With about a month to go until the AAA conference in San Francisco, it’s time to start thinking about taking things seriously for once. The recent announcement by the AAA that they’ve gone open access has made me think that we need a little more focus on open access in the present, a little more recognition for those who support OA, and maybe just a little bit more fun at this year’s conference so that maybe we can start thinking again about why we do this and why we might go to a Really Expensive Meeting
Ergo, I am hereby inaugurating an independent awards show to be performed at the AAA. I’m willing to organize it this year, if others are willing to help out (please!?). Nothing too extravagant or long, I’m thinking a guerrilla ceremony in the lobby. I’ll need people to hold the signs, act as paparazzi, maybe a little musical act before and after… and especially: NOMINATIONS. Post them here, or email me (ckelty at ucla etc ). I’m not sure what the prizes will be yet, but they will be good, I promise.
These are the categories I’ve come up with so far:
1. most excellent (and second most excellent) open access article in anthropology or associated disciplines, 2007-8. open access = green, gold, self-archived or institutional repository.
2. most excellent open access teaching materials 2007-8. Syllabus, teaching materials, assessment ideas, technologies or tools, ideas for teaching.
3. most excellent idea for making anthropology public.
4. most (or least?) excellent new theoretical fad.
5. most excellent anthropology blog (SM recuses itself, naturally).
6. most excellent business plan idea for the AAA.
7. most excellent award category not listed here.