The High Plains Society
Applied Anthropology

2020 HPSfAA Annual Spring Conference

  • Friday, April 03, 2020
  • 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 05, 2020
  • 2:00 PM
  • Tivoli Station, Auraria Campus, 900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204, USA


  • Registration fee for current HPSfAA individual who working or teaching in the Academic Sector (non-student) members.

    To join or renew, please use our online payment system.
  • Registration fee for non-members working in the Private/Government/Nonprofit Sector (excludes current students).

    To join or renew, please use our online payment system.
  • Discounted registration for current student members of HPSfAA. To join or renew as a student member, please use our online member registration system.
  • Special rate for current dual members. To join or renew your membership, please use our online payment system before registering for the conference.
  • Open to our members only. 65+ years only. Must show proof of ID at conference when registering.
  • Open to non-members only. 65+ years only. Must show proof of ID at conference when registering.


The HigPlains Society for

Applied Anthropology

Call For Papers!

Download Here!

For the 2020 Spring Conference

Deadline for Abstracts: February 15th, 11:59pm

Conference Dates: April 3-5, 2020

“The Role of Theory in

Applied Anthropology" 

Our 2020 Spring Conference asks for attention to an often overlooked dimension of applied anthropology— the role of theory in applied work. As researchers, behind the questions we ask and the epistemologies we embrace, there is an exploration of theory. What you ask, how you ask it, and what you make of the answers will inform and be informed by how you place your research within a theoretical framework. Theory can be particularly important in communicating epistemologies across the social sciences, and in acknowledging how particular facets of your inquiry fit into the discourse within your diiscipline.

Yet despite the importance of rigorous exploration of the role of theory within research and applied work, these discussions often receive only superficial attention in comparison to conversations about methods and ethnographic findings. In this conference, we aim to acknowledge and question the ways in which our engagement with theory shapes these other aspects of our work, and to consider how methods, analysis, outputs, and outcomes are all formulated within a theoretical context. Do our theoretical perspectives inform a fundamental positionality of our inquiry, does the context of our inquiry flow naturally to theory selection, or do we utilize some iterative middle way? Indeed, are our theoretical orientations always an explicit part of our awareness, or do implicit theories shape our engagement through unconscious distortions, biases, focuses, our selective (in-)attention?

This Spring, we invite presentations that reflect on the role of both explicit and implicit theories in your research, including how theory informs the design, implementation, and analysis of your work. We also invite presentations that consider the relationship between research, theory, and praxis. Additionally, we are interested in presentations that explore research and applied projects as a means for producing theory, or address questions of theoretical application and knowledge production in various settings, including non-academic spaces. Papers can be centered around your work or reesearch, or centered entirely upon the role of theory within applied anthropology.

As always, we also welcome students, researchers, and professionals to attend the conference, participate in our activities, and share their work with our community even if it does not fit the theme of the conference. We are enthusiastic about including presenters from all sub-disciplines of anthropology and from related disciplines, as we feel that interdisciplinary communication and collaboration is deeply valuable and promotes scholarly growth.


Contact: Please send proposals via email to Josef Garrett at

Your proposal must include the following:

Personal Information:

Include your name, contact information, and any relevant academic or professional affiliations.

Title and Abstract:

Provide your paper or presentation title and 100-200 word abstract.

Presentation Type:

Our standard presentation time slots are 45 minutes, including time for questions and discussion following your presentation. Please indicate if you are interested in a longer (or shorter) time slot, and if you will need any particular equipment for your presentation.

Additionally, we will be happy to work with you on alternative approaches to presenting your material. For example, you may propose a panel, roundtable discussion, a debate, a workshop, an activity of some sort, a session featuring film or music, or a performance.

Student Travel Scholarship Award

HPSfAA offers an annual $200 Student Travel Award which can assist students in covering the cost of travel to the Spring Conference. This award is open both to students who are presenting at the conference, and to students who would like to attend the conference without presenting.

The application is available here in pdf form.

Please email completed applications to by February 15th, 2020.

Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered. 

Thank you and See You Soon!

Conference Schedule

April 3:   Presentations (9am-5pm) and Social Hour

April 4:   Presentations (9am-5pm) and Social Hour      

April 5:   Presentations (9am-1pm)     

Suggested Lodging Options

Springhill Suites, 1190 Auraria Parkway, Downtown Denver

The Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis St, Downtown Denver

The Oxford Hotel, 1600 17th Ave, Downtown Denver

The Crawford Hotel, 1701 Wynkoop St, Downtown Denver

For attendees looking for cozier options, consider Airbnb.

Which has over 100+ rentals located in the adjacent La Alma-Lincoln Park Neighborhood, just South of Auraria Campus. Where the conference will be centered and is conveniently located next to the RTD's Light Rail system and to Downtown Denver, Capital Hill, and Baker

Full Conference Registrants will receive a complimentary HPSfAA swag. Additional HPSfAA merchandise will be available for purchase.

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