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Society for Anthropological Sciences Sessions at the American Anthropological Association 2019 Annual Meeting

We have many amazing sessions at the upcoming AAA meeting! The following are our sponsored sessions grabbed from the AAA online program. Please be aware that many of our members are presenting in non-SAS sponsored sessions and we hope to add their information to this page soon!

Thursday, Nov 21 – 8:00 am
(3-0250) Transforming the Curriculum: Toward a Contemporary Cognitive Anthropology
Location: Vancouver CC WEST, Room 221
Stephen Chrisomalis – Wayne State University; Stephen Chrisomalis – Wayne State University; Stephen Chrisomalis – Wayne State University; Max J. Stein – University of Alabama; William W. Dressler – University of Alabama; Douglas W. Hume – Northern Kentucky University; Rick Stepp – University of Florida; Jana Fortier – University of California, San Diego, Department of Anthropology; Rosalyn Negrón – University of Massachusetts – Boston

Friday, Nov 22 – 4:15 pm
(4-1165) Ethnographic Field and Data Analysis Methods: One-on-one Mentoring
Location: Vancouver CC EAST, Room 12
Douglas W. Hume – Northern Kentucky University; Sarah Carson – University of Pennsylvania; Stephen Chrisomalis – Wayne State University; Susan C. Weller – University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston; H.J. Francois Dengah, II – Utah State University; Stephen M. Lyon – Aga Khan University (London); Murray J. Leaf – University of Texas at Dallas; Kathryn S. Oths – University of Alabama; Jean J. Schensul – Institute for Community Research; Stephen L. Schensul – University of Connecticut School of Medicine; William W. Dressler – University of Alabama

Saturday, Nov 23 – 8:00 am
(5-0070) Cultural Models, Cultural Knowledge, Consensus and Decisions
Location: Vancouver CC EAST, Room 11
Susan C. Weller – University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston; Sarah Carson – University of Pennsylvania; Susan C. Weller – University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston; Yasemin Akdas – University of Florida; Charles Stapleton; Maria Stapleton

Saturday, Nov 23 – 8:00 am
(5-0040) Challenge: Examining, interpreting, and presenting sociality
Location: Vancouver CC WEST, Room 306
Sang-Hee Lee – University of California, Riverside, Department of Anthropology; Priscilla Mollard – University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Kent M. Johnson – SUNY – College at Cortland; Danae G. Khorasani – University of California, Riverside; Marc Kissel – Appalachian State University; Jaymelee Kim – University of Findlay; Michelle Bezanson – Santa Clara University, Department of Anthropology; Rachael N. Anyim – SUNY – Binghamton University, Department of Anthropology; Priscilla Mollard – University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Saturday, Nov 23 – 8:00 am
(5-0075) Cultural Models, Primary Food Producers and Climate Change: Reaching Out to Policy Makers
Location: Vancouver CC EAST, Room 13
Giovanni Bennardo – Northern Illinois University, Department of Anthropology; Victor Celestin de Munck – University of Vilnius; Stephen M. Lyon – Aga Khan University (London); Muhammad A.Z. Mughal; Eric C. Jones; Thomas Widlok

Saturday, Nov 23 – 10:15 am
(5-0525) The Legacy and Future of Cultural Consonance: William Dressler’s impact on cultural anthropology, theory, and methods [Invited Session]
Location: Vancouver CC WEST, Room 214
H.J. Francois Dengah, II – Utah State University; Toni J. Copeland – The University of Alabama; H.J. Francois Dengah, II – Utah State University; Toni J. Copeland – The University of Alabama; Jeffrey G. Snodgrass – Colorado State University; Clarence C. Gravlee – University of Florida; Nicole L. Henderson – The University of Alabama; Susan C. Weller – University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston

Saturday, Nov 23 – 12:15 pm
(5-0685) Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) Business Meeting
Location: Vancouver CC WEST, Room 304 & 305
Stephen M. Lyon – Aga Khan University (London); Murray J. Leaf – University of Texas at Dallas; Stephen Chrisomalis – Wayne State University; Douglas W. Hume – Northern Kentucky University; Toni J. Copeland – The University of Alabama; Sarah Carson – University of Pennsylvania; Ian Skoggard; Max J. Stein – University of Alabama; H.J. Francois Dengah, II – Utah State University

