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

conference.

 

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:

markwflanagan1@gmail.com or sydneyyeager@gmail.com

 

Read more about the AAA’s theme here

http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2016/11/22/116th- aaa-

annual-meeting- call-for- papers/

 

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

http://www.americananthro.org/AttendEvents/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=1

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Updated Call for Papers

Transforming Energy into Action

 

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.

 

Proposals for individual papers, panels,workshops and special events should be submitted by January 13th, 2017 to conferencesac@gmail.com.  Registration fees should be paid to AAA before submitting abstracts (we will notify you when registration link is active). 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 January 31st, 2017.


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 2017 conference will be held at the California Institute for Human Science in Encinitas, CA.  Conference participants can stay at the nearby Encinitas Inn & Suites at Moonlight Beach.

Please contact the reservation desk and mention that you are with SAC to receive a special room rate: (760) 942-7455 http://www.bwencinitas.com/

 

Questions? Please contact Program Coordinator Brian Bartelt at conferencesac@gmail.com

 

SAC 37th Annual Conference Call for Papers

​Call for Papers

SAC 37th Annual Conference

March 29th – April 1st

Encinitas, CA

Transforming Energy into Action
The concept of “subtle energy” is fundamental to many of the esoteric principals 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 spirit, cosmic ether, life 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:
Rituals, spiritual traditions & techniques that transform consciousness

Transformative healing and other energy healing modalities

Phenomenology and subtle energy research

Transformative power of myth and archetypes

Entheogens and psychoactive substances

Dreams and the transpersonal

Liminal states

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
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.
Proposals for individual papers, panels, workshops and special events should be submitted by December 18th, 2016 to conferencesac@gmail.com.  Registration fees should be paid to AAA before submitting abstracts (we will notify you when registration link is active). 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 January 13th, 2017.
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 2017 conference will be held at the California Institute for Human Science in Encinitas, CA.  Conference participants can stay at the nearby Encinitas Inn & Suites at Moonlight Beach.

Please contact the reservation desk and mention that you are with SAC to receive a special room rate: (760) 942-7455  http://www.bwencinitas.com/
Questions? Please contact Program Coordinator Brian Bartelt at conferencesac@gmail.com

Transforming Energy into Action

SAC 37th Annual Conference
March 29th – April 1st
Encinitas, CA

Transforming Energy into Action

The concept of “subtle energy” is fundamental to many of the esoteric principals 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 spirit, cosmic ether, life 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.

HOTEL REGISTRATION: The 2017 conference will be held at the California Institute for Human Science in Encinitas, CA.  Conference participants can stay at the nearby Encinitas Inn & Suites at Moonlight Beach.

Please contact the reservation desk and mention that you are with SAC to receive a special room rate: (760) 942-7455  http://www.bwencinitas.com/

Questions? Please contact Program Coordinator Brian Bartelt at conferencesac@gmail.com

Interested in presenting a paper, organizing a panel, or offering a workshop? Contact the conference organizers at conferencesac@gmail.com by December 18th, 2016.

September 2016  SAC Letter from the President

21 Sept 2016
Dear SAC Members,

It is my pleasure to reach out to our members with several big pieces of news about SAC. I would also like to solicit your feedback on where we might go from here as a community. This is the first of what will be biannual letters from the SAC Board and President. We hope that you find this communication useful, and invite any contributions that you wish to share. 

The world around us is changing rapidly. Mail lists and printed letters have been replaced largely by digital media. Websites and social media are the new hub for communities, and SAC has taken several steps to place our organization at the forefront of this new era. We have taken the design and management of our web presence into our own hands, resulting in a more personalized new website and WordPress blog. 

Visit the website at http://www.sacaaa.org  

The blog can be accessed from the website, or directly at https://anthropologyofconsciousness.wordpress.com 

While visiting you will notice that the blog has several content categories: Announcements, AOC experientials, Member highlights, Conference papers, and AOC Journal. These categories allow us as an organization to do more than we ever have before. SAC has a long tradition of scholarship, but we also strive to create a space for sharing and discourse around people’s experiences (no matter how strange they may be). Long ago experientials were part of the AOC Journal. We are bringing this back, and adding to this dedicated online spaces that highlight what our members are doing. The Conference paper category is another way of getting your work noticed independent of the AOC Journal. The final category, AOC journal, shared the table of contents and abstracts for the journal with links to articles.  Please take this opportunity to help develop the content in these categories. Submission can be sent to our new Social Media Chair, Sydney Yeager. sydneyyeager@gmail.com. Currently Sydney is managing content as we develop a Social Media team to manage our online presence. 

