It is not directly related to the present thread, but I was wondering if the AAA has any official position vis à vis Minerva and more generally vis à vis military use of anthropology/anthropologists ?
Have the ideals of F. Boas expressed in his piece "scientists as spies" been forgotten ?
Thanks Chris for these historical points.
I am not an american anthropologist, so it is very easy for me to have a strong stand. But I was thinking that thanks to learning from history, it could be the case that the AAA, if it does not take a clear position against military use of anthropologists/anthropology, will be censured, on a resolution distancing the AAA from anthropologists' view. And if it does not take a real stand, then the AAA could be threatened with expulsion from american anthropology, for example through a campaign of mass resignation.
But once more, I am not an american anthropologist, and I do not know exactly what is the AAA, or what power it has, so my opinion may be absolutely outlandish.
Moreover, I do not know the official position of the AAA, so I may be talking for nothing. What is the present stand of the AAA ?
(One may think that I am one more contentious french. So be it.)
I'll take the time to read the documents and make my opinion. There is also concerning developments in Europe (and not only in the UK), as reported here : http://www.antropologi.info/blog/anthropology/2009/militarisation_o...
Some elements are very worrysome. It may make sense to build some sort of international and coordinated resistance on those matters.