Saturday, Nov 23 – 4:15 pm
(5-1025) Anthropologists at the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic: Changing the Climate of Care and Policy throughout Canada and the United States
Location: Vancouver CC WEST, Room 101 & 102
Jennifer R. Wies – Ball State University; Caitlyn Placek – Ball State University, Department of Anthropology; Jennifer R. Wies – Ball State University; Alice Fiddian-Green – University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Kehli Ardis Henry – Michigan State University; Dinorah Martinez Tyson – University of South Florida; Caitlyn Placek – Ball State University, Department of Anthropology; Leslie E. Carlin – University of Toronto; Fiona Webster – Western University, Faculty of Health Sciences

Sunday, Nov 24 – 10:15 am
(6-0225) Pluralizing the Athropocene (II): Indigenous and Decolonial Contributions to Climate Science [Cosponsored Session]
Location: Vancouver CC WEST, Room 121
Olga Ulturgasheva – University of Manchester; Laura M. Rival – University of Oxford; Olga Ulturgasheva – University of Manchester; Laura M. Rival – University of Oxford; Wolde Gossa Tadesse – University of Oxford; Vanessa Elisa Grotti – European University Institute; Olga Ulturgasheva – University of Manchester; Sophie Chao – The University of Sydney; Jean M. Rahier – Florida International University; Virginia D. Nazarea – University of Georgia

Student prizes – Society for Anthropological Sciences – Vancouver, BC – DEADLINE 11/08

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) invites contributions for the H. Russell Bernard Student Paper Prize ($500.00) and two Travel Awards ($300.00 each) for students presenting material at the upcoming Society of Anthropological Sciences (SASci) meetings at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  These prizes are awarded for scholarly work by students that exemplifies the mission of SAS to support empirical scientific research in any area of anthropology.

To be eligible, you must be an undergraduate or graduate student at the time your abstract was accepted, and you must be presenting your paper/poster at the upcoming meetings in Vancouver. You do not need to be a SAS member at the time of submission (although of course we do encourage you to join by adding us as a section on the AAA website!). This is an important professional credential on your CV, as well as providing financial support for your scholarly work. SAS professional members: please encourage your students to submit! 

To be eligible for the Bernard paper prize, submit a full paper manuscript only (no posters/powerpoints). Submissions for the paper prize will automatically be considered for the travel awards as well.  Students submitting for the travel awards may submit a paper, completed poster, or annotated Powerpoint presentation. Submissions in Word, PDF, or Powerpoint format only please.   For co-authored contributions, the student must be the primary author and you must include a statement indicating the relative contributions of all co-authors, as well as all co-authors’ email addresses.

All submissions should be sent by email to Stephen Chrisomalis <chrisomalis@wayne.edu> no later than November 15, 2019. Awards will be adjudicated by the fall meeting prize committee (Stephen Chrisomalis, Douglas Hume, and H. J. François Dengah II) and awarded at the SAS Business Meeting in Vancouver.

Call for Papers – Society for Anthropological Sciences Spring 2020 Meetings

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) will be holding its annual meeting from March 17-21, 2020 at the Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in conjunction with the Society for Applied Anthropology. We invite scholars from any subdiscipline of anthropology, or from allied social sciences, to submit innovative proposals for papers, posters, sessions or round-tables on any topic in anthropological science, broadly conceived.

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) promotes the scientific understanding of humanity through comparative, cognitive, empirically-grounded, and evolutionary approaches. We seek to fulfill the historic mission of anthropology to describe and explain the range of variation in human biology, society, and culture across time and space. Our website is located at http://sas.anthroniche.com.

We encourage a wide variety of participants this year, including students, practitioners, and new members of the Society. There are a number of student prizes available for SAS members who are current undergraduate and graduate students (see http://sas.anthroniche.com/student-awards/). Please distribute this call for papers widely to your colleagues.

Registration for the conference is coordinated through the SfAA site and includes access to all conference activities and panels. SAS allots 25-30 minutes including discussion for each oral presentation – we organize sessions with fewer presenters than SfAA normally does, which allows deeper, richer scholarly conversations to take place. Posters are also highly desirable and are welcomed by our review committee.

Registration for the conference must be done through the SfAA site at https://www.appliedanthro.org/annual-meeting, before submitting an abstract.  First, you will create an account by following the link at the top of the page (if you haven’t done so before) so that you are logged in to the system.  Then you can register for the conference by clicking ‘Member Registration’. When registering, you must select ‘SAS’ under the ‘membership’ sub-menu to enjoy the membership conference rate of $155 ($70 students) and to ensure that we know who is registering through SAS.

