Works In Progress Session

Please Join Us!  Mentoring Session: “The Academic Career as a Work in Progress”

Saturday November 20th from 12:15 pm -2:00pm (includes option for virtual participation!)

This will be an open mentoring session that will foster the sharing of knowledge between mid career/senior scholars and graduate students/early career scholars.  Some potential topics could be: gaining confidence in academic publishing, navigating the job market, pitching a book proposal, applying for tenure, making space for thinking and writing, possibilities for non-Ac careers. This is designed as an open mentoring session designed to foster the sharing of support and wisdom across the CAE generations. Send us your ideas for topics.  No preparation needed, bring your lunch and good conversation and connections are guaranteed.    Sign up here 

Reach out to Reva Jaffe-Walter, with questions. 

Shirley Brice Heath New CAE Scholar Travel Stipend

Shirley Brice Heath New CAE Scholar Travel Stipend
AAA Annual Meetings, November 17-21, 2021, Baltimore, MD

To support participation in its activities and annual meetings, the Council on Anthropology of Education (CAE) awards stipends to New Scholars (graduate students or recent graduates) who are selected to present a CAE-sponsored paper or poster. The stipends are intended to help defray expenses associated with participating in the annual meetings. The awarded stipends total $250 each. Individuals are eligible to receive the stipend only one time, and first-time presenters will receive priority. Presenters who are choosing to attend the annual meeting in-person or virtually are eligible to apply for this award in 2021. Preference is given to individuals from underrepresented US groups who meet the criteria below. Applicants are invited to name their membership in any group(s) they belong to that they believe warrant consideration as underrepresented in the field of educational anthropology.

The winning awardees will be notified prior to the AAA meetings, and the awards will be formally announced in conjunction with the AAA meeting. The monetary award will be dispersed via electronic check. We welcome submissions from applicants of all citizenship statuses who are practicing anthropologists, regardless of where you are located on the globe.

*   Priority given to members of CAE
*   New Scholar (graduate student or recent graduate)
*   First author on a paper or poster selected for presentation in a CAE-sponsored session (virtual or in-person
*   Priority given to new scholars from an underrepresented group 
*   Priority given to first-time presenters
*   Priority given to members of AAA

Selection Criteria:
1.  Eligibility (see above)
2.  Financial need as described in application
3.  Abstract of paper or poster demonstrates high quality/rigor, clarity, and contributes to CAE’s mission of advancing positive social/educational change (i.e., work that promotes anti-oppressive, socially equitable, and racially just solutions to educational problems)

Only complete applications are eligible for consideration.

October 15, 2021 (via email)

Submission Procedure:
You can download the application here:

Please submit your completed Shirley Brice Heath New CAE Scholar Travel Stipend application via email at: 

Please direct any questions to Ariana Mangual Figueroa, Ph.D. at 
Associate Professor, CUNY Graduate Center, Ph.D. Programs in Urban Education and LAILAC
Council on Anthropology of Education  Second-Year Member-at Large
Chair, Shirley Brice Heath New CAE Scholar Travel Stipend

Mentoring Session on Academic Precarity at AAA

Mentoring Session on Academic Precarity

 Association for Anthropology of Policy (ASAP)


Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE)

Thursday, November 15, 4:15-6:00 p.m.

Looking for strategies to deal with increased academic precarity?  Join us to discuss planning for academic futures, dealing with temporary employment, and strategies for maintaining an intellectually vital life.   Karen Kelsky (The Professor is In) and Shirley Fiske (U Maryland) will discuss ways to approach academic precarity within academe and outside.

This mentoring session, jointly organized by ASAP and CAE, will speak to a variety of ways to confront precarity and include roundtable breakout strategy sessions. The speaker and roundtable topics may include:  negotiating with hiring institutions; organizing labor; advocacy; using anthropology in other work environments; strategies for moving beyond precarity; and thinking beyond the academy. This mentoring session is designed to provide a hands-on approach to scholars who find themselves in positions of academic precarity and to graduate students who face a restricted job market marked by the growth of contingent labor.

