CFP Anthropology Matters!

Call for Papers

Anthropology Matters!

The theme for the AAA annual conference for 2017, in Washington DC, is a

call to action for anthropologists across all subfields of the discipline.

The AAA is asking its membership to demonstrate the relevance of its

research and the application of anthropology for understanding and

improving the human condition.


For SAC members, this is a perfect continuation of the conversation we are

starting in California this spring with our Transforming Energy into Action



This is a call for panels/workshops/events that involves consciousness in

translation, investigation, influence, and action.

Potential panel topics may include but are not limited to:

 The Anthropocene

 Social Consciousness and Action

 Political Consciousness and Protest

 Consciousness and the Environment

 Anthropology and Activism


Mark Flanagan and Sydney Yeager are the coordinators for the SAC

program at the AAAs. If you have ideas for panels, roundtable

discussions, or workshops, please contact us at: or


Read more about the AAA’s theme here aaa-

annual-meeting- call-for- papers/


All Panels and Papers must be submitted to the AAA by April 14th .



Last Day to Submit your Abstract for the SAC Spring Conference



Today, January 31st is the final day to submit your abstract for the SAC Spring Conference.

Register here  and Submit your Abstract by January 31, 2017. You will be notified regarding your submission by Febuary 5th, 2017. 

Registration Prices:

Member Advanced Reg: $150

Member One-Day (onsite): $50 

Non-member Advanced Reg: $170

Non-Member One-Day (on-site): $70

Student Member Adv. Reg: $80

Student Member One-Day (onsite): $25

Student Non-Member Adv. Reg: $100

Student Non-Member One-Day (onsite): $25 

Questions? Please contact Program Coordinator Brian Bartelt at

SAC 2016 Annual Conference Schedule

SAC 2016 Annual Conference

“Wisdom Sits in Places:” Place, Space, and Consciousness

Annual Meeting March 31 – April 2, 2016

Location: University Place hotel and Conference Center

310 SW Lincoln Street, Portland, OR 97201
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thursday March 31, 2016

Thursday Morning

9:30                             Check-in


10:00 – 10:45           Opening Ceremony and Welcome with the Wolf Spirit Singers


11:00 am – 12:30    Colonialism and Community Identity:  Geopolitical, Indigenous, and Archaeological Implications of Space

Session Chair: Lee Gilmore

  •  Julia K. Bilek: “Crossing and Dwelling”: Episcopal Hogans in Navajoland
  • Alexandra Peck: Tamanowas Rock, Intertribal Conflict, and Settler Colonialism: A Sacred Coast Salish Site in Northwestern Washington and Its Contemporary Implications for Historical Archaeology
  • Lee Gilmore: Turn the World Upside Down: Indigenous Activists at the Parliament of the World’s Religions


12:30 – 2:00                LUNCH


Thursday Afternoon

 2:00 – 3:30   Mapping Individual and Cultural Space: Occultism, Inner Ecology, and Embodied Cognition

 Session Chair: Sharon G. Mijares

  •  David Miller: Biocultural Bases of Places and Spaces
  • Sharon G. Mijares: Inner Ecology and Liminal Spaces
  • Brian Bartelt and Mr. Njakoi John Bah: Making the Invisible Visible: The Epistemology of Spatial Experience and the Efficacy of Occult Phenomena in Cameroon.


3:30 – 4:00        BREAK


4:00 – 5:30   Creation & Consciousness:  Paleolithic, Archaeological, & Human-Centered Mappings of Place and Space

 Session Chair: Andrew Gurevich

  • Benjamin Campbell: Consciousness and Place Making in European Paleolithic Cave Art
  • Mark Thomas Shekoyan: Partnering with Anima Mundi: From Enframing to Co-Creative Partnership through Shamanic Biomimicry
  • Andrew Gurevich: The Wisdom of THIS place: The Paisley Caves and the Origins of Symbolic Consciousness in North America


6:00 – 7:00     SAC Board Meeting



Friday April 1, 2016

Friday Morning

9:30        Check in


10:00 – 11:30    Landscapes of Transformation – Encountering the Sacred

Session Chair: Bryan Rill

  •  Nancy Grace: Music and Ecopsychology: Making Place Through Sound in Space
  • Dennis L. Merritt: The Soul of Glacier Country
  • Bryan Rill: Making Sacred the Mundane: Transforming the Mountain


11:30 – 1:30            LUNCH


Friday Afternoon

 1:30 – 3:00       Romancing the Philosopher’s Stone: Romantic, Pyrotechnic, & Architectonic Perceptions of Place

Session Chair: Jordan Burich

  •  Jordan Anthony Burich: Fire In the Mind: Kindling a Discourse On the Role of Pyrotechnics In Physical and Cultural Evolution
  • John (Sean) Hinton: Subconscious Aspects of Place: Positivistic vs. Romantic Views of Place and Consciousness
  • el-Sayed el-Aswad, United Arab Emirates University: Architectonic Space and Cultural Identity: A Case Study of the United Arab Emirates


3:00 – 3:30     BREAK


3:30 – 5:15      Session: Sacred Spaces of the Academic Mind

Session Chair: Jeff MacDonald

  • Matthew Bronson: “Your Rubric Caged My Songbird”: Reclaiming Assessment as a Sacred Space of Reflection
  • Jeff MacDonald: Recreating Sacred Space among Refugees
  • Timothy J. Lavalli: Spaces Seldom Considered Sacred
  • Mira Z. Amiras: Walk through that door, and something will emerge


Friday Evening

 7:30 – 8:30    Ceremony: Sabbath Ritual/Lighting of Candles with

Mira Z. Amiras




Saturday, April 2, 2016

 Saturday Morning

9:30                    Check in


10:00 – 11:15    The Wisdom of Shamanic Initiations

Session Chair: Andrew Gurevich

  •  Susan Ross Grimaldi and John R. Lawrence, Jr.: Traveling in Tandem to Invisible Places: A Video Presentation


11:15 – 11:30      BREAK



11:30 – 1:00       Zen & the Art of Cultural Healing: Navigating Community and Cultural Boundaries through Human Ritual and Social Action

Session Chair: Justin Panneck

  • Tara Gallagher: The Shamans of Riverwest: The Anti-power of Community Radio in Social Action
  • Justin Panneck: Migratory Ascension and Human Potential: Decoding the Wisdom of Culture
  • Donna Emsel Schill: Corporeal Navigation and Human Potential


Saturday Afternoon


1:00 – 2:30       LUNCH


2:30 – 4:00       Death and Resurrection:  Exploring Mythological and Virtual Concepts of Death and Crisis

Session Chair: Sydney Yeager

  •  Greg Wright: The Sea of Trees of Suicide, Mental Health, and Place in Japan’s Aokigahara
  • Sydney Yeager: Making Sacred in Virtual Space
  • Stanley Krippner: Anomalies and Stigmatic Activity in Brasilia


Saturday Evening

6:00 – 7:00         Keynote Address  – Tina Fields, PhD                                       

“I am He as You are He as You are Me, and We are All Together”— Fostering Ecopsychological Relationship with Place

 7:00 – 9:00        Closing Dinner and Celebration