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Reviewer mhallin | Review

#329 Raising Our Voices – AAA’s 2020 Virtual Event Series and its Implications for Quality, Breadth, Accessibility and Sustainability


Coresponding author's contact details

First name Edward Middle name Last name Liebow
Title Executive Director Organization / Institution American Anthropological Association Department n/a
Address 2300 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 1301 Postal / Zip code 22201-3386 Country US
E-Mail Hidden Phone number Hidden Presenting author Yes

Co-authors (3)

Co-Auhtor #1

First name Nate Middle name Last name Wambold
Title Director, Meetings and Conferences Organization / Institution American Anthropological Association Department Meetings and Conferences
Country US E-Mail Hidden Presenting author No

Co-Auhtor #2

First name Daniel Middle name Last name Ginsberg
Title Director, Education and Professional Practice Organization / Institution American Anthropological Association Department Education and Professional Practice
Country US E-Mail Hidden Presenting author No

Co-Auhtor #3

First name Nell Middle name Last name Koneczny
Title Manager, Accessibility and Meetings Organization / Institution American Anthropological Association Department Meetings and Conferences
Country US E-Mail Hidden Presenting author No

Abstract

Abstract title

Raising Our Voices – AAA’s 2020 Virtual Event Series and its Implications for Quality, Breadth, Accessibility and Sustainability

Abstract text

From the Association’s perspective, one of our key responsibilities is to advance the field of anthropology by applying our “super powers,” including the power to convene anthropologists for the purposes of intellectual exchange, teaching and learning, and professional development. When we cancelled our in-place meeting this past fall, and produced instead the “Raising Our Voices” virtual event series, we experimented with design features that would help us adhere to four core values (1) quality (both intellectual content – originality and rigor – and logistical execution); (2) breadth (encompassing the full range of anthropology’s sprawling intellectual terrain); (3) accessibility (in terms of both interactive design and affordability); and (4) sustainability (ensuring the resources that sustain the AAA’s service to its members and the discipline). This presentation will highlight what we observed concerning the potential for extending affordable access to members who might otherwise not participate, as well as observations about the appropriate range and types of presentation formats to accommodate students and professionals working in academic and practice settings, the appropriate range and types of professional development opportunities to offer through workshops and other activities, effective ways of reducing our carbon footprint while maintaining member engagement, how best to balance the Meeting’s contributions to Association finances with equitable and affordable member engagement, and ways that technological affordances can strengthen the relationships among anthropologists and representatives from the interlocutors and communities with which we work.

Conference topic

Panel no. 41 - Technology: Teaching and Learning Anthropology Around the World

Preferred format

Oral

Abstract Review

This abstract was reviewed on 2020-12-30 6:14h by mhallin

Reviewer decision

Accepted