When:  Thursday, 4:15 – 6:00 p.m., November 15

Where:  Fairmont Hotel, California Room


  • Speakers –  Shirley Fiske and Karen Kelsky
  • Convener – Cris Shore (U Auckland); Wrap-Up
  • Round tables: Karen Kelsky (work outside academe), Shirley Fiske (strategies for applied anthropology), Carol MacLennan (what unions can do).

Membership Fee Waiver Program

Starting with the 2017 American Anthropological Association (AAA) conference in Washington DC, the Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) is pleased to announce the Membership Fee Waiver Program for new members to CAE.  The one-time fee waiver will be for the CAE section fees only (i.e., $15 for students or $50 for standard membership).  The program applies to all eligible student or professional members.

To receive the membership fee waiver, eligible recipients must be either: 1) new members to the CAE, or 2) members who have let their membership lapse for more than 3 years (i.e., since 2014 or before). Recipients of the fee waiver must also complete the following requirements:

  • Apply for the waiver by sending the CAE Treasurer (Eric Johnson—see below) an email requesting a waiver code that will be used upon registration for the AAA conference and updating membership status.  The waiver code must be obtained prior to registration (i.e., any fees already paid will not be reimbursed).
  • Register for the AAA conference in Washington DC and use the waiver code for the CAE section membership fee.
  • Attend the AAA conference in Washington DC.
  • Participate in the new member orientation at the CAE Business Meeting event (scheduling information will be sent to all eligible recipients before the conference).

Although this waiver program is for CAE membership fees only, the AAA has a “New & Recent PhD Graduate Program” that provides a free 1 year membership to the AAA.  More information about that program can be found on the AAA website:

Please feel free to contact the CAE Treasurer, Eric Johnson, if you have any questions:

CAE Board Statement : A Call to Action in this Political Moment



In the wake of the US Presidential regime change, the Council on Anthropology and Education reaffirms our mission and its commitment to “advance anti-oppressive, socially equitable, and racially just outcomes . . . in all settings where learning takes place.”


Living out this mission in the current political moment requires us to speak back to calls for academic neutrality, and instead to stand firmly against racist, anti-immigrant/refugee, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, and misogynistic words, actions, and policies. Inequality and oppression are not new. As anthropologists of education we have long documented the effects of deeply entrenched systems of oppression and injustice across many communities and worked to challenge and change these conditions, both in the US and internationally. However, this election and new administration have enabled a surge in both the quantity and intensity of the hatred and oppressive policies directed at targeted communities. We cannot allow this reality to slide into normalization. Many people are living and will continue to live with a new level of fear of individual acts perpetrated against them and we must continue to work with communities to address these acts. At the same time, we must focus energy on speaking against the policies of this new administration that have already and will continue to harm many individuals, communities, and nations. These policies include, for example, increased surveillance, denial of human and civil rights, abrogation of the rights of indigenous communities, environmental devastation, dismantling of our public education system, intensified militarization of the police, even wider deportation of immigrants, denial of the rights of refugees to safe haven, and increased international conflict. In this context it is more important than ever to affirm that there is no room for compromise in our fundamental valuing of all humans, and their right to live and learn free from violence, hatred, and oppression in the US and also abroad. Within this fragile moment, we, as anthropologists of education, bear the responsibility to continue to write and work  “against the grain” of these dominating logics. Indeed, ethnographies, with their emphasis on lived experience, are critical tools we can continue to mobilize in order to interrupt white supremacy and other forms of oppression being concretized in our midst.  


Our mission and our conscience call on us to work in solidarity, support, and stand with all communities whose safety, well-being, and dignity are threatened by both government policies that create oppressive conditions, and government inaction in the face of hatred directed at so many communities.


