October 3 - 6, 2019
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline is June 30th


1969 was a memorable year.

Humans first walked on the moon; the Miracle Mets won the World Series; Richard Nixon became President; a dairy farm in New York was host to a seminal concert in rock and roll history; and the Anthropology Department at UMass began operations.

As part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, we invite colleagues and collaborators, current students and alumni, faculty past and present, and scholars, practitioners, and activists near and far to join us for four days of conversation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

At this moment of escalating precarity and deepening inequalities, of resurgent nativisms, social dislocations, and ongoing colonialism—and with climate change threatening life as we know it—how can we approach anthropology and mobilize anthropological theory and methods to help us make sense of and respond to these conditions? How do we identify and work towards alternatives?


Conference Themes
We seek papers, presentations, events, workshops, posters, and other activities that engage the discipline of anthropology in critical dialogue and mobilize anthropological theory and methods towards transformative practice.

We are also planning events that celebrate and reflect on the history of the department (you are welcome and encouraged to submit proposals as well!). We will list these events here as they become concretized.

Our conference theme, Engaging Anthropology, is meant to highlight the importance of ongoing engagements with the many challenges of the day. In line with our department’s history and the field's diversity of orientations towards research, teaching, and practice, sessions and conversations around our theme of Engaging Anthropology might include any of these areas (though you need not limit your submissions to these areas).

● Bio-Cultural Synthesis
● New Directions in Archaeology and Social Justice
● Marxism today
● Engaged Pedagogy
● Evolutionary Anthropology
● Critical Heritage Studies
● Activism and Organizing
● Medical Anthropology and Global Health
● Whiteness and Racism
● Feminist & Queer Theory's impact for Anthropology
● Indigenous Epistemologies & Methods
● Anthropology of Europe
● Political Ecology and Environmental Anthropology