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Norfolk 2021

Announcing an Exciting New Format for Norfolk 2021 

2020 has disrupted our lives and presented us all with incredible personal and professional challenges. In response, SfAA has created a robust menu of onsite and online options to maximize opportunities for participation in our 2021 annual meeting in Norfolk, Virginia. In addition to the traditional onsite, in-person program, we are planning a wide range of live and recorded online events that can be accessed before, during, and after the March 23-27 meeting dates.  

Norfolk 2021 will begin online one week before our gathering in Norfolk and will extend for one week after the onsite meeting, as we hold live and prerecorded online sessions and workshops. Online presentations (excluding workshops) will be archived on the annual meeting website and available for later viewing by all registrants. 

The Schedule

The onsite meeting will follow our traditional schedule, beginning with local day on Tuesday, March 23, and concluding on Saturday, March 27. But, in 2021 we will place a significant number of sessions, posters, and plenaries online. These sessions will take a range of formats:

  • all presenters may be onsite
  • the chair and some presenters may be onsite, while others are offsite
  • all presenters may be offsite

These sessions will be viewable and allow for synchronous audience participation from attendees in any location. SfAA will also accept submissions of pre-recorded presentations, to be shared with attendees for asynchronous engagement through our online platform.

Networking Opportunities

Reconnecting with old friends, making new ones, and networking are among the most important—and valued—aspects of our annual meeting. Recognizing this vital function, SfAA will provide online social gatherings and networking for attendees in Norfolk and around the world. These will include opportunities to discuss session content, connect with TIGS, and meet both one-on-one and in small groups. SfAA will also encourage members to engage in social media conversations and postings.  

Prioritizing Safety

We are committed to the health and safety of those who choose to come to Norfolk. The meeting hotel--the Norfolk Waterside Marriott--reassures us of its comprehensive protocols for hosting safe conferences and protecting its guests. And the state of Virginia is responsibly responding to and managing Covid-19 risks. Nevertheless, if circumstances force us to cancel the onsite portion of our conference, we will work with onsite presenters to shift their content online, either in live or prerecorded formats. 

Offering Great Value and Professional Development

SfAA’s annual meeting is one of the most affordable among professional associations, especially for students. Recognizing that Covid-19 and the related economic fallout have created hardship for many, we are holding registration steady at last year’s rates: $170 for members and $80 for students. For those experiencing Covid-related economic hardship, we are rolling costs back to their 2015 rates: $140 for members and $60 for students. 

Global Participation

The Society for Applied Anthropology prides itself on being international, and we want to engage even more colleagues around the world in the society and its annual meeting. Many international scholars and practitioners will be unable to travel to Norfolk, but the significant online component of Norfolk 2021 offers exciting opportunities for increased global participation. To increase international participation, the SfAA Board of Directors has approved a reduced registration fee of $80 for new international participants. 

Theme

Theme

LINKING SOCIAL, CULTURAL, AND PHYSICAL ECOLOGIES
81ST Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology
March 23-27, 2021
Mark Edberg, Program Chair

Norfolk, Virginia, exemplifies how local communities and polities are linked to multiple social, cultural, and physical ecologies.  It is part of the larger Hampton Roads metropolitan area that includes the cities of Virginia Beach and Newport News, VA. The area contains one of the world’s largest natural harbors, where the Elizabeth, Nansemond, James, and other rivers empty into the Chesapeake Bay and then the Atlantic Ocean.  As a major coastal watershed, Hampton Roads is highly vulnerable to climate change, which could affect coastal and marine ecosystems as well as the significant and growing tourist economy of Virginia Beach.  Shipping and shipyards are major industries, which are subject to the vagaries and fluctuations of global markets, with resulting impacts on local communities.  The region is home to a major naval base (Naval Station Norfolk), a major air base (Langley Air Force Base in Hampton), a significant shipyard (Newport News Shipyard), and a railroad terminal for coal to be shipped from the harbor to global markets.  Hampton Roads has a deep history, reflected in the major colonial historical sites of Williamsburg and Jamestown and Hampton University, a historically black college/university.  Its cultural richness is also manifest in historic African-American communities, a growing migrant Latinx population (including an influx of Puerto Ricans after the hurricanes), and nearby Nottoway and Nansemond indigenous communities.  Norfolk and the Hampton Roads area are situated within the Tidewater region of southeastern Virginia and parts of North Carolina, which has been called one of America’s eleven distinct cultural regions. 

