IUP faculty had a strong showing at last year’s annual
meeting of the American Anthropological Association, held in Washington, D.C. on December
3–7, 2014. Anthropology’s Amanda Poole and Lori Labotka presented
research papers, Labotka was presented with an essay contest award,
and Phillip and Sarah Neusius participated in the Graduate School Fair.
Poole participated in the panel “Gender, Age, and
Identity in Africa and the Diaspora,” for which she presented her research
paper, “’I Could Go, but My Children Belong to the Government’: The Gendered
Nature of Citizenship in Eritrea.” The paper explored how
women negotiate the gendered nature of citizenship in Eritrea, and the ways in
which this struggle intersects with their shifting relationship to kin and
community in an increasingly militarized society.
Labotka’s paper, “’I have to read it
out loud: Creating the State in Prison Discipline” was awarded runner-up in the
Society for Linguistic Anthropology’s (SLA) Graduate Student Paper Prize. The
paper, which she presented on the SLA paper prize panel, was based on her
dissertation research with women incarcerated in the state of Arizona. It
explored the construction of state power in face-to-face disciplinary
interactions in a women’s prison. She was presented with the award at the
annual SLA business meeting.
Phillip and Sarah Neusius also participated
in the Graduate School Fair sponsored by the AAA on Saturday. This fair
provides conference attendees, including student attendees, a chance to learn
about opportunities for graduate study in anthropology. The IUP booth provided
information about the Department of Anthropology’s master’s in Applied Archaeology program.
Photo: Sarah Neusius with IUP’s Graduate Fair Booth