Business Anthropology Matters!

We are working with others to increase COPAA participation at AAA. We want to share an exciting initiative that offers excellent opportunities for student engagement as well as faculty and practitioner involvement.

Business Anthropology Matters! and COPAA Call for AAA

COPAA has an exciting opportunity for student involvement in the new Business Anthropology Matters! Initiative.  It will launch at the 2017 AAA Meetings in Washington, DC (Nov. 29-Dec. 3).  Participating in a national initiative is a great addition to student résumés or CVs. Take a look below for ways that both undergraduate and graduate students can make a difference.


  • Contact
  • now through November — with your suggestions and questions!
  • Session, posters, social media are some options for student involvement
  • See attached announcement

Faculty interested in participating through presentations or sessions:

o   “COPAA” and “Business Anthropology Matters”

  • Email Bob and Tim to be sure it is included in all promotional materials

Additional Information:

2017 AAA Business Anthropology Matters! Initiative

Outreach to Anthropology Students:  Getting You Involved

Contact Coordinator:  Elizabeth Briody (

AAA Members Bob Morais and Timothy Malefyt are heading up this initiative to raise awareness of its

  • Theoretical merits
  • Methodological vitality
  • Career promise for anthropologists.

Business anthropology covers a broad landscape from research to employment and consulting opportunities in areas related to organizations, customers and advertising, design, sustainability, entrepreneurship, trade and commerce, technology, partnerships – the list goes on and on.

We want and need your involvement beginning now:  Spring 2017!  There will be many opportunities to participate – before, during and after the 2017 AAA Meetings in Washington, DC (Nov. 29-Dec. 3).  Here are some direct benefits for you:

  • Participation in a national initiative – a great addition to your résumé or CV
  • Interactions with Business Anthropology thought leaders
  • Networking opportunities
  • New experiences and knowledge
  • Satisfaction from raising awareness about Business Anthropology.

Here is a partial list of ways you could participate.  Please contact right away!

  • Generating awareness online of the Business Anthropology Matters! Initiative via Facebook, Web sites, Twitter, Slack, list servs (e.g., LinkedIn, PraxAnth,
  • Logo design for the Business Anthropology Matters! Initiative
  • “Wearables” (e.g., pins, armbands, stickers for AAA registration badge) that you design and produce
  • Materials for display at NAPA and SfAA booths that you create and produce
  • Posters that advertise the Business Anthropology Matters! Initiative at the AAA Meeting (e.g., at Registration, AAA Careers Expo, booths in exhibition hall)
  • Organizing sessions and special events – specifically for students, or open to all
  • Assistance during sessions (e.g., preparation of questions for the speakers, serving as ushers, providing other assistance)
  • Participation in networking events