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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

**Date limite 1er f=?utf-8?Q?=C3=A9vrier/February?= 1st Deadline**: PRIX RICHARD F. SALISBURY AWARD



Eligibility: Applications can be made by any student member of CASCA
undertaking doctoral level research in the field of anthropology at a
Canadian university. Preference will be given to those who have
completed their comprehensive examinations, have approved thesis
proposals and are within one year of beginning fieldwork. CASCA
recognizes that some eligible candidates may not be studying in
anthropology programs, however all candidates must be members of CASCA
when making their applications. The intent of the award is to assist
with fieldwork expenses.

Criteria: An outstanding academic record and an excellent research
proposal with innovative scholarly import and social relevance.

Value: $2000

Deadline: All application materials must be submitted electronically
by 1 February 2015 to:

Pauline McKenzie Aucoin - CASCA Secretary

Each application should include:
1. A Salisbury Award application form, signed, with items 2-4 attached
2. A curriculum vitae, including education history, Ph.D. courses,
presentations, awards, honours, teaching, grants and publications (up
to three pages).
3. A research proposal, including: theoretical framework, research
problem/question, methodology, objectives, and social and scholarly
significance (two pages).
4. A budget for research, including planned use of Award funds,
requests to other sources and funds received to date (one half to one
5. Two letters of reference about the applicant's qualifications and
the research proposal, one of which must be from the applicant's
thesis supervisor (these are to be sent directly by the referees).




Phone: __________________________
Email address:____________________
University: _______________________
Year the degree is expected: _________
Member of CASCA: yes____ no_____

Stage of PhD program (with respect to completion of comprehensive
exams, approval of thesis proposal, date of beginning of

Signature: ______________________________________


1. Make sure your name appears at the top of each page you submit.
2. Field research must be under way during the year beginning 1 May 2015.
3. The Salisbury Award recipient will be announced at this year's CASCA AGM .
4. Award recipients are expected to present their research at a
subsequent CASCA annual conference within two years of receipt of the
award. In order to enable this, Salisbury Award recipients may be
given priority consideration for a CASCA student travel award to
present at the conference.
5. Decisions of the Salisbury Award Committee are final.




Admissibilité: Tout membre étudiant de la CASCA menant une recherche
doctorale en anthropologie dans une université canadienne peut
présenter sa candidature. Une préférence sera accordée à ceux et
celles qui auront terminé avec succès leur scolarité de doctorat, y
compris les examens de synthèse et le projet de thèse, et qui
commenceront leur recherche de terrain au cours de l'année suivante.
La CASCA reconnaît que certaines personnes admissibles n'étudient
peut-être pas dans un programme d'anthropologie; quoi qu'il en soit,
toute personne posant sa candidature devra être membre de la CASCA au
moment du dépôt de sa candidature. L'objectif de ce prix est d'aider à
couvrir leurs dépenses liées à la recherche sur le terrain.

Critères : Un dossier universitaire exemplaire, ainsi qu'un excellent
projet de recherche, innovateur en matière de contribution
intellectuelle et de pertinence sociale.

Valeur: 2000$

Date limite : Tous les documents liés au dépôt de la candidature
doivent être soumis électroniquement au plus tard le 1er février 2015
à l'attention de :

Pauline McKenzie Aucoin - Secrétaire de la CASCA

Chaque dossier de candidature doit inclure:

1. Le formulaire de candidature au Prix Salisbury signé, avec les
documents énumérés aux points 2 à 4 en pièces jointes.
2. Un curriculum vitae, comprenant diplômes obtenus, cours doctoraux
suivis, présentations, prix, honneurs, expériences d'enseignement,
bourses et publications (jusqu'à trois pages).
3. Le projet de recherche, comprenant: le cadre théorique, le
problème/la question de recherche, la méthodologie, les objectifs, et
la signification sociale et académique (deux pages).
4. Le budget de recherche, comprenant les dépenses prévues des fonds
du Prix, ainsi que les autres demandes de financement et financement
reçu jusqu'à présent (une demi-page à une page).
5. Deux lettres de recommandation au sujet des qualifications de la
personne candidate et du projet de recherche. L'une d'elles doit
provenir du directeur ou de la directrice de thèse et devra nous
parvenir directement de cette personne.




