Submit to 9th Annual PAC: “Does Government Matter?”

Call for Papers, Panels and/or Films:

“Does Government Matter?”
The Ninth Annual Public Anthropology Conference at American University, Washington, DC

Conference Dates: October 6-7, 2012
Keynote Speakers: Cynthia Enloe (Clark University) and Randall McGuire, TBC (Binghamton University)

Taking place just weeks before the U.S. presidential election, The Ninth Annual Public Anthropology Conference brings together professional anthropologists and archaeologists, public health professionals, social justice activists, community organizers, filmmakers and educators to discuss new approaches to progressive political action.

Join us in interrogating the importance of “government” in various contexts and geographies and examining potential for direct action and the disruption of representation politics. We are particularly interested in submissions that explore the following themes: alternative political models and lifestyles, immigration, militarism, environmentalism, and other progressive social justice movements.

Unlike many academic events, our emphasis is placed firmly on forging links between scholars and activists: 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. It will include panel sessions (structured discussion of ideas), skills workshops (presenters teaching concrete skills to audience members), and a film festival.

We welcome submissions for panels, papers, and skill workshops of all types from academics and activists alike.

Submit abstracts, film synopses or workshop descriptions of up to 300 words to: by Monday, August 27 2012.

Panelists and skills workshop presenters will be selected by a group of students, community activists and faculty to ensure the conference reflects a diverse array of social movements, backgrounds, and experiences. Participants will be notified of acceptance on a rolling admissions basis.