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Culture and Change: Towards a Dynamic Anthropology

The Anthropology Department at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, is pleased to announce the 2012 graduate student conference to be held Friday, March 2nd, and Saturday, March 3rd, 2012.

Anthropologists recognize that cultures are dynamic and changing. Recent global events, such as the uprising in Egypt and the Occupy Movement, have pushed these notions of social dynamism to the forefront of public consciousness. How do global forces combine with local dynamics to shape the futures of communities around the world? Scholars from the traditional fields of anthropology, as well as geography, political science, law, and other disciplines are engaging with this question in new ways.

We cordially invite graduate and undergraduate scholars across disciplines including but not limited to sociocultural, linguistic, and museum anthropology, archaeology, sociology, geography, history, and political science, to join us for an exploration of these themes. Please submit paper and poster abstracts by February 15th, 2012, to Abstracts are limited to 150 words. Please include 3 or 4 keywords below the body of the abstract.

In addition, we encourage works that fall under the realm of visual anthropology. This includes 10 to 12 minute documentary/ethnographic film submissions, photographic and other artistic works that address the dynamic shifts occurring in various communities influenced by political, economic and social forces. Please submit film and artwork synopsis no longer than 150 words and related photos or 1 to 2 minute film clips by February 15th, 2012, to

Topics could include, but by no means should be limited to, the following:

  • Social revolutions
  • Mobility/immobility and circulation
  • Methodologies addressing change and transition
  • Changes in research methods
  • Reflexivity
  • Performance

Check back soon at the conference website at for updates, including keynote speaker, registration information, program, and schedule.

Please circulate widely to interested parties and direct any questions to Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you on March 3rd!

Thank you very much!

UBC Anthropology Graduate Conference Committee