CFP—Medical and Health Designated Track at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting

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CFP—Medical and Health Designated Track at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting (on behalf of Program Chair, Michael Paolisso)

This is a special invitation for volunteered papers and sessions that focus on medical and health-related themes for the 2019 SfAA Annual Meeting. To facilitate participation and attendance of these sessions, they will be scheduled in thematic tracks and will be designated “Health/Medical” in the program.

You can find information on the conference and conference theme below:

SfAA 79th Annual Meeting 
Hilton Portland Downtown
Portland, OR
March 19-23, 2019


To register and submit a paper session or abstract, please visit

The Society is a multi-disciplinary association that focuses on problem definition and resolution.  We welcome papers from all disciplines.  The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2018.

Theme: Engaging Change in Turbulent Times.”

Change and adaptation to change have always been at the core of anthropology and related applied social sciences. Regardless of the subject, approach, or location, at the center of our inquiry and practice is a fundamental interest in understanding the processes, directions, and consequences of change. The content, pace, and process of change today are staggering in their breadth, diversity, uncertainty, and impacts. The communities where we live and work may be experiencing pronounced uncertainty, isolationism, extremism, trauma and violence, and racial and ethnic tensions. Skepticism is on the rise, along with fear, particularly of others. We recognize the need for more civil dialogue yet struggle to create sustainable and meaningful civic engagement with those with whom we differ. Economic livelihoods and environmental sustainability are in jeopardy. Our trust in elected officials has eroded, and many have lost confidence in our political institutions. These are truly turbulent times.  

What do these turbulent times mean for applied social scientists and anthropologists? How do these times challenge the foundational assumptions and debates within the applied social sciences? Are current political, cultural, economic, health, racial, immigration and environmental discourses and practices combining to create new levels and forms of change, and how are we responding through research, practice, and advocacy? How do we integrate a holistic understanding of these turbulent times into our teaching and training of future generations of applied social scientists?