[KS] [CFP] AAA invited session for honoring Nancy Abelmann

Jesook Song jesook.song at utoronto.ca
Wed Feb 10 22:14:45 EST 2016

The Serendipitous, Eclectic, and Collaborative: Reflections on and Honoring Nancy Abelmann

Invited Session CFP (American Anthropological Association meeting Nov 16-20, 2016, Minneapolis, USA)


In honor of the intellectual legacy of Professor Nancy Abelmann, a small group of her current and former students and colleagues is seeking abstract submissions for a proposed panel at the 2016 AAA meetings in Minneapolis. 

We are hoping to put together a proposal for a double-session of papers that will reflect on and honor Nancy Abelmann by showing how her guidance, example, and intellectual interactions can be traced in current research on the topics of her core interests: women, gender, family and generation; class, race and social mobility; youth, education and global migration; and film and narrative and people’s engagement with expressive media. We would need to feature Nancy’s intellectual legacy on our knowledge production based on the 115th AAA Annual Meeting theme, ‘Evidence, Accident, Discovery,’ (Please refer to the AAA website) in order to be selected as invited session. We are particularly interested in papers written by scholars who had direct connections to Nancy as students, colleagues, or mentors.

We anticipate receiving more submissions than we can fit into a double session (8-10 papers), so we have set an early first deadline for consideration: Please send us your abstract by March 1. (Please follow the AAA guidelines: name, affiliation, 250 words maximum, plus title and keywords.) We will review the abstracts quickly and let you know whether we can include them in our proposal; this should allow you time to propose to present in another session if we cannot accommodate your paper in our panel proposal. We are hoping to select a set of papers that will touch on the broad areas of Nancy’s strongest influence, and will speak to the interests of the two societies we will be submitting this proposal to for review: SUNTA and SEAA. (She was also active in the Society for Feminist Anthropology and the Children and Youth Interest Group.)

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Thanks for your attention and interest. 


Jesook Song (jesook.song at utoronto.ca)

Laura Nelson (lcnelson at berkeley.edu)

Yoonjung Kang (kang55 at illinois.edu)


Jesook Song
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Toronto
19 Russell Street
Toronto,  ON M5S 2S2, CANADA

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