Society for Cross-Cultural Research 2016 Conference – Portland, Oregon

11 Aug

Society for Cross Cultural Research Conference
February 17-20, 2016
Call for submissions

The deadline of October 1st for submissions of papers, posters and panel proposals for the Society for Cross Cultural Research conference in Portland, Oregon is fast approaching!

The host city: Portland, Oregon
We invite you to discover the local culture of Portland, famous for the large number of independent microbreweries, Waterfront Park, artisan handicrafts, Powells “City of Books” and food carts that contribute to the unofficial slogan “Keep Portland Weird”. Portland is a city of beauty, interesting people and fascinating history.

Accommodation and Conference site: The Embassy Suites Hotel, downtown
The Embassy Suites Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon. This historic all suite hotel was built in 1912, completely refurbished in 2014 and features vintage décor with a state-of-the-art meeting facility. Each allergy friendly suite includes a separate living area, private bedroom, free wifi, small refrigerator and microwave. A complementary full cook to order breakfast and complementary evening reception serving regional wines, local beers and spirits are added benefits. From the hotel, it is only a 3-5 minute walk to over 30+ restaurants, including Portland’s famous foodcarts, Powell’s bookstore, the Pearl district, shops and entertainment. Reservations (SCCR hotel rate deadline January 27, 2016):

Register for the conference now at:

Abstract submissions for panels, papers, and posters can be made at the conference website;

Deadline for abstract submission: October 1, 2015.
Notification by November 1, 2015.

We look forward to seeing you in Portland, Oregon!

Bonnie Hewlett and Jay Fancher
SCCR 2016 Program Co-chairs

Society for Cross-Cultural Research

5 Aug

Visit Portlandia!

The 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research (SCCR) will be held February 17-20, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.


This year’s keynote speakers include Ed Hagen (Washington State University-Vancouver), Paul Harris (Harvard), Catherine Panter-Brick (Yale), and Barbara Rogoff (University of California-Santa Cruz).

Plus, an invited lecture by Tony Johnson (Cultural Committee Chair for the Chinook Tribe).


SCCR is a multi-disciplinary organization with members sharing a common devotion to the conduct of cross-cultural and comparative research. Since its founding in 1971, SCCR has attracted professionals and students from the social science fields of Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, and related fields including Archaeology, Education, Nursing, Family Studies, Social Work, Human Development, Psychiatry, Communications, Ethnic Studies, and Business.

The SCCR conference provides a unique atmosphere encouraging attendees to get to know each other better, form lasting relationships, and provide genuine support to their fellow colleagues and students. Whether you’re a faculty member, independent researcher, or student, we invite you to consider organizing a symposium or presenting individual papers or posters.

Abstract submissions for panels, papers, and posters can be made on the conference website:
Deadline for abstract submission: October 1, 2015.
Notification by November 1, 2015.

Student Paper/Poster Award: SCCR will award two cash prizes $250; one for a student paper and one for a student poster. Current undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the award.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND CONFERENCE SITE: Embassy Suites Hotel, downtown Portland Reservations (SCCR hotel rate deadline January 27, 2016).

Embassy Suites Portland Downtown Exterior

Please feel free to contact Bonnie Hewlett ( or me ( if you have any questions. And share this invitation with anyone who might be interested. I hope to see you there!

The Challenge of Public Dissemination

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Originally posted on Welcome to the AAA Blog:

The following post was submitted by Elisa (EJ) Sobo, Professor of Anthropology, San Diego State University.

The New York Times recently featured an op-ed piece titled ‘Academics seek a big splash.’ In it, Noam Scheiber assesses recent changes in how scholars relate to the media. Concurrently, Huffington Post published ‘An anthropological approach to California’s vaccination problem,’ which concerned a forthcoming peer-reviewed anthropological article of mine regarding vaccine refusal. The essay, and news of it, spread quickly over the Web.

As Scheiber notes in the ‘big splash’ piece, although academics “once regarded the ability to attract attention with suspicion” we “increasingly reward it.” Our newfound interest in cultivating mass publicity is in part due to the fact that funding agencies like it when the work they sponsor is in the news. This “has led to a new model of disseminating social science research through the media.” When journalists…

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Archaeology Workshop: Avebury the Henge Years

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Sounds like an amazing experience if you’re in southern England on 14 July!

Originally posted on FragmeNTs:

On Tuesday 14 July the Curator of our Museum Dr Ros Cleal and I will be offering you the opportunity to step  into the world of the Avebury henge builders for the day. We’ll be sharing some of our latest discoveries; I’ll be taking you on a field visit to Avebury Henge and Stone Circles and Ros will be giving you the opportunity to see finds from the Museum collections that are normally behind closed doors.

Take a look at our events listings to find out more and to book yourself onto a journey into our ancient past.

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Where have I gone?

5 Jul

In 2011-2012 I was teaching 1-2 classes and loving the additional avenue of discussion provided by blogging. Somewhere along the way, my class load increased to 8 between Mt. Hood Community College, Washington State University-Vancouver, Clark College, and Ashford University. The students and classes, spanning all four fields of anthropology, at these institutions has been a lot of fun. But clearly, my blog production (which was never great) has slowed down.

If you’re interested in smaller doses of my scientific earnestness and geeky anthro enthusiasm – or want to share your ideas/discoveries – please check Facebook (Jay Fancher) or Twitter (@jfancherphd).

Go Anthro!


Charleston: Continuing the Conversation

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Originally posted on Welcome to the AAA Blog:

It has been two weeks since the mass shooting took place at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Makeshift memorials are still being placed on the grounds outside under the hot summer sun and, like the new floral arrangements that arrive daily, the horror remains fresh in our minds. As it should. The conversations on race and racism need not be pushed aside to make way for the next tragic event for that will come soon enough. It needs to continue and remain prominent in our headlines and our households until, as the Confederate flag is destined to be, racial intolerance is taken down once and for all.

Racial hatred need not exist. Through more than a century of anthropological studies on race and culture, we now understand that human behavior is learned, conditioned into infants beginning at birth, and always subject to modification. Our…

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Everything turns to candy

10 Jun


Hidden (and not-so-hidden) sugar is everywhere.

Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:

Sadly, Tim Horton’s was outside security at the Vancouver airport, so I failed to secure any donuts before I got to the departure gates. However, I did have one for lunch yesterday, after a creditable meal of a ham and swiss sandwich and a giant frozen lemonate (which gave me my first real case of brain freeze). As dessert, I essayed the “maple dip” donut suggested by one reader, but I found it mediocre. The sandwich was much better.  Dejuner:


I was forced, then, to have my morning pastry at the overpriced Starbucks inside the airport. While waiting in the huge line, I noticed how slowly it was moving. And that was because many of the customers, instead of just getting coffee (110 calories with whole milk, tall version), were ordering versions of Starbucks’s “candy coffee”, i.e. caramel chocolate macchiato (240 calories, tall, whole milk), cinnamon dolce latte whip…

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