2013 Biennial Meeting of the
Society for Psychological Anthropology
With the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group
San Diego, CA
April 4-7, 2013
Registration for the SPA /ACYIG Biennial Meeting on April 4-7th, 2013 in San Diego is now open. Click here. The registration fee for professionals is $125 and a reduced rate of $60 for students. One-day conference rates for professionals are $50 and $25 for students. These fees cover all conference costs including meeting room rentals, audio / visual equipment, programs, etc.
In addition to registering for the conference, there are two optional events for which you may also register at the website. The first is the Saturday Night Banquet featuring presentations of the SPA’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Awards to Jean Lave and Anthony Wallace. The banquet will be a three-course plated dinner with a cash bar. The second special event is the Friday Night Cocktail Party at the University of California, San Diego to provide an opportunity for conference attendees to socialize and to celebrate the continued contributions of UCSD to psychological anthropology. The cocktail party’s venue has beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and Downtown San Diego, and will include a range of hot and cold hors d’oeuvre and a cash bar. Buses will provide transportation to and from the conference hotel. On the ride back, attendees will have the opportunity to be dropped off at a number of central spots in downtown San Diego to visit restaurants, bars and cafes if they wish. Space is limited for the Friday night event so please register soon. More details on these two events can be found on the registration website by clicking on “Workshops” right next to “CLICK HERE TO REGISTER” towards the top of the page. Finally, the registration website also provides conference attendees with the possibility of contributing to a fund to be used to support graduate student travel to this Biennial conference. Please consider supporting the next generation of psychological anthropologists. All donations are tax-deductible.
Conference theme and program
The program with abstracts is available here.
For the first time the Society for Psychological Anthropology biennial meeting will be held jointly with the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG).
Psychological anthropology examines the relation among social processes, cultural meanings, and human subjectivities. Psychological anthropologists study topics such as narrative, identity, experience, emotion, memory, discourse, belief, motivation, conceptualization, gender, sexuality, trauma, mental illness, stigmatization, and psychological development in social and cultural contexts.
The anthropology of children and youth is the cross-cultural and ethnographic examination of infants, children, youth, and adolescents. It examines such topics as child development across time and space (physical, cognitive, emotional, social); parenting, childcare, and childrearing around the world; the evolution of childhood; the impact of globalization on children and their families and communities; child health; child education and learning; child participation in their cultures; the socio-historical construction of childhood; child agency and vulnerability; children’s rights; the political lives of children; and critical studies of childhood.
For this biennial we welcome proposals for panels and papers representing innovative work in either field. Historical, applied, and methodological topics are welcome as well.
In addition to panels and discussion groups, we will also schedule plenary sessions, coffee breaks, and receptions that will bring our group together and facilitate informal conversation and networking. Saturday afternoon the ACYIG will hold a business meeting. There will be a banquet on Saturday night, highlighted by presentation of the SPA Lifetime Achievement Awards to Anthony Wallace and to Jean Lave.
The Conference Hotel and Venue
The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego, CA. The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay and Marina is a resort near Sea World. It features waterfront rooms, a health club, spa, fire pits, water slides, and a marina with kayaks and whale excursions. Workers at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay are represented by UNITE-HERE. This hotel is on the approved list of the AAA Committee on Labor Relations.
You can make registrations for hotel rooms at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay online through Passkey or by calling Hyatt’s Central Registration (1-888-421-1442). If you call, please indicate that you are attending the “AAA/SPA Biennial Meeting” to receive the reduced conference rates. The reduced conference rates are: Single, Double and Triple Occupancy: $189; Quadruple Occupancy: $239; and VIP and Waterfront Suites: $239. Reservations must be made by March 13th, 2013 to receive these rates. Conference rates are available to attendees for three days before and after the dates of the conference as based on availability. Complementary Internet is available in all hotel rooms and daytime parking is free. Overnight parking is $14 per day. Details on the beautiful Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, including location, activities, and restaurants, can be found here.
UPDATE: Hotel rooms are running low. We have asked the Hyatt to increase the number of rooms being held at our conference rates. Another option nearby is the Hotel Dana.