CFP: UBC Anthropology Graduate Student Conference

The Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC invites submissions for a one-day Graduate Student Conference to be held on March 20, 2010, on the topic of:

Critical Engagement: Ethics, Practice, and Politics

Academic engagement in the political sense of the term is ambiguous.  While often concerned with issues of social justice and problematic policies, research by social scientists often tends to be read only by other social scientists.  This raises the question of how academic research actually ‘helps’ the communities, organizations, and individuals studied.  Is knowledge for knowledge’s sake truly beneficial?  And if so, how can the in-depth perspective we pride ourselves on be made relevant to the wider society?

The meaning of engagement has itself changed over time, and engagement becomes increasingly entangled as we recognize the ethical dilemmas of academic research itself.  This academic year, the department of Anthropology at UBC is celebrating its 60th anniversary. This occasion is an opportunity for reflection on our role both within the university and outside.  Join us in a reassessment of the virtues and possibilities of academic knowledge and its creation.  Abstracts are invited from all disciplines, from a wide range of topics and geographic areas.

We seek papers from graduate students advanced undergraduate students IN ANY DISCIPLINE, and posters from all graduate students, which explore these topics. Senior scholars from across the discipline will comment upon the papers and convene discussions. The deadline for submissions is February 7th, 2010. Please email an abstract of up to 250 words, along with your name and (institutional) affiliation to:

The conference website is:
Find us on FaceBook at: UBC Anthropology Student Conference
Conference Registration Fee: $10

We are pleased to present the following guest speakers:
Keynote Address: Daniel Boxberger, Western Washington University
Opening Address: Chuuchkamalthnii (Ron Hamilton), Hupacasath First Nation


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