This is just a reminder that we will be at the Public Anthropology Conference at American University this weekend to stir up some trouble and crack open the structures of power. The conference is free (but you should register at the above site), and is meant for academics as well as the general public – one of the reasons I keep going back to the PAC is that there always a lot of community organizers, non-profit folks, and others who come and take an active part in the conference.
This year, I am especially looking forward to Carole McGranahan’s keynote titled “Tibet, Ferguson, Gaza: On Political Crisis and Anthropological Responsibility.” I’ve been following Carole on social media since I was a fledgling anthropologist, and her work on the Tibetan independence movement (and the CIA involvement), as well as her general insight into the politics of anthropological research has been a great influence for me and many others. So, if for no other reason, come out to hear her talk.
Our workshop will be held Saturday, Oct. 4th from 2:30-4:30pm (right before the keynote). As with previous workshops, we will have no formal panel, but will use the time to discuss, plan, and mobilize ways to turn the anthropological gaze on the sites, people, and structures of power wherever they happen to be. Our hope is to come out of this conference with a momentum to carry us to the AAA conference in December and further events in the year to come. Hope to see you all there!