Update on SAC Spring Conference information and Extended Deadline for the CFP

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 31st, 2017 to conferencesac@gmail.com.

Registration fees should be paid to AAA before submitting abstracts. 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

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 February 5th, 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. Breakfast is included with your room. 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/

A shuttle service will be available from the hotel to the conference everyday. Lunch will be provided at the conference location.

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




Vintage Barber Shops: The Art of Manliness

Juan Landeros – California State University, Los Angeles

The U.S. Census Bureau noted that from 2008-2009 there was an 8% increase in new barber shops, one of the few growths noted despite a declining economy. Along with this growth, a wave of new, “vintage,” barber shops has appeared throughout Los Angeles, California, gaining popularity among men. Previous studies have focused specifically on African American barber shops as places where news, personal information and politics are exchanged. However, little attention has been given to the role of barbers as the main agents in promoting and delineating the personal masculine identity of their male customers. While on the surface the barber leaves an imprint on the client through the hair cut, below a more profound interaction offers a transformative effect on the client’s consciousness and identity. Beyond the rigorous training that barbers undergo, lies a deeper and more expressive area of knowledge that barbers extend. It is my analysis that barbers exceed their personal area of expertise and, in extending their views, capture and help shape the zeitgeist of masculinity in their community. [Text Originally in the AAA 2013 Program]