The Society for Applied Anthropolgy has invited cognate professional associations to join as co-sponsors in the Annual Meeting. Those groups who have accepted the invitation are now working actively with the Program Chair on the content of the sessions. The groups include:
Council on Nursing and Anthropology (CONAA). The Council on Nursing and Anthropology is an organization of nurse-anthropologists who meet twice each year, once at the Society for Applied Anthropology meetings in the spring, and once at the American Anthropology Association meetings in the Fall. For the past three decades, CONAA has gathered nurse-anthropologists under the umbrella of the Society of Medical Anthropology. CONAA’s mission is to explore culture and client care, the teaching of culture, and the preparation of nurses as culturally-competent caregivers.
Political Ecology Society (PESO). The Political Ecology Society has as its object the promotion of interdisciplinary scientific investigation of the political and economic principles controlling the relations of human beings to one another and to the environment. As part of its efforts to meet these goals, PESO supports the publication of the Journal of Political Ecology, a peer reviewed electronic journal that publishes articles and reviews in English, French, and Spanish. As well as the PESO Annual Meeting, the society organizes sessions at professional meetings, and sponsors an electronic public forum on its Internet site.
Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS). The Society for Anthropological Sciences was organised to promote empirical research and social science in anthropology. The members of SAS want to further the development of anthropological science as empirical knowledge based on testable theory, sound research design and systematic methods for the collection and analysis of data. We seek to fulfill the historic mission of anthropology to describe and explain the range of variation in human biology, society, and culture across time and space.
Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA). The Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA), which has been a co-sponsor of the SfAA meetings about every two years since the 1997 Seattle Meetings, joins us again this year as a co-sponsor. The SMA of the American Anthropological Association was founded in 1971 to promote the study of anthropological aspects of health, illness, health care, and related topics and to encourage communication and utilization of the results obtained from such studies. It is currently the largest international scholarly organization devoted to all aspects of medical anthropology. The SMA currently has approximately 1,400 members (many of whom are also members of the SfAA), and publishes the quarterly international journal of record in the field, the Medical Anthropology Quarterly.