JALIL-GUTIERREZ, Sylvia (CCSU) The Search for a Sustainable and Just Future. When large-scale events happen, be they massive social movements, such as the fight for social justice and democracy in Brazil, terrorist attacks, genocide, or natural disasters, conflicting narratives ensue. What are the historical, political, economic, social and cultural issues at play? How do people and groups act in times of crisis? Using narrative, autoethnographic and reflexive methodologies, we explore, emotions, actions and lived experiences and consider how power is constituted, contested and configured. Spanning four geographic areas (Africa, Europe, North America, and South America) the panelists in this session analyze these types of events with a holistic and critical lens. gutierrezs@ccsu.edu (TH-105)

 

JENSEN-RYAN, Danielle and STRAUSS, Sarah (U Wyoming) Sustainable Futures?: Renewable Resources and Energy Transitions. This panel explores the intersection between international urban/rural renewable environmental resources—sun, wind, biomass, water—and energy transitions, in light of growing concerns from climate change (Crate, 2011). Our work focuses on environmental renewability through sustainable energy development efforts with attention to policy and implementation issues. We consider whether and how energy development, in contrasting areas globally, can provide strategies to promote sustainable futures. Through discussing the social, economic, political, and/or cultural complexities associated with urban/rural environmental renewability, best mechanisms can emerge to meet the energy needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations.djensen1@uwyo.edu (TH-152)

 

JESSEE, Nathan (Temple U), PETERSON, Kristina (Lowlander Ctr), SAND, Melanie (Cornell U), and MALDONADO, Julie (Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network) Learning and Unlearning Best Principles, Parts I-II: An Open Conversation and Power Analysis of Knowledge Production in Environmental Adaptation. We invite a continued conversation that emerges from the previous roundtable focused upon knowledge frameworks. This conversation will constitute a power analysis of knowledge in the context of changing weather and environmental systems. Inspired by coastal tribes’ efforts to create partnerships while adapting to land loss in Louisiana, session organizers hope to better understand dangers that emerge throughout the production, circulation, and implementation of best principles and practices in adaptation planning. The aim is to investigate possible development of applications for understanding adaptation knowledge as sites of social encounter where barriers to justice and human rights are reproduced and/or challenged. nathan.jessee@temple.edu (F-01, F-31)

 

JOHNSON, Jeffrey and MCCARTY, Christopher (UF) Analyzing Anthropology: Qualitative Data Analysis of the Conference Programs of the American Anthropological Association. The first annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association was held in 1902.  The printed conference programs provide a window into the evolution of anthropology as an intellectual, scientific, and scholarly pursuit.  The programs have been digitized and now provide an interesting corpus of text in which changes and dynamics within anthropology can be examined.  This panel provides several analyses of all available programs since 1902. They include changes in the study and salience of social structure (e.g., kinship, social networks), and network analysis of collaborations over time. johnsonje@ufl.edu (S-95)

 

JOHNSON, Teresa R. (U Maine) and RICHMOND, Laurie (Humboldt State U) Fishing and Coastal Community Sustainability, Part II. Coastal communities face many challenges including development pressure, natural hazards, sea level rise, habitat degradation, gentrification, and multiple competing interests. Fishing communities are especially facing considerable challenges, including rising costs and declines in access to fish resources, participation, and critical infrastructure, as well as “graying of the fleet.” These all raise concerns about the long-term viability of coastal and fishing communities. Papers in this session reflect on the concept of coastal community sustainability and address questions: What are some challenges facing coastal fishing communities and what are some of the solutions that have enacted to ensure a sustainable future? teresa.johnson@maine.edu (W-91)

 

KIERWIAK IV, Joseph and NEWMAN PHILLIPS, Evelyn (CCSU) Sustaining the Future of Engaged Anthropologists: Training Undergraduate Field Researchers. Engaged anthropology promotes social justice through various forms of encounters, such as teaching and public education, advocacy and activism (Low and Engle 2010). One means of raising anthropology’s profile and sustaining the future is to train undergraduate field researchers who investigate issues and problems that provide a social critique of the status-quo. This panel highlights the ethnographic research of undergraduate students.  Their research demonstrates that an early grounding in anthropological practice can not only train young anthropologists to holistically address structural inequalities but also, prepares them to engage in policy advocacy. joe.kierwiak@my.ccsu.edu (TH-137)

 

