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Does Government Matter?

The 9th Annual Public Anthropology Conference
See keynote videos below from Cynthia Enloe and Randall McGuire 

Public Anthropology Confernence: Does Government Matter

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, educators and concerned members of the public 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.

2012 Keynotes: Cynthia Enloe & Randall McGuire

Sessions from the 9th Annual Public Anthropology Conference

Cynthia Enloe: "What does a Feminist Investigation of Post-War Life look like?", Oct. 6, 2012
Randall McGuire: "Archaeology as Activism", Oct. 7, 2012

Cynthia Enloe Keynote (Audio Only)

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"What does a Feminist Investigation of Post-War Life look like?" from Dr. Cynthia Enloe, PhD of Clark University at the 9th annual Public Anthropology Conference at American University, October 6, 2012.

Complete 2012 Conference Schedule


9:30: Registration, Coffee, Opening Remarks

Saturday 10:30—12:00

Session A: Sex, the Body, and the State

Under the Radar – Religion Holds Government Reigns
Judith Lynne Hanna, PhD (Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland)

Prostitution and Justice from the State: A Comparative Study
Whitney Russell (Central European University)

Turning Inside Out: LGBT Asylum in the US
Siobhán McGuirk (American University)

Session B: Possibilities for an Activist Archaeology

When “Subjectivity Enters History”: Revolutionary Moments in and Around an Activist Archaeology
Michael P. Roller (University of Maryland, College Park)

Subjectivity Always Enters Archaeology: Committing to an Activist Approach and What It Entails
Justin E. Uehlein (American University)

Surveying African American Heritage on Plantation Landscapes
Benjamin A. Skolnik (University of Maryland, College Park)


Saturday 12:15—1:15

Session A: Biography, Resistance and Institutional Practice

Using Angela Davis’ An Autobiography to Understand the Role of Government and Address Social Justice Issues in the Proliferation of the Prison Industrial Complex
Riché Daniel Barnes, PhD (Smith College)

Rules for Radical, Seize the Time: Close Readings on the Ethics of Organizing
Molly Cunningham (University of Chicago)

Session B: “Debt Strike”: What, Why, and How? (Workshop)
Facilitator: Brett Williams (American University)


Saturday 2:30—4:00

Session A: Confronting Power and the Powerful: Anthropologists and Journalists Offer Advice on Studying Up (Skills Workshop)

Roberto Abadie (McGill University)
Brooke Kroeger (New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute)
Adrienne Pine (American University)
Victoria Sanford (Lehman College, City University of New York)
Hugh Gusterson (George Mason University)
Moderator: David Vine (American University)

Session B: Language, Regulatory Control & Intervention:
What Public Anthropologists Can Learn About Government and Pathways to Disruption by Engaging Discourse, Text and Voice(s) “at the site”

Ali Erol (Howard University)
Kelly Kundrat (American University)
Katie Jares (American University)
Paula Orlando (American University)
Moderator: William L. Leap (American University)


Saturday 4:30—5:30 

Keynote: What does a Feminist Investigation of Post-War Life look like?
Cynthia Enloe, PhD (Clark University)


Saturday 6:00—8:00

Occupy This! Exhibition Tour & Mcpherson Madness Read-Through
(In the AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center)


Sunday Sessions

9:30: Registration, Coffee

Sunday 10:00—11:00

Session A: Resistance to the Commodified Governmentality of Academia

Collectivism as Disruption: Neoliberal Nonconformity in an Age of Individualism
Jennifer Grubbs (American University)
Michael Loadenthal (George Mason University)

Solidarity with Direct Action Animal Liberation: Queering the “Good Academic”
Jennifer Grubbs (American University)
Michael Loadenthal (George Mason University)

Session B: Education Dis-Orientation (Workshop)
Facilitators: Robert Stephens II, Andrew Breiner (DC Learning Collective)


Sunday, 11:15—12:45

Session A: Land Use, Landscape, and the Built Environment

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Becca Peixotto (American University)

Built to be Riot Proof: Exploring a Politicized Creation Myth
Angela Person (University of Oklahoma)

Take Back the Land
John Tuzcu (Take Back the Land-DC)

Session B: Communism, Institutionalism, and Government

What Could a Communist Government Do?
Charlotte Malerich
(Health Disparities Committee of the Metro Washington Public Health Association)
Julia Petrucelli (American University School of Law)

Communism and Institutionalism: Their Underlying Principles and Visions for the Future
Mike Golash
Hydar Kurban
Thomas Hale


Sunday, 2:00—3:00

Keynote: Archaeology as Activism
Dr. Randall McGuire (Binghampton University)


Sunday, 3:30—4:30

Session A: Undercover Reporting? Undercover Ethnography? A Conversation with Brooke Kroeger
Featured Guest: Brooke Kroeger (New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute)
Moderator: Hugh Gusterson (George Mason University)

Session B: HIV By the Wire: Representing HIV in the Community (Workshop)
Samuel Gerald Collins (Towson University)
Matthew Slover Durington
Alexandra Reitz
Ben Baker
Glenna Urquhart


4:30: Coffee & Closing Remarks

(In Mary Graydon Center 245)

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