Department of Anthropology

Call for Papers: New Directions in Anthropology Conference

Fri, February 9, 2018
Call for Papers: New Directions in Anthropology Conference

This coming spring, the Anthropology Department will host its 11th annual New Directions in Anthropology Conference. New Directions aims to provide an inclusive space for graduate students of all levels and subdisciplines to share their work while enabling opportunities for feedback and collaboration. We invite participants to join us in exploring the myriad possibilities of anthropological research.

American Anthropology traditionally includes the four subfields of archaeological, biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology. We have chosen di-visions as this year’s theme in an attempt to speak to the frustrations of separating and dividing our disciplines, theories, and styles. These distinctions, though productive and longstanding, have yielded stubborn alignments which compromise our chances of working even in proximity to one another. Following our namesake of “new directions”, di-visions is not the old challenge of making one’s own work interdisciplinary. Rather, it offers the invitation to do, make, and share work in each other’s space because we recognize that the project of double-vision is more productively tasked not to the individual, but to the cluster.

New Directions has traditionally been a space for students to present their ideas and works in progress, with peers and faculty in attendance to offer support and constructive critique of any new directions you may be exploring. We welcome all mediums for expressing your work, and encourage alternative modes of presentation such as posters, dramatic performance, poetry, music, films, and any other mediums that inform your research. Keeping with the theme of seeing doubly, this year we will be extending our invitation to students from departments beyond Anthropology. We invite all scholars seeking the opportunity to cultivate their projects to submit. Without foreclosing any possible new directions in anthropology, potential topics are below are listed below, but these are by no means limiting.

  • Doubleness / Intersectionality
  • Archaeology / Material Cultures / Ancient Cultures
  • Primate Evolution / Primate Sociality
  • Language / Communication / Semiotics
  • Infrastructure / Technology / Space / Worlds
  • Applied/ Activist/ Public Anthropology
  • Race / Racial Imaginaries / Racial Conflict
  • Diaspora Studies / Immigration / Undocumented Bodies and Subjectivities
  • Decolonizing Methodologies / Decolonial Theoretical Frameworks
  • Multispecies / Non-Human Studies
  • Discourses of Pathology / Disease
  • Environmental Studies / Environmental Conflict / Ecologies
  • Performativity / Performance
  • Primate Genetics / Human Population Genetics
  • Feminism / Queer Theory / Sexuality
  • Securitization / Surveillance / Police State
  • Functional Morphology
  • Visual Cultures / Photography / Film
  • Identifications / Disidentifications / Precarity
  • Pedagogy / Interdisciplinarity


We ask that interested students submit an abstract of 200-300 words as a Word document or PDF file to, subject: “NDIA 2018 Abstract Submission”.

Please attach your submission as a separate document and include the following information in the body of your email but NOT in your abstract submission:

  • Name
  • Department/program
  • (Preliminary) Title
  • Email address
  • Presentation format (powerpoint, poster, performance, visual art, poetry, etc.)
  • Any technology required for your presentation

Depending of the volume of submissions:

  • Presentations (powerpoints, scripts) will each be between 10-15 minutes followed by a period for questions and comments.
  • Posters and art displays will each be grouped into sessions.
  • Other submissions will be assigned a presentation session according to the format of their submission. (Please include any concerns you might have about this in the body of your email.)


Our deadline for abstract submission is February 23, 2018. Please submit your abstract as a word file or PDF to

Notification of acceptance will be sent by the end of February.


The conference dates will be held on Friday, March 30, 2018 -- Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Glickman Center (CLA 1.302A and 1.302B).

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