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SLC logo final.jpgWelcome to the 82nd annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, its first hybrid meeting. The meeting theme, The Revolutionary Potential of the Social Sciences: Transforming Possibilities,  encompasses a broad range of topics, including deep public health challenges and pandemics; racial justice; human-driven climate change; inequality, displacement, and migration; political authoritarianism; poverty; and violent global conflicts. At a time when travel is difficult and connection is so important, the hybrid format enables wide participation from social scientists around the globe.

We are excited about a packed program including workshops, live-streamed and pre-recorded sessions, critical conversations, meet-ups, posters, exhibits, and videos. The meeting also features a full complement of business meetings, award sessions, and other regular features.

The annual meeting is an important part of SfAA – as a place to share work, ideas, and networks; to visit with old friends and make new ones.. We’ll be learning a lot using a hybrid format and you can help with this. Thank you for maintaining our ethical policies and practices for a safe, inclusive, and equitable meeting environment. And heartfelt thanks to all who contributed in so many ways to putting on the 2022 SfAA Annual Meeting. 

SfAA 2022 Virtual Meeting

The SfAA Virtual Meeting will be on the Whova Meeting Platform.

Access the Virtual Meeting here. (if you are already registered for the meeting you will just need to sign-in if not you will need to register here)

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SfAA Hybrid Annual Meeting Navigation Guide​​​​​​ PDF​



Contact Information

Here’s how to contact us for help:

  • SfAA Office
    Phone: (405) 843-5113
    Email: info@appliedanthro.org
    Office Meeting Hours:
    Mon 3/22 – Fri 3/26                8:30 am to 8:30 pm EST
    Sat 3/27                                  8:30 am to 6:30 pm EST

  • Whova, General Questions - Silas Day, silas@appliedanthro.org

  • Whova, Admin & Security (e.g., deleting content) - Silas Day, silas@appliedanthro.org

  • Reporting Ethical Violations - SfAA Office, info@appliedanthro.org and (405) 843-5113



The Revolutionary Potential of the Social Sciences: Transforming Possibilities

Welcome to the 82nd annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology convening in Salt Lake City. This marks our first time to come together in the State of Utah in its main cultural hub nestled at the foot of the Western Rocky Mountains where “Life is Elevated.” The meeting has attracted 1,122 submissions in 144 sessions of which 95 are live on-site (30 to be live-streamed); 48 virtual; and one pre-recorded. We also have an impressive number of international participants including a new co-sponsor, the European Association of Social Anthropology (EASA) Applied Anthropology Network (AAN), as well as a new group colleagues coming to us from Bangladesh. 

As with all SfAA annual meetings, this one is marked by a broad embrace across the anthropological spectrum of sub-disciplines, as well as the social sciences in general. There will be a tremendous diversity of sessions and topics that range quite evenly across our co-sponsors and our thematic interest groups. There is also a noteworthy number of sessions on professional development and career crafting beyond the academy. These should prove invaluable to students and mid-career academic professionals interested in forging a career path outside of a more traditional academic setting. Additionally, there are sessions on publishing (and how to demystify that process) that have been put together by the SfAA Publications Committee and our journal editors at Human Organization and Practicing Anthropology.

Our meeting kicks off with a variety of “Local Day” events including sessions focusing on food in Utah as well as activist activities. Additionally, there are locally oriented sessions on health care, refugees, and women’s health. As an extra bonus, we have a double session that forms one of our “critical conversations” on anthropology and Covid-19. A final critical conversation is on veterans and homelessness in Salt Lake City and beyond where we bring our good social science insights to bear on a challenge that requires a holistic response beyond housing, that includes community, as well as the necessary resources to afford living in a safe living space that is economically sustainable. 

Not only do we have organized sessions, roundtables, panels, workshops, and posters, we also have some really interesting and moving documentaries on tap this year. An exemplar is on Wednesday from 11:15-1:00 (Sundance Room): Échale Ganas: The Villa’s Taco Story. This incredible video highlights Latino entrepreneurship in Los Angeles. It underscores the dynamism of small-scale economic hustle coupled with the ability to see new openings in a complex economic landscape. 

Our conference hotel, The Sheraton Downtown, is a terrific meeting locale. We have a myriad of conference rooms at our disposal and lots of great hangout space where we can once again get together. The hotel is a few blocks from Temple Square and is well situated to all the great restaurants, brew pubs, stores, and galleries in the downtown, as well as lots of historic buildings and terrific architecture. 

There will be a variety of sessions and workshops on professional development; searching for careers outside of academia; and tips and strategies for becoming a practicing anthropologist. These career-oriented sessions focus both on students thinking about how to use their anthropological training in government, industry, and other settings, as well as early and mid-career professionals looking to reshape their career trajectories. For those in the academy, the editors of our journals and the SfAA Publications Committee have sessions and workshops on how to get published and the future direction of our journals as 21st century publications. 

There will also be several, extremely cool video presentations at the conference: an amazing documentary about an L.A. taco truck and the anthropology of Latino entrepreneurship; a reconciliation with a past of southern farming slaveholding; and an exploration of Irish identity in contemporary Jamaica. 

There are six workshops this year with useful and engaging topics: creating interdisciplinary research teams (easier said than done!); making better PowerPoints (I need to go to that one); engaging the public with cool anthropological research (let’s not keep our excellent work a secret); effective teaching in medical schools (and, generalizing outward, to non-anthropological audiences); and a deep dive into cultural consensus analysis. 

Of course, we have made sure there are fun breaks amidst all this rich content. We have an Opening Reception on Tuesday evening (6:00-7:30, Bryce) and the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening (7:30-9:30, Bryce). The SfAA Sustaining Fellows Reception is on Thursday (6:30-7:30, Deer Valley). The Student Party will be also held on Thursday (7:30-10:30, Wasatch).  

