Public Anthropology Conference: 2016

Announcing the 2016 Public Anthropology Conference

American University’s Department of Anthropology registration is currently open for the 13th annual Public Anthropology Conference.  This year’s conference will take place on October 8-9, and welcomes participation from anthropologists and activists from a broad range of disciplines to engage in emerging dialogues on current issues.

This year’s topic is Creating Dialogues between Social Movements & Academia.   

The conference will explore opportunities for collaboration between academia and social movements of all kinds to advance movements and related forms of advocacy and activism. Participants and audience members will be encouraged to engage in dialogues and share insights about the concrete ways in which activists and academics can strengthen collaborative efforts to combat social inequalities and injustice, discrimination and oppression, and violations of basic human rights.  Taking place just weeks before the U.S. presidential election amid a dramatic rise in social movement activism in recent years, the conference will provide a space to self-critically reflect on the contributions of and relationship between academia and movements. 

We welcome everyone to come and take part in this amazing event. Bring your questions or a desire to learn more about Anthropology or contemporary social movements. Breakfast and Lunch will be served as well, and although the event is free we ask that all attendees please register here as soon as possible.   




October 8-9, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Events will take place at the Mary Graydon Center, McKinley Building, and School of International Service (SIS) Building.

Getting There:

DC Metro & AU Shuttle
AU is accessible via the Tenleytown stop on the Red Line (toward upper left on metro map)—just outside the metro east entrance there is an American University shuttle bus stop. The AU Shuttle Blue/Main Campus Route runs every 10-15 minutes: see live bus-location app—ask the driver for main campus stop nearest MGC (immediately past Ward Circle). See also AU Maps/Directions.

Parking is free on weekends and after 5 p.m. Parking is available under the Katzen Arts Center on Massachusetts Avenue and in parking deck attached to Mary Graydon Center.

If you have any questions, please email:

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