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Public Anthropology Conference

11th Annual Public Anthropology Conference

"Violence, Resilience, and Resistance"

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?