33rd Annual James C. Young Colloquium
May 2nd - 3rd
Call for Papers
EXTENDED DEADLINE: April 9th, 2013
The Student Association of Graduate Anthropologists (SAGA) at the University of California, Riverside invites you to submit your abstracts for the 33rd annual James C. Young Colloquium. The colloquium, to be held on May 2nd to 3rd, is an excellent opportunity for developing scholars to present their ideas and to engage in a dialogue with students and faculty from a variety of disciplines, departments, and campuses.
The theme of this year’s colloquium is titled “Surviving Apocalypse” in response to the long-awaited and fervently contested end of the Maya Long Count on December 21st, 2012. As this important historic event has passed (and no one was eaten by Zombies), a string of cataclysmic events, whether in terms of environmental degradation or in terms of cultural, intellectual, economic, and political upheaval continues to shake the foundations of societies across the world of our post-apocalyptic future. Such occurrences have not only captured the attentions of global audiences, but they have also led many scholars and laymen alike to speculate on various catastrophic scenarios, many of which peoples the world over increasingly encounter in their daily lives. More often than not such engagements are situated within narratives of apocalyptic revelations and apprehensions, as well as strategies for survival in what is portrayed as a rapidly approaching post-apocalyptic world.
As a result of contemporary global trends and conditions that cross-cut disciplinary boundaries, it has become ever more vital that scholars and academics begin to engage in an interdisciplinary fashion with the conditions engendering both historical and contemporary prophetic predilections. These phenomena demand analysis at the intersections of biological, socio-cultural, political, and economic disciplines. Additionally, because such drastic changes have and will be wrought in the coming days, it is of the utmost importance that intellectuals seize upon such a dynamic moment in history to reflect on the state of their own disciplines and academic traditions. Such intellectual cross-fertilization will undoubtedly give rise to new understandings of paradigmatic shifts and intellectual movements, as well as charting new interdisciplinary directions with which to face continuing crises in an era of new beginnings.
The theme for this year’s James Young Colloquium is both excitingly original and enticing to a broad range of up-and-coming scholars from a variety of disciplines, and as such the Student Association of Graduate Anthropologists hopes to foster a move towards more diverse, creative, inclusive, and progressive academic settings. The Student Association of Graduate Anthropologists (SAGA) welcomes abstract submissions from undergraduate and graduate students from ALL disciplines.
The symposium will be broken down into three themed sessions: Pre-apocalypse, Apocalypse and Post-Apocalypse. Please indicate in your abstract proposal which of the three sessions your paper would/might best fit.
Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words in Microsoft word format (.doc) by April 2nd, 2013 to the James C. Young Committee at email@example.com. Electronic submissions only please.
Equipment: Projectors and laptops for PowerPoint presentations will be provided in each conference room (Please make sure your PowerPoint presentation is compatible with versions 97, 2003, or 2007 for PCs or version 2008 for Mac). Most memory media should be supported, but it is always a good idea to bring your own laptop to test your slide show before hand. For further information, please direct all inquires and questions to the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.