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 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.

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.

2018 Call for Papers

SAC 37th Annual Conference
March 22th –25th, Palo Alto, CA
Altered States, Sound, Ritual and Healing Today, Both in Traditional Cultures and Non Traditional

Healing is one function attributed to shamanic practice and is fundamental to many of the esoteric principals of ritual and spiritual healing beliefs that have been part of our world’s cultures. Sound weather chanting, sacred sounds, and instruments of varying types are also used to form the vessel of healing. Exploring the various uses and meaning of ritual, sound, and altered states invites a deeper understanding of way these elements are conflated into the healing arts of many ancient cultures and newly forming sub-cultures around the world. The theme of the 2018 conference concerns the diverse ways in which these healing practices are used and being transformed by technology and modern world philosophy; and how these modalities of sound and ritual have significance in healing practices around the world today.

We invite papers, panel proposals and workshops on topics such as:

 Rituals, spiritual traditions & techniques that transform consciousness for healing
 Transformative healing and other energy healing modalities
 Phenomenology, transpersonal psychology and subtle energy research
 Transformative power of myth and archetypes, including modern myths
 Entheogens and psychoactive substances, music and festival as healing practice.
 Liminal states, chanting, and sound, including electronica and dance
 Mind-body interaction / Interface between spirit and matter
 Shamanism as a path of transformation
 Anomalous human abilities (clairvoyance, psychokinesis, levitation, etc.)
 Addiction and altered states research and practice
 Entheogens and psychoactive substances in ceremony and phenomenology of sacred sound; Ayahuasca song, drumming, Buddhist chants, Vedic mantras and Peyote ceremonial songs

SAC also invites submissions of experiential and learning workshops that will benefit personal and professional growth, exploring the interrelationships among subtle energy, consciousness and healing.
Workshops will be open to presenters from many disciplines as well being open to general public for a nominal fee which will be shared with presenters.

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.

Last Day to Submit your Abstract for the SAC Spring Conference

TRANSFORMING ENERGY INTO ACTION 

2017 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 conferencesac@gmail.com

Submissions Deadline for SAC Spring Conference is Approaching 

TRANSFORMING ENERGY INTO ACTION 

2017 SAC SPRING CONFERENCE 

All abstract submissions for the SAC Spring Conference are due January 31st, 2017.

The concept of “subtle energy” is fundamental to many of the esotericprincipals and spiritual beliefs that have been part of our world’s cultures since time immemorial.  Variously called qi (chi), mana, prana, chakra, wakan, keyoi, holy spiritcosmic etherlife force, etc., these traditions emphasize that all things, including humans, are made up of a network of complex energies and energetic fields.  The theme of the 2017 conference concerns the diverse ways in which these subtle energies can be manipulated or transformed and the significance of these practices to the world today.

 

We invite papers, panel proposals and workshops on topics such as:

Ø  Rituals, spiritual traditions & techniques that transform consciousness

Ø  Transformative healing and other energy healing modalities

Ø  Phenomenology and subtle energy research

Ø  Transformative power of myth and archetypes

Ø  Entheogens and psychoactive substances

Ø  Dreams and the transpersonal

Ø  Liminal states

Ø  Mind-body interaction / Interface between spirit and matter

Ø  Shamanism as a path of transformation

Ø  Anomalous human abilities (clairvoyance, psychokinesis, levitation, etc.)

Ø  Addiction and altered states

We also invite submissions of artistic works and experiential workshops that explore the interrelationships among subtle energy, consciousness and healing.  Suggestions for experiential workshops include, but are not limited to: subtle energy and creative expression, sound therapy, trance-inducing music and dance, qigong, tai chi, kirtan, chakra balancing and guided meditation.

Register here  and Submit your Abstract by January 31, 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 conferencesac@gmail.com

 

Submissions Deadline Extended to January 31st for SAC Spring Conference 

Extended Deadline is January 31st.

Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness

2017 Annual Conference Transforming Energy into Action

We are extending the deadline for submissions of papers, panels, and workshops for the SAC Spring Conference.  As we have extended the deadline for submissions, we will postpone notification until February 5th so that our conference program committee will have time to review all the submissions.

Register here  and Submit your Abstract by January 31, 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 conferencesac@gmail.com