Call for Papers
Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
Your opportunity to present at the 115th American Anthropological Association annual meeting in Minneapolis, MN November 16-20, 2016
SAFN seeks proposals for Invited Sessions, Volunteered Papers, Posters, & Sessions, and alternative session formats (including Roundtables and Installations)
The deadline for EXECUTIVE SESSION AND ROUNDTABLE Submissions is Noon EST, TUESDAY FEBRUARY 17th.
The deadline for ALL OTHER Submissions is 5 PM EST, WEDNESDAY APRIL 15th.
THE THEME of this year’s conference “Evidence, Accident, Discovery” raises issues central to debates within both anthropology and politics in a neoliberal, climate-changing, social media-networked era: What counts as evidence? What does evidence count for? What are the underlying causes and foreseeability of violence and catastrophes? How is misfortune interpreted, and causality attributed in cases of humanly-preventable harm? And in the give and take of relationships on which anthropological evidence typically depends, who gets to claim that they discovered something? We welcome proposals that debate these and other questions stimulated by the conference theme, in the opportunity that our annual meeting provides for “big tent” debate.
Remember that to upload abstracts and to participate in the meeting you must be an active AAA member who has paid the 2016 meeting registration fee – click here for information about exceptions. When renewing your AAA membership, please remember to select SAFN as your section affiliation. Your support helps to fund section activities and our growing portfolio of awards that support graduate student research and writing, and the promotion of food as a human right.
If you’d like to discuss your ideas for sessions, papers, posters, roundtable discussions, forums, or installations feel free to contact the 2016 Program Chairs, Joan Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Abigail Adams (email@example.com).
Presentation Policy: Participants may only: (1) present one paper/poster, or serve as a participant on roundtable or installation and (2) accept no more than one discussant role elsewhere on the program. An individual may serve as organizer or chair of an unlimited number of sessions. A participant may be credited with co-authorship of one or more additional papers when co-authorship is understood to include participation on a research project. Presenters’ names must appear first.
Submit SESSIONS & ROUNDTABLES to SAFN for INVITED STATUS designation:
We will select several sessions / roundtables submitted for review by SAFN for designation as INVITED. These are generally cutting-edge and/or directly related to the meeting theme. SESSION proposals should include a session abstract of no more than 500 words, key words, number of participants in the session, anticipated attendance, as well as the names and roles of each presenter. Individual presenters must also submit their own abstracts (250 words), paper title and keywords via the AAA meeting website.
ROUNDTABLES are a format to discuss critical social issues affecting anthropology. No papers are presented in this format. The organizer will submit an abstract for the roundtable but participants will not present papers or submit abstracts. A roundtable presenter is a major role, having the same weight as a paper presentation.
PLEASE NOTE, one way to increase your and our presence at the meetings is to have co-sponsored invited sessions between SAFN and another society. Invited time is shared with the other sub-discipline, and the session is double-indexed. When prompted during the submission process, please select additional AAA sections for review if you think that we should be in contact with them about possible co-sponsorship.
Submit your INDIVIDUALLY VOLUNTEERED PAPERS AND POSTERS to SAFN:
For evaluation purposes, the author of each individually volunteered paper and poster must select one section for the review process. Selecting SAFN will funnel your proposal to us. A paper or poster abstract of up to 250 words is required. Accepted volunteered papers and posters will be grouped into sessions around a common topic or theme.
Submit INSTALLATIONS to SAFN:
INSTALLATIONS invite anthropological knowledge off the beaten path of the written conference paper. Presenters may propose performances, recitals, conversations, author-meets-critic roundtables, salon reading workshops, oral history recording sessions and other alternative, creative forms of intellectual expression for consideration.
NEW! RETROSPECTIVE SESSIONS are intended to highlight career contributions of established leading scholars (for example, on the occasion of their retirement or significant anniversary). A session abstract of up to 500 words is required.
PUBLIC POLICY FORUMS provide a place to discuss critical social issues affecting anthropology, public policy issues of interest to anthropologists, and public policy issues that could benefit from anthropological knowledge or expertise. The ideal format includes a moderator and no more than seven panelists. Generally, each public policy forum is scheduled for 105 minutes. Refer your proposal to the AAA Committee on Public Policy for review, not a section.
MEDIA SUBMISSIONS are juried by the Society for Visual Anthropology. SVA continues to welcome interactive media work and also encourages short work that is under 15 minutes. For more information see the Society for Visual Anthropology’s website at www.societyforvisualanthropology.org.
Additional information about submission types is available on the AAA website.
We look forward to another exciting annual meeting with strong SAFN participation!
Joan Gross and Abigail Adams
SAFN Program Chairs