committee attempts to group papers into panels that cohere around a particular methodological, theoretical, geographical, or conceptual theme.

There are a few changes and details in the program process that I would like to bring to your attention (click here to see AAA submission rules and suggestions). First, there are no longer early submission dates for “Invited sessions.” Rather, everyone will submit by April 15th, and the review rankings will guide the CAE Executive Board in determining which sessions receive the Invited status that provides a heightened profile on the program. However, you will still need to indicate that you wish to pursue Invited status, as opposed to the more general category of “Volunteered session.”  Invited sessions are supposed to be “innovative, synthesizing sessions intended to reflect the state-of-the-art and the thematic concerns in the major subfields.”  If you think that your session does this, then by all means let us know by signaling your interest in having Invited status. CAE is typically allowed only 2-4 invited sessions, depending on whether we are able to arrange any co-sponsorships with other sections. Even though you must submit your session to one section only, please let us know if you have an idea about which section might co-sponsor.

There are also some alternative possibilities:  A new category of “Retrospective Sessions recognizes the career contributions of established leading scholars (for example on the occasion of their retirement or significant anniversary).”   There are also Public Policy Forums, Roundtables, Poster Sessions, and Installations.  We strongly encourage you to explore these alternative formats. Indeed, many of us had been commenting recently that the conventional paper session leaves us with all too little time to discuss issues in much depth. So let’s take advantage of these formats and think outside the box. Finally, there are also “Special Events.”  This is how we schedule our business and committee meetings, but other events can be proposed, too. The recent off-site event at the Field Museum in Chicago (submitted as an Installation) was an example of thinking way outside the box, and we encourage the same for next year.

April 15th is the deadline for all these proposals. February 16th is the earliest that submissions can be made. I will be in touch again at that time to help guide you through the details of the on-line submission process. For now, you should continue brainstorming ideas and developing session abstracts (500 words) and/or individual abstracts (250 words).

I will end this message by linking to the questions that comprise the AAA meeting theme.  To my mind, CAE members are extremely well positioned to speak to these questions and invigorate the discipline.  I hope you will consider them in your proposals.

Please feel free to be in touch with your questions and concerns.

Bradley Levinson
[email protected]




Field Museum – Jackson Potter – Chicago Teachers Union –Saturday 11:15am

Dear CAE members:
Make sure you join us for a Town Hall Meeting at the Field Museum:
The Chicago School Crisis: Where Do We Go from Here 
Featured Speaker: Jackson Potter
Chief of Staff for Chicago Teachers Union
Part of the CAE Installation at the Field Museum: “Engaging the Public in the Anthropology of Education: Chicago as Invocation and Context.” Registration at door. Get there at 8am!


AAA Program app, social media, and know-before-you go


Dear CAE members:

The excitement builds as the AAA meeting gets closer!

We know you are busy with packing, grading, writing, and making your powerpoint look great; yet, the following information may make your meeting experience a bit easier.


* If you haven’t yet, make sure you print or download the handy CAE Program PDF. Share it with your colleagues, students, or others who are new to CAE/AAA.

* Remember there is a CAE event on Saturday, 11/23 at the Field Museum. You can register at “Engaging the Public in the Anthropology of Education.” ($15.00 regular/$30 with lunch)

* AAA has made a available a Personal Schedule and a Meeting Mobile app for Android, iPhone and iPad devices. You should know that the information in these tools will sync; if you have already created your schedule in the AAA website, this data will be available in the mobile app. Learn more about how to use the AAA mobile app here: AAA Annual Meeting Mobile Application: A Brief Survival Guide

* Green Registration: Remember that if you signed up for “Green Registration” back in March (so long ago!) , you will not receive a printed program in Chicago. So make sure sure you review the online program and get the app, so this is not you upon registration.

* Last but not least: Bookmark this CAE website in your browser or iPad! We will be posting updates and relevant information there. It’s much better than searching for CAE messages in your email inbox.


* AAA has put together an Annual Meeting FAQ with relevant info on registration hours, social media, etc.

* An important highlight: There will be Internet at the Hilton!

Is wi-fi available in the Chicago Hilton?
Yes! Thanks to our generous sponsors, Intel, wireless internet will be available in public areas of the Chicago Hilton for attendees use. Bring your laptops or your smart phones to keep connected!


* If you have a Twitter account, make sure you follow the AAA and CAE feeds.

* The official hashtag for the event is #AAA2013. Although some folks use #AAA13 to save 2 characters.

* Please post and follow CAE events using the hashtag #CAE13.

* Bookmark and visit the AAA blog with Annual Meeting posts

* If you Twitter seems overwhelming, or you don’t have an account, you can view related Twitter messages here #AAA13  |   #AAA2013  |  #CAE13


* If you (or people you know) are interested in supporting CAE, and working in social media initiatives, please let us know. Service opportunities available! Please email or talk to CAE webmaster ([email protected]) at the meeting –most of the time, I look like this.

Thanks and safe travels everybody,

CAE Webmaster

*photo by Damon Garrett

CAE 2013 Program Guide and More!

