Annual Meeting

FINAL Call for Proposals – DUE 15 February 2016

51st Annual Meeting of the Southern Anthropological Society
Marshall University
Huntington, West Virginia

Thursday 07 – Saturday 09 April 2016

Reinventing and Reinvesting in the Local for Our Common Good

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Beginning at least since the period of post-WW II reconstruction wherein a modern sense of the term “development” emerged in the specific context of international aid, anthropologists have engaged—not always enthusiastically—in both conceptualizing the processes and variously attempting to use their grounded means of knowledge construction to propose actions that might mitigate the effects of globalization at the level of the local. In answering challenges to their practice as well as to their communities of study during the twentieth century’s second half, anthropologists built on an earlier, but inconsistent disciplinary practice of broad contextualization achieved through tracing layers of history and political economy in the setting of multidimensional global flows together with a commitment to comparative analysis between fieldwork sites. Out of the intellectual tumult of a parallel reflexive turn within the social sciences as well as both new and old sources of cultural, social, and economic turmoil on the streets outside academe, anthropologists today have come to reassess the local itself as a meaningful domain as well as their engagement with it from the scalable context of a global perspective.

Anthropologists have come to passionately commit not only to providing holistic, multifactorial attention to communities where they have built working relationships as a foundation to their methods, as expected objects of study, and as authentic expressions of their humanity but also detailing spatial and temporal connections of cause and effect between these places and broader contexts with the increasingly common goal of advancing social justice through publically-engaged scholarship. While anthropologists rethink their connections to places and people at the intimate end of the scale, the local has been busy too. People for whom the local is humbly that place experienced as “home” are themselves engaged in individual and collective attempts to address their vulnerabilities in relation to increasingly fluid transfers of power between what only analytically appear as distinct levels of “local” and “global.” Today, both working (in the fieldwork sense) and living (in the everyday sense) in communities that are at times the victim and at others the beneficiary of these seemingly mercurial flows, as public intellectuals we have a social responsibility to build on our avowed disciplinary traditions of collaboration to work together—within and outside our profession—to shape diverse and sustainable arrangements that our data suggest will improve the common good now and for the future.

Marshall UniversityWith our orienting theme for the 2016 meeting of the Southern Anthropological Society being a publicly engaged, locally committed social science, we particularly seek proposals for organized sessions, forums, and special events, as well as individually volunteered papers and posters that bring together a variety of anthropological and inter-disciplinary interpretations, document processes of change at the local level, and imagine possible, resilient futures for the places where we live and work.

Orienting Questions for Our Theme: You may want to explore one or more of the following questions. The SAS Proceedings will be derived from outstanding papers that effectively address this year’s theme.

  • What does “the local” mean?
  • How do we go about theorizing “the local”?
  • How might we connect dynamic world history to our contemporary impulses for doing public social science locally? What can we learn from earlier work in this vein?
  • While earnestly valuing “local knowledge,” have we tended to seek this only within certain groups—sidestepping those who are closest to our own life-worlds?
  • To what extent is an historical detachment between academic and applied anthropology reconciled in public engagement through local action by anthropologists working in partnership with their communities?
  • How can we engage in the serious work of retooling our traditional anthropological pedagogies through real and sustained attention to doing anthropology locally?

Orienting Questions for our Local Theme:

You may want to explore one or more of the following questions in developing your own contribution to the conference. The SAS Proceedings volume will be derived from outstanding papers that effectively address this year’s theme.

  • What, exactly, does “the local” mean?
  • As anthropologists, how do we go about theorizing “the local”?
  • How might we connect dynamic world history to our contemporary impulses for doing public anthropology locally? What can we learn from previous anthropological work on this issue?
  • While earnestly valuing “local knowledge,” do we tend to seek this only within certain groups—perhaps avoiding those who are closest to our own life-worlds?
  • To what extent is an historical detachment between academic and applied anthropology reunited in public engagement through local action by anthropologists working in partnership with their communities?
  • How can we engage in the serious work of retooling our traditional anthropological pedagogies through real and sustained attention to doing anthropology locally?

Conference Site:

map-wvThe conference will be hosted by Marshall University and held in the Big Sandy Conference Center in downtown Huntington, West Virginia. Marshall serves nearly 14,000 students on two campuses and offers 52 undergraduate degrees, 51 graduate degrees. The city of Huntington is enjoying an exciting downtown redevelopment and boasts a wide variety of interesting shops and diverse restaurants, including many that are locally owned and operated. Come join us on the banks of the Ohio River in beautiful western West Virginia—we are the northernmost southern state, the southernmost northern state, the easternmost mid-western state, and the westernmost eastern state. We’re the middle of it all! For useful travel information on Huntington and the surrounding area, please visit the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website at www.wvvisit.org.

Stay tuned for more information on exciting “outside the box” conference opportunities for learning about how Huntington has become a regional leader in reinventing the local.

Lodging:

Our conference headquarters will be the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Huntington-Civic Arena, which is nextdoor to the Big Sandy Conference Center. The conference room rate of $119/night includes two full breakfast vouchers/room (a $22 value). Reservations must be made before 3/15/16 by calling 1-888-HOLIDAY or 1-304-523-8880. Mention our group. www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/huntington/htsca/hoteldetail. Free garage parking.

We have a group rate of $99/night at the nearby Pullman Plaza Hotel, which includes full breakfast and an evening drink at the in-house pub. This property is located approximately three blocks away. Reservations must be made before 4/1/16 by calling 1-866-613-3611. www.pullmanplaza.com. Free garage parking.

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Additional Lodging Options

Hotels at Exit 11 off I-64 (2.5 Miles to conference):

  • Hampton Inn and Suites – Approx. $120/night; 177 Kinetic Drive, Huntington, WV 25701, 304-523-8001
  • Ramada Limited Hotel – Approx. $80/night; 3094 16th Street Road, Huntington, WV 25701, 304-523-4242
  • Super 8 – Approx. $70/night; 3090 16th Street Road, Huntington, WV 25701, 304-525-1410
  • TownPlace Suites by Marriott – Approx. $100/night; 157 Kinetic Drive, Huntington, WV 25701, 304-525-4877

Cabins near Exit 5 off I-64 (5 miles to conference):

  • Heritage Bed & Breakfast at Heritage Farm Historical Museum – 2 and 4 bedroom cabins, Approx. $200/night; 3300 Harvey Road, Huntington, WV 25704, 304-522-1244. A Smithsonian Institution Affiliate.

Proposal Submissions:

Click here for the Proposal Submission Portal

Organized Sessions – Due Feb 15, 2016
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– Due Feb 15, 2016
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.

Contact:

Brian A. Hoey, Ph.D., Conference Chair & Proceedings Editor
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755-2678

Voice 304.696.3747
hoey@marshall.edu

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