Annual Meeting

Intersections: Adversity, Identity, Perspectives

54th Annual Meeting
April 3-5, 2020
Knoxville, TN

A collaborative conference between the Southern Anthropological Society and the Disasters, Displacement and Human Rights (DDHR) Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Intersections are a defining point of the human condition. The social constructs and material realities of race, gender, religion, nationality, ethnicity, and class frame the human experience from the everyday mundane to the highest levels of institutional and structural hierarchies. Intersections within the context of disasters, displacement, and human rights are crucial variables of analysis studied by a multitude of disciplines and can define both research methods and applications. Intersections can subvert race and gender binaries, and expose the underlying nuances of structural violence, post-disaster relief efforts, identity politics, rights-claiming, and legacies of exclusion of marginalized groups. A focus on intersections highlights the ways underlying vectors of identity formation and their material groundings both connect and divide communities, as well as support and deconstruct prevailing social structures. Similarly, the concept of intersections draws attention to the possibilities (and limitations) inherent in multidisciplinary research and in the relationships between research and practice, science and activism, and local and global, in the past and present.

Read the call for papers for more information about this year's exciting theme and collaboration.