No de tél: __________________________
Université: _______________________
Année prévue d'obtention du diplôme_________
Membre de la CASCA: oui____ non____

Stage du programme doctoral (en ce qui a trait à la réalisation des
examens de synthèse, à l'approbation du projet de thèse, et à la date
à laquelle la recherche sur le terrain commencera)

Signature: ______________________________________

1. Assurez-vous que votre nom apparaît en haut de chaque page que vous
2. La recherche sur le terrain doit être en cours ou débuter pendant
l'année suivant le 1er mai 2015.
3. Nous annoncerons le ou la récipiendaire du Prix Salisbury lors de
l'assemblée générale annuelle de la CASCA de cette année.
4. Le ou la récipiendaire devra présenter sa recherche à l'un des
colloques annuels de la CASCA à l'intérieur des deux années suivant
l'obtention du prix. Afin de l'aider dans cette démarche, il est
possible que nous traitions en priorité toute demande de subvention du
lauréat ou de la lauréate du Prix Salisbury visant à couvrir les frais
de déplacement liés à la participation au colloque.
5. Les décisions du Comité du Prix Salisbury sont sans appel.

Monday, January 26, 2015

CASCA2015 Roundtable Call for Participants - Landscapes of Knowledge: Teaching Anthropology in Canada Today


Casca 2015 Roundtable Call for Participants -- Landscapes of
Knowledge: Teaching Anthropology in Canada Today

In recent years, the educational climate within Canadian university
contexts has changed dramatically. The democratization of universities
since the 1960's, coupled with the increased availability of
government-sponsored student loans, has made postsecondary education a
prerequisite for "middle class" employment, and students therefore
expect to find middle class jobs upon graduation. In addition,
neoliberal restructuring policies of various governments and
university administrations, coupled with changing student demographics
and increasing tuition rates have challenged many of the traditional
roles, values, and expectations of academia. Postsecondary education,
many complain, has been reduced to a game of metrics, with educators
feeling pressure to retain students (and their tuition dollars) by
tailoring course offerings to meet perceived student demands, or to
expand or repackage undergraduate programmes at the expense of
disciplinary depth and breadth. Within this co!
ntext, professors and teaching assistants also grapple with
changing high school curricula that deemphasize writing and critical
thinking skills. As a result, university educators worry that most
first year students are unprepared to meet the demands and rigors of
traditional university pedagogy. To address the increasing numbers and
demands of undergraduates, there has also been an increasing reliance
upon underpaid and oftentimes overworked sessional or contract
faculty, as well as the implementation of new "teaching track"

The goal of this roundtable is to spark a productive dialogue about
teaching anthropology within this neoliberalized landscape of
knowledge. We invite postsecondary educators within anthropology to
share their teaching experiences, and to foster a dialogue surrounding
the following questions/issues:

- What are the challenges for teaching anthropology within an
increasingly pragmatic, "job-oriented" student culture, and how do we
address them?
- How can anthropology be used to develop critical
awareness/thinking/writing skills among students?
- How does the imposition of student "client-based" models of pedagogy
affect us as teachers of anthropology? What does it mean to engage
students in this context? What strategies do we use to work within, or
even against, this model?
- How is the discipline impacted by the development of two-tiered
streams of professorships (teaching track versus research stream)?
- How does this new landscape affect contract teachers of anthropology?
- How are instructors engaging with administrative pressures to
incorporate various teaching technologies in the classroom? What
technologies (if any) do you find most helpful in teaching critical
thinking skills?

If you are interested in participating in this Roundtable, then please
contact Maggie Cummings ( and Karen McGarry
( by February 1. Please forward a brief outline of
your teaching experience and tell us which questions you are
interested in discussing.

CASCA 2015 Session Proposal - Knowledges of Landscapes: Differential Chronotopes and the Experience, Representation, and Meanings of Land


CASCA 2015 Session Proposal

Knowledges of Landscapes: Differential Chronotopes and the Experience,
Representation, and Meanings of Land

Western frameworks, reflecting their development within
urban-industrial regimes in which landscapes are not and perhaps
cannot be lived, suggest that knowledge of and appreciation for
landscape are phenomena of other spaces and/or times. In relation, and
regardless of how they are peopled, 'natural' and 'pristine'
landscapes are diminished in cosmopolitan modernity. Objectified,
suffused with romanticism and nostalgia, mediated, packaged and
ritually consumed as tourism and heritage, and yet effectively
forgotten on an everyday basis amid rapid social and technological
change, landscapes nevertheless remain intrinsic and central
contributors to personal, ethnic, and national subjectivities and thus
can also become important tropes for reification and resistance. Given
these contexts, how is the landscape to be appreciated, known,
experienced, represented, mediated, recorded? How are anthropologists
to know the landscapes of others? Do landscapes and other related
figurations of persons in material space and time become resurgent in
response to modernity and indeed hyper/supermodernity?

