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

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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.

Call for Papers Deadline Extended

Perceiving the Improbable: From Anthropology to Physics the (Hard) Evidence of Consciousness

American Anthropological Association Conference

November November 16-20

Minneapolis, MN

Call for Papers

Deadline EXTENDED April 10, 2016

Abstracts due to Sydney Yeager at sydneyyeager@gmail.com

This session hopes to provide a critical examination of the observations of Consciousness by examining the neuroscientific & physical basis of the mind & consciousness.

How do we observe consciousness, whether our own or the consciousness of others? The anthropologist’s own consciousness is a necessary tool for observation. An openness to perceiving the improbable seems a prerequisite for the scientific study of consciousness. At the very least, to be capable of observing consciousness in any meaningful way, we as anthropologists have to be open to observing the improbable experiences of others. So much of consciousness studies focuses on examining extra-ordinary experiences which offer insights into the ordinary human experience.

How important are serendipitous experiences and events to anthropologists who study consciousness? How might our understanding of our data as an outside observer differ from the insider understanding of the same information? What happens when we blur the line between the outside and inside perspectives through participation and native ethnography? Many anthropologists studying consciousness find experiencing rare forms of consciousness appealing. How does this inform their research and their findings?

This panel presents anthropological papers addressing how the presenters observe and document consciousness in their own research. It opens up an interdisciplinary dialogue for addressing consciousness as it relates to matter and the tangible; the seen and unseen. Presenters draw on interdisciplinary perspectives combining anthropology with psychology, neurology, statistics, and physics. The panel will interrogate the role of rigorous science and experiential knowledge in the study of consciousness. Asking, how do we know when we’ve got evidence of consciousness?

 

Wisdom sits in Places SAC spring conference schedule

Wisdom sits in Places SAC Spring Conference   Program  

SAC Spring Conference   Program  

Thursday, March 31, 2016  

WILLAMETTE  BALLROOM

Thursday Morning  
9:30
Check-in

10:00–10:45   
President’s Welcome and Opening Ceremony: The Wolf Spirit Singers

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

11:00–11:20
Julia K. Bilek    “Crossing and Dwelling”: Episcopal Hogans in Navajoland

11:20–11:40
Alexandra Peck   Tamanowas Rock, Intertribal Conflict, and Settler Colonialism: A Sacred   Coast Salish Site in Northwestern Washington  and Its Contemporary Implications for Historical  Archaeology

11:40–12:00
Lee Gilmore    Turn the World Upside Down: Indigenous Activists at the Parliament of the World’s Religions

12:00–12:20
Discussion

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

2:00   –   2:20
David  Miller Biocultural Bases of Places and Spaces

2:20   –   2:40
Brian Bartelt and Mr. Njakoi John Bah Making the Invisible Visible: The Epistemology of Spatial   Experience and the Efficacy of Occult Phenomena in Cameroon.

2:40   –   3:00
Sharon  G.  Mijares:  Inner  Ecology  and  Liminal  Spaces

3:00   –   3:20
Discussion

3:30   –   4:00
BREAK

 

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

4:00   –   4:20
Benjamin Campbell: Consciousness and Place Making in European Paleolithic Cave Art

4:20   –   4:40
Mark Thomas Shekoyan: Partnering with Anima Mundi: From Enframing to Co-‐Creative  Partnership  through Shamanic Biomimicry

4:40   –   5:00
Andrew  Gurevich: The Wisdom of THIS place: The Paisley Caves and the Origins of Symbolic  Consciousness  in  North  America

5:00   –   5:20
Discussion

5:30  –  7:00  PM
SAC  Board  Meeting:    (Location  TBA)

 

 

Conference Program

Friday, April 1, 2016

WILLAMETTE BALLROOM

Friday   Morning  
9:30
Check   in

10:00   –   11:30
Landscapes  of  Transformation   –   Encountering   the   Sacred  Session  Chair:  Bryan  Rill

