Program for the SAC Spring Conference 2018

We hope you will be joining us in Palo Alto, CA next week for SAC’s annual spring conference. Please check out the SAC 2018 Conference Program

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CFP AAA 2018 panel on Resilience and Adaptation in Voice and Refugee Experience

Call For Papers for the 2018 American Anthropological Association conference in San Jose, California

The working title for this panel is “Resilience and Adaptation in Voice and Refugee Experience” The voice used to describe refugees often does not speak from experience. Media reports tend to objectify refugees as a political problem. In general, public life and narratives about refugees leaves experiences unspoken, perhaps because of cosmologies of nations, structural violence, trauma, or power differentials. Anthropological studies of voice, however, have exposed such problems in representation through a variety of methods and perspectives. This panel foregrounds experience to
ask: What can research on voice teach us about refugee resiliency and adaptation?

This CFP seeks papers which examine the importance and processes of voice in resilience and adaptation in refugee experiences through a broad perspective. This panel is open to all subfields of anthropology. Some possible inquiries might be: Is voice necessary for survival and resilience? What are the places where refugee voices can be heard and shared? Which publics are formed with the voices used to describe refugees? How is voice given to experiences through war crime and border crossing death investigations? How can feminist studies about voice contribute to our understandings of refugees? What can vocal pedagogy and vocal production teach us about these themes? This panel seeks to explore refugee experiences through topics such as, but not limited to: the connections
between individual voice and the sociocultural in resiliency and adaptation; voice as sound and embodied practice or as literary and linguistic practice among refugees; voice and underrepresented people; refugee experiences as adaptations in different historic or prehistoric times; and research methods for unspoken experiences.

Please submit an abstract of 250 words or less to Nina Müller-Schwarze at nina@southernfood.org before or on March 24, 2018. The panel will be submitted to the Music and Sound Interest Group for review and possible sponsorship.

CFP Agency, Consciousness, and Medicine

Agency, Consciousness, and Medicine

Panel Organizers: Sydney Yeager (Southern Methodist University) and Mark Flanagan (Piedmont Health Services)

Call for Papers
2018 Meetings of the American Anthropological Association

This year’s meeting will be held in San Jose, CA., November 14-18, 2018 and the topic is “Change in the Anthropological Imagination: Resistance, Resilience, and Adaptation.”

Panel Abstract:
Defined by Sherry Ortner as the ability to change culture and behavior, agency is a hallmark of certain states of consciousness. Dramatic changes in a person’s experience of their own agency are frequently noted in the cross-cultural record. The primary goal of many ritualistic transformations of consciousness is to allow the person to obtain a greater degree of agency or to regain agency that has been lost or to give up individual agency in communion with higher authority, primarily framed in spiritual terms. Similarly, agency is a central question in many medical settings; the ability to exercise agency is contested by medical practitioners, patients, and caregivers. Illness, trauma or emotional distress can trigger a shift in consciousness and agency in profound ways. This panel seeks to explore the many ways that consciousness can affect agency within formal and informal medical settings, and how positive transformations of consciousness can lead to emotional healing through a journey of reclaiming of agency.

Abstract Submissions:
This CFP hopes to attract scholars working in a wide range of topics and field sites to engage in a lively discussion of how we can expand our understanding of agency through the lens of consciousness.

Please note the unified deadline—April 16, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.—for the submission of abstracts for the AAA meetings. As such, the panel will need to be finalized in advance of this date.

Abstract submissions for inclusion on this panel need to be emailed to Sydney Yeager at sydneyyeager@gmail.com by April 2, 2018.

UpComing Deadline – Call for Managing Editor for Anthropology of Consciousness Journal

CALL FOR MANAGING EDITOR
Anthropology of Consciousness
DEADLINE FEBRUARY 28, 2018

The Executive Board of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness is now inviting applications for Managing Editor of its peer-reviewed journal, Anthropology of Consciousness. Interested applicants should submit a CV, a written statement specifically addressing the qualification criteria listed below and her/his vision for how the journal might evolve. Please send all materials to Beth Savage, SAC Secretary/Treasurer at savagebetha@gmail.com Final selection will follow an interview, preferably before or at the 2018 SAC Spring Meeting in Palo Alto.  Co-Editors encouraged to apply! The three-year term begins August 1, 2018.