KIESSLING, Brittany (ORISE) The Anthropology of Environmental Decontamination: Social Science Perspectives on Toxic Cleanups. One of the greatest challenges we face in an age of increasing industrialization and consumption is finding sustainable solutions for cleaning up and disposing of wastes and contaminants. Balancing social, economic, and environmental aspects of cleanup, whether at a Superfund site or after a hurricane, is a challenge. Understanding how requires addressing anthropological questions. For example, how are different stakeholders involved in the decision making process? How can cleanups accommodate conflicting perspectives of what is clean and safe? This paper session will highlight the current work of anthropologists endeavoring to understand cleanup practices and outcomes. (TH-166)

KIHLSTROM, Laura (USF) What Do We Mean When We Talk About Food Insecurity? Parts I-II. Food insecurity, defined as a state of not having physical, social and economic access to food that is nutritious, safe, and sufficient, and that meets the dietary needs and preferences of an individual, has become a well-known concept among scholars and practitioners. Debates around the proper measurement, definition, and meaning of food insecurity are ongoing. The purpose of this session is to introduce theoretical, methodological, and applied approaches that help us further understand food insecurity. lkihlstrom@mail.usf.edu (TH-03, TH-33)

 

KIM, Andrew (Northwestern U) Measuring Mental Health and Resilience across Cultures: Conceptual and Methodological Developments and the Burgeoning Field of Global Mental Health. Understanding and comparing psychological suffering across cultures has long been a goal of anthropology. Anthropologists have increasingly utilized mental health assessments and frequently interdigitate these tools with ethnography, biomarkers, and other tools. Such studies have produced important critiques of standardized assessments, and in some cases demonstrate how globally-standardized surveys fail. Anthropologists have also adapted these tools to fit the sociocultural realities in which they work. This panel revisits the progress made by anthropologists in the burgeoning field of global mental health and considers some of the challenges faced by utilizing and adapting internationally standardized tools and employing ethnographically-grounded methods to improve them. andrewkim2022@u.northwestern.edu (W-130)

 

KRIMGOLD, Fred (VTU) and BENDER, Steve (OAS retired) Innovation Diffusion for Building Safety in the “Informal Sector”: Can Anthropology Help? Disaster risk reduction of the built environment in the developed (rich) world is based on regulation of land use and construction in the formal sector. Efforts to replicate such approaches have had little impact in low and middle-income countries where the greater share of urban expansion remains unregulated and vulnerable in the informal sector. This panel will explore the frontiers of formal sector regulation, traditional regulatory capacity and innovative approaches to penetrate the informal sector, and the prospect of perhaps blurring the line between formal and informal sectors by a less formal developed and a more formal under-developed approach. baybender2@gmail.com (TH-46)

 

LAMONICA, Aukje (S CT State U) Suburban Opioid and Heroin Use. The current opioid crisis is like no other experienced in recent history. Unlike previous cohorts of heroin users, the majority of new opioid users are White, middle class, and live in nonurban areas. There is a lack of research on drug user populations in suburban communities. In this session, we present data from a grant funded ethnographic study focusing on opioid and/or heroin users living in suburban communities of Boston, MA, New Haven, CT, and Atlanta, GA. The four papers focus on intergenerational drug use, gendered experiences of drug use, harm reduction efforts, and treatment experiences. lamonicaa1@southernct.edu (TH-93)

 

LAMPE, Frederick (Fritz) (NAU) Refugee Communities Creating Diaspora: Identity, Relationships, and Responsibilities. The transition from refugee to global-local community member is important yet understudied. Once welcomed to their host-community, refugees are thrust into the transitions of meeting the grant-imposed timelines associated with adjusting to life in the United States as well as adjusting to the many transitions that come with settling into local communities, finding community within that community, and maintaining ties with those who have either been left behind or settled elsewhere. This panel explores the process of creating diaspora, the relationships, responsibilities, and inherent identities that come post-refugee. frederick.lampe@nau.edu (F-109)

 

LANTTO, Kathleen (Loyola U) Homelessness: An Event and a Lifestyle. Homelessness intersects with other social issues, such as criminal justice, veterans’ issues, community development, and mental health. These overlapping experiences within homelessness require attention to be paid to personal experiences with navigating housing, systems in place that protect and prevent loss of housing, local activism for housing rights, access to resources, and other justice issues. Panelists discuss how community activists, resource providers, and people experiencing homelessness are addressing homelessness and advocating for the betterment of systems, how resources are made available to people in crisis, and how communities reshape in the event of homelessness. klantto@luc.edu (TH-123)

 

LARRIVEE, Anne (U Penn) Sustaining Libraries for the Future. As more library collections shift toward electronic platforms and the goals of libraries change, there are many questions about the future of libraries. What is the role of librarians? What defines a library space? What will librarians choose to purchase? This panel of librarians will attempt to explore some of these issues and what it means for higher education. larrivee@upenn.edu (W-111)