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SAE Program of Events at AAA/CASCA Vancouver

The 2019 AAA/CASCA events at Vancouver are for all of us: presenters, organizers, prize-winners and prize-givers, and those who are just there to soak up the ideas, atmosphere and to meet old friends and new, especially at Café Europa, which has become an SAE institution. Jack Murphy (Gettysburg College, Program Chair), and Dace Dzenovska (U. of Oxford, Program Chair-Elect), have put together a wonderful set of events, which we are listing below. Please join us; all are warmly welcome.


The 2019 William Douglass Distinguished Lecture will be given by Jeanette Edwards (Manchester) and is titled, Fault Lines: Europe, Brexit and Anthropology

Thursday November 21 at 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM, Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel, Cypress Suite.

Café Europa will follow directly after the Douglass Lecture. This is an informal event designed as an opportunity to sit down and engage in a discussion with our invited speakers over a complimentary glass of wine and a bite to eat.

Thursday November 21 at 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM, Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel, Cypress Suite.

Our Invited Session this year is Shifting Landscapes, Change of Scenery: Space, Place and Struggle in Narratives of Mobility, chaired by Helena Wulff (Stockholm University), and includes presentations by Noel Salazar (Leuven), Vered Amit (Concordia), Ayse Caglar (Vienna), Deborah Reed-Danahay (Buffalo) and Simon Coleman (Toronto).

Friday, November 22, 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM, Room 114, Vancouver CC West

Our Panels this year address some of the most pressing issues in contemporary Europe, including the rise of the new right and populism, migration and refugee issues, solidarity, contested boundaries, territorialization and more. See the list below for more details.

  • Round Tables at Café Europa, put together by our current Program Chair-elect Dace Dzenovska, will be “Environment and Organic Sovereignties”with Guntra Aistara (Central European University, Hungary/Austria), “The Politics and Practices of Reproduction in Europe” with Nancy Kovalinka (National Distance Education University, Spain), “Debt and European Politics of Temporality” with Gustav Peebles (New School for Social Research, USA), “The Afterlife of Crisis?” Kristín Loftsdóttir (University of Iceland, Iceland), “Migration: A Roundtable” with Dace Dzenovska (University of Oxford, UK) and Sarah Green University of Helsinki, Finland), standing in for Elena Popa (Indiana University, USA), “On Sovereignty and Agency” with Rebecca Bryant (Utrecht University, the Netherlands), and “Graduate Student Paper Prize” with Jacquelyn Greiff (University of Pennsylvania, USA) and Michele Bianchi (University of Calgary, Canada).
  • The William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology for this year’s best book contribution to the field of European Anthropology will be announced at Café Europa, as well as announcing this year’s winners of the Graduate Student Paper Prize.
  • And don’t forget to collaborate with your colleagues. All members are warmly invited to our annual Society for the Anthropology of Europe Business Meeting – which introduces The SAE Brief Debate. There is a lot going on with/in/on/about the concept of Europe at the moment; in addition to discussing the technicalities of what the SAE did last year and plans to do next year, we will introduce the The SAE Brief Debate, which provides the chance for members to chat in 20 minutes about anthropology’s engagement with Europe, and what the SAE can do to develop its work and collaboration with colleagues in this field. This will encourage us to be efficient with the admin and get on with the interesting things. Do come, and be part of the debate.

Friday, November 22, 12:15 PM – 1:45 PM, Room 306, Vancouver CC West

SAE Panels and Programs

Wednesday, November 20

The Post-Anthropological: Convergences across Museums, Art, and Colonialism (co-sponsored with the Council for Museum Anthropology), 4:30-6:15 p.m.

Room 116, Vancouver CC West


Thursday, November 21

Executive Board Meeting, 8-9:45 a.m.

Terrace, Fairmont Waterfront Hotel


Contested Boundaries in 21st-Century Europe, 8-9:45 a.m.

Room 206, Vancouver CC West


Two Years Later: Cycles of Hatred and Rage: Right-Wing Parties in Europe and the U.S., 10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Room 15, Vancouver CC East


Volunteering Compassion and Solidarity: Creating Inclusive Climates for Migrants and Refugees in Europe, 2-3:45 p.m.

Room 205, Vancouver CC West


Humanitarian Entanglements: Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Relationships of Care in Europe (co-sponsored with the Society for Psychological Anthropology), 4:15-6:00 p.m.

Room 103 and 104, Vancouver CC West


William A. Douglass Distinguished Lecture by Professor Jeanette Edwards, 8-9:30 p.m.

Cypress Suite, Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel


Café Europa, 9:30-11:00 p.m.

Cypress Suite, Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel


Friday, November 22

Danish Mosques: Significance, Use and Influence, 8-9:45 a.m.

Room 209, Vancouver CC West


Publishing Strategies for Grad Students (That Your Advisor Doesn’t Know), 10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Room 8, Vancouver CC East


SAE Business Meeting, 12:15-1:45 p.m.

Room 306, Vancouver CC West


Shifting Landscapes, Change of Scenery: Space, Place and Struggle in Narratives of Mobility (invited session), 2-3:45 p.m.

Room 114, Vancouver CC West


Saturday, November 23

Negotiating Difficult Pasts in the European Context, 8-9:45 a.m.

Room 210, Vancouver CC West


Fashioning Sameness and Difference in European Spaces, 10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Room 210, Vancouver CC West


De- and Re-Territorialization in Metropolitan France, 2-3:45 p.m.

Room 216, Vancouver CC West


Mobile Solidarities: Thinking about Migration through Kinship and Indebtedness, 4:15-6:00 p.m.

Ballroom B, Vancouver CC East

Finally, take a moment to like our page on Facebook and to follow us on Twitter.  As the 2019 AAA meeting draws closer, we’ll keep you updated regarding SAE’s meetings, panels, and special events including Café Europa, book prize announcements, and the 2019 William Douglass Distinguished Lecture.

For questions about SAE social media, please contact Vasiliki (Vaso) Neofotistos at and Dana Johnson at

For questions about the 2019 SAE Program, please contact Jack Murphy at and Dace Dzenovska at

Looking forward to seeing you at the AAA annual meeting in Vancouver next week!

On behalf of the entire SAE team,

Warmest wishes,

Sarah Green

President, Society for the Anthropology of Europe