Once you have registered, you will be able to submit an individual abstract (100 words maximum) at https://www.appliedanthro.org/annual-meeting/abstract-information through the SfAA online system. For sessions and roundtables, organizers must submit the proposal and list all participants, while the participants for sessions must also individually submit their abstracts. You must select ‘SAS’ under the first ‘sponsored by’ sub-menu for your abstract or proposal to be considered by our program committee rather than the general SfAA committee.

The deadline for online registration and submission of abstracts through the SfAA site is October  15, 2019. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our program committee:

2019 Spring Meeting Student Paper and Travel Award Winners

Join me in congratulating our spring meeting student paper and travel award winners!


H. Russell Bernard Graduate Student Paper Prize: Max Stein, University of Alabama — Cultural Models of Mobility: Using Cultural Consensus Modeling to Explore Push/Pull Factors of Network Migration in Trujillo, Peru

Travel Award: Lawrence Monocello, University of Alabama — “They don’t care as long as they look attractive”: Examining variation in Americans’ and Koreans’ attention to ideal bodily features in men

Travel Award: Lessye Demoss, University of Alabama — Life goals and the ideal family in a Southern city

Society for Anthropological Sciences Spring 2019 Meeting Schedule

Society for Anthropological Sciences Spring 2019 Meetings

with the Society for Applied Anthropology, Portland Oregon, March 20-23, 2019

There are many SAS members who are presenting in non-SAS sponsored sessions, so see the full program for other sessions of interest https://www.sfaa.net/annual-meeting/

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20

WEDNESDAY 8:00-9:50 Parlor C

Diverse Topics in Anthropological Science (SAS)

CHAIR: ANDERSON, E. N. (UCR)

  • MARTIN, Melanie (UW) Assessing Local Variability in Standardized Growth Outcomes Derived from International vs. Within-Population References: Considerations for Biological Relevance
  • ANDERSON, E. N. (UCR) Cycles of Empire
  • STAPLETON, Maria (NIU) and STAPLETON, Charles (NIU & Coll of DuPage) Negotiation of Indigenous Identity in Rural Mexico: Cultural Syncretism in Art and Ritual

WEDNESDAY 10:00-11:50 Parlor C

Modalities of Intimacy (SAS)

CHAIRS: DE MUNCK, Victor (Vilnius U & SUNY New Paltz) and DEMOSS, Lessye (U Alabama)

  • DE MUNCK, Victor (Vilnius U & SUNY New Paltz) Gay, Polyamorous and Straight Lovers: Is There One Model of Romantic Love That Fits All? DEMOSS, Lessye Joy (U Alabama) Performing a Model of Sacred Marriage
  • NELSON, Alex (UNLV) Intra-Cultural Variations in the Meaning of Romantic Love in South Korea
  • REINHARDT, Amy (SUNY New Paltz) Romantic Love and Hook-Up Culture
  • GLAYZER, Edward (MI State U) The Gendered Commodification of South Korean Dating Rituals: How to Find a Date Without Feeling “Uncomfortable”

WEDNESDAY 12:00-1:20 Parlor C

Systems of Resilience (SAS)

CHAIR: JONES, Eric (UT HSC Houston)

  • JONES, Eric and MCCURDY, Sheryl (UT HSC Houston), NANCE, Earthea (TX Southern U), SHELTON, Kyle (Rice U), HOLCOMB, Jennifer (UT HSC Houston) Multiplexity in Interorganizational Networks Supporting Hurricane Harvey Recovery
  • WELLER, Susan (UTMB) Hurricane Evacuation Decisions
  • LINDGREN, Britta (Aerospace Corp, Retired) System Analysis of a Foraging Woman

WEDNESDAY 1:30-3:20 Parlor C

Students in Cognitive Anthropology, Part I (SAS)

CHAIR: BENNARDO, Giovanni (NIU)