Chicago Skyline @ Night

Dear CAE folks:


We are looking forward to gathering with you in Chicago in just over a week!  We have five days full of fabulous sessions, special events,  and other opportunities to mingle, share your work, get ideas, and create new visions together.


For your convenience, we have prepared a program guide listing all CAE sessions at AAA this year, by day.  See the CAE Program Guide 2013 (PDF) here
Note that the New Members Social on Saturday evening is open to all members. This will take the place of an off-site social. Come meet and greet the newest CAE members, and mingle with your colleagues.
We also want to urge you to attend the special event at the Field Museum on Saturday, Nov. 23.  We encourage you to register ahead of time ($15 secures you a place in the event, breakfast, and access to the Field Museum; for an additional $15 you can get a boxed lunch).  Register here: Engaging the Public in the Anthropology of Education. Registration will also be possible at the door.  Please help us spread the word with Chicago area educators, and encourage them to join us there!


Note: Two CAE sessions will be held at the Hilton on Saturday for those who can’t or prefer not to attend the Field Museum events.


Marjorie Faulstich Orellana, 2013 Program Chair


*Photo by Rhys A, CC-BY-2.0 license

CAE at the Field Museum

On Sat. morning Nov. 23 the apex of the CAE program will occur at Chicago’s Field Museum (not at the regular conference hotel).  Between 8 AM and 2 PM, we will have the CAE new scholars poster session, four regular program panels, a workshop on publishing in AEQ, a book club discussion (of Ian Hodder’s Things), and an information session about the summer field school in Cambodia that our colleague Yuri Wellington coordinates.

Registration is $15 [regular] or $30 for those who want to sign up for a box lunch.

You can register at: with the event title on the website being “Engaging the Public in the Anthropology of Education.”

History of the Event
(posted by Ted Hamann)

I want to remind many of you of the ‘Canterbury Convocation’ and to teach others of you of a nugget of CAE history that you might not be aware of.  I am doing so as part of a turnout effort to encourage you to register for The Study and Practice of Education in Greater Chicago and around the World, a special multi-part CAE event that will be held at Chicago’s Field Museum on Saturday morning Nov. 23. In brief, ‘Canterbury Convocation’ references the special miniature conference that CAE organized in 2004 when a labor dispute at the San Francisco Hilton Towers and related reluctance by AAA members to cross a picket line meant the venue of AAA’s annual meeting was changed at the last minute from San Francisco to Atlanta.  Rather than participate in a last-minute event (on different dates) in Atlanta at a hotel that was not unionized, CAE decided to host its whole program on the original dates at San Francisco’s Canterbury Hotel (which was union friendly).  Those who were there will recall the intimacy and charge of meeting as 500 instead of as a small segment of the 6000+ who attend a regular annual meeting.  While 2004 was a disaster for AAA, it was not one for our section.  Indeed, in my recollection the energy of Canterbury catalyzed our efforts for a number of years following.

I mention all of this because in 2013, CAE is endeavoring to recapture a bit of that Canterbury magic. We have gained access to the Field Museum (less than a mile from the conference site) on Saturday morning Nov. 23 where we will have the CAE new scholars poster session, four regular program panels, a workshop on publishing in AEQ and a book club discussion (of Ian Hodder’s Things).  In other words, we will again have a venue to meet primarily as CAE.  The important exception to that is that we have invited local teachers to attend as well (end earn continuing education credits).  To participate in this installation, requires special registration, however (and $15 dollars to cover morning breakfast costs or $30 to cover breakfast and lunch).  Please put this on your calendar, sign up ( with the event title on the website being “Engaging the Public in the Anthropology of Education”), and get ready to rekindle the magic of Canterbury.

Message from CAE President: Looking forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Dear CAE listserve members,

This message is overdue and I apologize for lagging in my communication.
It’s been a super busy summer, but I will spare you the details right now!

The main reason I’m writing is to encourage everyone to check out the
fabulous sessions and special events lined up for CAE.  The program on the
AAA website is searchable, and I’ve found the easiest way to quickly get an
overview of CAE activities is to simply search by section: Select CAE from
the long list of sections and you will get to this listing:
This makes it a little less overwhelming than searching the entire program.
Of course, you may also want to to search by key words within the whole
AAA program.

I want to thank Marjorie Faulstich Orellana, our Program Chair and
President Elect, and her two fabulous student assistants for all their
patient and hard work in getting the program together.  There may be a few
scheduling glitches, but believe me, Marjorie did the best she could to
shift things after AAA made its schedule.  CAE has more special events than
most other sections, and the available time slots for special events don’t
always cover the number of events we submit.  So that’s why in some cases,
conflicts were unavoidable.

CAE Board members, we will have our Board meeting on Thursday from 2-5 pm.
It’s really important that all Board members come to that as it’s really
the only time we are all together with the sole purpose of sharing what
we’ve accomplished in the past year and discussing key intitiatives we want
to undertake in the coming years.  Other CAE members are welcome to attend.

The CAE Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony is on Friday from 6:15-7:30.
This is the annual gathering of all CAE members and anyone else interested
in CAE.  We hope to see a large crowd!

More highlights of the program will be posted soon, by Marjorie, myself, or

Best regards to all,
Rosemary Henze, CAE President