To that end, we plan to increase our efforts “to promote racial and social justice in all settings where learning takes place.” We will work with our members to:


  1. Continue to conduct research with and for communities to document and interrupt the effects of oppression in the lives of young people, their schools, and their communities, while also continuing to understand and promote social change and justice. Here we might be emboldened to continue our work of drafting  “ethnographies of resistance and hope” that can document and enact more expanded ways of being.
  2. Draw on our knowledge base as educational anthropologists to create, strengthen, and disseminate materials and resources with and for educators and community organizers that support them in their work for social justice in these times.
  3. Engage in public advocacy for anti-oppressive, equitable, and racially just policies.


We can only do this work in community with each other. We encourage CAE members to share their ideas for actions, reaffirm our mission, and join in solidarity with the many communities within which we work to create just, equitable, and compassionate spaces for living and learning together.

AEQ Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions
Anthropology & Education Quarterly
Educational Anthropologists Respond:
The 2016 Presidential Election & The New Administration

At the 2016 AAA Annual Meeting, educational anthropologists engaged in many conversations about the 2016 presidential election and the new political era ushered in by its outcome. In formal meeting spaces, informal conversations, and paper sessions that spontaneously transformed into impromptu discussions, we talked about the outcome of the election and its implications for the children, families, communities and schools we work with as educational anthropologists.

The purpose of this special issue is to continue these conversations, to deepen them, and engage with wider audiences—especially in light of the new administration’s actions in the first 100 days.

We invite scholarly, creative, and artistic works that respond to the question: What does the 2016 presidential election—and the new political era it has ushered in the United States, and around the globe—mean for the Council on Anthropology of Education (CAE) as a body, for the intellectual field of educational anthropology, and for scholars/activists/educators working with targeted populations? What are the implications of this moment, and how can we respond?

We invite submissions from a variety of genres, including (but not limited to):
• Creative nonfiction
• Op-ed style essays
• Poetry
• Visual art
• Black and white photography
• Testimonial
• Performance auto-ethnography
• Scholarly essays

Written submissions should be less than 5000 words—and shorter pieces are also acceptable. All submissions, including creative material, will be sent out for blind review.
Deadline: April 1, 2017
For more information, please contact

Call for Submissions Anthropology & Education Quarterly

Special Issue: Educational Anthropologists Respond to 2016 Presidential Election

At the 2016 AAA Annual Meeting, educational anthropologists engaged in many conversations about the 2016 presidential election and the new political era ushered in by its outcome. In formal meeting spaces, informal conversations, and paper sessions that spontaneously transformed into impromptu discussions, we talked about the outcome of the election and its implications for the children, families, communities and schools we work with as educational anthropologists.

The purpose of this special issue is to continue these conversations, to deepen them, and engage with wider audiences. We invite scholarly, creative, and artistic works that respond to the question: What does the 2016 presidential election mean for the Council on Anthropology of Education (CAE) as a body, for the intellectual field of educational anthropology, and for scholars/activists/educators with expertise in this area? What are the implications of this moment, and how can we respond?

We invite submissions from a variety of genres, including (but not limited to):

Creative Non-Fiction
Op-Ed Style Essays
Visual Art
Black and White Photography
Performance auto-ethnography
Scholarly Essays

Written submissions should be less than 2000 words. All submissions, including creative material, will be sent out for blind review.

Deadline: January 15, 2017.

To submit please go to: and create an account. Mark your submissions as “special issue” and include in your cover letter a reference to “Presidential election special issue”.

For more information, please contact

Submitting to the Council of Anthropology and Education for the 2016 AAA Meetings


Greetings! I am reaching out on behalf of the Executive Committee to invite you to submit proposals for this year’s 115th AAA conference to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota from November 16-20th 2016. Below you will find information regarding the conference theme, instructions on how to submit papers, panels, posters, and alternative possibilities for submission such as roundtables, public policy forums, and installations.  The theme of the conference for this year’s annual meeting is “Evidence, Accident, Discovery” (see below).  You may like to use the theme as an organizing principle if appropriate, however, proposals do not need to address the theme directly if it is not pertinent to the proposal submitted. Proposals to CAE are due April 15.

