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Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness


2017 Annual Meeting

Call for Papers

SAC 37th Annual Conference

March 29th – April 1st

Encinitas, CA

Transforming Energy into Action

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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:



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 Friday, January 31th, 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 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.

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/


INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? There are a limited number of volunteer positions available for which you will receive free admission. Duties include: handling the registration desk, running errands, live-blogging, and providing audio-visual assistance during presentations.


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


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