Creating Dialogues between Social Movements & Academia
13th Annual Public Anthropology Conference
This conference will explore opportunities for collaboration between academia and social movements of all kinds to advance movements and related forms of advocacy and activism. Participants and audience members will be encouraged to engage in dialogues and share insights about the concrete ways in which activists and academics can strengthen collaborative efforts to combat social inequalities and injustice, discrimination and oppression, and violations of basic human rights. Taking place just weeks before the U.S. presidential election amid a dramatic rise in social movement activism in recent years, the conference will provide a space to self-critically reflect on the contributions of and relationship between academia and movements. We welcome submissions of all kinds, including panels, papers, workshops, dialogues, posters, film, audio/visual displays, and performances, among others.
A panel session will include 15-minute presentations of three to five papers centralized around a common theme. Panel organizers should submit a 250-word abstract for the panel and for each paper. All panels should allocate time for audience participation.
Conference participants may also choose to submit abstracts for individual papers. Please submit a paper title and a 250-word abstract. Presenters will have between 15-30 minutes to present, with an audience-led question and answer session following the presentation.
Dialogues provide for a more conversational format than traditional conference panels. Presenters will be responsible for leading a discussion around a central theme. Please submit a 100-word abstract on a specific topic with at least three questions you would like to pose during the dialogue.
Participants may also choose to submit a poster, host a film screening, or lead an interactive workshop. Submissions for these alternative formats should include a 250-word outline of the suggested activity designed to fill a 1 hour and 30 minute session.