AES 2018: Resemblance

March 22-24, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

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 that 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.

Panels and roundtables

Click here to view preliminary conference program:


Elizabeth Chin, Art Center College of Design
“The Laboratory of Speculative Ethnology: Design Prototypes for Different Tomorrows.”

Sherry Ortner, UC Los Angeles
“The Expanded Anthropological Toolkit: Ethnography, History, and Public Culture.”

Kamala Visweswaran, UC San Diego
“Ethnography and the Algorithmic Turn.”

Preconference Workshops

Workshops require preregistration and a $20 deposit each, which will be refunded upon your confirmed attendance. Register HERE.

How to publish your first major journal article
American Ethnologist editor Niko Besnier illustrates the article manuscript publication process.

How to transform your dissertation into a monograph
Acquisition editors Fred Appel (Princeton University Press) and Jennifer Hammer (NYU Press) share insights on book manuscript review and publishing.

Multimodal Ethnography: Practice & Professionalization
Editors of the American Anthropologist newly branded multimodal section discuss emerging multimodal works in anthropology.


Registration remains open until the final day of the conference. Register HERE.

Graduate (and undergraduate) students! We have a deal for you. AES membership is free if you sign up between now and March 31, 2018. This would normally be $18, but it’s free for a whole year. It also will get you a $5 discount on the AES/SVA spring meeting registration because you can register for at student “member" rate ($40) rather than the student "non-member" rate ($45). To access this deal, do the following:

  • Become an AES member. Enter the code AESSS18 (there are 3 Ss in the code) at the checkout on the join/renew form.
  • Then register for the AES-SVA 2018 spring conference here at the subsidized student member rate.

Submissions for panels and presentations for AES/SVA 2018 are now closed.


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Theme: Resemblance

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.