Annual Meeting

Join us for the 2022 SAS Annual Meeting
at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, Raleigh, NC
April 7-9, 2022

The theme for the 2022 Meeting is “Public Interest and Professional Anthropology in the South”

See call for papers here

What does an anthropology of/in the South that is applied, public, or engaged look like? How are we applying anthropology, serving a public(s), and/or engaging contemporary politics particularly in this time of global pandemic and anti-racist protest? Forty-five years ago, in the Proceedings of the Southern Anthropological Society, Mike Angrosino raised a similar question, Do Applied Anthropologists Apply Anthropology? Much has changed in anthropology over the 45 years since then, with anthropologists adopting various approaches to doing anthropology beyond the academy. The theme of the 2022 SAS meeting, Public Interest and Professional Anthropology in the South, showcases the maturation of the discipline in myriad ways, regardless of whether it is public interest, practicing, applied or professional. Anthropologists working in the South are employed in many settings, not only in institutions of higher learning (universities and community colleges), but also in federal, state and local government settings, public and private museums, international research organizations (non-profit and for-profit), large and small businesses, archaeology research firms, design companies, public interest advocacy and activism, private consulting businesses and so on. Anthropologists in the South are also colleagues who are working on solutions to problems produced by the 2020-21 Covid-19 pandemic, to the struggle for racial justice in the wake of the George Floyd murder, to the struggles surrounding the removal of monuments and their replacement with symbols representing those who have suffered decades and centuries of injustice, to voting rights, heritage loss, and to environmental justice, among others. The 2022 meetings seek presentations, posters and roundtables illustrating the variety of ways in which anthropology is addressing the needs of its public (students, colleagues, government leaders, business clients, NGO funders, civic and community groups, etc.)

Please join us April 7-9, 2022, at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel in Raleigh, NC. Send us your ideas for presentations. The deadline for abstracts submissions is February 1, 2022. See registration and membership form here. Proposals on all topics are welcome!

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