We will also be treated to a number of distinguished lectures and awards ceremonies throughout the week. On Wednesday, the Eric Wolf Award and presentation will be given by PESO (3:45-5:30, Sidewinder). On Thursday, the Peter K. New Award will be bestowed (3:45-5:30, Emigration) with a reception to follow; the Michael Kearney Memorial Lecture will be delivered (3:45-5:30, Wildcat); and the WAPA Praxis Award (5:30-7:00, online in Whova) and reception will be held (7:00-8:00 Alta). Finally, on Friday, the SfAA Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held from 3:45-5:30 in Canyons. Come and congratulate and celebrate with the winners of the Margaret Mead, Sol Tax, and Bronislaw Malinowski Awards. 

A gaggle of loyal members have contributed untold hours on the making of the conference. The Program Committee worked diligently pulling together sessions across a diverse and broad swath of the applied social sciences focusing on the myriad contributions we make to our understanding of the complex human dynamics of change as we move into the 21st century. We cannot thank them enough, nor our thematic interest groups and co-sponsors who also encourage their members to create numerous sessions and other forms of intellectual engagement. Behind the scenes, our Conference Working Group worked to coordinate and brainstorm our efforts from the meaning of a hybrid conference to safe Covid protocols. Don Stull, as our Annual Meeting Coordinator, kept us all in line and marching forward. 

At day’s end, the SfAA staff pulls all this complexity together, and I am still not sure how they do it. I am sure it includes copious amounts of coffee consumed. Neil Hann serves as our Executive Director; Trish Colvin serves as our Office Manager; and Melissa Cope serves as the Annual Meeting Program Administrator. I’ve worked closely with them and they are the best team for which anyone could wish. They search our interesting meeting sites; negotiate favorable hotel rates; process meeting registration; help cobble together the meeting schedule (it’s like playing three-dimensional chess blindfolded); set up our audiovisual needs; and choreograph onsite registration; as well as troubleshoot whatever comes their way. Give them a hearty shout out when you see them at the meeting. They deserve it and much more!

Finally, thanks to everyone for their efforts in making this a lively and memorable meeting. I know that we are looking forward to getting together, sharing ideas, reinvigorating friendships, and creating new networks.

Jim McDonald
2022 Program Chair 

Special Thanks

Special Thank You to All the Following:

2021 Program Committee

Program Chair
James McDonald (University of Montevallo)

Associate Program Chair
Elaine Bennett (St. Vincent College)

Annual Meeting Coordinator
Donald D. Stull (University of Kansas)

Heide Castaneda, University of South Florida
Rita Denny, EPIC
Judith Freidenberg, University of Maryland
Adam Gamwell, This Anthro Life podcast / Missing Link Studios / MotivBase Research
Roberto Gonzalez, San Jose State University
Meta Gorup, Ghent University
Monica Griffin, William & Mary University
AKM Mazharul Islam, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Institute for Applied Anthropology
Sarah Luna, Tufts University
Liz Olson, Sothern Utah University
Carla Pezzia, University of Dallas
Lois Stanford, New Mexico State University
Kate Sullivan, Cal State University-Los Angeles
Patti Sunderland, EPIC
Peter Taber, University of Utah
Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez, Arizona State University

Topical Interest Groups

We would like to thank the following SfAA TIGs, Committees, and Groups for organizing several relevant sessions. For more information or a complete list of the sessions, please visit the group on our online community at https://community.appliedanthro.org.

  • Anthropology of Higher Education TIG

  • Business Anthropology TIG

  • Engaged Museums Group

  • Extraction & Environment TIG

  • Fisheries & Coastal Communities TIG

  • Gender Based Violence (GBV) TIG

  • Heritage & Tourism TIG

  • Human Rights & Social Justice Committee

  • Immigration Initiative Committee

  • Risk & Disasters TIG

2021 Meeting Co-Sponsors

Several professional associations have joined with us in varying degrees as co-sponsoring organizations. The leadership of these groups contributed significantly to the substantive content of the Program. They include (ordered alphabetically):

  • Applied Anthropology Network (AAN)

  • Council on Nursing and Anthropology (CONAA)

  • Culture & Agriculture (C&A)

  • Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Community (EPIC)

  • National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA)

  • Political Ecology Society (PESO)

  • Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS)

  • Society for Disability Studies (SDS)

  • Society of Ethnobiology (SoE)

  • Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA)

Officers of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Board of Directors, and Editors 

Michael Paolisso (U Maryland), President, 2021-2023
Jennifer R. Wies (Eastern Kentucky U), President Elect, 2022
Eric J. Bailey (East Carolina U), Secretary, 2022-2025
Sunil Khanna (Oregon State U), Treasurer, 2021-2024

Board of Directors
Kerry Brondo (U Memphis), 2020-2023
Gemmae Fix (Boston U), 2021-2024
Teresa R. Johnson (U Maine), 2022-2025
Sherilyne Jones (U South Florida), 2021-2024
Lenore Manderson (U Witwatersrand), 2020-2023
Amy Paul-Ward (Florida International U), 2021-2024
Nathaniel (Niel) Tashima (LTG Associates), 2022-2025

David Himmelgreen (USF), Co-Editor, Human Organization
Nancy Romero-Daza (USF), Co-Editor, Human Organization
Lisa Jane Hardy (NAU), Editor, Practicing Anthropology
Jeanne Simonelli (Wottsamatta U Consulting), Co-Editor, SfAA News
Orit Tamir (NMHU), Co-Editor, SfAA News

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