Qualifications for Anthropology of Consciousness Managing Editor:
Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of SAC’s areas of research and scholarship. Experience and knowledge in publishing, editing, and journal administration. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Higher degree in anthropology or closely related field. Proven record of refereed publications.
Ability to work with a digital publishing platform. Excellent interpersonal skills and experience supervising staff.

Anthropology of Consciousness is grounded in anthropology, and produces a comprehensive body of literature in both new and established topical areas. A  distinct and highly valued feature of the journal is its interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary appeal to academic authors, contributors, and readers from anthropology as well as from psychology, sociology, alternative and complementary medicine, and phenomenology.  An overarching goal of SAC is to increase the impact and exposure of the journal across anthropology and the other human sciences.

Working arrangements:
Must be available for a three-year term of appointment.

Must meet strict deadlines to produce two issues of the journal annually.

Must have a computer updated to current standards and software.

Works closely with Associate Editors/peer-reviewers and an Assistant Editor.

Training provided, preferably before term begins to overlap with current Managing Editors.

Volunteer position with reimbursement for journal-related costs.

Attendance at AAA annual fall meeting expected, with some travel and lodging
reimbursement.

Organizational or financial support from editor’s institution or organization helpful.

100% working remotely.

Letter from SAC President 1-31-18

Dear Members and Enthusiasts of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness:
In the challenging times we are living in, there is a tremendous need for our work and interest in human consciousness. Now, perhaps more than ever, we need to come together, share our wisdom, and rekindle our passions. For many years, the SAC Spring meeting has been a time for our community to gather and revitalize. Every year we see old faces and new, preserving and passing on cultural wisdom that holds so much potential. What we do with that is an open question, and this year we planned a special visioning circle to co-create our future. We need to ask ourselves, “What might we be?” and “How might we get there?,” and then usher in a new generation of leadership. This is an opportunity for students and young professionals to build valuable experience into their resume. Several positions on the board are opening up and the time for re-election is fastly approaching. If you are interested, please respond to the call for candidates.

Unfortunately, we face a serious challenge. In the past two years, participation had declined despite efforts to collaborate with institutions that hold similar interests. Our online engagement is rising, but meeting participation waning. In the coming months we will be reaching out to each of our members, asking what they’re needs are and how we can best serve them. But right now we need engagement. We need our community to come together and envision the future. To this end we have extended the submission deadline for the Spring 2018 conference until Feb 15th. This is the time to speak up and join in. You don’t need to have an academic paper to present. We need your passion and ideas. Tell us what you want to speak on and we will give you the opportunity.

Without your support we will be forced to cancel the Spring meeting, silencing the visioning process we so critically need. Please contact us with any questions or offers of help to make 2018 happen. For conference questions and submission, please email Sean Hinton, our coordinator, at conferencesac@gmail.com. You can reach me personally at dr.bryanrill@gmail.com.

Respectfully,

Bryan Rill
SAC President

New Member Discount

SAC is excited to announce a new membership discount. Up until the Spring 2018 conference, anyone can join SAC as an Associate member or student for 10% off. New members enjoy full access to the Anthropology of Consciousness journal, discounted registration rates to meetings, and the full benefits of AAA membership. You can begin to enjoy these benefits by joining SAC before registering. Details:

Promo Code: SACAS18

Discount: 10% off Associate and Student (graduate and undergraduate) memberships

Timeline: December 15, 2017 – March 25, 2018

The code should be entered at checkout on the join/renew form.

Registration and Hotel Information for SAC Spring Meeting

SAC Spring Meeting 2018

Registration Information (Please Share Widely)

 

Thank you for your interest in the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness Spring meeting. There are several ways to participate:

 

If you would like submit a presentation or workshop, please see the instructions on our Call for Papers, available on our website www.sacaaa.org. If you want to come without presenting, we have full meeting and one-day registrations available. Visit our website for details.

 

To Register, please visit www.aaanet.org. Select “Attend Events”, then “Section or Spring Meetings” from the dropdown menu. SAC is the fourth meeting listed. You will need to create a login to register. Registration will also be available on site.