  • DELOUIZE, Alicia (U Oregon), LIEBERT, Melissa (NAU), EICK, Geeta (U Oregon), KOWAL, Paul, NAIDOO, Nirmala, and CHATTERJI, Somnath (WHO), FAN, Wu (Shanghai CDC), BIRITWUM, Richard (U Ghana), AROKIASAMY, Perianayagam (IIPS India), ROJA, Rosalba, LOPEZ RIDAURA, Ruy, and TELLEZ ROJO, Mara (NIPH Mexico), MAXIMOVA, Tamara (Russian Academy of Med Sci), REFIL WE PHASWANA- MAFUYA, Nancy and PELTZER, Karl (HSRC South Africa), SNODGRASS, Josh (U Oregon) Presence of Depression Based on a Symptom- Based Algorithm Versus a Clinical Depression Diagnosis in a Global Sample of Older Adults: The Influence of Socioeconomic Status
  • HOOD, John (NIU) Cultural Models of Democracy among Burmese Residents in the Midwestern United States
  • MONOCELLO, Lawrence (Larry) (U Alabama) Inter- and Intra-Cultural Variation in Male Body Ideals between Americans and Koreans
  • RANGEL, Maria (UT SPH, MD Anderson Cancer Ctr), JONES, Eric C. and PRIYADARSHANI, Dharia (UT SPH) Lifetime Exposure to Traumatic Events and Physical Health among Parents and Caregivers of Children Killed or Injured at the ABC Daycare Fire in Sonora, Mexico

WEDNESDAY 3:30-5:20 Parlor C

Students in Cognitive Anthropology, Part II (SAS)

CHAIR: BENNARDO, Giovanni (NIU)

  • STAPLETON, Charles (NIU & DuPage Coll) and STAPLETON, Maria (NIU) Cultural Models of Nature in a Semi-rural Highland Community in Central Mexico: Phase III
  • STEPHEN, Emily (NIU) Cultural Models of Mental Illness of Outpatients and Clinicians in DeKalb, Illinois
  • FUKUSHIMA, Chisaki (Newcastle U) Cultural Models of Risk: Adaptation and Managing Food Consumption in Western Japan
  • SULLIVAN, Briana, LEE, Mary, and MURPHY, Shayna (SUNY New Paltz) What’s the Point?: Understanding Religious Identity among College-Aged Individuals

THURSDAY, MARCH 21

THURSDAY 8:00-9:50 Parlor C

Anthropological Sciences in Ethiopian Studies at Washington State University (SAS)

CHAIR: HEWLETT, Barry (WSU)

  • DIRA, Samuel (St. Lawrence U) Cultural Responses to Ecological Changes among the Sidama of Southwestern Ethiopia
  • CALVERT, Scott (WSU) Using Social Network Analysis to Track the Spread of Willingness to Abandon “Harmful Traditional Practices” in a Southwestern Ethiopian Community
  • HEWLETT, Bonnie (WSU) Innovation, Processes of Social Learning and Modes of Cultural Transmission among the Chabu Adolescent Forager- Farmers of Ethiopia
  • HEWLETT, Barry, BERL, R.E.W., and ASSOMA, A. (WSU) Genes, Language and Cultural Diversity in Southwestern Ethiopia
  • MESGANAW, Mihiret (WSU) Recrafting the Self among Amhara Immigrants in Minnesota

THURSDAY 1:30-3:20 Parlor C

Linguistic Methods in Cognitive Anthropology (SAS)

CHAIR: CHRISOMALIS, Stephen (Wayne State U)

  • BENNARDO, Giovanni (NIU) How to Investigate the Linguistic Expression of ‘Quality’ in Tongan, Polynesia
  • HERTZOG, Werner (Vanderbilt U) Formal Methods for Estimating Cognitive Distances: A Case Study in Chenalhó, Chiapas
  • KRONENFELD, David (UCR) Pragmatic Implications of Semantic Meaning
  • SKOGGARD, Ian (Yale U) Pragmatics of Affect:The Practice and Ethnology of Emotion Talk

THURSDAY 3:30-5:20 Parlor C

Innovations in Cultural Model Research (SAS)

CHAIR: DENGAH, Francois (USU)

  • DENGAH, Francois (USU), THOMAS, Elizabeth (SMU), HAWVERMALE, Erica (UNT), and TEMPLE, Essa (WWU) “Find that Balance”: The Impact of Cultural Consonance and Dissonance on Mental Health among Utah and Mormon Women
  • NORDIN, Andreas (U Gothenberg) Cultural Institutionalization and Ritualization of Supernatural Dream Imagery: Reports from a Case Study in a Hindu-Nepalese Context

