SANA Conference: Abstract Submission and Travel Grant Deadlines Approaching

SANA logoThe Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA) is seeking papers for the 2013 bi-annual conference, “Uncertain Futures,” which will be hosted by Duke University in Durham, North Carolina on March 14-16, 2013. Paper abstracts should be submitted as an attachment to Rachel Wright, Conference Chair at by Friday, January 25, 2013.

Given the desire to move away from the orthodox conference structure, papers may include a variety of activities, such as round tables, neighborhood tours, full-length paper presentations, performances, exhibits, screenings, and hands-on projects in addition to traditional panels. Participants should feel free to use media and art forms to present information in new ways.

They seek papers that contribute to one of four tracks with broadly constructed themes. Please indicate for which track you would like to be considered. If you are open to the track editors and conference organizers selecting a track that best suits your paper, please indicate that preference as well:

  • Discipline and Punishment, organized by Andrea Morrell (CUNY) & Maggie Dickinson (CUNY)
  • Integrated Approaches to a Sustainable Future, organized by Sandy Smith-Nonini, Don Nonini, & Ruth Backstrom (UNC-Chapel Hill)
  • Freedom, Futurity and Doom, organized by The Keywords Collective
  • Contested Spaces, organized by Jessica Christie (East Carolina University)

Registration is now open online. SANA will be using a pay-what-you-like registration fee structure invites conference participants to place their own value on the experience and pay according to their own means. Registration also does not require AAA or SANA membership.

Applications for the SANA conference travel grants are due Thursday, January 31. For the St. Clair Drake Student Travel Award, the committee will distribute up to 4 awards of $500 each (2 for Ph.D. student and 2 for M.A. student). To apply, submit your paper abstract, university affiliation, contact information, and student status (M.A./Ph.D. student) to Applicants must be SANA members (dues: $10, info at Papers should relate to the study of North America and preferably consider the politics of everyday life in North America such as those pertaining to race, ethnicity, class, gender and/or sexuality.

For the first time, SANA will also offer the Eleanor “Happy” Leacock Travel Grant for independent scholars and contingent or community college faculty. Two awards ranging from $400-600 will be awarded for travel to the 2013 SANA conference. Submissions should relate to the study of North America and, in keeping with Leacock’s contributions to feminist, urban, and activist anthropology, address issues of inequality based on gender, race, class, ethnicity and/or sexuality.