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).