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Social Movements and Community Action 15th Annual American University Public Anthropology Conference

Saturday, October 27
Mary Graydon Center

Conference Overview

Now open: 2018 Registration

The Public Anthropology Conference will explore opportunities for collaboration between academia and social movements. Presenters and attendees will engage in dialogue and share insights about the concrete ways in which activists and academia can strengthen collaborative efforts to combat social inequalities and injustice, discrimination and oppression, and violations of human rights and dignity. Hosted in Washington, DC, the conference will provide a space to self-critically reflect on the contributions of academia to social movements and the relationship between the two. We welcome submissions of all kinds, including panels, papers, posters, film, and audio/visual displays. We especially encourage submissions for workshops and other collaborative sessions or activities, and from individuals or groups participating in social movements outside academia.

Dialogues and Workshops

Dialogue presenters will be responsible for leading a discussion around a central theme. To submit for a dialogue include a 100-word abstract for a topic, discussion questions, and proposed format. Workshops consist of central activities for the duration of the session. Submissions should provide ample detail about the activity format in a 250-word outline or description. Previous workshops include Reclaiming Black Agriculture Beyond Food Security in Washington, DC, and Organizing Resistance.


Papers are the traditional presentation format. Please submit a paper title and a 200-500 word abstract Within a thematic symposium, presenters will have 15 minutes to present, followed by an audience-led session. We also welcome applications of whole panels that should consist of between 3-5 separate paper abstracts submitted together with a panel title and 200 word panel description.

Other Formats

Participants may also choose to submit other presentation format, such as a poster, performance art, podcast, poetry, or film screening. These submissions should include a 250-word outline of the suggested activity or presentation.