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CFP: Risk and Disaster, Society for Applied Anthropology

A family sits amid the burnt debris of their hut after a fire br

Following a very successful series of disaster-related panels in honor of Anthony Oliver-Smith receiving the Malinowski Award at this spring’s Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, we are in the process of gearing up again to organize a collection of panels and papers on disaster topics for the 2014 SfAA meeting in Albuquerque. This year in Denver, the meeting featured a phenomenal 103 papers organized in 22 panels, clearly demonstrating that disaster research is a major field of interest among applied social scientists. We are committed to keeping this presence in the society now and into the future.

As part of this effort, we have requested permission from the SfAA Board to establish a Topical Interest Group (TIG) on Risk and Disaster that will become a permanent part of SfAA. A TIG will also allow us to organize events separate from the general meeting, such as outings and workshops, solely on our topic of interest.

For right now, we would like to begin the process of organizing both panels and papers for the coming meeting in Albuquerque. We are asking colleagues involved in disaster research to submit preliminary proposals for panels or individual papers. We also welcome the continuation of this year’s panel topics and papers in order to advance topics further.

If you have a panel in mind, please send us a title, a few sentences explaining the panel’s topic, and a list of potential participants. Or, if you care to submit an independent paper, please also send us the probable title and topic. We would like to receive the preliminary ideas for both panels and papers by September 9 to those listed below. The deadline for final submission to SfAA is October 15, 2013 which is
approaching more rapidly than you think.

We thank you for your interest in this ongoing panel series and the establishment of an ongoing home for our subject. We look forward to hearing about your ideas for presentations.
Susanna Hoffman – susanna@smhoffman.com
A.J. Faas – ajfaas@gmail.com
Roberto Barrios – rbarrios@siu.edu
Jason Simms – jlsimms@gmail.com

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