September 2021 Newsletter

Dear CUAA Community,

I hope that you all are well. September was quiet month on our end. Still, I’ve included a few items that may be of interest.

As always, please continue to send me publications, events, news, and resources that you believe would be of interest to our community. The deadline for that information to be includes in next month’s newsletter is October 18th.

Wishing you all a fantastic start to your fall semesters,


Upcoming Events

New Name, New Website: CUAA Partners with IntersectLA

A few of you may have noticed that our current website is outdated. We’ve decided to partner with IntersectLA, a student-operated and faculty-run creative strategy agency at California State University, Northridge, to redesign it. Our new website will be fresh, easily accessible, and will highlight the work of our members and our section’s journal, City and Society. As we begin discussions with IntersectLA, I encourage you to reach out and share any ideas that you have. Perhaps, you’ve seen a feature on another website that you found exceptionally useful. Or maybe there is specific content that you would like us to incorporate.

Regarding the latter, we are creating a repository of syllabi covering a variety of courses in anthropology. We believe that this will be a useful tool to newer and more seasoned scholars alike, as they refine and introduce new courses at their respective institutions. Should you be willing and interested in sharing, please send syllabi to

AAA Hybrid Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD (November 17-21)

This year’s annual AAA meeting is a hybrid event – registrants can participate virtually or in person in Baltimore, MD. The theme is “Truth and Responsibility.” Our sections plans to host two roundtables: “What is Critical about Critical Anthropology” and “Truth Be Told: Insights from Applications of Anthropology to Urban Public Space Issues.” Members interested in attending can register here.

Recent Publications

New Book Series: Higher Education and the City

A new book series titled Higher Education and the City (Johns Hopkins University Press), is seeking scholarly, book length manuscript submissions that examine higher education ecosystems from the lens of urban change with an emphasis on the past and future of cities and metropolitan areas.  Relevant cultural and social issues, the pursuit of innovation, and the relationship between higher education, economic and community development, will contribute to ongoing dialogues.  For information on contributing to the series, contact Costas Spirou, Book Series Editor at  Please share the opportunity with any colleagues that might be interested in this initiative.


Call for Papers

The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences Announces a Call for Articles on “Building an Open Qualitative Science”

The purpose of this call for articles is to roll out this AVP-based qualitative analysis by opening up the AVP dataset to qualified scholars and analysts. We welcome research on the many topics—including health, poverty, politics, protest, employment, coping, and anomie—that the AVP interviews can assist in understanding. Although most issues of RSF are topically focused, this issue will be topically broad and is instead unified by a commitment to exploring the hopefully broad payoff to this new form of qualitative data collection. The balance of this call discusses the design of the AVP, the topics covered in the interview schedule, and the types of research questions that it opens up and that are supported by this call.

Click here for a full description of the topics covered in this call.