In time, members will be able to submit content directly as well as engage each other in dialogue through a new online platform that we are developing for release in 2017. This platform will be an open access platform with the content categories in the blog transferred to a dedicated website. In the meantime, you can go to our Facebook page to engage the community: https://www.facebook.com/anthropologyofconsciousness/

The website, blog, and Facebook page are the new face of SAC to the world. Taking advantage of communication technology, our reach is now truly global. At the same time, we will maintain our mailing system (for those not interested in new systems), emailing out occasional letters and keeping all core SAC news available on the main website.

With our new capacities, the question now is “What kind of presence do we want to have?”

For the past two years the board has discussed our stance, and we feel the best way to answer that is to ask you. Is SAC a purely academic organization, or is there more to us that we wish to make a statement about? Consciousness is a big topic, and we are one of the oldest organizations to have examined it. Yet we remain a small voice. Do we want to reach further? Do we want to take an activist stand?

There are two ways you can contribute. First, at the upcoming AAA and 2017 SAC conferences we will host a dialogue about this subject as part of our business meeting. Please speak up. Secondly, you can make your ideas known by contributing to our blog. In the digital media era, identity can be whatever we want it to be. We have core values as an organization, but we are also diverse. The only way to show that to the world is to make yourself known, so please submit materials for SAC to publish online and in our journal. 

Once we have heard from the membership, the SAC board will be rewriting our bylaws to reflect our new stance and the policies that need to be in place for that vision. The new bylaws will be made available online for any members wishing to know more about how we work or the responsibilities of any position they are considering running for in elections. If you want to be more involved, let us know by joining one of the board subcommittees (or start your own). We especially need volunteers to help us with social media, so if you like to post stuff related to consciousness please let Sydney know. 

The final piece of news for you comes after much commentary on the spring conferences. We all love retreat locations. Inclusive semi private conferences in a place of great natural beauty are a preference, much better than the typical hotel with a ballroom full of uncomfortable chairs (sorry AAA). Yet these retreats are also costly. For three years we held the conference at McMenamin’s in Portland Oregon, and we lost money every time.  After much consideration, we have come up with a plan to rotate conference locations biannually. One year will be a retreat style conference, and the other a partnership with an organization that serves both of our mutual interests. Through these biennial partnership conferences, we can do more to integrate with other organizations, which will help bring in new members and create opportunities to share our collective wisdom.

In 2017 we begin this rotation with an incredible partnership with the California Institute for Human Sciences (www.cihs.edu). CIHS is widely known for its cutting edge research into the field of energy medicine with a device called AMI, which is an apparatus to measure the function of the meridian points invented by Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama. Please visit their website for more information on the institute. The call for papers will be sent shortly. This will be our first subtle energy themed conference. Exciting!

For this year’s American Anthropological Association 115th annual meeting in Minneapolis, MN, from November 16-20, SAC is sponsoring two sessions focusing on evidence and consciousness from two different perspectives.  

The first session, Perceiving the Improbable: The (Hard) Evidence of Consciousness (Weds, Nov. 16, 4-5:45 pm, Room 0475) seeks to bridge subjective and “hard science” frameworks in relation to consciousness. This panel hopes to embrace this “suspension of disbelief” mantra of anthropologists.  We hope this panel will offer brisk dialogue about the intersection of “hard” and “soft” ways of understanding.  

The second session, Propaganda and Evidence (Sat, 4-5:45pm, Room 1060) focuses on how power structures and material culture interact with the consciousness of large groups of people.  Inspired by the circus-like, propaganda filled American presidential election (which will have occurred a week prior to the conference), this panel will explore the various ways people are influenced by “facts” and how those “facts” are manipulated – both in the way they are presented and the way they are interpreted.  

In addition, our keynote speaker for the SAC business meeting is Stanley Krippner (Sat, 7:45pm-9:00pm, Room 1175), renowned scholar of transpersonal states and dreaming. 

