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2017 SAS Annual Meeting:
Ethnocentrism In Its Many Guises

Thursday, March 23 Saturday, March 25, 2017
Abstracts due February 15, 2017 (Second Call)

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Ethnocentrism at its most extreme is the belief that one's own beliefs and practices are superior to another's, that another group is inferior or substandard to one's own. The 2017 SAS Annual Meeting Keynote Theme encourages us to consider the challenges of ethnocentrism in all its many Hydra-headed guises as it intersects with racism, sexism, xenophobia, religion, politics, education, and more.

Over the last several months we have experienced major social and political shifts in our own country, mostly associated with identity politics, societal stressors, and a longing for an idealized past. For many Americans these changes have been unexpected and unpredictable. Yet anthropologists have long studied change in other societies. In order to explore and connect the research we do all over the globe with the experiences in our own country, this year's Keynote Theme encourages us to reflect on the role and impact of ethnocentrism on all cultures, societies, and personhoods.

We encourage submissions from diverse individuals (faculty, students, independent scholars, and the interested public) and from all the anthropological subfields (social, cultural, and applied anthropologists, archaeologists, biological and physical anthropologists, linguists) and others across the humanities and social sciences.

Organized Sessions Organizers are responsible for submitting the session title and abstract (of no more than 250 words), keywords, length of session, session member names and roles. Presenters are responsible for submitting their own individual abstracts (up to 150 words), paper title, and keywords.

Individual Paper or Poster – Paper and Poster submissions should begin with paper or poster title, author's name (listed last name first in capital letters, then first name) followed by affiliation. The abstract should consist of no more than 150 words.

Program Co-Chairs: Dr. Marjorie Snipes (UWG), Dr. Betty Duggan (UTC, USF), and Dr. Brandon D. Lundy (KSU).
For further information contact Dr. Marjorie Snipes at

The SAS Proceedings volume will be derived from outstanding papers that creatively and effectively address this year's theme.

Christine Kovic

Christine Kovic

Keynote by Christine Kovic, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake:

Borders and Bridges: Migration, Anthropology, and Human Rights

It will address human rights and Mexican and Central American migrants in their journey toward the U.S., the violence they experience due to "security" policies, the ways migrants and allies challenge these policies, and the role of anthropology.

Click here for Christine Kovic's Bio (PDF)

KEYNOTE DISCUSSION SESSION LEADER (Saturday): EUNICE CHO, J.D., Southern Poverty Law Center in Atlanta, Georgia

Ms. Cho will address and lead a question and answer session on IMMIGRATION AND CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. At the SPLC, Ms. Cho litigates and advocates on behalf of immigrant detainees and low-wage immigrant workers. She co-organized and participated in the US migrant rights delegation to the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism in South Africa, is Education Director of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and co-authored a curriculum for immigrant community groups in the US, which received the 2004 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award.


Rooms can be reserved at the Courtyard Marriott Carrollton at a the special rate of $119.00/night until February 21st.

Courtyard Marriott CarrolltonOur conference headquarters will be the Courtyard Marriott Carrollton. The new state-of-the-art lobby at Courtyard provides greater flexibility and choices for the guests. At the center of it all is The Bistro, a destination for a great breakfast, or drinks and dinner during the evening.

Guests will also enjoy inviting, flexible spaces where you can work or relax, free Wi-Fi throughout and easy access to the latest news, weather and airport conditions via our GoBoard technology.

Plus, the well-equipped fitness center and indoor pool will help the guests stay refreshed and energized. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, a stay at the Courtyard is sure to be more comfortable, more productive and more enjoyable than ever before!

Click here to book your group rate for UWG Anthropology Conference at the Courtyard Marriott Carrollton
Courtyard Marriott Carrollton
180 Barnes Avenue
Carrollton, GA 30117

Click here to book your group rate for UWG Anthropology Conference at the Hampton Inn Carrollton
Hampton Inn Carrollton
102 South Cottage Hill Road
Carrollton, GA 30117

Proposal Submissions:

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Dr. Marjorie Snipes

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