 

Costs

Full Meeting Price Onsite – ONE DAY Reg.
SAC Associate Member $150 $50/day
SAC Joint Member $150 $50/day
SAC Retired Member $150 $50/day
SAC Student Member $80 $25/day
SAC Professional Member $150 $50/day
SAC International Member $150 $50/day
SAC Student NonMember $100 $25/day
SAC Professional NonMember $170 $70/day

 

 

New Member Discount

 

SAC is excited to announce a new membership discount. Up until the Spring 2018 conference, anyone can join SAC as an Associate member or student for 10% off. New members enjoy full access to the Anthropology of Consciousness journal, discounted registration rates to meetings, and the full benefits of AAA membership. You can begin to enjoy these benefits by joining SAC before registering. Details:

 

Promo Code: SACAS18

Discount: 10% off Associate and Student (graduate and undergraduate) memberships

Timeline: December 15, 2017 – March 25, 2018

The code should be entered at checkout on the join/renew form.

2018 SAC Spring Conference

This year’s conference, Altered States, Sound, Ritual and Healing Today, Both in Traditional Cultures and Non Traditional, will be held from March 22-25 at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA.

SAC organizers have been working diligently to plan this conference, but currently the number of meeting registrations and abstract submissions are much lower than expected. If interested in attending, it is important that you register as soon as possible.

Call for Abstracts:
SAC is accepting abstracts for this meeting. The submission deadline has been extended to Thursday, February 15, and you must be registered for the conference for your abstract to be considered.

Meeting Details + Logistics:
2018 SAC Annual Spring Conference
Altered States, Sound, Ritual and Healing Today, Both in Traditional Cultures and Non Traditional
March 22-25, 2018
Sofia University
Palo Alto, CA

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Hotel Information:
Dinah’s Garden Hotel Palo Alto
4261 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Reserve your room by calling 650.493.2844 or booking online through this special reservation link. The deadline for making room reservations at the special AAA rates of $129, $289, and $309 S/D is Wednesday, February 21, 2018. When making reservations by phone, please mention you are with the American Anthropological Association. The block of rooms is limited, and rooms might sell out before the deadline. To ensure availability at the group rate, please make your reservations as soon as possible.

Questions?
• For questions about annual conference logistics or content, please contact SAC organizer, Sean Hinton, at conferencesac@gmail.com.

See you in Palo Alto!

Submission Deadline Extended

It is not too late to submit an abstract and join us for the SAC Spring Conference in Palo Alto.

Instructions

Proposals for individual papers, panels, workshops and special events should be submitted by February 15th, 2018 to conferencesac@gmail.com.

Registration fees should be paid to AAA before submitting abstracts. If your paper is not accepted, you may request a refund of your registration fees. Submissions will not be accepted unless registration is completed by the submission deadline. Acceptance notifications will be sent by March 1st, 2018.

Limit: one paper or presentation per person, unless prior approval has been obtained from the Program Chair. Session organizers may submit individual papers for inclusion in their sessions. Please indicate whether you will require audio-visual equipment for your presentation. A projector, screen and laptop will be made available.

HOTEL REGISTRATION: The 2018 conference will be held at the Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA. (on the San Francisco Peninsula) Conference participants can stay at the nearby Dinah’s Garden Hotel Palo Alto 4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Please contact the reservation desk and mention that you are with SAC to receive a special room rate: http://www.dinahshotel.com/ Phone: (650) 493-2844

Questions? Please contact Program Coordinator Sean Hinton at conferencesac@gmail.com

Special Announcements

SAC is excited to announce a new membership discount. Up until the Spring 2018 conference, anyone can join SAC as an Associate member or student for 10% off. New members enjoy full access to the Anthropology of Consciousness journal, discounted registration rates to meetings, and the full benefits of AAA membership. You can begin to enjoy these benefits by joining SAC before registering. Details:

Promo Code: SACAS18
Discount: 10% off Associate and Student (graduate and undergraduate) memberships
Timeline: December 15, 2017 – March 25, 2018

The code should be entered at checkout on the join/renew form.

This year the Board and the greater membership of SAC will be re-visioning SAC’s Mission and Future Vision during the conference. We invite you to contribute to this dialogue by attending the 2018 conference Visioning Circle. The day following the Visioning Circle, we will host a Participatory Action Planning session for those interested in being part of the new future. This is a unique opportunity to join the leadership of SAC, so bring your ideas and energy with you.