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Anthropology Research Conference

The first annual Anthropology Research Conference will be held on the afternoon of Friday, March 27.

Graduate and undergraduate students in all fields of anthropology are invited to submit proposals for presentations to be included in the conference.

Presentations should be 15 minutes long (they will be timed) and may include PowerPoint slides.

If you did a class research project last semester or are currently engaged in Honors Thesis, Master’s Thesis, or other research, this is an ideal chance for you to present your work. Additionally, if you are planning to present your work at a regional or national conference, this is a great opportunity for a trial run.
There are no costs to students participating in the conference. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Cash prizes will be awarded in both graduate and undergraduate categories as follows:

Graduate Research

  • First Prize | $100
  • Second Prize | $50

Undergraduate Research

  • First Prize | $100
  • Second Prize | $50

Winners will be selected by a panel of the anthropology faculty.

To enter your research in the conference, please fill in the form below. The deadline for entry is March 1, 2020.



Abstract Information

Abstracts must include enough information for reviewers to judge the nature and significance of the topic, the adequacy of the investigative strategy, the nature of the results, and the conclusions. The abstract should summarize the substantive results of the work and not merely list topics to be discussed.

Here’s an example from a published essay in cultural anthropology:
Title: Singing as Justice: Ateetee an Arsi Oromo Women’s Sung Dispute Resolution Ritual in Ethiopia.
Abstract: This essay explores how singing and ritual can constitute justice. Specifically, I look at how Arsi Oromo women in Ethiopia use ateetee, a sung indigenous women’s dispute resolution process, to protect, defend, promote, and assert their rights. I use thick descriptive ethnography, narratives, and experiences from fieldwork, musico-poetic analyses, and the voices of Arsi Oromo community members to explore how the sung ateetee ritual is a necessary and effective means for Arsi women to claim their rights in rapidly changing social environments. [From Qashu 2019]

Here’s an example from a conference paper based on an undergraduate senior project:
Title: Me, Myself, and the Orcs: Digisociality and Identity in the Virtual Realm of the U.S.
Abstract: Social reality increasingly involves the virtual world. Within massive multiplayer online worlds, users form identity, navigate terrain, participate established economies, create communities, and converse in esoteric language. Based on participation, observation, and collaborative research, this study examines the negotiation of identity among a population of users, gamers, and avatars in Second Life and World of Warcraft. In a context which demands action and presence, the avatar becomes the vessel in which the user locates the body and the self in digital space. Through real emotions and real sensorial experience, identity is established in virtual communities and is maintained and is developed through social interaction and culture. The study contributes to exploration of an emerging demographic in contemporary life. [From Low 2013 (with extra editing).