The Association for Feminist Anthropology welcomes sessions to be considered for inclusion in AFA’s programming for the 111th AAA Annual Meeting, to be held November 14-18, 2012 in San Francisco. The AAA meeting theme this year is “Borders,” so AFA particularly welcomes panels that take up “borders” from a feminist anthropological perspective. Various approaches to the theme include papers and sessions that might explore:
- Borders/collaborations/intersections between feminist anthropology and other scholarly spaces from within and beyond anthropology: critical race studies, queer studies, and/or women’s studies; linguistics and genetics; political science, geography, environmental, and/or policy studies; migration and immigration studies and/or economics and archaeology and/or ethnography; biology/history/cultural studies; masculinity and/or gender studies; educational psychologies and social work; etc., etc., etc.
- Existing or potential conversations/alliances/engagements between scholarly anthropology and everyday activism
- Geographical, political, and ecological borders and the people who move across and re-define them: histories/archaeologies/economies of trade, trafficking, and/or transnationalism; refugees, resettlements, and asylum seekers; multiple and multiplying citizenships; migration, immigration, and diasporas; etc.
- “Borders” and “borderlands” in terms of identities: liminal; queer; mestizaje; mixed-race; transgender
- The “in between” scholar working across/between/among disciplines; conducting research and participating within communities; “insider anthropology”; Lorde’s concept and Harrison’s theorizing of the “outsider within”
We are especially interested in sessions that take advantage of the meeting site of San Francisco by involving local activists, practitioners, and policy makers, whether they are anthropologists or not. If you have questions about the details of registration for non-anthropologists, please let us know.
Also, if submitting for AFA invited or sponsored status, please consider whether your panel could be co-sponsored by AFA and either one or multiple other sections of the AAA. This allows AFA to maximize its presence in the program, gain a potentially greater audience for your panel, and cross the “borders” among AAA sections.
February 1: Online abstract submission system opens on AAA website
March 15: Deadline for submitting proposed sessions for section invited status consideration and public policy forums via www.aaanet.org
April 4: Results of section invited session proposals announced by section program committee chairs
- Proposal deadline for volunteered sessions, individual paper and poster presentations, media submissions and special events via www.aaanet.org
- Participants must be registered for the meeting by this date for inclusion in 2012 AAA Annual Meeting program
April 16-May 31: Section program co-chairs review and rank paper and session proposals
July 1-15: Program decisions emailed to applicants
Please also consider student-focused workshop ideas for AFA sponsorship. To learn more, or submit a proposal, contact Sophie Bjork-James, at (firstname.lastname@example.org).