To conclude, SAC has been very active in these times of transition. We have an amazing board full or energy and enthusiasm helping to bring a new reality forward. We invite you to join us by speaking up and sending in content for us to publish. We thank you all for being part of the SAC community, and look forward to seeing you at the AAA and SAC Spring meetings. 
Respectfully,
Bryan Rill, PhD

SAC President

SAC Session PROPAGANDA AND EVIDENCE

Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness Session

Saturday, November 19

4:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Minneapolis Convention Center, Room: 103D

Session Description: Inspired by the circus-like, propaganda filled 2016 American presidential election, this panel aims to richly describe how power structures use evidence to influence the consciousness of large groups. While evidence is often thought of as a set of objective “facts”, evidence can be highly manipulated through media channels to influence thoughts and behaviors. This panel will answer the following questions: What is the relationship between evidence, propaganda, the media and consciousness? How is evidence culturally constructed? How does propaganda influence groups? And how, in turn, can consciousness affect evidence? Finally, this panel will describe what the subjective/objective aspects of evidence and its connection to propaganda means for us as citizens, researchers, and practitioners. This panel is gonna’ be HUUGE!

Organizer: Mark Flanagan Piedmont Hospital Cancer Center

Chair(s): Mark Flanagan Piedmont Hospital Cancer Center  &  Bryan Rill The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Discussant: Bryan Rill The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Presentations:

Propaganda and Healthcare

The Influence of Propaganda on Vaccination Decision-Making

What a Great Party! the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong

Propaganda As Evidence; Political Unrest in Brazil

“Za Dom Spremni”: Collective Memories and Contested Pasts Among Croatian War Veterans

Discussant: Bryan Rill

SAC INVITED SESSION: KINDLING TERROR, PANIC AND GOD

Society for Psychological Anthropology Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness Invited Session

Friday, November 18

4:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Hilton, Room: Salon B

Session Description: One of the central observations of psychiatric anthropology is that specific conditions (depression, schizophrenia, panic) present with somewhat different symptom profiles in different social worlds. There have been a number of ways to describe this phenomenon. Hacking called it “looping” (see too Seligman and Kirmayer), Csordas “the sensory mode of attention,” Desjarlais and Throop “modes of existence,” and Kirmayer, most recently, “enacting.” A recent volume by Hinton and Good, Culture and Panic Disorder, edited by Devon Hinton and Byron Good, shows how these looping processes play out for panic disorder. Another edited volume by these same editors, Culture and PTSD explores the complex fit between the DSM-5 understanding of trauma and the way in which PTSD appears in different social settings, and the way that broader socio-emotional concerns like “ontological security” shape the salience and expression of symptoms. All these approaches suggest that phenomenological experience is always the result of the interaction between expectation, cultural invitation, spiritual practice and bodily responsiveness. This panel explores this phenomenon using the “kindling” concept to theorize cultural variation in bodily expression. The “kindling” hypothesis was first articulated by Emil Kraepelin, who observed that to the extent that actually demoralizing events—a job loss, a breakup, a bad relationship—play a role in a first episode of depression, they play a less important role in later ones. If someone has ever been clinically depressed, it takes less in terms of real life knocks to lead them into depression a second time. Becoming depressed becomes a habituated response. Cassaniti and Luhrmann suggested that the kindling phenomenon could arise when the local culture served a similar function in a religious setting in shaping the way people attend–what they sense and feel in search of evidence of the spiritual and lowering the threshold of its identification through the body. More specifically, we suggested that some phenomena are more responsive to kindling than others. We suggested that: First, a phenomenological experience is an interaction between cultural invitation and bodily physiology. By “cultural invitation” we mean the implicit and explicit ways in which a local social world gives significance and meaning to sensation, whether mental or bodily, and the behavioral practices (like meditation) that may affect sensation. Second, when a local social community gives significance to specific sensations, either fearing them or desiring them, sensitivity to having an experience of the supernatural increases, requiring a lower threshold for such experiences, than in a community in which people do not have such supernatural experiences and in which such fears and desires are hypocognized or unelaborated. Third, the more (or less) that the experience of the supernatural is associated with a specific physiology (like sleep paralysis) the more (or less) the frequency of the event will be constrained by an individual’s vulnerability to these experiences. The panels offers a wide variety of different examples to discuss the best way of understanding this phenomenon.

