Highlights of American Anthropological Assoc. meeting

Some 5,000 anthropologists from around the world will gather at the Atlanta Hilton on December 15 19, 2004 for the American Anthropological Association's 103rd annual meeting. The conference theme is Magic, Science and Religion but included are multiple presentations on violence, aspects of health care including pharmaceuticals, sessions on food research and panels on Islam and the Middle East. There are also talks on urban affairs, immigration, parenting, old age and much more.

Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberto Menchu will speak on Saturday and a series of authors will visit the Press Room to discuss their new books. They write about great apes and children, untold facts about twins and the Holocaust, the fish market at the center of the world, and takes on Fat around the globe. Names and times will be posted in the Press Room.

The American Anthropological Association is the world's largest organization of anthropologists, representing all specialties within the profession from cultural, physical/biological, archeology, linguistics and applied anthropology.

Below is a sampling of sessions with potential media interest. Full programs with speakers and room assignments as well as abstracts of each session will be available in the Press Room.


Re-imagining the "Urban": San Francisco is examined as a case study of how traditional concepts of urban versus suburban have changed. (Noon1.45 p.m.).

Anthropological Approaches to Central Asia and the Middle East: Scholars working on both sides of the Atlantic discuss new approaches to replace notions of tribe, state, gender.( Noon3.45)

Modern Magic in Melanesia and Beyond: Panelists will scrutinize the paradoxical proliferations of magical forms in a modernized world. (23.45 p.m.)

Emergent Representations: Violence, Ethnography and the Everyday: A panel discusses the challenges of violence to everyday lives. (25.

Contact: Ghita Levine
703-528-1902 x3039
American Anthropological Association

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