Norfolk is therefore an ideal setting for anthropologists and other social scientists to engage in broad and multivalent analyses that integrate people, geography, and sociopolitical structures in domestic or international settings.  What tools and methods can we offer to link these multiple spheres of action?  Are local, global, and geographic factors implicated in economic precarity and health disparities?  Has social science adequately addressed health issues relevant to military populations, including family stress, trauma, PTSD, and veterans’ health?  If major social and economic nodes draw new populations into an area, how do they interact with groups that have been there for generations?  How is immigration associated with community change?  In what ways are different populations and economic interests treating the imminent threat of climate change?  Are local cultures and languages being preserved in communities reshaped by global forces and trends?  How do constructions and discourses of race and ethnicity play out in the interplay of social, cultural, and physical ecologies?  

Tuesday, the first day of the meeting, will focus on Hampton Roads and surrounding areas, and will include sessions on such topics as: local responses to climate change; military health; labor migration and the interaction of migrants with longstanding populations; the impact of global markets and politics on local economies; the ramifications of tourism; and how the region’s deep historical roots intertwine with contemporary trends and representations. 

Program Chair, Mark Edberg, George Washington University (medberg@gwu.edu), 202-994-3584

Annual Meeting Program Coordinator: Don Stull (stull@ku.edu); 785-764-8967

Society for Applied Anthropology (info@appliedanthro.org); 405-843-5113

Program Update

2021 Program Update – Call for Participation!

In recent months, the world has witnessed a stunning confluence of crises. The health and economic impacts of COVID-19 and the continued widespread calls for an end to structural violence and racism are reverberating throughout the communities where we live and work. These developments compound the existing strains from climate change, migration politics, social inequalities, and so much more. At the 2021 meeting, we will engage with these issues and many others of longstanding concern – both in Norfolk and globally.

Our annual meeting aims to provide an exciting, innovative, and accessible opportunity to feature and examine the vital contributions of applied social sciences to the issues of our day. 

We look forward to being in conversation with our members and registrants in the coming months and putting on a fantastic conference in 2021!

Co-Sponsors

Co-Sponsors

The Society for Applied Anthropolgy has invited cognate professional associations to join as co-sponsors in the Annual Meeting. Those groups who have accepted the invitation are now working actively with the Program Chair on the content of the sessions. The groups include:

The Council on Nursing and Anthropology (CONAA) is an organization that brings together nurses, anthropologists and others interested in understanding and promoting the health of peoples and cultures around the world through research and practice innovations. Common interests of CONAA members are basic and applied health research, improved health care for vulnerable populations, and encouraging cultural and social justice content in education and research. CONAA holds yearly business meetings at SfAA followed by informal receptions for networking and mutual support. For more information about CONAA, visit http://www.conaa.org.

The Culture & Agriculture (C&A) Section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) aims to develop the study and understanding of agrarian systems from a holistic, social science perspective, and to link academics and practitioners concerned with agrarian issues, agricultural development, and agricultural systems through dissemination of scientific research, encouragement of effective instruction, and to encourage application of knowledge to public policy.

EPIC promotes the use of ethnographic principles to create business value and brings conceptual leadership and practical skills to the problems and opportunities faced by organizations, markets, and society. EPIC people draw on the immense expertise of our global community to learn, connect, and develop as professionals, amplifying our impact together. We are practitioners who work to ensure that innovation, strategies, processes, and products are anchored in deep understandings of people and their everyday lives. Our community hails from all kinds of organizations and industries—technology corporations, product and service companies, a range of consultancies, universities and design schools, government and NGOs, and research institutes. EPIC people draw on tools and resources from the social sciences, humanities, data analytics, design, agile, scenario planning and other approaches to realize value for business and communities.

