AES 2018: Resemblance

March 22-24, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

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American Ethnological Society & Society for Visual Anthropology Spring Conference

In an era of "fake news" and "alt" political movements, what counts as meaning making? How can we understand epistemology in an era of madness? The issue of resemblance is as much a pressing social question as it is an academic preoccupation. The American Ethnological Society and the Society for Visual Anthropology explore the theme of resemblance at their 2018 joint spring conference. Welcoming anthropologists, artists, media makers, and community members to Philadelphia during March 22-24, the meeting will provide an opportunity to revisit and explore anew what we believe is knowable as anthropologists and the ways we may wish to rethink our priorities and approaches in our era of heightened violence, strife, surveillance, and policing.

Resemblance is at the very heart of anthropology, as its practitioners have sought to demonstrate the commonalities of all people. While resemblance relies upon recognition and likening, it is also a means of comparison to what one perceives and believes they already know. The conference organizers invite proposals for panels consisting of papers or multimodal presentations, as well as individual submissions that theoretically, methodologically, visually, or otherwise examine the conference theme. We welcome graduate students to present their work in its early stages and to network with more establish practitioners. The conference will feature exhibitions, speakers, films, performances, as well as a town hall discussion about how our field can wield greater influence in public struggles of resemblance.


Registration is available for AES and SVA's 2018 Joint Spring Conference, Resemblance, which will be held at the Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown Rittenhouse Square Hotel, March 22-24, 2018. Register Now to receive your CFP link.

Call for Abstracts

AES and SVA are accepting abstracts for this meeting. The submission deadline is Wednesday, January 10, 2018, and you must be registered for the conference for your submission to be considered.

Hotel Reservations

Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown Rittenhouse Square Hotel
1800 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Reserve your room by calling 1.800.766.3782 or booking online through our special reservation link. The deadline for making room reservations at the special AAA rate of $169 S/D/T is Thursday, March 1, 2018. When making reservations by phone, please mention you are with the AES Meeting. The block of rooms is limited, and rooms might sell out before the deadline. To ensure availability at the group rate, please make your reservations as soon as possible.


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