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David Miller (Ph.D., Brown University, 1993); Positions Held: Adjunct Associate Professor and Instructor (2001-
I have been gratified by the reception of my presentations at SAC on topics on the universality of visual processes across time and cultures and liminal states of sleep and dreaming, and I am looking forward to presenting at SAC 2016. The work my colleagues at SAC are doing is stimulating and I see synergies between my early work in perception and cognition and their work. The many voices in SAC have expanded my understanding of experiential ways of knowing in important directions and informed the evolution of my work and teaching. Throughout my adult life I have served as a volunteer on boards and committees for a variety of nonprofit and academic organizations. I understand the importance of learning the ropes, maintaining open communications, engaging in the practical logistics and doing the hard work of an organization; I can offer particular strengths in teamwork, communication, and strategic planning. I would like to build on the unique history and strengths of SAC to take greater advantage of opportunities to expand outreach to kindred people and groups who share common interests.
Evgenia Fotiou (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2010) Positions Held: ACM-
I have been a member of SAC since 2000. In SAC I found a group of people that engage in rigorous interdisciplinary research and the SAC annual meeting has been a source of inspiration and intellectual stimulation. My involvement in the SAC meetings and board has been longstanding. I have invited presenters to the annual meetings and have used online communities such as Facebook to expand the SAC community. More recently I edited a special issue of the Anthropology of Consciousness journal bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplines confirming the potential of this field. So far, it is clear that there is great interest in the research that SAC members are engaging in. One of my goals is to increase the visibility of consciousness research and attract more members to SAC, especially among young scholars. This will bring in fresh perspectives, enriching our community even more.
Andrew Gurevich (MA, Portland State University, 2002) Positions Held: Professor of World Religion and World Literature (2002-
I am interested in exploring patterns of recognition within human consciousness that facilitate and expand states of empathic distress and mytho-
My desire to discover and connect with the sacred feminine began early in life due to a troubled relationship with my mother and has led me to research the Goddess archetype in the earliest human religious traditions dating back some 800,000 years. I study eco-
Bryan Randolph Rill (PhD, Florida State University, 2011) Positions Held: Assistant Professor, (2013-
The Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness provides a space for scholars and practitioners to share their experiences, teachings, and traditions in forum that is enthusiastically open and intellectually critical. As a member for the past 15 years, I have witnessed the study of consciousness in all its forms across cultures grow from what was once considered the margins of anthropology to a central discourse of our time. In my own work I have examined the altered consciousness in the electronic dance music subculture, a context that has proven to be a ripe ground for the origination of new types of spirituality and lifestyle. I have lived and learned Shugendo, an ascetic practice that engenders spiritual power and health in contemporary Japan. Currently I work to catalyze human potential into transformative change by designing co-
Mark W. Flanagan (MA, Georgia State University, 2012; MSW, MPH, University of Georgia, 2015); Positions Held Research Assistant (2013-
I seek to focus on promoting a diverse environment within SAC where academic, experiential and practical consciousness anthropology can thrive together. Academic consciousness anthropology is central in creating and disseminating new knowledge. Experiential consciousness anthropology sets SAC apart from other sections and allows us to explore more basic ways of knowing. Practical consciousness anthropology is a burgeoning discipline, with fields like neuroanthropology solving real world problems in highly sophisticated ways. By promoting all of these forms of consciousness anthropology, I believe SAC will be a richer, stronger organization able to respond to ever changing discipline landscape. I also aim to promote interdisciplinary perspectives within SAC. Understanding human consciousness is increasingly recognized as a central component in maximizing the effective practical application of such fields as medicine, social welfare, and public health. A central goal of mine is to promote interdisciplinary collaboration by continuing the tradition of reaching out to non-
I am a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of Alaska-
Sharon G. Mijares, Ph.D., is a graduate of the Union Institute. Her research “Fragmented Self, Archetypal Forces and the Embodied Mind, focused on trauma and somatic consciousness. Sharon is a visiting professor at the UN University for Peace, Associate Faculty at National University, Core Faculty at the California Institute for Human Science and Adjunct Faculty at Brandman University. She is the author/editor of six books focused on psychological and spiritual development. Her last book (edited) A Force Such As the World Has Never Known brought women together from around the planet to share their concerns and efforts to better their communities and the world. The second edition of her first edited book, Modern Psychology and Ancient Wisdom: Psychological Healing Practices from the World’s Religious Traditions brings experts representing various religious and spiritual traditions together to demonstrate deep transformative practices inherent within spiritual practices. Her own chapters discussed the Nature-
Sydney Leigh Yeager (MA Southern Methodist University 2012). Positions Held: PhD Candidate at Southern Methodist University (August 2010 to Present); Teaching Secondary Mathematics (Fall 2014 to Present); Teaching Assistant Southern Methodist University (August 2010 to Present); Convention Convener for DANG, the AAA’s Digital Anthropology interest group (Fall 2015); Social Media coordinator and Blog editor for the AAA’s new DANG, Digital Anthropology Interest Group (Fall 2012 to Present). Interests and/or Activities: transformations of consciousness and healing; awareness and technology; mindfulness and education. Significant Publications: Healing Roots: A Look at Alternative Traditional Health Care Practices in the Ozarks, University of Central Arkansas, Honors College Undergraduate Thesis, 2009; “Conserving Arkansas’s Agricultural Heritage.” Vino the Newsmagazine of the UCA Honors College, 2008; “The Baltic States: A World Away” Vino the News magazine of the UCA Honors College, 2007.
I am a student member of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness, and a PhD Candidate at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, where I am ABD in the medical anthropology program. I hold a professional interest in the area of consciousness and anthropology and look forward to working with SAC and addressing the needs of the society and its members. As an anthropology student who has progressed directly from undergraduate study to my current Ph.D. research, I will bring my enthusiasm and passion for the anthropological study of consciousness to achieving the goals of the community of scholars who make-
Dr. Justin Panneck is an assistant professor of psychology at Colorado Technical University and adjunct faculty for Blue Cliff College and South University, as well as an instructional designer for several Fortune 500 companies. He holds a MEd in Instructional Technology and a PhD in Health Psychology. In addition to psychology, he teaches/has taught such diverse courses as organizational psychology, history of psychology, stress management, world history, American history, American culture, and American diversity. He is a writer and author and published a fictional book entitled The Knight of Dark Wood: The Last Tree Whisperer, which includes themes related to mythology and consciousness. His current research interests include consciousness, altered states, dreams, ethnopharmacology and plant medicines, shamanism, mythology and alchemy, spirituality, and behavioral health. His most recent research study involved the effects of ayahuasca on consciousness, spirituality, and stress coping, which was later published as a book entitled Ethnopharmacology and Stress Relief. He is currently working on another book related to his own experience with altered states, including topics such as spiritual evolution, DNA mysteries, quantum realms, spiritual entities, archetypes, mythology and alchemy, culture, and the future of global society. In his spare time, Justin does everything in his power to flexibly bend social mores and societal rules, forging new paths, exposing some semblance of truth, conducting humorous and uncomfortable skits in public, and manifesting assorted riotous adventures. A self-
Beth Savage (MA, SUNY Buffalo, 2003) Positions Held: Adjunct Lecturer in Anthropology (2002-
The study of consciousness brings us to the border between the arts and sciences, challenging us to unite theories, methods, and research strategies from both areas. This makes it both a wide-