Proposals sought for anthropological conference next spring

The  51st Annual Meeting of the Southern Anthropological Society will be held in Huntington from  April 7-9, 2016, according to Dr. Brian A. Hoey from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, who is serving as conference and program chair.

The orienting theme of the conference is publicly engaged, locally committed applications of social and allied sciences. Hoey is seeking proposals for organized sessions, forums and special events, as well as individually volunteered papers and posters, that bring together a variety of inter-disciplinary as well as non-academic interpretations, document processes of change at the local level, and imagine possible resilient futures for the places where people both live and work.

Beyond what  might be considered  “traditional” academic conference fare such as papers and posters, Hoey would like to consider proposals for a broad range of offerings that engage participants with the conference theme in informative and compelling ways, such as  short films, poetry readings, art exhibits and interpretive dance, among others. Hoey says he would  like us  to “reimagine the ways that we may each express our work and findings in light of what matters for people at the local context.” Hoey  says he envisions a dynamic meeting space that will connect a wide range of academics and non-academics in an exchange of experiences, ideas, and plans that can lead to more positive impact together in communities.

The conference will be hosted by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the  Big Sandy Conference Center in downtown Huntington. Proposal submissions are due Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.  Information and instructions regarding registration and proposal submission are available at the conference portal: The organized sessions (and other organized event proposals) must be submitted in full (all titles, participants, and abstracts) by the organizer before the deadline.

For more information, contact Hoey by e-mail at  Find the SAS on Twitter:  @southernanthro and #SAS2016WV.