Four Future Conferences – One with Fellowships


1) The Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA) and European Association of Social Anthropologists’ (EASA) Medical Anthropology Network are excited to announce a joint international conference to be held in Tarragona, Spain, June 12-15, 2013, under the theme Encounters and Engagements.

Encounters and engagements—it is hard to imagine anthropology of any sort without them, and they are central to the practices and concerns of medical anthropology in particular. While “encounters” suggests meetings and convergence, the question of when, where and on what terms an encounter takes place may raise issues of conflict, displacement and exclusion.

Abstracts are due February 15, 2015. Registration for the conference is available through the SMA and EASA websites.

2) The Social & Affective Neuroscience Society is now accepting abstracts for their 6th annual meeting to be held in San Francisco, CA, April 12-13, 2013. Abstract and poster submission deadline is fast approaching (December 1, 2012) so please consider submitting an abstract!

This conference will feature talks and poster presentations of research taking an integrative neuroscience approach to the study of social and affective processes. Submissions are encouraged from students, postdocs, and faculty working on any aspect of human or non-human research that examines the interplay of social and/or emotional processes and the brain.

3) For the first time the Society for Psychological Anthropology biennial meeting will be held jointly with the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG). The meeting will be April 4-7, 2013 in San Diego, CA.

Psychological anthropology examines the relation among social processes, cultural meanings, and human subjectivities. Psychological anthropologists study topics such as narrative, identity, experience, emotion, memory, discourse, belief, motivation, conceptualization, gender, sexuality, trauma, mental illness, stigmatization, and psychological development in social and cultural contexts.

The anthropology of children and youth is the cross-cultural and ethnographic examination of infants, children, youth, and adolescents. It examines such topics as child development across time and space (physical, cognitive, emotional, social); parenting, childcare, and childrearing around the world; the evolution of childhood; the impact of globalization on children and their families and communities; child health; child education and learning; child participation in their cultures; the socio-historical construction of childhood; child agency and vulnerability; children’s rights; the political lives of children; and critical studies of childhood.

This biennial welcomes proposals for panels and papers representing innovative work in either field. Historical, applied, and methodological topics are welcome as well, along with proposals for workshops, discussion sessions, and film showings. The deadline for SPA paper and panel proposals is December 18, 2012.

4) The Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture (the longest running network of cultural psychiatrists in North America!) is having their 24th annual meeting in Toronto, Canada, May 3-5, 2013 under the theme Stigma. Abstract submission has already passed, but still a great conference to attend!

The topics for the first day of sessions are DSM-V, which will be unveiled a few weeks after the meeting; religion and spirituality in psychotherapy, a cross cultural experience; alternative and complementary medicine and their role in psychotherapy, and research on stigma. All sessions will be open to all registrants.

The following two days will be SSPC only days. The have planned symposia on the history and controversies of cultural psychiatry, trauma and the military, the creative arts and, back by popular demand(!), the case supervision session for the residents.

Available Fellowships

The Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture offers two fellowships for this year’s annual meeting!

1) The Spiegel Fellowship: an annual award presented to a resident or fellow who has an interest in and commitment to cultural psychiatry.

2) The Charles Hughes Fellowship in Cultural Psychiatry: an award presented to a graduate student who has an interest in and commitment to cultural psychiatry and mental health.

If you are interested in competing for either of these awards, you should submit the following documents:

1) An original unpublished scholarly paper on a topic in cultural psychiatry
2) A current curriculum vitae
3) A letter of recommendation from a thesis advisor, dissertation committee member, or research supervisor

The deadline for both of these awards is February 1, 2013. The Society will waive registration fees and pay partial travel costs for the awardee to present the paper at its annual meeting.

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