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The High Plains Society
Applied Anthropology


High Plains 2016 Spring Conference

April 21-24, 2016

Metropolitan State University Campus, Denver, Colorado


Conference Theme: Unmaking and Making an Unjust World—Representations and Critiques of Social Justice

Social protest and subversion are at the foundation of Anthropology and the communities who offer subject matter for the discipline.  Both academia and community have found many ways to artistically present social movements, resistance, and protest to hegemonic structures of inequality at both individual and community levels. This consists of, but is not limited to: television, radio, internet, music, poetry, literature, theatre, space-occupation, and body-political approaches. What is more, human injustices are broad in spectrum, from culture to sexuality, and from social class to the environment; the challenges are myriad and global. In an attempt to look critically at how social justice is defined and enacted, we invite abstracts for presentation of formal papers dealing with representations of social justice via social mediums such as: television, radio, internet, music, poetry, literature, theatre, space-occupation, and body-political performances. We welcome individual, group, community, academic, government and policy-based demonstrations, presentations, performances and workshops.

Saturday Conference Meal Menu

Letter from the President

Dear Fellow High Plains Society Members,

Thanks for everyone who made it to the 35th annual convening of the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology this fall. We had a great group of presenters and attendees at Ghost Ranch this year.

I would like to thank you all for the opportunity to serve as president for the past two years. In particular it was inspiring to serve as President and be part of the 35th anniversary of the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology. Participants and attendees at this year’s retreat were able to share about the history of our society and the great work our members have done, and are doing today. Connecting with our organization’s past made our discussions about our future direction rich and full of context. I left the retreat feeling a renewed sense of purpose for the contributions that HPSFAA can make to applied anthropology, the greater field of Social Science and most importantly the communities and people we work with.  

At the retreat, it was with great pleasure that we formally announced David Piacenti as our President-Elect. Congratulations David! The wonderful, talented and capable Kathleen Van Vlack is now the Society’s President. Good luck to you both. I feel privileged to have served as President and I look forward to continuing to work with you all and participate as past-president.  

Please mark your calendars for our 2016 annual conference to be held in Denver at the Auraria Campus, April 21-24, 2016. Save the date! We look forward to having you all attend.


Shawn Kelley

Pictures from the 2015 Ghost Ranch Retreat

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