Department of Anthropology

Call for Papers: New Directions in Anthropology Conference

Mon, December 10, 2018
Call for Papers: New Directions in Anthropology Conference

New Directions in Anthropology XII: Everyday Anthropology
April 5-6, 2019
The University of Texas at Austin

Keynote speakers:
Dr. Patrick Gallagher (University of Texas San Antonio, Anthropology)
Dr. Lina Valencia (Global Wildlife Conservation)

This coming April the Anthropology Department at the University of Texas at Austin will host its 12th
annual New Directions in Anthropology Conference. New Directions aims to provide an inclusive space
for graduate students of all levels and upper level undergraduates. We welcome papers from all
anthropological subdisciplines and various disciplines outside of anthropology to share their work while
enabling opportunities for feedback and collaboration. We invite participants to join us in exploring and
discussing the myriad of applications of anthropological research within and outside of academia.
This year we have chosen the theme “Everyday Anthropology”. We encourage projects and discussions
about how academic anthropology intersects with the "everyday" to explore our research in the broader
world. For example, discussions about activism, film, and conservation work are welcome, as well as
projects from other disciplines that use anthropology frameworks or methods. However, this theme may
also speak more personally to our individual journeys as we develop as researchers, and how we see
anthropology in our own lives.

We are extending the call for papers to all departments and all individuals who are interested in
anthropology or use anthropology within their work, both within academia and in other applications, such
as policy. We are aiming to underline the uses of anthropological views, theories, and methods outside of
anthropology as well as with in various approaches to humanities research. We encourage submission of
all kind of projects of presentations, including unfinished papers, proposals, raw data, debates about
current issues, first drafts of papers, class papers, practice presentations/defenses and creative outlets.
For the presentations themselves we are accepting panel speakers (about 15 min each plus questions)
poster presentations as well as any other kind of creative presentation style.

Information on keynote speakers:
Dr. Patrick Gallagher (PhD, Stanford University) is a cultural anthropologist at the University of Texas
at San Antonio. He researches cultural politics of nature and environmentalism in Belize. Dr. Gallagher
will speak about how his research bridges anthropological disciplines and crosses the boundaries of
academia. For more information on Dr. Gallagher, please visit the following link:

Dr. Lina M Valencia (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) is a biological anthropologist working for
Global Wildlife Conservation, a NGO that actively works to save endangered species by protecting
wildlands and building capacity. Dr Valencia work s on the conservation of endangered species and the
thematic approaches required to achieve the recovery of their populations. In her talk, Lina will tell us
about the interdisciplinary nature of her work, and how research, exploration, policy, and investing in
people is vital to any long-term conservation strategy. Moreover, she will tell us how her PhD prepared
her for her work outside Academia. For more information on Dr. Valencia's work, please visit the
following link:

Submissions Guidelines:
Please submit abstracts of 50 to 300 words to the Google Form page below.
Please include all information required within the form (name, department, tentative paper title,
presentation format).

Abstracts Due February 25th 2019
Questions? Please email

Thank you and we look forward to reading your submissions!

The New Directions in Anthropology Committee:
Manda Adam (
Julia Earle (
Sarah Eleazar (
Krissy Juergensmeyer (
Allison McNamara (
Johanna Páez Crespo (

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