Annual Meeting

Southern Anthropological Society
2024 Annual Meeting

Climate Crisis and the Politics of Diminishing Cultural Landscapes

March 14-16, 2024
Christopher Newport University
Newport News, VA

The 2024 Southern Anthropological Society will be held on the campus of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. Newport News is a dichotomous place, characterized by military bases, coal fields, and shipyards in addition to beaches, wooded areas, and wildlife. CNU is a small liberal arts college with a commitment to building diversity on a campus made possible by the uprooting of an established Black neighborhood ( As such, this is an ideal location to interrogate questions of changing environmental and cultural landscapes. How do we navigate the spaces we live in light of climate change, historical erasure, and political upheaval? SAS seeks presentations, posters, and roundtables from all fields of anthropology that take up these, and other, questions.

The due date for Proposals has been extended to January 15th, 2023. Submit title of paper, poster, session, or roundtable, name and affiliation of presenter(s), and 100-200 word abstract here: All participants must be registered for the meetings and be a member of SAS.

Conference rate rooms are available at the Marriott in City Center for the nights of March 13th-15th. Contact the hotel directly at (757) 873-9299 to book this rate. More Info >>

If you are flying into Newport News, the Newport News/Williamsburg (PHF) is about a 15 minute drive to CNU campus. The Norfolk airport (ORF) is about 40 minutes away.

> Click Here for Proposal Submission for SAS 2024 annual meeting

> Annual Meeting page on eGrove

The SAS also has a student paper prize in both undergraduate and graduate categories. The prize is open to any student presenting at the conference and carries a $200 award. Submit completed papers by February 7, 2024, to Marjorie Snipes at

For more information contact Andria Timmer, Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology, Christopher Newport University,, (757) 597-3436.

Past Meetings

Coal terminal in Newport News, VA overlooking the James River. Still from documentary film “Coal Blooded” by CNU alum Brandon Davis.

Coal terminal in Newport News, VA overlooking the James River