Interested contributors are invited to submit an abstract of at most
150 words, accompanied by contact and affiliation information and a
short list of keywords, by February 1, 2015, to session organizer
Nicola Mooney (University of the Fraser Valley) at:

Friday, January 23, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

2015 Topic for U. C. Press's International Competition


*The California Series in Public Anthropology encourages scholars in a
range of disciplines to discuss major public issues in ways that help the
broader public understand and address them. Two presidents (Mikhail
Gorbachev and Bill Clinton) as well as three Nobel Laureates (Amartya Sen,
Jody Williams, and Mikhail Gorbachev) have contributed to the Series either
through books or forwards. Its list includes such prominent authors as
Paul Farmer co-founder of Partners in Health, Kolokotrones University
Professor at Harvard and United Nations Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti.*

Each year the Series highlights a particular problem in its international
call for manuscripts. The focus this year will be on *STORIES OF

We are particularly interested in authors who convey both the problems
engendered by inequality as well as ways for addressing it. Prospective
authors might ask themselves: How can they make their study "come alive"
for a range of readers through the narration of powerful stories? They
might, for example, focus on the lives of a few, select individuals tracing
the problems they face and how they, to the best of their abilities, cope
with them. Prospective authors might examine a specific institution and
how, in various ways, it perpetuates inequality. Or authors might describe
a particular group that seeks to address a facet of the problem. There are
no restrictions on how prospective authors address *STORIES OF INEQUALITY*
– only an insistence that the proposed publication draw readers to its
themes through the inclusion of powerful stories about real people. The
series is directed at the general public as well as college students.

The University of California Press in association with the Center for a
Public Anthropology will review proposals for publication independent of
whether the manuscripts themselves have been completed. We are open to
working with authors as they wind their way through the writing process.
The proposals can describe work the author wishes to undertake in the near
future or work that is currently underway. *The proposals submitted to the
competition should be 3-4,000 words long and describe both the overall work
as well as a general summary of what is (or will be) in each chapter.* We
expect the completed, publishable manuscripts to be between 250-300 pages
(or 60,000-100,000 words) long excluding footnotes and references.
Examples of the types of analyses we are looking for include:

*Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil* by Nancy

*Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity*
by Katherin Boo

*Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya* by
Caroline Elkins

*American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare*
by Jason DeParle

*Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital* by
Sheri Fink

*There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other
America* by Alex Kotlowitz

We are interested in establishing committed, supportive relationships with
authors that insures their books are not only published but are well
publicized and recognized both within and beyond the academy. We are
committed to insuring the success of winning proposals.

Submissions should be emailed to: with
the relevant material enclosed as attachments. They can also be sent to:
Book Series, 707 Kaha Street, Kailua, HI. Questions regarding the
competitions should be directed to Dr. Rob Borofsky at:

*All entries will be judged by the Co-Editors of the California Series in
Public Anthropology:* *Rob Borofsky (Center for a Public Anthropology &
Hawaii Pacific University) and Naomi Schneider (University of California

Grant Opportunity

Grant Opportunity ($50,000): Raising Awareness of the Importance 'Asia
Competence' in Canada - The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Deadline: February 27, 2015

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) believes that Canada's
successful engagement of the countries and peoples of Asia requires us to
strengthen the Asia-related knowledge, skills and experiences ("Asia
competence") of young Canadians. It is therefore accepting proposals for
up to $50,000 for projects to design and implement/pilot initiatives that
will broaden and deepen Canadians' awareness of the importance of Asia

Proposals should be submitted on behalf of a team, rather than an
individual. At least half of the project team – including at least one
project leader – must be currently enrolled at a Canadian post-secondary
institution. Applicants must also include one or more confirmed faculty
supervisors who will oversee the project's design, implementation and final

You will find more information about proposal procedures and criteria here: .

Applicants are encouraged to consult, for background information, the 2013
Asia Competence Task Force report (
), and the website of the 2014 "Canada's Asia Challenge: Building Skills
and Knowledge for the Next Generation" conference (

The application deadline is Friday, February 27 at 5:00 PST.

The successful applicant will be notified in mid-March 2015. Project work
can begin as soon as April 2015, and must be completed, including all final
reporting requirements, by December 31, 2015. Short-listed applicants may
be contacted by Foundation staff for follow-up questions. Proposals and all
related enquiries should be sent to Erin Williams at .

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