57th NEAA Annual Meeting

Applying Anthropology to a Globalized World

Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA

Co-Sponsored by the Massachusetts Archaeological Society

March 3-4, 2017

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The 57th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Anthropological Association will be held at Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater MA from March 3-4, 2017.  Faculty, students, independent scholars, and practitioners are invited to submit abstracts for individual papers, posters, and organized sessions in all fields of anthropology.  The conference also welcomes proposals for workshops and roundtables.  NEAA encourages student papers and offers student travel grants and paper and poster prizes.  Panel sessions typically have 4-5 presenters, and each presenter has 20 minutes.  Computer podiums with PC and Mac compatibility and digital projectors will be provided for all sessions. Presenters should make sure presentations are Microsoft PowerPoint compatible.  Poster sessions are scheduled for the same amount of time as a panel session.  The deadline for submitting abstracts for papers, sessions, and posters is February 15, 2017. 

The general conference theme, “Applying Anthropology to a Globalized World,” invites presenters to share contemporary approaches for applying the study of the human condition to the current world system.  Papers may also address general topics in all fields of anthropology and do not need to specifically address the conference themes.  All presenters, however, are encouraged to include relevant applied materials. 

Presentations related to the conference theme may address a wide range of issues, such as:  How does anthropology address the problems of globalization in the developing world?  How should anthropologists deal with the pressures of corporate interests and the interests of developed world governments in dealing with indigenous peoples and their land bases?  How should we respond to situations in which cultural heritage sites are threatened by development?  What are the global challenges for primate conservation and how is anthropology vital to this?  How can anthropological genetics and paleoanthropology help to inform us about human relationships around the world?  How might we work to incorporate indigenous knowledges into the dominant cultural systems of the developed world? 

For all presentations, we especially encourage submissions reporting on anthropological research carried out in settings in the Northeast.  This may include student fieldwork projects from research courses. 

If you wish to submit a paper or poster abstract, you will need to login (or create a new user account) first and then submit your abstract or session proposal.

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Online conference registration is now open. If you wish to pay by check or pay at the door, you may still register online and select "pay later." If you wish to pay by check or pay at the door, you may still register online and select "pay later." All presenters are required to register in advance to secure their position in the program. Other attendees may register at the door, but we encourage registration in advance so that conference organizers have time to print conference programs and prepare for the banquet.

If you have any questions about the program, contact the program organizers from the Anthropology Department, Bridgewater State University:

Professor Curtiss Hoffman, Conference Chair (c1hoffman@bridgew.edu)

Professor Diana Fox (d1fox@bridgew.edu)

Professor Ellen Ingmanson (eingmanson@bridgew.edu)

Associate Professor Louise Badiane (lbadiane@bridgew.edu)

Assistant Professor Simone Poliandri (spoliandri@bridgew.edu)



FRIDAY, March 3
Afternoon Conference sessions in Hart Hall

Reception and tours of the Robbins Museum of Archaeology, Middleboro, MA (shuttles will be provided)

Morning and Afternoon   Conference sessions in Hart Hall
Evening Banquet and Keynote Speaker, East Campus Commons