Organizers: Tanya Luhrmann Stanford University & Devon Hinton Harvard Medical School

Chair: Devon Hinton Harvard Medical School

Discussant: Laurence Kirmayer McGill University, Canada

Presentations:

Julia Cassaniti Weighted Idioms: Categories of Lightness and Heaviness in Thai Spiritual Phenomenology 

Tanya Luhrmann KINDLING VOICCES 

Cordelia Erickson-Davis Kindling a Sense of Presence: Lessons from Virtual Reality

Pablo Seward Delaporte A Comparative Critical Phenomenology of Drug Addiction Among Mestizos in the Upper Huallaga Valley, Peru

Jeffrey Snodgrass Fostering Emotional “Immunity” to Terror and Trauma: Ritual As a Source of Health Resilience for Indigenous Indian Conservation Refugees

Devon Hinton Supernatural Assaults Among Cambodian Refugees with PTSD: Nightmares, Sleep Paralysis, Hallucinations, and Migraine-like Auras

Discussant: Laurence Kirmayer

KINDLING A SENSE OF PRESENCE: LESSONS FROM VIRTUAL REALITY

Friday, November 18

4:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Hilton, Room: Salon B

Presenting Author: Cordelia Erickson-Davis  Stanford University

 Presence, or the sense of “being there,” is frequently invoked in descriptions of religious experience (e.g., the “presence of God”), unseen others (e.g., Third Man Syndrome) or one’s self (e.g., to feel fully present in the moment). Rather than a mere sensation, presence can be considered an existential feeling, or a way of finding oneself in the world (Ratcliffe, 2005). Furthermore, feelings of presence can be seen within the framework of “kindling” – the manifestation of interaction between bodily constraint and cultural invitation (Cassiniti & Luhrmann, 2014). For example, Luhrmann (2010) found that in contemporary Christian prayer practice, those with a proclivity toward absorption were more likely to report a stronger sense of the presence of God. Presence is also readily invoked in the world of virtual reality, where it is used to measure the immersiveness of a virtual environment. Virtual reality allows for the creation of complex, controlled environments in which one can manipulate specific sensory content and observe their effects on perception, including the sense of presence. It is thus a valuable tool for exploring kindling and existential feelings. I will discuss an ongoing study in which we use virtual reality to explore the interaction between sensory experience and absorption in creating a sense of presence. It will be considered as an example of what it means to enact an experimental approach in social science research.

WEIGHTED IDIOMS: CATEGORIES OF LIGHTNESS AND HEAVINESS IN THAI SPIRITUAL PHENOMENOLOGY

Presenting Author(s): Julia Cassaniti Washington State

Friday, November 18

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Hilton, Room: Salon B

In this paper, I will explore how people in a small community in Northern Thailand kindle spiritual experience through culturally elaborated idioms of weight. I will show how positive, sought-after spiritual feelings felt in meditation are often described as ones of lightness (in Thai: bow) and emptiness (wang plao), and even sometimes to floating or flying. In contrast, negative and avoided spiritual experiences are characterized by a feeling of heaviness, such as in the commonly reported phenomenon of sleep paralysis (in Thai known by the spirit of Phi Am). Attending to the ways that idioms of weight among these Northern Thai Buddhists are used to make sense of spiritual phenomenology, and to the ways that these labels may ‘kindle’ experiences of them through the lowering of sensory thresholds, may help us to understand how some religious feelings on and in the body come to be reported more often in some cultural contexts than in others. Here I will report on how these weighted idioms play out in personal religious practice, and point to their connection with locally elaborated theories of mind. In doing so I argue for the broadening of conceptual categories in the cross-cultural study of spiritual experience.

SOCIETY FOR THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF CONSCIOUSNESS BUSINESS MEETING with KEYNOTE SPEAKER Stanley Krippner

SOCIETY FOR THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Open Business Meeting & Keynote Address by Stanley Krippner

Saturday, November 19
7:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center, Room: 101G

Please join SAC for our annual business meeting and keynote speaker.

The SAC Business meeting will inform and engage the audience in the future of SAC as it moves into new media and expands its reach globally. Following this will be a keynote presentation by Stanley Krippner, a renowned scholar whose work has inspired psychological and consciousness research for decades.