10:00   –   10:20
Nancy  Grace:   Music   and   Ecopsychology:   Making   Place   Through   Sound   in  Space

10:20   –   10:40
Dennis  L.   Merritt:   The   Soul   of   Glacier   Country

10:40   –   11:00
Bryan   Rill:      Making   Sacred   the   Mundane:   Transforming   the   Mountain

11:00   –   11:20
Discussion

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

1:30   –   1:50
Jordan   Anthony   Burich:   Fire   In   the   Mind:   Kindling   a   Discourse   On   the  Role   of   Pyrotechnics   In   Physical   and   Cultural   Evolution

1:50   –   2:10
John   (Sean)   Hinton:   Subconscious   Aspects   of   Place:   Positivistic   vs.  Romantic   Views   of   Place   and   Consciousness

2:10   –   2:30
el-‐Sayed   el-‐Aswad:   Architectonic   Space   and   Cultural   Identity:   A   Case  Study   of   the   United   Arab   Emirates

2:30   –   2:50
Discussion

3:00   –   3:30
BREAK

 

 

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

3:30 – 3:50
Matthew C. Bronson: “Your Rubric Caged My Songbird”: Reclaiming Assessment as a Sacred Space of Reflection

3:50 – 4:10
Jeff MacDonald: Recreating Sacred Space among Refugees

4:10 – 4:30
Timothy J. Lavalli: Spaces Seldom Considered Sacred

4:30 – 4:50
Mira Z. Amiras: Walk through that door, and something will emerge—

 

Friday Evening

Experiential Workshop

5:30 – 7:30 Mira Z. Amiras and Erin Vang Sacred Space / Sacred Time: the Jewish Obsession with Creation, Ritual, and the Alphabet.

 

 

Conference Program

Saturday, April 2, 2016

WILLAMETTE BALLROOM

Saturday Morning

9:30
Check in

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

10:00 – 11:15
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

Session Chair: Andrew Gurevich

11:30 – 11:50
Tara Gallagher: The Shamans of Riverwest: The Anti-power of Community Radio in Social Action

11:50 -12:10
Justin Panneck: Migratory Ascension and Human Potential: Decoding the Wisdom of Culture

12:10 – 12:30
Donna Emsel Schill: Corporeal Navigation and Human Potential

12:30 – 12:45           Discussion

1:00 – 2:30              LUNCH

 

Saturday Afternoon

2:30 – 4:00

Death and Resurrection: Exploring Mythological and Virtual Concepts of Death and Crisis

 

Session Chair: Sydney Yeager

2:30 – 2:50         Sydney Yeager: Making Sacred in Virtual Space

2:50 – 3:10         Greg Wright: The Sea of Trees – Suicide, Mental Health, and Place in Japan’s Aokigahara

3:10 – 3:30         Stanley Krippner: Anomalies and Stigmatic Activity in Brasilia

3:30 – 3:45        Discussion

 

Saturday Evening

6:00 – 7:15

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

 

7:30 – 9:30 Closing Buffet Dinner and Celebration

Drugged Subjectivity, Intoxicating Alterity

Drugged Subjectivity, Intoxicating Alterity 
Donald Pollock

Abstract

This article explores the use of intoxicants by a community of Kulina Indians in western Brazil. I suggest that Kulina intoxication through alcohol, tobacco, and ayahuasca is best understood as a form of semiotic appropriation of the identity of cosmological “others,” including animal spirits, creator beings, other Indian groups, and Brazilians. I consider how embodying practices, such as song and physical movement, enhance the experience of being an “alter,” facilitated by the alterations in consciousness produced by intoxicants.

Greetings from the Editors of the AoC

New AoC Editors: Nicole Torres and Gary Moore

We are honored to accept the role of co-editors of the Anthropology of Consciousness. As the new editors of the journal, our main objectives will be to continue the tradition of the previous editors and to expand its relevance and influence within anthropology and in other areas of complementary transdisciplinary research and interests. We appreciate that the journal has a wide-ranging audience that is interested in its traditional areas of research, such as shamanism, psychoactive substances, and indigenous traditions, as well as more recent areas of interest that include neuroscience, therapeutic interventions, and the phenomenology of sleep disorder. At the same time, there are areas of research that we believe are deeply relevant to consciousness studies, and we would like to broaden the scope of the journal to include these areas of anthropological inquiry.

