Conference Dates: October 14-16, 2011
American University, Washington DC
(Re)Defining Power: Paradigms of Praxis
The Eighth Annual Public Anthropology Conference
Join us for a conference that examines and uncovers various systems of power. New paradigms of praxis must be about more than making power visible. Our challenge in this conference, then, is to both locate and redefine power. We invite academic and professional anthropologists, social scientists, activists, public health professionals, filmmakers and educators to join us in this inquiry into power. We welcome panels, papers, and skill workshops drawing upon some of the following frameworks for challenging power – critical race studies, interrogations of the nonprofit industrial complex, anti-displacement, critical animal studies, environmental justice, education reform and policy, disability studies, activism-based research, and performance and queer studies – but we invite papers of all types and from all social justice movements.
Unlike many academic events built around formal papers, this conference will focus on bringing panelists and audience members together to discuss concrete ways social scientists can support, strengthen, and contribute to activist movements striving toward progressive political action. The conference will include panel sessions (structured discussion of ideas), skills workshops (presenters teaching concrete skills to audience members), and a film festival.
Please submit abstracts (one-paragraph descriptions) of what you are interested in presenting or a film you made and would like to show at the conference. Panelists and skills workshop presenters will be selected by a group of students and faculty to ensure the conference reflects a diverse array of social movements, backgrounds, and experiences. The submission deadline is September 16; participants will be notified of acceptance on a rolling admissions basis.