Washington Association of
Professional Anthropologists

Welcome to WAPA

The Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA) is the oldest and largest regional association of professional anthropologists in the world today. Founded in 1976, WAPA serves as a resource, and a social and career development center for anthropologists seeking to apply their knowledge and skills to practical problems for the betterment of society.

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What Do We Mean By Public Anthropology? by WAPA member Gretchen Schafft

In keeping with the 2013 Annual Meeting theme, "Future Publics, Current Engagements," CoPAPIA explores what is meant by the term “public anthropology.” CoPAPIA, which focuses on practicing, applied, and public anthropology, asked Gretchen Schafft, Public Anthropologist-in-Residence at American University, to comment on the distinctions and relationships among these various forms.  Click here to read the article.

Posted 11 March 2014

Call for Presentation Proposals:  AnthroPlus University of Maryland, Saturday, April 5, 2014

Submissions due March 16, 2014

AnthroPlus will be held in the Atrium of Stamp Student Union on Saturday, April 5, 2015. It is a free event and all are welcome to attend!

2014 marks the 5th Anniversary of AnthroPlus! To celebrate the success of the past four years, the title of this year’s conference is 5 Years of AnthroPlus: Exploration and Innovation in the 21st Century. The past four years have shown remarkable success, with students from anthropology and many other departments, as well as many other universities, joining us to present innovative student research in the social sciences. Come present what you’ve been working on (whatever stage that research may be in) to an audience of other students and professionals!

Submission formats include:
- 15 minute paper/presentation
- Sessions or panels
- Posters
- Visual media (photography or film)

Feel free to contact us with any other ideas you might have – we are open to new formats!

We are pleased to present Dr. Wilton Martinez, visual anthropologist and ethnographic filmmaker, as our keynote speaker this year. Dr. Martinez is president of the Center for Visual Anthropology of Peru, and teaches at both the University of Maryland University College and the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. His work focuses on the image as both a cultural construct and a medium of research, has conducted extensive research on the reception of ethnographic media, and is also an applied visual anthropologist with consulting experience in development projects, social advocacy, and community media-based projects in Peru and other countries. We are very excited to have him join us this year to speak about his work in ethnographic documentary and the intersections of visual and applied anthropology. Please visit his website for more information about his work: www.ethnovisions.net

We welcome all anthropology students (undergrad and graduate!) to submit, as well as students in the broader social sciences and humanities! If you have research you’d like to get out there, an idea for a panel or session, a poster or another form of visual media, please submit! Also, spread the word to your friends in other departments and at other universities.

Click here to submit your proposal by March 16, 2014.

Please direct any questions to anthropologyconferenceumd@gmail.com or pmarkert@umd.edu.

Posted 11 March 2014

On Behalf of the AAA Committee for Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA)

Help Us To Understand the Careers of Practicing And Professional Anthropologists as they relate to Academic Institutions

Are you a practicing or professional anthropologist working outside of an academic organization?  If so, are you collaborating in any way with an academic institution as part of your professional life?

We are aware from anecdotes that many practicing and professional anthropologists participate in the academic community in one way or another.  But we know little about what this participation is like, how academic responsibilities figure in their careers, and how practitioners are compensated for their academic commitments.  The American Anthropological Association's (AAA) Committee on Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA) is seeking volunteers to share their experiences and views on this issue in a 30-minute phone interview.  We will draw on the data we collect to make available various models for department-practitioner collaboration and offer recommendations for appropriate compensation.

Please contact Sanne Roijmans if you would like to know more.  We will follow up with more information on the survey and how you can participate.

Posted 5 June 2013

Meetings and Activities

Unless otherwise indicated in the event description, WAPA meetings are held at the Charles Sumner School, located at the intersection of 17th St NW and Rhode Island Ave NW.  Click here for directions.

Upcoming events

21 Apr 2014 6:00 PM • Ultimo Lounge (1633 17th St NW)
19 May 2014 6:00 PM • TBA

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