114th Annual American Anthropological Association Meeting
November 18-22, 2015
Denver, CO


The SPA sponsors a number of events at the annual American Anthropological Association meetings, including paper sessions, student-faculty workshops and our annual business meeting and reception.

Guides to SPA-sponsored sessions in Denver:
BRIEF GUIDE TO SPA SESSIONS, including only session titles and scheduling information.
DETAILED GUIDE TO SPA SESSIONS, including all session abstracts, participants and scheduling information.

Business Meeting and Reception
We will be holding our meeting and reception on Friday, November 20th from 7:45 – 10:30 pm (location TBA). The meeting will include presentations of the Boyer, Stirling and Condon Prizes, and will include plenty of opportunities to meet and talk with friends and colleagues. Please join us!

Student-Faculty Workshops
As in previous years, the SPA will be sponsoring a series of workshops in which small groups of students convene with faculty member around professional, theoretical, and methodological themes. These workshops offer an opportunity for students to engage in in-depth discussions within a mentoring context related to the proposed workshop theme, and work through specific research and writing problems with a leading scholar in the field.

Each workshop can accommodate three students, on a first come, first serve basis, provided the student’s questions are closely related to the workshop theme and that they are current members of the SPA. These sessions will take place in a cafe in or near the conference hotel.

Workshop mentors and themes this year include:

  • Ted Lowe (Soka University, Editor of Ethos): Publishing in the Psychological Anthropology Discipline – FULL!
  • Carol Worthman (Emory University): Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research
  • Cameron Hay (Miami University): Mixed Methods and Research at the Intersection of Psychological and Medical Anthropology
  • Kathleen Barlow (Central Washington University): Mothering and attachment
  • Daniel Lende (University of South Florida): Neuroanthropology
  • Richard Shweder (University of Chicago): Comparative Ethics

To apply for these workshops, please prepare a 250-300 word description of your project as well as your general aims for participation in the workshop. Submit this along with your details as soon as possible to the following link: PLEASE NOTE: As we add workshops to the list, the form will be updated, so please check back on the link periodically for new additions. Please direct any questions to Erin McFee (


Information on previous biennial meetings can be found here.