Happy Anthropology Day!

David Beriss

The big day is here. Today is Anthropology Day! Every year the AAA has organized this, we have completely forgotten to acknowledge it. But not this year.

First, a reminder: you still have a chance at photographic fame! Submit your photos to the SAFN Anthropology Day photo contest today. Details here. We have received some intriguing entries so far. What about yours? It doesn’t take long to submit, but the glory of victory will last forever.

The American Anthropological Association has assembled an eclectic list of Anthro Day activities that you might find inspiring. Click here for a list on their web site. You might also just go to Twitter or Instagram and do a search on #AnthroDay or #AnthropologyDay. You might have to scroll past a few entries related to Anthropologie, the store, which seems to have decided to celebrate Anthropology Day as well. Someone ought to write something about that for our blog, but with a food angle, of course.

You can win recognition for your work or for the work of your students, along with money, by submitting proposals or papers for the various SAFN awards. These include:

  • The SAFN Student Research Award, which supports the research phase of an original project focused on food and nutritional anthropology. This award is focused on decolonized, ethical research on food justice and food sovereignty (March 31, 2021, deadline).
  • The Thomas Marchione Food-as-a-Human-Right Student Award, for research and writing that engages with food security and food sovereignty issues (June 15, 2021, deadline)
  • The Christine Wilson Award, for undergraduate and graduate student research papers that examine topics within the perspectives of nutrition, food studies and anthropology (June 15, 2021, deadline)

By the way, the SAFN Student Research Award, which was awarded for the first time in 2020, is a great resource for graduate students who need funding for their work. Remember, applying is easy and you can’t win if you don’t apply!

We like to think that this blog contributes to efforts to make anthropology more visible to the general public. There are some interesting discussions of ways to increase the discipline’s engagement with the public sphere coming up today and in the near future, including this one on anthropology and new media, today (2/18/21) at 6 pm EST and this one, on writing public anthropology, coming up on March 3.

Finally, we want to hear from you. Are you an anthropologist whose work deals with food or nutrition? Want to write for this blog? You can reach out through the contact link on the FoodAnthropology home page or just email us at foodanthro@gmail.com. Send us your ideas!

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