March 14-16, 2019
St. Louis, MO
The AES 2019 spring conference will be co-sponsored by Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists (ALLA) and Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA). It will be held at Washington University in St Louis (MO) from Thursday, March 14th to Saturday, March 16th.
We are not in normal times. At least according to some. For others, the perverse assaults against bodies, land, science, and justice have merely become more visible and contestable. At a minimum, people around the world and in the United States are experiencing uncertainty, violations, and anxieties. How are anthropologists strategically positioned to reflect on and theorize this uncertainty and ab-normalcy while bringing to the foreground local articulations of hope, emancipatory politics, and meaning-making? For our Spring 2019 meeting, we invite anthropologists and other scholars and activists to join the American Ethnological Society (AES), the Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists (ALLA), and the Association for Black Anthropologists (ABA) in St. Louis to consider possible unfoldings of the future in specific locales, worlds, and lifeways. Five years after protests in Ferguson around racialized police brutality, Ethnographic Futures will convene in nearby St. Louis to explore how people with whom we study and collaborate imagine, create, participate, and refuse. This includes possibilities for mobilizing and challenging dominant structures but also the quotidian practices of caring, laboring, and celebrating. As some blur lines between the academy and activism, while others push back on disruptions of traditional geographic and disciplinary boundaries, we invite reflections on the future and the ethnographic. Both a method of knowing and a practice of representation (texts, photography, documentaries, teaching), ethnography is itself part of and a challenge to certain futures.
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AES, ALLA, and ABA invite proposals for individual papers, organized paper panels, and roundtables for our joing Spring 2019 Conference. Submit HERE.
When submitting your proposal, you will be asked to either (a) provide your own theme(s), or (b) select from the list of pre-determined themes provided by the program committee. These themes will be used during the review and scheduling processes to reduce content overlap. If your submission does not align within one of the themes, you may select "other" and provide your theme(s) as written responses.
Theorizing the Future
Methodology: Innovations, Conundrums & Engagement
Violence, Trauma & Resistance
Citizenship & Belonging
Debt & Repayments
Queer & Other Intimate Imaginings
Sanctuary & Refuge
Migration, Mobility & Borders
The State, Surveillance & In/Exclusions
Race, Ethnicity & Class Formations
Gendered Spaces & Subversions
Embodiment & the Body
Emancipatory Politics & Solidarity
Health, Healing, and Ethics
Labor & Work
Consumption & Desire
Others proposed by submitters
The submissions portal will be open from Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 to Monday, January 7, 2019.
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 17, 2018. This would normally be $12, but it’s free for a whole year. It also will get you a $5 discount on the AES/ALLA/ABA 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:
The final deadline for all submissions will be January 7, 2019. Decisions will be announced by January 28, 2019.
|Non-Student, Member Price||$140||$145|
|Non-Student, Nonmember Price||$155||$160|
|Student, Member Price (use code "AES19" to get a free membership to AES)||$40||$45|
|Student, Nonmember Price||$45||$50|
The Charles F. Knight Conference Center
Throop Drive & Snow Way Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130
Reserve your room by calling 314-933-9400 or 866-933-9400 and ask for the “American Ethnological Conference” rate. The deadline for making room reservations at the special AAA rate of $119 S/D/T is Wednesday, February 20, 2019. After that date, any reservations received will be subject to availability and may not be at the discounted group rate.
The Moonrise Hotel
6177 Delmar in The Loop
St. Louis, MO 63112
Tel: (314) 721-1111
Additional rooms are available at the Moonrise at the special AAA rate of $154 S/D/T. These rooms will be held until Thursday, February 21, 2019. After that date, any reservations received will be subject to availability and may not be at the discounted group rate.
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Friday March 15, 2019
Join a gathering for graduate students and undergraduates! Enjoy this low-key conference break! Network. Meet like-minded people. This is primarily a social gathering, but we can make space for sharing strategies and debriefing too. Lunch will be provided. Sign up here
Saturday March 16, 2019
Time & Location TBD
Workshops require preregistration and a $20 deposit each, which will be refunded upon your confirmed attendance. Registration information forthcoming.
American Ethnologist editor Niko Besnier illustrates the article manuscript publication process.
Explore St. Louis’ history of division through a tour of the urban landscape, and then create alternative futures in a hands-on studio activity.
Career coaches will share strategies about how to conceptualize fulfilling career paths for anthropologists outside of academia.