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Third Biennial Conference Update

DDHR ConferenceThe third conference on Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights will take place at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, February 9-11, 2018. The breadth and applicability of the theme, “Transitions: Crisis, Uncertainty, Opportunity,” is intended to foster a multidisciplinary, multi-academic level, all-inclusive conference.

Researchers, students, and practitioners from all disciplines, approaches, methods, and concepts within the broad realm of disasters, displacements, and human rights are encouraged to contribute organized panels, roundtables, papers, and poster presentations. Contributions from international researchers and practitioners are particularly welcome.

Public outreach and applied research are major foci of the 2018 DDHR conference. These foci will be integrated through guest speakers, a workshop, and a special art exhibit featuring paintings by indigenous artists to raise awareness of women’s human rights violations in Guatemala.

The conference committee welcomes panels and individual papers/posters on public outreach and engaged research. Conference attendees are encouraged to consider effective and innovative ways to communicate their research findings and/or experiences as practitioners to the public, in addition to making their work accessible/useful to the individuals and communities to which their work is dedicated.

This year’s conference steering committee includes Department of Anthropology faculty member Caela O’Connell and graduate students Christine Bailey, Martin Walker, and Krista Billingsley. The steering committee is also supported by and grateful for the work of graduate students in the Department of Anthropology. In the spirit of sub-disciplinary collaboration, the three graduate students serving on the steering committee each constitute one of the three sub-fields of anthropology (cultural, archaeological, and biological) represented at UT.

Abstract submissions of no more than 250 words are due October 20, 2017. Visit the conference website to learn more about speakers, registration, and travel details.