THURSDAY 5:30-7:20 Cabinet Suite

SAS Executive Meeting

FRIDAY, MARCH 22

FRIDAY 10:00-11:50 Parlor C

Unpacking Social Inequality Using Mixed Method Approaches in the Field of Cognitive Anthropology (SAS)

CHAIR: HOLLEMAN, Mirjam (U Alabama)

  • DRESSLER, William (U Alabama) Culture as a Space of Meaning
  • ANDREWS, Courtney (U Alabama) La Buena Vida: Cultural Consonance and Health Outcomes among Mexican Women in Alabama
  • HOLLEMAN, Mirjam (U Alabama) Inclusion or Care: Models of Disability and Effects on Policy Aims in Poland
  • DEMOSS, Lessye Joy (U Alabama) Modest Aims: Life Goals and the Model of Family in a Small Southern City OTHS, Kathryn, MEYER-RASMUSSEN, Anne, and SMITH, Hannah N. (U Alabama) The Effects of Climate and Cultural Changes on Andean Healing Modalities

FRIDAY 12:00-1:20 Parlor C

Looking Towards the Future in Changing Times: New Scholarship in Anthropological Science (SAS)

CHAIR: CARSON, Sarah (U Penn)

  • SHAH, Rachel (Springfield Ctr & Durham U) Problems Anthropology Could Solve?: What Kind of Research Does Market Systems Development Need to Be Effective?
  • HURD, Kayla (U Notre Dame) (Re)Thinking Meat: Emerging Dietary Practices Due to Environmental Change
  • THOMAS, Michael (SAS) Human-Centered Design: Constraint Systems and Legitimate Representation
  • CARSON, Sarah (U Penn) Training Women to Run for Office: Gender and Leadership in Turbulent Times

FRIDAY 12:00-3:00 Skyline IV

Networking and Mentoring: Perspectives from Anthropological Sciences (SAS Workshop, Fee $20)

ORGANIZER: CHRISOMALIS, Stephen (Wayne

State U)

FRIDAY 1:30-4:00 Grand Ballroom

Posters

  • BROOMHEAD, Dee (NKU) “I’ve never met [a good woman]”: Gender Relations and Hegemonic Masculinity aboard Ohio River Towboats (SAS)

FRIDAY 1:30-3:20 Parlor C

Community Development and Sugar Cane Farming Knowledge: Findings of the 2018 Ethnographic Field School in Belize, Part I (SAS)

CHAIR: HUME, Douglas (NKU) ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANTS: FLOYD- GLUTZ, Karin, GILBERT, Autumn, HAUPT, Rachael, and MEJIA, Fantasia (NKU)

FRIDAY 1:30-6:30 Executive Suite

Cultural Consensus Analysis (SAS Workshop, Fee $45)

ORGANIZERS: GATEWOOD, John B. (Lehigh U) and LOWE, John W. (Cultural Analysis)

FRIDAY 3:30-5:20 Parlor C

Community Development and Sugar Cane Farming Knowledge: Findings of the 2018 Ethnographic Field School in Belize, Part II (SAS)

CHAIR: HUME, Douglas (NKU) ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANTS: OPRISCH,

Laura (Charleston Coll), PONTECORVO, Adriane (Indiana U), SHIVERDECKER, Andrea (NKU)

FRIDAY 5:30-6:50 Galleria III

SAS Reception

FRIDAY 7:00-9:00 Galleria III

SAS Business Meeting

SATURDAY, MARCH 23

SATURDAY 8:00-9:50 Parlor C

Exploring Current Solutions to Methodological Problems in Biocultural Anthropology (SAS)

CHAIR: PLACEK, Caitlyn (Ball State U)

  • BOYETTE, Adam, LEW-LEVY, Sheina, VALCHY, Miegakanda, SARMA, Mallika, and GETTLER, Lee T. (Duke U) Unpacking Culture in Research on Parent and Child Health and Well- being: Examples from the Congo
  • CAUDELL, Mark (Food & Ag Org) and QUINLAN, Robert (WSU) Controlling for Interviewer Effects in Cross-Cultural Research: An Approach Using Cognitive Data from Ethiopia and Tanzania
  • HATHAWAY, Shelbie, GOEBEL, James, and PLACEK, Caitlyn (Ball State U) Recruiting Pregnant Opioid Users in the Midwest: Challenges and Future Directions
  • PLACEK, Caitlyn (BSU), SRINIVAS, Vijaya and JAYAKRISHNA, Poornima (Public Hlth Rsch Inst- India), MADHIVANAN, Purnima (FIU) Mixed- Methods and Repeated Measures in Substance Use Research: Implications for Informant Accuracy

