Special Events

(All events are free for registered participants.)

Student Networking Reception (Thursday 5:30-7:30)
A chance for students to meet each other and to learn about graduate programs, field schools, and internships in schools across the Midwest from the faculty who work in those programs. We will hold small-group discussions about a variety of topics, including, for example, finding the right grad school, applied anthropology careers, and first fieldwork. Over food, students can network and form teams for the Anthropology Bowl that starts immediately afterwards.

4th Annual Anthropology Bowl (Thursday 7:30-9:00) A trivia competition among teams of students who battle to show their anthropological knowledge). Winners get free registration for the next year’s annual meeting.

Distinguished Lecture (Friday 6:00-7:00)
Miguel Diaz-Barriga and Margaret Dorsey (University of Texas Pan-American,) “Refracting Class, Color and Citizenship in a World of Walls”

Dinner Reception and Tour, Nelson-Atkins Museum (Friday 7:00-9:00)

Business Meeting Lunch  (Saturday 12:15-1:15)
All conference participants are welcome to attend and join in our annual business meeting. Contribute your ideas and concerns and welcome in our new officers. ($8.00 ticket must be purchased in advance.)


Ethnographic Museum Collections: Interpretation and Exhibition (Thursday 1:00-4:00)
Facilitator: Amber Clifford-Napoleone.
To be held off-site and in collaboration with the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the group in charge of the national exhibition tour service ExhibitsUSA. This workshop will focus on how to effectively use ethnographic museum collections to teach non-academic audiences about the cultures and people of the world. Amber Clifford-Napoleone, a curator and museum professional, will speak about the curation and interpretation of the Nance Collection, the largest collection of Bedouin material culture in the United States. Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to tour Mid-America facilities, speak with Mid-America professionals about exhibit design and construction, packing and shipping, and the ins and outs of catering to a wide public audience. Participants will also get a preview of the exhibition “Traditional Arts of the Saudi Bedouin,” which will be opening to the public the following day!
Seating is limited to 25, and participants must register for this no-cost workshop by emailing Amber Clifford-Napoleone via [email protected]. Transportation will be provided.

The Ins and Outs of IRB  (Thursday 3:00-5:00)
Facilitator: Angela Glaros (Eastern Illinois University)
This workshop is aimed at those preparing their first application to a university or college Institutional Review Board for approval of human subjects research.  We will discuss strategies for presenting your research to non-specialists, communicating its risks and benefits, and navigating informed consent.  Bring your research proposals and your institution’s IRB application forms to work on during the session.

Social Network Analysis for Beginners  (Thursday 3:00-5:00)
Facilitator: Willie McKether (University of Toledo)
Social network analysis is a methodological approach that examines the relationships (referred to as links, edges or ties) an individual actor or actors (referred to as nodes, alters or vertices) have with other individuals, groups, or organizations in an environment. The strength of such an approach is that it enables an analysis of social phenomena beyond the abstract social structures (e.g. social, economic, political) traditionally studied by researchers in the social and behavioral sciences. In this workshop, we will review the basic component parts of social network analysis and learn how to apply the method to qualitative data through a method developed by the presenter. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop for the workshop.

Conference Organizing  (Friday 10:15-12)
Facilitator: Margaret Buckner (Missouri State University)
From very early planning to last-minute details, this workshop will walk participants through the stages and tasks of conference planning, with a focus on our very own CSAS annual meeting.

Doing Anthropology in Sound  (Friday 1:15-3:15)
Facilitator: William Hope (Knox College)
Inspired by Steven Feld’s call for “doing anthropology in sound”, this workshop offers reflections on some lessons learned while working with students in the class Sound Cultures. The class examines how sounds are enacted through diverse cultural practices and invested with individual and collective meanings, as they are situated in historically particular social and physical environments. Sound Cultures engages these phenomena through a series of sensory ethnographies, films, cultural histories of sound reproduction technologies, soundscape mapping activities, and by refining our own ethnographic techniques and methods for attending to, documenting, and making sense of the acoustic ecologies of Knox county and beyond.
In the workshop, we will first discuss the learning goals of the class and the ways that student projects and activities helped to bridge some of the gaps between the class’s conceptual focus and the practical challenges of working with and through sound. Second, we will listen to selected projects. Third, we will play around with some basic recording and editing techniques using Audacity, an open source software, to allow for a hands-on experimentation with simple multi-tracked recordings.
Although this is not a necessity, it would be nice if participants had a laptop computer with Audacity installed (http://www.audacityteam.org/) to use during the hands-on portion of the workshop.

Teaching Ethnography: An Experiential Workshop  (Saturday 10:15-12:15)
Organizer: Angela Glaros (Eastern Illinois University)
Ethnography is a key mode of knowledge production for cultural anthropologists, one that engages methodological as well as theoretical questions, and for that reason it can be challenging to teach.  Are there ways to expose undergraduates to ethnography if you teach in a department with no designated ethnography course? What role do mobile technologies and social media play in ethnographic research?  How do you model ethical research practices?  How can you impart the value of ethnography to non-anthropology majors in a general education course?  What can you do to demonstrate the rigor and scope of ethnography in a quantitatively-driven era of Big Data?
The experiential workshop “Teaching Ethnography” will combine roundtable discussion with real-time advising and troubleshooting about teaching ethnography at the undergraduate and graduate level.  The participants seek to encourage instructors at all levels to discuss experiences, share ideas, and create a site of exchange about the day-to-day concerns of teaching our methodological “crown jewel.”
In Part 1 of the workshop, the organizers will present their own perspectives and experiences related to teaching ethnography.  In Part 2, attendees will have an opportunity to bring up their specific questions and concerns.  Bring your ideas, your syllabi, and assignments, and join us for this interactive workshop.

Roundtable Discussions

Women in Biological Anthropology: Challenges and Perspectives  (Friday 8:30-10:00)
Facilitator: Hannah Marsh (University of Central Missouri)

Racism Amongst Us, the Anthros  (Friday 3:30-5:15)
Moderator: Jennifer Santos Esperanza (Beloit College)
This session will focus on racism, inequality and representation within the discipline of anthropology. We invite CSAS participants to engage in a discussion about anthropology’s role in teaching about racial inequality.   How is our discipline still complicit in reifying the binary of “Us” versus “Other”?  How is anthropology presented to the public and to our students, given the increasing diversity of its researchers, practitioners and research topics? To what extent is our discipline willing to engage in conversations about Whiteness?   Why, in a nutshell, do our textbook covers and AAA calendars continually use “tribal Others” as mascots for our discipline?

Immigration Issues in the Central States: What Anthropologists Can Do  (Saturday 1:30-3:15)
Moderator: Margaret Buckner (Missouri State University)
Join our Distinguished co-lecturers and other participants in a discussion of what anthropologists are doing and can do with and for immigrants in the Midwest.