[URBANTH-L]The Latest Reader Responses

Maranatha Ivanova mivanova at socrates.Berkeley.EDU
Fri Oct 29 10:52:25 EDT 2004

Dear Professor Pixten and others with similar concerns,

The <www.AAAUnite.blogspot.com> as well as other sections websites will 
be posting  information regarding panels being held here in the Bay Area 
duing the weekend of the original Nov. conference. You are most welcome 
to attend and we will try to get up to date information out  there as 
quickly as possible regarding the schedule. I know that the Society for 
East Asian Anthropology will be meeting at UC Berkeley Nov. 19-21 and 
that we will also have a few other panels among us--postsocialist 
governance and some linguistic anthropology.

I know all of us at Berkeley feel very badly about everyone's 
inconvenience in all of this, especially that of foreign scholars and 
poor grad students on the job market wondering where those conference 
interviews will be held. I am one of those grad students who is on the 
market and won't be going to Atlanta. In fact, I cannot because of 
finals for my students and financial limitations--the ethical questions 
surrounding Atlanta notwithstanding.

Keep an eye out for more scheduling/coordinating information on the blog 


Angela Jancius wrote:

>List:    URBANTH-L at lists.ysu.edu
>From:    hendrik.pinxten at ugent.be
>Subject: Re: [URBANTH-L]Fwd: AAA 2004 Annual Meeting to be in Atlanta,
>December 15-19
>dear colleagues,
>i renew my appeal as a foreigner visiting the AAA : we, non-Americans, will
>be subject to a humiliating entry in the USA this year (fingerprints).
>moreover, we will not get refunds for tickets and hotel reservations (and we
>were not accepted for a session, so we will not get refunded by the AAA
>either!). I keep thinking it is important to promote thought, rather than to
>have a social meeting only.
>my appeal is to the graduates to stick to their initiative to stay in the
>Bay area. we will come and visit your conference and talk with you, on a
>campus  (and not necessarily in a plush and select hotel). I think I speak
>here on behalf of many more. so, please use the network of AAA or SUNTA to
>respond by telling us what initiative in the SF area we can come to in the
>period of Nov 17-21. it will allow us to use the tickets we have and to have
>a sensible meeting with fresh and interested young scholars.
>very best to you and let us have an old fashioned talk with and among
>interested intellectuals.
>prof. Rik pinxten
>From:    af31 at nyu.edu
>Date: Friday, October 29, 2004 10:09 AM
>Subject: Re: [URBANTH-L]UNITE HERE Statement
>Thus if this account is accurate then the entire situation internally within
>the AAA, was an AAA executive board manufactured crisis either intentional
>or due to lack of due diligence, either way equally damning.
>This record of union engagement with the executive board as early as August,
>now justifies a thorough investigation of executive board governance as
>concerns this and related issues.  Has the AAA executive board given the
>membership its version of an October surprise? Was Atlanta Hilton being
>planned long before now as the viable alternative if the San Francisco
>strike looked to be prolonged? Why were not these discussions brought to our
>attention much earlier, why has the liability issue never been publically
>discussed? What is the state of AAA transparency?
>Allen Feldman
>Department of Culture and Communication
>New York University
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