SATURDAY 10:00-11:50 Parlor C

Irrigation Management Systems (SAS)

CHAIR: LYON, Stephen (Aga Khan U)

  • LYON, Stephen (Aga Khan U) Integrating Networks and Geospatial Data for Improved Irrigation Management along the Indus Valley in Pakistan
  • LUQUE, Diana (CIAD), MURPHY, Arthur D. (UNCG), MARTINEZ-YRIZAR, Angelina and BURQUEZ, Alberto (UNAM, Hermosillo), LÓPEZ CRUZ, Gerardo (U Sonora), MANRIQUE, Tadeo (CIAD) Irrigation, Water Management and Farming Three Indigenous Biocultural Regions of Sonora, Mexico: Cucapá (Es-Pei), Yaqui (Yoeme), and Mayo (Yoreme)
  • LEAF, Murray (UT-Dallas) Experiment in Action Research in Irrigation: Methods and Ethics

SATURDAY 12:00-1:20 Parlor C

Current Research in Health Care Management and Illness Prevention, Part I (SAS)

CHAIR: SCHENSUL, Jean (ICR)

  • KOHUT, Mike (Maine Med Ctr Rsch Inst) You’re Using It Wrong: Why Healthcare Research Needs More Anthropologists
  • MATTHEWS, Luke (RAND Corp) Quantitative Cultural Analysis of Vaccine Beliefs Suggests Novel Messaging Strategies
  • SCHENSUL, Jean (ICR) and REISINE, Susan (UConn) Building a New Measure to Explain Challenges in Oral Hygiene Self-Management

SATURDAY 1:30-3:20 Parlor C

Current Research in Health Care Management and Illness Prevention, Part II (SAS)

CHAIR: SCHENSUL, Stephen (UConn Med Sch)

  • SCHENSUL, Stephen (UConn Med Sch) The Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (Ckdu) In Sri Lanka: A Methodological Approach to Transdisciplinary Collaboration
  • WEEKS, Margaret (ICR), LOUNSBURY, David (Albert Einstein Med Coll), LI, Jianghong, BERMAN, Marcie, and GREEN, H. Danielle ((ICR) Designing a System Dynamics Model of the Complex HIV Service System to Inform Community Strategic Planning to Eliminate the Epidemic
  • ZIKER, John and SNOPKOWSKI, Kristin (Boise State U) Social and Developmental Effects on Thoughts of Suicide: Large Data Analysis from a National Sample of Children and Youth in Canada

2019 AAA Call for Papers

It’s that time of year when we need to start planning for the annual AAA meetings in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (20-24 November 2019).

The program committee (Stephen Lyon, Doug Hume, Stephen Chrisomalis and our President, Murray Leaf), are very keen to see a strong pool of SAS relevant papers and panels this year and we’re happy to work with you to try and match people with overlapping interests.  Contributions from students, pre-tenure scholars, applied or practicing anthropologists, and individuals from groups underrepresented in the academy are particularly desirable.  Please write to any of us with ideas about panels that you may be thinking about putting together.

The deadline to start your submission for a paper, poster, panel, or workshop is 3  PM EDT on Wednesday, April 5, 2019.  After that you can work on submissions already started, but not start anything new.  The deadline for all submissions to be completed on the AAA website is 3 PM EDT on Monday, April 10, 2019.  This is earlier than in previous years, so please plan ahead!

SAS is committed to a broad, integrative, holistic vision of anthropological science. We are happy to host panels, posters or papers from any subfield or topic that fits within the mission of the Society (http://sas.anthroniche.com/about/).   So please think of us when putting together panels, posters, or papers!

