Feminist Anthropology Association Mission Statement
The Feminist Anthropology Association (FAA) at NYU provides an open and safe space for students to address and discuss issues of gender bias in the discipline of anthropology and more broadly within the university system. FAA operates independently from the Anthropology Graduate Students Association (AGSA) and is organized by graduate students, in the interest of students. The Association aims to provide social support to students across the four fields at all stages of their academic trajectory.
FAA contributes to graduate student life in four ways to ensure social support throughout the doctoral experience. First, the Association is a space for students to read about and discuss issues of sexual violence, discrimination, and harassment experienced by women and non-binary scholars in the discipline of anthropology, and academia more broadly. Importantly, the group provides a space for students to speak about and prepare for issues related to violence while conducting fieldwork, and provides support to students returning from the field. Third, the Association hosts department events relevant to FAA’s mission including discussions with faculty and talks with speakers or groups at NYU with similar agendas. Fourth, the Association engages in action-based projects, sometimes in conjunction with other organizations and departments at NYU.
Participation in FAA for graduate students is completely optional, and students can shape the organization to fit different goals and capacities. The aim is that FAA remains an institutionally supported feature of the department so that students have a forum in which they can address, discuss and collectively think about issues related to gender and power.
For more information, contact Leela Khanna and by visiting the NYU Graduate Student Union.