The Political Ecology Society (PESO) has as its object the promotion of interdisciplinary scientific investigation of the political and economic principles controlling the relations of human beings to one another and to the environment. As part of its efforts to meet these goals, PESO supports the publication of the Journal of Political Ecology, a peer reviewed electronic journal that publishes articles and reviews in English, French, and Spanish.

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) was organised to promote empirical research and social science in anthropology. The members of SAS want to further the development of anthropological science as empirical knowledge based on testable theory, sound research design and systematic methods for the collection and analysis of data. We seek to fulfill the historic mission of anthropology to describe and explain the range of variation in human biology, society, and culture across time and space. 

The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is a scholarly organization dedicated to promoting disability studies. More than twenty-five years of rich history has enabled the organization to reach national and international members with expertise ranging from advocacy to perspectives on disability from a variety of disciplines.

Program Committee

Program Committee

Name
 
Email/Contact Affiliation Subject Area(s)
Mark Edberg, PhD, MA medberg@gwu.edu George Washington University 2021 Program Chair
Public health, vulnerable populations
 
Kimberly Albero, DNP, FNP-BC ka8p@virginia.edu University of Virginia Local arrangements, military health contacts
 
Eric Bailey, PhD baileye@ecu.edu Eastern Carolina University Human Rights and Social Justice TIG
Patricia M. Clay, PhD Patricia.M.Clay@noaa.gov NOAA (Fisheries) Fisheries and Coastal Communities TIG
Kerry Fosher, PhD kbfosher@gmail.com US Marines Focus on military health
Judith Freidenberg.PhD jfreiden@umd.edu University of Maryland Immigration TIG, SfAA Global committee
Cynthia Grace-McCaskey, PhD gracemccaskeyc15@ecu.edu Eastern Carolina University & Coastal Studies Institute
 
Applied environmental anthropology
Rylan Higgins, PhD Rylan.Higgins@smu.ca St. Mary’s University, Nova Scotia Canada perspective, food and gender, anthropology of childhood 
 
Sylvia Jalil-Gutierrez and Karen Breda
 
GutierrezS@ccsu.edu
breda@hartford.edu
Central Connecticut University CONAA
Adam Koons, PhD adamkoons@hotmail.com FEMA Disasters and humanitarian crises
Laurie Krieger, PhD lkrieger@manoffgroup.com Manoff Group Global health, applied anthropology in public health
 
Elisabeth N. Moolenaar, PhD
 
emoolenaar@regis.edu Regis University (Denver) ExtrACTION and Environment TIG
Chad Morris, PhD cmorris@roanoke.edu Roanoke College Nutrition, health, Pacific Islands
Michael Paolisso, PhD mpaoliss@umd.edu University of Maryland Climate change and environmental issues, Tidewater region
 
Carrie Pomeroy, PhD cpomeroy@ucsc.edu University of California, Santa Cruz Fisheries, marine social-ecological systems
Jana Rehak, PhD jrehak@umbc.edu University of Maryland - Baltimore County Smith Island, documentary film
Bill Roberts, PhD wcroberts@smcm.edu St. Mary’s College Applied anthropology/student involvement, Sub-Saharan Africa
 
Gretchen Schafft, PhD gschafft@verizon.net American University Social justice, access to health care, underserved populations, WAPA co-founder
 
Jean Schensul, PhD Jean.Schensul@icrweb.org Institute for Community Research (founder) Global and domestic public health, ethnographic and applied methods
 
Kristin Sullivan, PhD* KSULLIVAN@salisbury.edu Salisbury University (MD) Cultural heritage, Native American communities
 
Jennifer Talken-Spaulding, PhD
 
jennifer_talken-spaulding@nps.gov National Park Service Native American communities
Jennifer Trivedi Jennifer.marie.trivedi@gmail.com   Disaster TIG
Anna Willow, PhD willow.1@osu.edu Ohio State University ExtrACTION and Environment TIG
Alisha R. Winn, PhD awinn626@gmail.com Consultant, Adjunct Faculty, Palm Beach Atlantic University
 
Historical African American communities and institutions in the Tidewater region
Elizabeth Wirtz, PhD ejw24601@gmail.com Purdue University Gender & Violence TIG

*Limited involvement only

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