Spring 2016: Election for Member at Large Anglophone

CASCA will be holding an online election for our current membership to elect a member to the Member at Large - Anglophone position on the CASCA Executive, for a two-year term. There are two candidates who have volunteered to serve, Eric Henry from St. Mary's University, and Charles Menzies from UBC. Their Biographies and Candidate Statements are provided below.
 
The voting is confidential and will take place online using Survey Monkey. Please mark the dates March 18 to 24, 2016 as the period when voting for this election will be possible. Reminder notices will be circulated to CASCA members, and an email will be sent to you through which your vote can be cast electronically.
 
Thank you for your participation in this democratic process!
 
Pauline McKenzie Aucoin
CASCA Secretary
 

Eric Henry

 
Biography:
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a member of the Linguistics and Asian Studies programs as well. A linguistic and cultural anthropologist by training, my research describes the emerging role of global languages, most notably English, in China. In the northeastern city of Shenyang, English, Chinese and the local Dongbeihua vernacular operate as distinctive stylistic choices that allow speakers to shift among complex identities and interactional stances, especially in regards to discourses of modernization and development. My work has been published in Language and Society, Anthropologica, and Anthropological Quarterly.
 
Platform Statement:
I have been a member of CASCA since graduate school and appreciate its role as the leading scholarly organization for anthropologists in Canada. If elected, I will build links with scholars in cognate disciplines such as archaeology, linguistics and sociology who share our interest in culture. I will also work to include the public in discussions of our research, leading to a broader conversation about the role of anthropology in Canada. Another issue of critical importance to me is the role of contingent faculty within both CASCA and academia more generally. We need to make sure that CASCA represents the interests of all anthropologists, no matter their academic status, and advocating for secure employment, academic freedom, and a living wage for contingent and part-time faculty should be a major concern.
 

Charles Menzies

 
Biography:
Charles is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. [B.A. (Simon Fraser University), M.A. (York University), M.Phil., Ph.D. (Anthropology Program, the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York).] Charles' primary research interests are the production of anthropological films, natural resource management (primarily fisheries related), political economy, contemporary First Nations' issues, maritime anthropology and the archaeology of north coast BC. He has conducted field research in, and has produced films concerning, north coastal BC, Canada (including archaeological research); Brittany, France; and Donegal, Ireland. His current research project, Laxyuup Gitxaaɫa, combines archaeological and socio-cultural anthropology to document the traditional territory of the Gitxaaɫa Nation. Charles was born and raised in British Columbia and is a member of Gitxaaɫa Nation, located on BC's north coast.
  
Platform Statement:
Charles is a strong supporter of a Canadian vision of anthropology. This is a vision that recognizes the unique contributions of our ancestors, appreciates the particularities of our land, and is conditioned by building respectful relationships with community partners. Such a vision is hampered by the growing neo-liberal research agendas provincially and nationally. CASCA has a place in supporting a national vision within a forum of world anthropologies. I look forward to participating in and building upon a Canadian tradition of disciplinary advocacy.
 

CASCA Election

CASCA is holding an online election for our current membership to elect a member to the Member at Large - Anglophone position on the CASCA Executive, for a two-year term. There are two candidates who have volunteered to serve, Eric Henry from St. Mary's University, and Charles Menzies from UBC. Their Biographies and Candidate Statements are provided here. The voting is confidential and will take place online using Survey Monkey. Please mark the dates March 18 to 24, 2016 as the period when voting for this election is possible. An email will be sent to you through which your vote can be cast electronically, and reminder notices will be circulated to CASCA members.

Survey on Ethics

CASCA wants to know your opinion about the adoption of its own code of ethics. A confidential survey will be online around mid-March. Members will receive an e-mail with a link to the survey. To read about the Ethics Committee, please visit this page
 

Following the successful recognition of CASCA's Founding Fellows, the Executive would like to invite nominations for CASCA Fellows. The purpose of these Fellows is to recognize the contributions of longstanding CASCA members to the association and to anthropology in Canada. Fellows will be presented to the Association during the AGM each year. Specific nomination criteria include:

• That the nominee has been a member of CASCA for at least 15 years;

• That the nominee is not a Founding Fellow;

• That the nominee is retired or close to retirement and;

• That the nominee has a significant contribution to CASCA and anthropology in Canada.

• In addition, nominees may be an Emeritus Professor.

Please forward nominations, including a rationale and a short bio of the nominee, to the Ad Hoc committee chaired by out-going President Christine Jourdan by March 1st 2016, to the following address:

Christine.jourdan@concordia.ca

Polish Ethnological Society against xenophobia and intolerance

The Polish Ethnological Society approved this position statement at its 91st Annual Meeting in Lvov in reaction of the recent events related to the refugee crisis. CASCA is proud to share the position statement released by the Polish Ethnological Society. We stand in solidarity with the efforts by fellow anthropologists around the globe to promote open and tolerant societies that affirm fundamental principles of social justice. Read the statement here, or visit the PES website here

 

 

Nova Scotia Bill 100 

The Minister of Labour and Advanced Education answered the CASCA opposition to the Nova Scotia Bill 100 Universities Accountability and Sustainability Act. Find the letter here. To read the documentation and the CASCA letter, follow this link

 

 

Anthropology has lost a great name and a great friend. Pierre Maranda, emeritus professor at Laval University, died July 5 (obituaries).We share with you the words of Professor Clive Moore, anthropologist at the University of Queensland, published via the Solomon Islands Information Network. Moreover, here you will find interviews with Mr. Maranda, and here the page dedicated to him on the Classiques des sciences sociales.
 

Too banal for most researchers, animated films are often ignored in the analysis of nationalism. Yet, animated films destined, partially or wholly, for children contribute to defining the nation as well as gendered roles and national ideals.

To continue reading Michel Bouchard's blog, click here.

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