American University’s Department of Anthropology
11th Annual Public Anthropology Conference
October 4th & 5th in Washington, DC
“Violence, Resilience, and Resistance”
Call for Participation
Join us at American University for the 11th annual Public Anthropology Conference.
We invite students, activists, academics, and community members to submit brief
descriptions of panels, papers, films, workshops, and non-traditional presentations
that contribute to this year’s theme of Violence, Resilience, and Resistance.
As the Public Anthropology Conference enters its second decade, we strive to critically
examine topics central to the work of both scholars and scholar-activists interested in
anthropology. We seek to provide a space to share and engage with innovative ideas for
conceptualizing and confronting violence, encountering resilience, and practicing
resistance. We welcome submissions that address any or all of the following questions
and, of course, your own ideas.
How does violence, broadly defined, impact our communities? How does violence
emerge and how is it sustained? How do varying characterizations of violence – as
structural, political, interpersonal, institutional, state, overt, subversive, and so on –
influence our approaches to understanding and confronting them? How can we more
effectively move beyond the mere study of violence and the problematization of its
effects to offer concrete solutions?
How do we conceptualize and utilize ideas about resilience in our work? What are the
social dimensions of resilience? How might we develop a deeper understanding of the
dynamic relationship between violence and resilience? Between resilience and
resistance? What factors shape the expression of resilience in different contexts?
How does resistance to injustice shape the work of anthropologists and activists? How
can anthropologists better contribute to knowledge and resource networks actively
engaged in resistance practices? What are the barriers to effective resistance and how
can we collaborate to overcome them?