Second City Anthropology Conference
The Second City Anthropology Conference (SCAC) is sponsored by the Graduate Anthropology and Geography Association (GAGA). This biennial conference was established to provide graduate students an opportunity to share their work with the academic community. Each panel is moderated by a faculty/student discussant from the UIC community.
In order to encourage academic research among anthropology at all levels, the conference also includes a poster session for undergraduates.
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Ethics, Method, and Transformative Justice: Understanding How and Why We Conduct Research
The Graduate Association of Geography and Anthropology invites graduate and undergraduate scholars from across the social sciences disciplines to participate in the 6th Second City Anthropology Conference on “Ethics, Method, and Transformative Justice: Understanding How and Why We Conduct Research,” to be held from 22 to 24 April, 2022. We invite papers and posters from all subfields of the discipline to offer innovative methods and perspectives that push against the limits of who does anthropological research, about whom, and how and why such research is conducted.
What does it mean to be a discipline that studies people? Has anthropology left its colonial baggage behind and reckoned with the extractive practices that underlie its humanist assumptions? In recent months, the discipline of anthropology and its practitioners have been forced to confront ethical, methodological, and professional questions. These range from the innovation of digital/remote research methods to fuel the treadmill of publications, to anthropologists mishandling data and misleading interlocutors, to the dark side of professional hierarchies and institutional impunity for those in power. These conversations are by no means novel and serve as reminders of the discipline’s colonial baggage and extractive practices, making the need for their addressal all the more urgent. In light of the challenges anthropology faces from both within and without, how might we envision a progressive praxis for anthropology?
We invite papers that are based on, but not limited to:
- Participatory research methods, credit-sharing with interlocutors and community informants, collaborative/experimental writing
- Decolonizing methodology, indigenous scholarship, “studying up”
- Positionality, hidden curricula, prestige economies, citational practices
- Abolition and transformative justice
- Conducting anthropology in a time of climate, political, and public health crises
- Reckoning with power, privilege, and hierarchy within the academy
- Ethical study of human remains, repatriation
- Collaborative and inclusive pedagogies
- Empire, violence, post/coloniality
- Paper abstracts should be no more than 250 words. All abstracts should be submitted by March 25, 2022, through the link provided below. Notification of acceptance and further information for participants will be sent by April 1.
- Accepted proposals will be organized into a series of panels that bring together papers addressing similar topics across sub-fields. Each presenter will be allotted fifteen minutes. If accepted, participants will be expected to submit a presentation length paper (~2500 words) by April 18. All papers are due midnight CST.
- For poster presentations, only an abstract must be submitted by March 25. The online poster session is primarily designed for undergraduate students, though graduate students are also welcome to participate.
Attendance and participation in the conference are free and open to all students, faculty, and members of the community. This event will be held entirely on Zoom.
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SCAC 2022 Registrations
We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Sixth Second City Anthropology Conference, organized by the Graduate Anthropology and Geography Association at the Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago! The conference will be held entirely on Zoom on Friday, 22nd April 2022, from 10 am CDT onwards.
We are excited to announce that our theme this year is Ethics, Method, and Transformative Justice. Our keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe, Associate Professor at the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice, UIC. Dr. Ben-Moshe will speak on “Disability, Carcerality, and Abolition.”
Please find attached a detailed schedule for the conference. The conference is entirely virtual, and is free and open to the public. To attend any of the events, please register using this link. Please note that registration is required to access any part of the conference. The events will also be live-streamed on Facebook.
When: Friday, April 22, 2022
Time: 10 am CDT onwards
Where: Zoom (RSVP to receive event link)
Do write to us at email@example.com if you require any accommodations to facilitate your attendance or if you have any concerns.
We look forward to welcoming you at the conference – your participation will enrich and enliven the events!
SCAC 2022 Registrations
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