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.

We are pleased to announce two keynote speakers: Faye V. Harrison and Alisse Waterston! Faye V. Harrison is a Professor of Anthropology and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, author of "Outsider Within: Reworking of Anthropology in the Global Age" and editor of "Resisting Racism and Xenophobia: Global Perspectives on Race, Gender, and Human Rights; African American Pioneers in Anthropology; and Decolonizing Anthropology" (three editions). Alisse Waterston is a Presidential Scholar and Professor of Anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Past President of the American Anthropological Association, author of "My Father's Wars: Migration, Memory, and the Violence of a Century" and editor of "An Anthropology of War: Views from the Frontline."

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.

Deadline Extended: Monday, February 24

When you are ready to submit your abstract, click here. This link directs you to the DDHR platform, where you will enter your information to register and submit abstracts for panels, papers, and posters. Whether you want to attend only DDHR or the joint conference, you must register and submit your abstract through the prior link. If you want access to all conference events by attending both SAS and DDHR, please pay the registration fee on our website by making the appropriate options and paying through the Paypal link provided on this page.

Are you a student? When you join SAS you can submit your paper for consideration in SAS's Annual Student Research Paper Competition. Winning papers are posted on our website and the winner receives a cash prize of $200. The deadline for submitting papers for the student competition is February 28, 2020. Click here for more information.

Event Registration

Registration is open!

Conference attendees may choose to attend SAS sessions only, by paying the SAS Only Membership and Registration rate, or take advantage of all of the exciting conference activities by paying the joint SAS-DDHR Membership and Registration rate. The joint rate provides access to all activities at the concurrent meetings, including the free SAS student workshops, paper prizes, keynotes, reception and social events. Choose the rate that best describes your role: faculty/professional, graduate student/retiree, or undergraduate student.

Payments can be made online by clicking the Paypal button below. Payment via mailed check is also accepted. Checks must be postmarked by March 25, 2020 to allow for mail and processing time. Payments made by check, cash, or credit card on site at the conference are accepted, but will add an additional $5 to the chosen registration/membership package cost.

We look forward to seeing you at our 2020 conference in Knoxville, TN!

Registration and Membership
Free SAS Workshops

Hotel Accommodations

SAS is proud to offer three free workshops for SAS members at the 2020 meeting!

Graduate School Tips and Tricks is facilitated by Dr. Brandon Lundy, the Assistant Director of the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development at Kennesaw State University. This workshop will guide undergraduates in understanding how to choose the right graduate school and faculty mentor, apply to graduate schools, and how to set yourself up for success in graduate school. This workshop is free and only available to undergraduate SAS members, and undergraduates who jointly register for both SAS and DDHR.

Navigating the Academic Job Market is facilitated by Dr. Amanda J. Reinke, Assistant Professor of Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Reinke procured her first tenure-track position immediately after graduate school in 2016 at a public liberal arts institution. After three years there, she successfully procured her second tenure-track role at an R2 institution. This workshop is for graduate students seeking academic positions. Workshop participants will learn how to find appropriate jobs, the application process and materials commonly requested, tips and tricks in the application, and what to expect for the on-campus interview. This workshop is free and available to graduate student members of SAS, and graduate students who jointly register for both SAS and DDHR.

Mentoring and Advising Undergraduates is a workshop for faculty and professionals who mentor or advise undergraduates, and is led by Dr. Jaymelee J. Kim (University of Findlay) and Dr. Erin R. Eldridge (University of North Carolina, Charlotte). This workshop will discuss the differences in mentoring versus advising, and best practices for mentoring undergraduate research and advising students in their curricular and degree trajectories and goals. This workshop is free and available to faculty and professional members of SAS, and faculty and professionals who jointly register for both SAS and DDHR.