2019 SAS @ AAA Call for Papers

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) promotes empirical research and social science in anthropology. We encourage panels, gallery presentations, and workshops that focus on ways to advance the rigor and clarity of anthropology as one (or possibly more than one) of the natural sciences. These can be papers on theory, epistemology, methods, or the use of technologies. In most cases SAS papers have a specific substantive focus. We do not assume that “substantive” means materialistic. A large part of what our members have been concerned with has involved cognition, values, and conceptualization. We welcome presentations across all subfields of anthropology and particularly seek to collaborate with other sections similarly dedicated to clear and verifiable analysis. https://www.americananthro.org/AttendEvents/landing.aspx?ItemNumber=14722&navItemNumber=566

Fall 2018 SAS Student Award Winners

There were several excellent submissions for the 2018 AAA/Society for Anthropological Sciences fall meeting paper and travel awards! We wish to congratulate our winners:

H. Russell Bernard Graduate Student Paper Prize: Erik Ringen, Emory University — The co-evolution of subsistence and cultural ‘complexity’

Travel Award: Sheina Lew-Levy, Cambridge University — Who teaches children? Investigating the primacy of child-to-child teaching among Hadza and Mbendjele hunter-gatherers of Tanzania and Congo

Travel Award: Summar Saad, Wayne State University — Cultural models of personhood: Measurement, evidence, and certainty around the diagnosis of brain death

SAS Student Prizes: AAA Meetings

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) invites contributions for the H. Russell Bernard Student Paper Prize ($500.00) and two Travel Awards ($300.00 each) for students presenting material at the upcoming Society of Anthropological Sciences (SASci) meetings at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, in San Jose, CA. To be eligible, you must be an undergraduate or graduate student at the time your abstract was accepted, and you must be presenting your paper/poster at the upcoming meetings in San Jose. This is an important professional credential on your CV, as well as providing financial support for your scholarly work. SAS professional members: please encourage your eligible students to submit!

To be eligible for the Bernard paper prize, submit a full paper manuscript only (no posters/powerpoints). Submissions for the paper prize will automatically be considered for the travel awards as well.  Students submitting for the travel awards may submit a paper, completed poster, or annotated Powerpoint presentation. Submissions in Word, PDF, or Powerpoint format only please.

All submissions should be sent by email to Stephen Chrisomalis <chrisomalis@wayne.edu> no later than November 10, 2018. Awards will be adjudicated by the fall meeting prize committee (Stephen Chrisomalis, Douglas Hume, and H. J. François Dengah II) and awarded at the SAS Business Meeting in San Jose, CA.

Deadline Extended – Call for Papers – Society for Anthropological Sciences Spring 2019 Meetings

Deadline extended to October 31, 2018!

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) will be holding its annual meeting from March 19-23, 2019 at the Hilton Portland Downtown in Portland, Oregon, in conjunction with the Society for Applied Anthropology.  We invite scholars from any subdiscipline of anthropology, or from allied social sciences, to submit innovative proposals for papers, posters, sessions or round-tables on any topic in anthropological science, broadly conceived.

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) promotes the scientific understanding of humanity through comparative, cognitive, empirically-grounded, and evolutionary approaches. We seek to fulfill the historic mission of anthropology to describe and explain the range of variation in human biology, society, and culture across time and space. Our website is located at http://sas.anthroniche.com.

We encourage a wide variety of participants this year, including students, practitioners, and new members of the Society.  There are a number of student prizes available for SAS members who are current undergraduate and graduate students (see http://sas.anthroniche.com/student-awards/).  Please distribute this call for papers widely to your colleagues.

Registration for the conference is coordinated through the SfAA site and includes access to all conference activities and panels.  SAS allots 25-30 minutes including discussion for each oral presentation – we organize sessions with fewer presenters than SfAA normally does, which allows deeper, richer scholarly conversations to take place.  Posters are also highly desirable and are welcomed by our review committee.

Registration for the conference must be done through the SfAA site at https://www.sfaa.net/annual-meeting/, before submitting an abstract.  First, you will create an account by following the link at the top of the page (if you haven’t done so before) so that you are logged in to the system.  Then you can register for the conference by clicking ‘Member Registration’. When registering, you must select ‘SAS’ under the ‘membership’ sub-menu to enjoy the membership conference rate of $155 ($70 students) and to ensure that we know who is registering through SAS.

Once you have registered, you will be able to submit an individual abstract (100 words maximum) at https://www.sfaa.net/annual-meeting/abstract-submission/ through the SfAA online system.   For sessions and roundtables, organizers must submit the proposal and list all participants, while the participants for sessions must also individually submit their abstracts. You must select ‘SAS’ under the first ‘sponsored by’ sub-menu for your abstract or proposal to be considered by our program committee rather than the general SfAA committee.

The deadline for online registration and submission of abstracts through the SfAA site is October 31, 2018.   If you have any questions, feel free to contact our program committee: