Deadlien Extended: 4th Cascadia Seminar in Medical Anthropology Abstracts

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Ethnographic Adventures in Medical Anthropology

April 21-23, 2017
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA, USA

Abstract Deadline Extended: December 15, 2016

The Cascadia Seminar is an experiment in creating a new kind of intellectual space for medical anthropology in the “Cascadia” region (i.e., the US Pacific Northwest and British Columbia). The Cascadia Seminar is a small, intimate, high-interest, low-cost weekend conference organized collaboratively by medical anthropologists on faculty at a number of different universities and colleges in the US Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.

The Cascadia Seminar will begin the evening of Friday April 21, 2017 with a keynote address by Amade M’charek, Professor of Anthropology of Science at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam (website). Four papers will be presented on Saturday April 22nd, and three on Sunday, April 23rd, with no concurrent sessions. Each paper presenter will have forty-five minutes to present a substantial, well worked-out paper, with ample time for lively discussion. All participants are encouraged to attend all papers, and optional no-host meals together will offer additional opportunities for conversation. The WWU Anthropology Department will provide coffee & snacks.

Medical anthropologists (from everywhere) are invited to submit abstracts for papers. Please submit your abstract (350 words maximum) by December 15, 2016. As a way to encourage student-faculty networking, undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts for posters which will be displayed throughout the weekend and discussed during coffee breaks. Posters are accepted on a rolling basis.

Abstracts will be reviewed by a committee of medical anthropologists on faculty at our various institutions, all of whom also plan to attend. The committee will select seven paper abstracts, seeking papers that promise to be ethnographically rich and intellectually exciting. Posters will be accepted until space is filled. Decisions will be announced by January 7, 2017.

The registration to the conference is free of charge, though pre-registration is required in order to keep numbers manageable. A limited number of hotel rooms are available at a reduced rate at the Hotel Bellwether and Guesthouse Inn. Please see the accommodations page for details.

We look forward to a stimulating and fun weekend!

Host / Organizer:
Sean Bruna (Western Washington University)