Practicing Anthropology Student Association Presents:

AnthroPlus Student Conference

Saturday, March 10, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The University of Maryland, College Park
Location: The David C. Driskell Center
Breakfast and lunch will be served.

This event is funded in part by the Department of Anthropology, 
the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, 
and your Graduate Student Activities Fee.

Open To All Graduate Students!


Defining Anthropological Practice in the 21st Century

In the 21st century, how do anthropologists engage with the communities we work with and for? How does this engagement function both within and outside of the academy? How can Anthropology stake a claim for relevance in this century?
Please join us as we explore these questions and more in the hope of expanding an understanding of applied anthropology. We invite undergraduate and graduate students in anthropology, social sciences, and related fields to contribute to this multidisciplinary student run conference.

Dr. Joshua Bell

Curator of Globalization at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

A Bee Sting on the Ear/A Spirit's Slap to the Head: The Contours and Promises of Anthropological Practice in the 21st Century

Dr. Joshua A. Bell is a cultural anthropologist and Curator of Globalization at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Combining ethnographic fieldwork with research in museums and archives, Bell's work examines the shifting local and global network of relationships between persons, artefacts and the environment. To date he has carried out ethnographic research in the Purari Delta of Papua New Guinea (2000 - present) and Washington, D.C. (2011 - present). In 2010 he helped found the Recovering Voices Initiative which connects communities to Smithsonian collections to assist them with their language and knowledge documentation, maintenance and revitalization (http://recoveringvoices.si.edu/). In 2017 he began curating the 8 million feet of the National Anthropological Film Collection (formerly the Human Studies Film Archive). He is currently the Director for the Summer Institute of Museum Anthropology (https://anthropology.si.edu/summerinstitute/).

Dr. Shirley Fiske
Research Professor, University of Maryland

Shirley J. Fiske is an environmental anthropologist with career experience in academia and the Executive and Legislative branches of the US government in ocean and fisheries policy, climate change, and natural resources policy and governance. In addition to the NOAA Policy office, she was the NOAA/Sea Grant social scientist for nearly 17 years, and head of SG Outreach (Communications, Education, Knauss Fellowships, and Marine Extension). Shirley is currently a Research Professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Maryland, and some of her recent research includes: an NSF study, with Michael Paolisso, on cultural models of climate change among farmers, watermen, and new homeowners on the Eastern Shore of Maryland; and National Park Service cooperative agreement on urban subsistence fishing along the Potomac and Anacostia rivers.  Shirley was recently the Chair of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Task Force on Climate Change, establishing association statement and policy (Changing the Atmosphere). In November of 2017 she was the AAA delegate to UNFCCC COP-23 in Bonn, Germany.  This is the first delegation anthropologists have sent to the political and policy meetings that are woking to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Some of her recent work includes The Carbon Fix: Forest Carbon, Social Justice, and Environmental Governance, with Stephanie Paladino, published in 2016 by  Routledge. Finally, she was awarded the 2016 Solon T. Kimball Award by the American Anthropological Association for contributions to public and applied anthropology.


Register for Free

AnthroPlus is a conference by graduate students for students in the field of anthropology and akin disciplines. Submissions of paper and poster abstracts about original research, ideas and projects are now welcome. Submission is not restricted to students of anthropology -- all students doing relevant work in the social sciences and humanities are welcome to submit! 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided! 

The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora

2018 Location: 

David C. Driskell Center
1214 Cole Student Activities Building
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742