Our aim is to continue to select articles that are empirically rich and appeal to a transdisciplinary audience. We especially welcome manuscripts that address such issues as shamanism, entheogenic substances, religious and spiritual traditions, indigenous ways of knowing, and issues pertaining to health and healing (including Western mental health practices). We wish, during our tenure as editors, to continue the journal’s tradition of excellence in the field of consciousness studies through anthropological understanding and ethnography, especially from a multiplicity of perspectives, both inside and outside of the academy.

Check out the full letter at Wiley-Blackwell.

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

SAC Election Call for Candidates

Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness

2016 Election Candidates

DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 14, 2016

 Dear SAC Members:

SAC is currently seeking candidates for our Secretary/Treasurer position and 3 Member-at-Large positions to serve on SAC‘s Executive Board for a two year term beginning at the conclusion of the AAA meeting in November 2016.

If you are a Member of SAC, please consider running for these positions, and/or pass this along to anyone you feel might be a good candidate.  
 
Deadline to submit candidate materials is February 14, 2016

Below are the instructions for submitting candidate materials.
Candidates must be a member of SAC to run.  

The SAC Executive Board is responsible for the general governance of the organization and makes decisions regarding its budget, journal, spring meetings, membership dues, publicity, public service initiatives, and other issues involved with successfully running the organization. It meets twice a year in conjunction with SAC’s Spring Meeting and AAA’s Annual Fall Meeting, and has regular remote meetings via email. In addition, SAC Officers are expected to serve on one or more subcommittees during her/his tenure.

The Society for the Anthropology is a volunteer-run organization that depends on the leadership of its members to maintain its operations in ways that best serve the needs of its membership.

This is a dynamic time to be involved with SAC so consider running for a seat on SAC’s Board and submit your candidate material right away!

SECRETARY/TREASURER & EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER-AT-LARGE
CANDIDATE MATERIAL INSTRUCTIONS

 

SAC Spring 2016: Call for Papers

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

 

In his book Wisdom Sits in Places, Keith Basso suggested that place making involves multiple acts of remembering and imagining which inform each other in complex ways. The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness will discuss how “wisdom sits in places” the ways in which people remember and imagine the realms in which they live. The Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness welcomes paper and panel proposals for its March 31-April 2, 2016 meeting at University Place Hotel in Portland, Oregon. We encourage submission of interdisciplinary and collaborative works. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Ecopsychology
  • Virtual spaces and realities
  • Liminal places
  • Places and perception of time
  • Indigenous ways of knowing and place making
  • Ethnic, national, and political imaginings of place
  • Narratives and storytelling
  • Entheogens and psychoactive substances
  • Contested geographies and war zones
  • Climate change and ecological precarity
  • Natural disasters and gentrification
  • Art and place-making

 

Instructions

Proposals for individual papers, panels, workshops and special events should be submitted by January 3, 2016. Registration fees should be paid to AAA by January 3rd. If your paper is not accepted, you may request a refund of your registration fees. Submissions will not be accepted unless the author has already completed the registration process on the AAA registration website by January 3rd.

 

Papers that belong to sessions must be submitted individually. Authors must register and pay before deadline. 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 audiovisual equipment for your presentation on the “Finish” form. A projector and screen can be made available if needed. We have a central laptop (PC).

 

Hotel Information

University Place hotel and Conference Center

310 SW Lincoln Street, Portland, OR 97201
To receive a special conference rate, please contact the reservation desk at University Place Hotel and mention that you are with SAC to receive a special room rate. (503) 221-0140 or (866) 845-4647.

 

Questions? Please contact the Program Chair, Dr. Nicole Torres at conferencesac@gmail.com.