As part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, the Anthropology Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites colleagues and collaborators, current students and alumni, faculty past and present, as well as scholars, practitioners, and activists near and far to join us for a four-day conference from October 3rd through October 6th.
At this moment of escalating precarity and deepening inequalities, of resurgent nativisms, social dislocations, and ongoing colonialism-and with climate change threatening life as we know it-we seek to explore how to mobilize anthropological theory and methods to make sense of and respond to these conditions. How might we identify and work toward alternatives?
We seek proposals for academic sessions, papers, workshops, and special events. We have also planned exciting plenaries, community engaged workshops, dinners and events that reflect on the history of the department.
Conference Events and Themes
Our conference theme, Engaging Anthropology, is meant to highlight the importance of ongoing engagements with the many challenges of the day. In line with our department's history and the field's diversity of orientations towards research, teaching, and practice, sessions around our theme of Engaging Anthropology might include any of these areas (though you need not limit your submissions to these areas).
New Directions in Archaeology and Social Justice
Critical Heritage Studies
Activism and Organizing
Medical Anthropology and Global Health
Whiteness and Racism
Feminist & Queer Theory's impact for Anthropology
Indigenous Epistemologies & Methods
Anthropology of Europe
Political Ecology and Environmental Anthropology
Distinguished Lecturer in the Anthropology of Europe
Lilith Mahmud, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California Irvine
Archaeology of the 21st Century
Jason De León, Professor of Anthropology and Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Black Feminism Today
Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amanda Walker Johnson, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Dana-Ain Davis, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society, Graduate Center, CUNY
Engaging the Present, Envisioning the Future
Jodi Dean, Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Arturo Escobar, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Stephen Healy, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University and member of the Community Economies Collective.
How do we Define "Human"?
Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College
Registration and Proposal Submission
You are invited to attend as a general participant. We also seek papers, presentations, events, workshops, posters, and other activities that engage the discipline of anthropology in critical dialogue and mobilize anthropological theory and methods toward transformative practice. Paper and panel abstracts should be submitted via the conference website by June 30, 2019.
Please contact the conference planning committee at UMassAnthro50@gmail.com with questions or for additional information.
Join the Facebook event site at https://www.facebook.com/events/225899184991945/ or visit the conference page for updates https://www.umass.edu/anthro/engaging-anthropology