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Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness


2018 AAA Annual Meeting

Society for Anthropology of Consciousness (SAC)

Call for Proposals

2018 Meetings of the American Anthropological Association


The Society for Anthropology of Consciousness (SAC) welcomes abstracts for individually volunteered papers, posters, sessions, roundtables, and workshops to be considered for inclusion in the SMA program for the 117th Meeting 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.”


In keeping with the AAA guidelines, all session proposals will be reviewed by the SAC program committee for consideration as invited sessions.  The SAC encourages prospective organizers of invited sessions to consider co-sponsorship with other AAA sections, and to indicate those potential sections as part of their submission.


Please note the unified deadline—April 16, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.—for the submission of abstracts for the AAA meetings.  A smaller number of proposals for late-breaking sessions will be accepted between August 13 and September 14, 2018, for review by the AAA Program Committee.  The AAA meetings website provides a description of the various kinds of proposals that may be submitted:


Proposal Submission Types


Please contact the SAC program committee with any questions about proposals:


Mark Flanagan (Piedmont Health Services), co-chair:  mark.flanagan1@piedmont.org


Sydney Yeager (Southern Methodist University), co-chair; sydneyyeager@gmail.com

 

Applications to the AAA for Meetings-Related Exemptions and Waivers:


Anthropologists outside the U.S. and Canada and non-anthropologists seeking to attend the 2018 Annual Meetings of the AAA may apply for an Exemption of the AAA Membership Requirement.  Meeting Registration Fees would still be required.  Deadline for submission of applications is March 29, 2018:


Membership Exemption Request


The AAA Program Chair will also provide a limited number of Guest Registration Waivers to anthropologists outside the U.S. and Canada and non-anthropologists seeking to participate in the 2018 Annual Meetings of the AAA.  Deadline for submission of applications is March 29, 2018:


Program Chair Guest Waiver


Application for Student Volunteers

Undergraduate students may apply to work as volunteers at the AAA meetings and, if accepted, will have their registration fees reimbursed at a later time.  Students interested in this opportunity must first register for the meetings, and apply for the volunteer opportunity in August, 2018.


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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.