NEAA Annual Meeting

56th NEAA Annual Meeting

Visualizing Humanity:  Engaging Local, Regional, and Global Perspectives

Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

April 22-23, 2016

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Download the Final Program here.

The 56th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Anthropological Association will be held at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, April 22 through 23, 2016.  Faculty, students, independent scholars, and practitioners are invited to submit abstracts for individual papers, posters, and organized sessions in all fields of anthropology.  NEAA encourages student papers and offers student travel grants and paper prizes (follow the links for details).  Computer podiums with PC and Mac compatibility and digital projectors will be provided for all sessions. Presenters should make sure presentations are Microsoft PowerPoint compatible.  Poster sessions are scheduled for the same amount of time as a panel session.

The general conference theme, “Visualizing Humanity: Engaging Local, Regional, and Global Perspectives,” invites presenters to share contemporary visual approaches for representing the human condition – past and present.  Papers may also address general topics in all fields of anthropology and do not need to specifically address the conference themes.  All presenters, however, are encouraged to include relevant visual materials. 

Presentations related to the conference theme may address a wide range of issues, such as:  How do digital technologies deepen anthropological understanding? What novel kinds of mapping techniques illustrate meaningful patterns of human behavior and organization? How do anthropologists critically engage popular representations of anthropological-related topics, such as human evolution, emerging diseases, immigration, and cultural diversity?  What museum and exhibition practices showcase anthropological perspectives? How are anthropologists collaborating with community members to create meaningful public representations? How do visual approaches allow communities to imagine cultural futures?

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Online conference registration is open and accepts online payments. If you wish to pay by check or pay at the door, you may still register online and select "pay later." All presenters are required to register in advance to secure their position in the program. Other attendees may register at the door, but we encourage registration in advance so that conference organizers have time to print conference programs and prepare for the banquet.


The following exhibitors will be in Bolton 280 (around the corner from registration).

  • W.W. Norton & Co.
  • Oxford University Press
  • Massachusetts Archaeological Society
  • Mayan Hands
  • The Cultural Media Archive
  • School for International Training
  • Icarus Films
  • University of Toronto Press



FRIDAY, April 22
11:00 am - 4:00 pm Registration
11:30 am - 1:30 pm NEAA Board Meeting and Lunch
NY-6 Consortium Meeting and Lunch (12:00 - 1:15pm)
2:00 - 3:45 pm Sessions I
3:45 - 4:00 pm Coffee Break
4:00 - 5:15 pm 
Opening Plenary Panel “Visualizing Humanity, Imagining Anthropology” 
  • Dr. Bernardo Ramirez Rios (Skidmore College)
  • Dr. John P. Hart (New York State Museum)
  • Dr. Walter Little (University at Albany, SUNY)
  • Dr. Margaret S. Winchester (Penn State)
5:15 - 6:30 pm Reception with Cash Bar
6:45 -  Spring 2016 ELEMENT Fashion Show
SATURDAY, April 23
8:00 am - 4:00 pm                  Check In and Registration
8:30 am - 10:15 am Sessions II
10:15 - 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 12:15 pm Sessions III
12:30 - 1:45 pm Undergraduate Career Planning Workshop with Lunch (free for undergraduates!)
Department Chairs lunch meeting - Advanced registration required
2:00 - 3:45 pm Sessions IV
3:45 - 4:00 pm Coffee Break
4:00 - 5:30 pm Presidential Plenary and NEAA Business Meeting—all are welcome!
5:45 - 6:30 pm Reception and Cash Bar
6:30 - 8:00 pm Banquet and Keynote Speaker, Margaret S. Winchester (Penn State) “Blurring Boundaries, Visualizing Solutions: Applying Anthropology in Global Health Research"
8:00 pm onward! Ethnography and Chill: Informal student social event