A Statement from SANA
We at SANA condemn the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and countless others by racist police or their deputies. BLACK LIVES MATTER, and we find inspiration in the collective outrage against these incidents and in public protests for justice. As anthropologists working in North America, many of us have documented the systematic ways in which policing has been used to deliberately harm and oppress Black and other communities of color.
We further condemn in the strongest possible terms the structural racism that has contributed to the devaluation of Black, Latinx, and Native American lives in North America, resulting in their disproportionate mortality from diseases including COVID-19.
We join our fellow anthropological sections, as well as our community leaders, in challenging the foundational anti-Black nature of police agencies. We demand the dissolution of ICE and other institutions that perpetuate racist laws and practices. We support the efforts of organizations such as the Movement for Black Lives, Campaign Zero and Color of Change and others to end police brutality and empower communities to take control of their own safety and well-being. We further demand that governments at every level invest sustained effort and resources to redress 500 years of subjugation of Black, Latinx, and Native people across the North American continent.
We unequivocally support the efforts of community organizers as they mobilize to effect social change. We further pledge to put our research, resources, and scholarship in service to community-led movements for racial justice.
Call for Papers: The Journal for the Anthropology of North America
The Journal for the Anthropology of North America is seeking manuscripts for peer review. The importance of anthropological insight into contemporary North American political, social, and cultural matters cannot be overstated: JANA aims to serve as a space where North Americanists realize the imperative and capacity to give sense and depth to today’s epistemological and ethical divides, to connect disparate sites of struggle to overarching structural inequalities, and to actively work towards a world that is otherwise. We aim to be a resource for anthropologists, journalists, policymakers, and activists seeking understanding in the service of change. As such, JANA seeks to be a platform for heterodox ideas and reflective experimentation in the ‘doing’ of fieldwork, in contexts where we often directly share a world with our interlocutors. This proximity often calls us into novel relations of solidarity, fugitivity, and complicity across divides — or, in the case of research with potential political antagonists, relationships of complicated disagreement and understanding.
We are particularly committed to featuring work from diversely situated scholars that builds on critiques of inequality and violence to further envision, imagine, investigate, and enact actual alternatives to the ‘-isms’ of our time. We aim to publish manuscripts that anchor theory-building in compelling ethnographic grounding, and we are particularly insistent that our authors avoid the temptation of simply processing a case study through a given theoretical lens. Going further, we want to invite (and challenge) authors to grapple with the reflexive and ethical dimension of their work: the what is to be done? What do we do now with the tools that we have as North American anthropologists and the possibilities we can imagine? In what unexpected places or overlooked sources might we engage with different ways of producing knowledge and challenging power? What place does anthropology have in helping us imagine and enact a better present and future? How and where is this work already being done?
We welcome full-length manuscripts (8,000 words or less), book reviews, and submissions for our special features “Coming to Terms” and “Snapshots.” More detailed submission guidelines can be found here.
To help bring our members closer together, next week we will launch Communities, a new communications platform that will replace the AAA-hosted email list service and offer significant enhancements to help you communicate, connect, and share with fellow anthropologists.
In addition to a community where you will be able to connect with all fellow AAA members, each section, interest group, and committee will have their own community where they can interact in real time. Members will be able to post discussions directly through the platform, message each other individually, or reply to and start discussion threads via email. The platform also allows you to share files and offers improved search capabilities.
SANA will continue to maintain its own listserv to communicate in addition to participating in Communities.
SANA Statement on U.S. Immigration Practices
The Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA) condemns in the strongest possible terms recent actions taken against migrants by the current administration. In particular, we call for a permanent moratorium on the practice of separating children from parents on the U.S.-Mexico border, and we demand that children and their families be reunited and released from U.S. detention facilities into the U.S. interior. We further demand that the administration end criminalization of migrants, recognize asylum claims based on threats of gender-based and organized violence, and, in general, treat asylum seekers and all migrants with dignity, care, and respect. Moreover, we call on the administration to acknowledge and address long-standing U.S. policies that have contributed to the erosion of safety and stability in migrants’ home societies across Latin America and the world. As a society with members who have expertise on human mobility across the North American continent, as well as on state-sponsored violence against migrants and others who are socially and legally devalued, we emphatically reject the racist, xenophobic, and patriarchal ideologies and policies advanced by this administration and others before it.
JANA: Journal of the Anthropology of North America
The peer-reviewed Journal for the Anthropology of North America (JANA) has launched in the spring of 2018. The inaugural issue features research articles, a book review, and two new sections: Come to Terms and Snapshot.
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