November 14-18
San Jose, CA

AES at AAA 2018

Below you will find information about AES events, including an Executive Session roundtable, an AES-sponsored “Community Engagement Event,” our Business meeting, a list of AES’s co-sponsored sessions, and three workshops. We look forward to seeing you in San Jose!

Featured Executive Session Roundtable

States of exception, governments of exclusion: shifting notions of citizenship and the struggle for migrant rights.

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2:15 PM – 4:00 PM, San Jose Convention Center, MR 212 A

Participants: Maurizio Albahari, Miguel Diaz-Barriga, Christine Kovic, Katherine McCaffrey, and Susan J. Terrio

Featured Community Engagement Event

Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful: Reclaiming and Restoring Urban Waterways

Saturday, Nov. 17, 8:00 AM-10:00 AM
with Deb Kramer, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful
Serena Alexander, San Jose State University, Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Start off your Saturday morning by engaging in the immediate San Jose environment. Join a walking tour of Coyote Creek and learn about the local landscape, issues posed by climate change, and community organizing efforts. Space is limited. Register here:

AES Business Meeting

Reflections on Ethnography and Theory with David B. Edwards: A Conversation with the 2018 AES Senior Book Prize Winner

Saturday, Nov. 17, 12:15 – 1:45 pm
San Jose Convention Center, MR 211 B

This special event is open to all, especially current and prospective AES members. We will present the AES Senior Book Prize to David B. Edwards (Williams College), author of Caravan of Martyrs: Sacrifice and Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan, followed by a conversation between Edwards and two members of the prize committee: AES President-elect Jacqueline Solway (Trent University) and Anne Allison (Duke University). This dialogue —“Reflections on Ethnography and Theory with David B. Edwards: A Conversation with the 2018 AES Senior Book Prize Winner” — is open to all! At the business meeting we will also introduce our incoming and thank our outgoing board members.

Co-sponsored sessions

Art, Anthropology, and Artistry: New Treatments in Stories of Labor Activism, Migration, Community, and Kinship
Saturday, Nov. 17, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
San Jose Convention Center, MR 211 D
Cosponsored with the Society for the Anthropology of Work

Presenters: Marc Edelman CUNY, Hunter College & Graduate Center; Caitrin Lynch, Olin College; Maria Vesperi, New College of Florida; Alisse Waterston, City University of New York, John Jay College; Frances Benson, Cornell University Press; Robbin Henderson, Independent artist, researcher and writer

Reclaiming Our Truths: Colonial Legacies and Contemporary Challenges in Transforming Anthropology
Thursday, Nov. 15, 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
San Jose Convention Center, Grand Ballroom A
Roundtable, Co-sponsored with the Association of Black Anthropologists

Presenters: Deborah Thomas, University of Pennsylvania; Aimee Cox, Yale University; John Jackson, Jr., University of Pennsylvania; Carolyn Rouse, Princeton University; Vanessa Diaz, Loyola Marymount University; Jemima Pierre, University of California, Los Angeles; Shannon Speed, UCLA; Setha Low, CUNY, Graduate Center

The Extraordinary Work and Thought of Roberto R. Alvarez: In honor of his contributions to the changing of the narrative concerning the U.S. Mexico Border Region and its people. Panel 2
Saturday, Nov. 17, 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM
San Jose Convention Center, Executive Ballroom 210 G
Cosponsored with the Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists

Presenters: Maria Cruz-Torres, Arizona State University; Patricia Zavella, University of California, Santa Cruz; Juan Herrera and Leo Chavez, University of California, Irving; Anne Goldberg, Hendrix College; Everardo Garduno; Margaret Dorsey, Associate Professor and Founding Curator Border Studies Archive, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; Antonio Chavarria

Fostering the Anthropological Imagination: The work of Frances and Howard Morphy
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM
San Jose Convention Center, MR 212 D
Cosponsored with the Council for Museum Anthropology

