CFP: SAC 38th Annual Conference


SAC 38th Annual Conference

March 28th—30th, 2019

McMenamins Edgefield Resort Portland, Oregon

We live in dynamic times, witnessing tectonic shifts in our society and the world. Globally, social change and unrest seem to be accelerating and this monumental change has enormous implications for the focus and practice of anthropology, especially the anthropology of consciousness. The 2019 theme for the 38th annual Anthropology of Consciousness conference centers on the relationship between consciousness and social change. We seek to engage contemporary events, exploring the implications for humanity.

How can our understanding of consciousness and human transformation be made relevant, with the aim of a praxis to catalyze a shift toward a more just world? What are the subaltern and scholarly responses to the tribal politics and factionalism we are experiencing? What positive outcomes are emerging? These are hot topics, and we will face them head on as we return to the inclusive McMenamins Edgefield Resort — a place that we all hold dear and now call an organizational home. We invite you to join our inter and transdisciplinary community of practice. AoC is unique in its cultural approach to consciousness, openly and critically exploring consciousness as it is understood and shaped across time and cultures.

We invite papers, panel proposals and workshops on topics including but not exclusive to the following sub-themes:

• Transdisciplinary dialogue on the changes happening around us and their implications
• The impact of migration on social movements and social consciousness
• Empowering change makers with traditional wisdom practices
• The new feminine & women’s movement into political power
• Militarization, globalization and the role of anthropology in helping to shape a more connected and integrated world
• New social movements and perspectives that once again challenge the line between emic and etic anthropological practices and how consciousness studies can help us to bridge the divide between the two
• Voices of youth and subaltern
• The dynamic interplay between compassion and fear
• Social justice or the lack thereof
• The new state order and re/deconstruction of truth
• Ways to engage and enact social change


Workshops & Experientials

AoC also invites submission of artistic works and experiential workshops exploring or cultivating consciousness. We aim to build bridges across scholastic and creative communities, as as well provide opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Workshops are free for all registered presenters, and are open to single-day attendees for a nominal fee. Workshop leaders will receive a 100% discount on conference registration fees.



Proposals for individual papers, panels, workshops and special events should be submitted by Dec 20th, 2018 to [email protected]. Presenters then need to create a user account and register on the AAA website, after which they can upload abstracts to be included in the conference program. Non-presenting attendees can register through the AAA system, on-site, or via our website. Links and clarifying instructions will be provided shortly on our website,

If your paper is not accepted, you may request a refund of your registration fees. Acceptance notifications will be sent by the end of January, 2019.

Limit: one paper or presentation per person, unless prior approval has been obtained from the Program Chair. Session organizers may submit individual papers for inclusion in their sessions. Please indicate whether you will require audio-visual equipment for your presentation. A projector, screen and laptop will be made available.


Hotel Registration

The 2019 conference will be held at the beautiful McMenamins Edgefield Resort in Portland Oregon.

Address: 2126 S.W. Halsey St, Troutdale, OR, 97060 Phone: (800) 669-8610

McMenamins has a wide variety of rooms available that can suit any budget.
Please contact the reservation desk and mention that you are with AoC (or the American Anthropological Association) to receive a special room rate.

Questions? Please contact the Program Chair Bryan Rill at [email protected]