IUP Faculty at the American Anthropological Association Meetings

Posted on 1/21/2015 3:35:32 PM

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.   

Sarah Neusius AAA BoothPhillip 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