Presenters: Veronica Strang, Durham University; Fred Myers, New York University; Annick Thomassin, Australian National University; Joshua Bell, Smithsonian; Corinne Kratz
Emory University; Marcus Banks, University of Oxford; Francoise Dussart, University of Connecticut

Microbial Resilience in More than Human Worlds
Thursday, Nov. 15, 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Hilton, Market I
Cosponsored with the General Anthropology Division

Presenters: Noah Tamarkin, Ohio State University; Natalie Porter, University of Notre Dame; Rebecca Howes-Mischel, James Madison University; Megan Tracy, James Madison University; Juno Parrenas, Ohio State University; Cesar Giraldo Herrera,
Somerville College, University of Oxford

TOUCH I: Tangible Difference, Worlding Techniques
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2:15 PM – 4:00 PM
San Jose Convention Center, MR 211 D
Cosponsored with the Society for Cultural Anthropology

Presenters: Zoe Wool, Rice University; Tyler Zoanni, New York University; Anna Eisenstein, University of Virginia; Terra Edwards, Saint Louis University; Danilyn Rutherford, Wenner-Gren Foundation; Vijayanka Nair, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Deborah Thomas, University of Pennsylvania; Stefan Helmreich, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anti-capitalist Thought and Action: A Conversation with David Harvey
Friday, Nov. 16, 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Marriott, San Jose Ballroom 3
Cosponsored with the Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology

Presenters: Jeffry Maskovsky, CUNY, Graduate Center; David Harvey; Don Kalb, University of Bergen/Utrecht University; Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales, University of San Francisco; Donald Robotham, Graduate Center, City University of New York; Ida Susser, CUNY, Graduate Center

AES Workshops

Pre-registration HERE:

Teaching Anthropology

Friday, Nov. 16, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Led by Kenneth Guest, Baruch College, City University of New York and Danielle Good, University of Texas, Austin. Organizer: Katherine McCaffrey.

Undergraduate students enrolled in introductory cultural anthropology courses, both majors and non-majors, comprise our discipline’s largest public audience. More than a blog post, an op-ed or a citation in a major media piece, the introductory classroom provides anthropologists with opportunities for in-depth and extended presentation of the key research strategies and analytical frameworks of our field. This teaching workshop will explore effective strategies for engaging undergraduates.

Publishing a Peer Reviewed Article

Friday, Nov. 16, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Led by Niko Besnier, University of Amsterdam. Organizer: Katherine McCaffrey.

This workshop is focused on helping attendees who seek to publish their manuscripts in peer-reviewed academic journals, particularly anthropology journals. The workshop will be coordinated by the editor-in-chief of American Ethnologist, who during his tenure has reviewed hundreds of manuscripts on a wide range of topics. Topics to be covered include: choosing an appropriate journal for your manuscript; understanding the importance of submission guidelines; demystifying the process of peer review; tips for responding to reviewers’ comments and revising your manuscript; what to do if your manuscript is rejected outright; and tips for promoting your work once it is in print.

Getting your Book Manuscript Published: Meet with Academic Press Editors

Friday, Nov. 16, 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Led by Kate Marshall, University of California Press; Casey Kittrell, University of Texas Press; and Ken Wissoker, Duke University Press. Organizer: Katherine McCaffrey.

This workshop is focused on helping attendees who are interested in the possibility of submitting book manuscripts to peer-reviewed academic publishers. Workshop participants will include acquisitions editors from three university presses who have overseen the review of hundreds of manuscripts covering a wide range of topics. Some of the topics that will be covered include: choosing the right publisher for your work; preparing a book proposal or prospectus; submitting your book manuscript; how the peer review process works; revising your manuscript; working with publishers to promote your book; and tips for avoiding common mistakes.

AES Grad Student Meet Up

Saturday, November 17th, 8 PM

Watch here for details and/or contact the AES Grad Student Rep, Danielle Good.