In case you missed these emails to the AAA list, note that AAA (not CAE) organizes a small number of Executive Committee Sessions each year. AAA has sent emails about that process. The deadline for proposing an executive session is noon February 17. Those proposals go directly to AAA.

CONFERENCE THEME: Evidence, Accident, Discovery
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? 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? We welcome proposals that debate these and other questions stimulated by the conference theme, in the opportunity that our annual meeting provides for “big tent” debate.


April 15th has become the annual deadline for all submissions, paper, panel, poster, retrospectives, reviews, roundtables, and installations. First, 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 WILL 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 theCAE 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 conference registration fee). You can find rules for participation at the following link:

Submissions for the April 15 deadline can take multiple forms. You can submit an individual paper, or 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. Look on the AAA website to see all the possible formats for sessions and papers:


We highly recommend that you explore the CAE standing committee structure and connect with like-minded folks who are putting together panels or other events (There are currently 15 thematic committees). 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 will attempt to group papers into panels that cohere around a particular methodological, theoretical, geographical, or conceptual theme.

There are no longer early submission dates for invited sessions. Instead, everyone will submit by April 15th. CAE is typically allowed 2-3 invited sessions, depending on whether we are able to arrange co-sponsorships with other sections. Submissions will be reviewed and ranked following the April 15deadline. The review rankings of the submissions will guide the CAE Executive Board to make a decision about which sessions will receive an invited Status. 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.” A volunteered session is a general category. A session that receives an invited status will be provided with a heightened profile on the conference program. Even though you must submit your session to one section only, please also indicate which section might be inclined to co-sponsor. Please follow the same submission format as all AAA submissions.


Thea Renda Abu El-Haj
CAE President Elect and 2016 Program Chair

Donating to CAE Award Funds

In 2014, the CAE Board approved the creation of four new funds to supplement the existing endowment that provides prize money for the annual George and Louise Spindler Career Achievement Award. The Board also approved the transfer of $5,000 from its operational budget into each of the 4 new funds, for a total of $20,000.  Because the new funds were seeded in this fashion, legally they must be called “quasi-endowments.” Our fundraising goal is to raise the balance from $5,000 to at least $12,500 in each of these quasi-endowment funds; such a balance would enable a minimum payment of $500 on an annual basis. The Board hopes for a much higher balance for the SB Heath and Concha Delgado-Gaitan Funds to be able to award multiple recipients each year.

We appreciate your support in endowing these funds through donations, made at the AAA website.

Descriptions of the Awards:

The Concha Delgado Gaitan CAE Presidential Fellows Award

Concha Delgado Gaitan has been an influential mentor for many educational anthropologists.The award provides one year of mentoring to promising new scholars of educational anthropology (within 3 years after receiving the doctorate) by senior or experienced CAE scholars. Each presidential fellow is matched with a mentor for the year, beginning at the annual meeting and following through during the year. The fellows network throughout the year through social media. At the end of the term of the award, fellows and mentors meet as a group during the annual meeting to discuss career goals, research interests, and to form a professional learning community for their future careers.

The Shirley Brice Heath CAE Junior Scholar Travel Stipends

We are honored to name this many years-old stipend after our esteemed colleague Shirley Brice Heath. For many years, CAE has funded 5-7 new scholars to present at their first AAA/CAE meeting. The purpose of this endowment is to make it more financially feasible for students or other new scholars to experience the AAA/CAE meeting and broaden membership, visibility, and sustainability of CAE by including a new generation of anthropologists of education.

The Douglas Foley Early Career Award

Douglas Foley edited with great distinction the Council’s flagship scholarly journal,Anthropology & Education Quarterly and served as a willing mentor to so many of his younger colleagues. This new award acknowledges the contributions of a CAE scholar, practitioner, or organizer in the early stage of their career (4-10 years after doctoral degree).

The Frederick Erickson Outstanding Dissertation Award

This award, until now unnamed, has been given annually for many years from CAE’s general fund. By attaching the name of one of our respected elders, Frederick Erickson, we intend to raise the visibility and sustainability of the award.