Call for Panels and Papers:
Gender-Based Violence at the Society for Applied Anthropology in Portland (March 2019)
The Gender-Based Violence Topical Interest Group invites submissions for panels or papers to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Portland, OR from March 19th to 23rd, 2019. The overall conference theme is “Engaging Change in Turbulent Times,” with the aim to consider the ways that anthropologists, other applied social scientists and professionals in related fields address “the content, pace, and process of change today.” With a recognition that “the communities where we live and work may be experiencing pronounced uncertainty, isolationism, extremism, trauma and violence, and racial and ethnic tensions,” how is anthropology responding and what can an anthropological lens lend to an understanding of reactions to rapid and turbulent change? The TIG will host sessions that take up this idea while continuing to explore the ways in which gender and violence have been and should be configured or reconfigured. Specifically, we hope to examine ways to expand our understanding of gender and violence as well as put these expanded definitions in conversation with one another. Papers and sessions might address the following questions:
- What does it mean to consider violence, in both intention and action, with an expanded understanding of gender?What does it mean to consider gender, as organizing ideology and social construct, with an expanded understanding of violence?
- How does an expanded notion of gender and/or violence complicate our approach to thinking about gender-based violence?Has the current political environment further complicated those notions—and if so, how?
- What does anthropological insight offer the public about the social justice movements addressing gender violence during these turbulent times and the trajectory creating the context for these movements?What do these movements say about our contemporary culture as well as the context from which these movements have risen?
- Where and how do we sustain a critique of gender-based violence that takes race, poverty, age, disability, citizenship and sexuality seriously?What do the impacts of these other identities mean for applied work in this area?
- Does the usual rubric of “gender-based violence” limit the efficacy of applied approaches?Where and how? And how do we expand that rubric to better reflect what we see on the ground?
- How do these assumptions shape the production of anthropological knowledge, and our engagement in applied work?
The GBV-TIG’s panel organizers will accept proposals that speak to these questions and others. Proposals are due by October 12th. Please email submissions to [email protected], with SfAA 2019 Abstract in the subject line. You can embed your proposal within an email or attach a word file. Submissions must include the following:
Individual papers: A paper title, a 100-word abstract, the author’s name, contact email and affiliation.
Panel Sessions: A session title, a 100-word session abstract, individual paper titles with 100-word paper abstracts, the name, email addresses, and affiliation of all participants (including chair, presenters, and discussants as needed). A full panel includes 4-5 papers.
The GBV-TIG panel organizers will work with session organizers and paper presenters to build panels, thensubmit the sessions to the Society for Applied Anthropology on behalf of the TIG. The SfAA Program Chair and TIG panel organizers will schedule all TIG-related sessions in clusters, so as to form a mini-conference within the larger meeting. All GBV-TIG-clusters will be listed at the front of the conference program.
After the GBV TIG approves your submission for inclusion as part of a GBV TIG panel, you must complete registration by October 15th at: https://www.sfaa.net/annual-meeting/meeting-registration/ in order to be included in the official SfAA Program. During registration, you must pay the requisite fees, submit a 100-word abstract, and designate the appropriate GBV-TIG panel in your submission. Please email Elizabeth Wirtz ([email protected]) with any questions. We look forward to learning more about your work (by October 12th!) and engaging set of conversations in Portland.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology