Cool Installations #aaa2013‘s mission is to expand the reach of anthropological research through informed discussions and dissemination. We do this through several different means- conceptualizing and/or collaborating on projects, designing teaching tools, electronic outreach. Perhaps one of most exciting means of dissemination has been through events we hold. For these events, we work closely with community members, academics and artists, and are centered around a body of research relating to a particular topic of interest. While we take our events to a variety of locales and share them with many different audiences, we are proud to have been able to debut both last year’s and this year’s events at the American Anthropological Association’s Annual Meeting. This year, the AAA welcomed these installation events with a dedicated space on Friday, November 22nd- the beautiful Grand Ballroom at the Chicago Hilton. Debuting our “On the Road of Development” installation, we were excited to share the room with other anthropologists dedicated to utilizing many ways to disseminate research, widening anthropological circles and highlighting important ideas in innovative ways. These photos give a glimpse into what happened in the ballroom that day and, hopefully, highlight some of the options that anthropologists have when considering how their research gets “out there.”

Kristina Baines is our resident cool anthropologist. She’s been formally trained in applied, sociocultural, ecological and medical anthropology at Florida Atlantic University (BA, MA), the University of Oxford (MSc) and the University of South Florida (PhD). She has a strong interest in corn, how what we do in our environment makes us well, and using innovative methods to make anthropology relevant and accessible to a wide audience. You can find out more about how these interests translate into projects and pursuits by perusing the rest of our site, or you can contact her directly at

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