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Anthropology Associations

Our department is active and involved in the world of anthropology. Below is a list of some national anthropology associations with which our department and faculty are affiliated.

American Anthropological Association: "Founded in 1902, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) is the world's largest organization of individuals interested in anthropology. This new, national organization was formed "to promote the science of anthropology, to stimulate and coordinate the efforts of American anthropologists, to foster local and other societies devoted to anthropology, to serve as a bond among American anthropologists and anthropological organizations present and prospective, and to publish and encourage the publication of matter pertaining to anthropology" (AAA Articles of Incorporation)."

Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology: "COPAA is a nationwide consortium of university departments and programs that provide education in practicing and applied anthropology. Their mission is to collectively advance the education and training of students, faculty, and practitioners in applied anthropology."

Society for Applied Anthropology: "The Society has for its object the promotion of interdisciplinary scientific investigation of the principles controlling the relations of human beings to one another, and the encouragement of the wide application of these principles to practical problems."

American Ethnological Society: "The American Ethnological Society is the oldest professional anthropological organization in the United States. Founded in 1842 to encourage research in the emerging field of ethnology, its stated goal was to foster "inquiries generally connected with the human race." Today the AES, is a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA)."

Society for Cultural Anthropology: "The Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA), a section of the American Anthropological Association, was founded in 1983. The SCA promotes scholarship and scholarly communication about cultural studies and culture theory broadly conceived. SCA also aims to connect cultural anthropology with scholars in such other disciplines as history, literature, philosophy, and science studies."

Society for Medical Anthropology: "The Organization of Medical Anthropology was formed in 1967 by a group of persons interested in social sciences and medicine. This web site serves the needs of medical anthropology graduate students, practicing anthropologists, scholars, and scholar activists who address issues of local, national and international health importance."

Society for American Archaeology: "The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) is an international organization dedicated to the research, interpretation, and protection of the archaeological heritage of the Americas. With more than 7,000 members, the society represents professional, student, and avocational archaeologists working in a variety of settings including government agencies, colleges and universities, museums, and the private sector."

Society for Economic Anthropology: "The SEA is a group of anthropologists, economists, geographers, and scholars from other disciplines who are interested in the connections between economics and social life. The SEA welcomes new members from all disciplines and all four fields of anthropology."

Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology: "SUNTA, a section of the American Anthropological Association, concerns itself with theories, problems, processes, and institutions of urban, national and transnational life.

American Association of Physical Anthropologists: "Physical anthropology is a biological science that deals with the adaptations, variability, and evolution of human beings and their living and fossil relatives. Because it studies human biology in the context of human culture and behavior, physical anthropology is also a social science."