AAA 2019 NOVEMBER 20-24

(Events listed here are open to all conference attendees)


Learning-with-Community Event.Conversation with Dr. Jan Hare, Director of UBC Indigenous Teacher Education Program, 10:30-11:45 AM, Sylvia Hotel Restaurant (1154 Gilford St.) Snacks Provided

Town Hall Meeting. 12:15–1:45 PM Vancouver CC WEST | Room 207 | West Level 2

Board Meeting. 4:15–6 PM Fairmont Waterfront Hotel | Malaspina | Concourse Level

New Scholars Gallery Session. 4:15–6PM Vancouver CC WEST | Ballroom Lobby | West Level



Anthropology and Education Quarterly Editorial Board Meeting. 8:00–9:45 AM Fairmont Waterfront Hotel | Mackenzie II | Concourse Level

Students of Color / LGBTQ Mentoring Session. 8:00–9:45 AM Vancouver CC EAST | Room 12 | East Meeting Level

Past President’s Distinguished Lecture and Awards Recognition. 12:15-1:45 PM Vancouver CC WEST | Room 201 | West Level 2

Business, All –Committee Meeting and Social (w/ cash bar and food) 8:00 – 11:00 PM Vancouver CC WEST | Room 211 | West Level 2

New Member Welcome Session. (Meets with Business Meeting above)



Invited Session. Forecasting Futures: Education as Speculative Practice 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM Vancouver CC WEST | Room 119 | West Level 1

Works-in-Progress Session. 12:15–1:45 PM Vancouver CC EAST | Room 8 | East Meeting Level

Invited Session. Coming of Age Between the US, Mexico, and Central America’s Northern Triangle: Youth, Im/migration, and Education (1). 2:00–3:45 PM Vancouver CC WEST | Room 218 | West Level 2

Community Event. Ethnographic Fringe Salon. 4:0O –6:00 PM Offsite – The Hangar at the Center for Digital Media (577 Great Northern Way, Vancouver, BC, V5T 1E1)

Announcement of CAE Program 2019


I look forward to seeing everyone at the annual meeting of the AAA in Vancouver. The Council on Anthropology & Education will feature an exciting program.

In addition to an outstanding set of sessions and roundtables, we have two special events planned:
The first is a conversation with Dr. Jan Hare, Director of UBC Indigenous Teacher Education Program. Dr. Hare will focus on Indigenous teacher education programs as critical sites of decolonization, reconciliation, and nation building. She will share about the context of teacher education in Canada along with similarities to the US (and elsewhere), and discuss opportunities for research/teaching/learning. It will take place on Thursday, Nov. 21, 10:30-11:45 AM, at the Sylvia Hotel Restaurant (1154 Gilford St.). Refreshments will be provided.

Second, you won’t want to miss the Ethnographic Fringe Salon. Organizer, Misha (Melisa) Cahnmann asks, “What does it mean to do ethnographic research as a creative writer, thinker, artist, doer? It is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, 4:00 –6:00 PM offsite at The Hangar at the Center for Digital Media (577 Great Northern Way, Vancouver, BC, V5T 1E1).

On Thursday, November 21, we also have the New Scholars (Poster) Gallery Session. It is a bit different this year. If you are a registered attendee – either a graduate student, not-yet-tenured faculty, or scholar/practitioner/educator in an educational setting (community organization, school, university, museum) – and would like to share about your research or what your school/organization is doing, please get in touch with Valerie Haywood ( There are limited poster spots, so don’t delay in contacting Valerie. This is another opportunity to present at this year’s annual meeting.
The Gallery Session is scheduled for Thurs, 4:15–6PM Vancouver CC WEST | Ballroom Lobby | West Level

Friday’s highlight is the Past President’s Distinguished Lecture and Awards Recognition. It is scheduled for 12:15-1:45 PM Vancouver CC WEST |Room 201 | West Level 2

Friday night! It will be wonderful to socialize over over-priced hors d’oeurves, welcome new members, celebrate our 2019 George and Louise Spindler awardee, collaborate in our committees, and yes, do a bit of business. This is all happening at the Business, All –Committee Meeting and Social (with food & cash bar), 8:00 – 11:00 PM Vancouver CC WEST | Room 211 | West Level 2

Next, this year’s outstanding INVITED sessions will both take place on Saturday, November 23:

Forecasting Futures: Education as Speculative Practice 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM Vancouver
CC WEST | Room 119 | West Level 1

Coming of Age Between the US, Mexico, and Central America’s Northern Triangle:
Youth, Im/migration, and Education (1). 2:00–3:45 PM Vancouver CC WEST | Room 218 | West Level 2.
There are many more sessions, meetings and events to attend. You can easily view them on the online program. A list of our Special Events and Meetings is attached.
Finally, I hope you can make it to: Opening Ceremony: Creating Harmonious Environments with Architect Douglas Cardinal. It is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM at the Vancouver CC WEST | Ballroom A | West Level 1
In his message to AAA, Executive Director Ed Liebow writes about the local organizing committee (LOC) “working with representatives of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations, on whose unceded territory the Annual Meeting will take place. LOC member Susan Rowley of the UBC Museum of Anthropology has worked with the three host Nations to arrange the territorial welcome that will open the conference on Wednesday evening, according to their protocols. At the opening, a welcome and expression of support will be offered by a respected leader of the Musqueam Nation, who is specifically authorized to speak on behalf of the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations as well. Douglas Cardinal, a renowned Métis/Blackfoot architect, will present the opening keynote, in conversation with past AAA President and University of Toronto professor Monica Heller. This is an event you won’t want to miss” (November 8, 2019).

I wish you all safe travels.

Sofia Villenas

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

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.