Students present research at Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) Conference

Students present research at Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) Conference

Matthew Amendolara

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Lycoming College seniors, Brigid Clark and Matthew Amendolara, recently presented their research at the Society for Applied Anthropology’s (SfAA) 75th annual meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 24-28.

Clark, a senior with a major in sociology/anthropology and archaeology, presented “More Greek than the Greeks,” which focused on how Cypriots culturally construct their identity through a selective interpretation of the past. Amendolara, a senior with a major in sociology/anthropology, presented “Globalization and Resistance in Xela’s Visual Culture,” which focused on studied graffiti and globalization in Guatemala.

The conference offered more than 290 paper sessions, panels, posters and roundtables, upward of 25 business and special interest group meetings, special events and plenary sessions, and a variety of exciting tours and professional workshops. The theme this year was “Continuity and Change.” Guiding the theme was the general idea of exploring contributions and changes in anthropology and associated applied social sciences over the years while, simultaneously, looking forward to how we lend our knowledge and practice to an ever-growing areas of concerns about the human condition. Topics include health, development, education, diversity, environment, displacement, tourism, heritage and cultural conservation, policy research, food and nutrition, globalization, etc.

Founded in 1941, the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) promotes the investigation of the principles of human behavior and the application of these principles to contemporary issues and problems. Since that time membership has expanded to over 2,000. The Society now sponsors two major journals (Human Organization and Practicing Anthropology) as well as a Monograph Series and occasional special publications. The Society has become the preeminent international organization in the field.

The Society is unique among professional associations. In membership and purpose, it represents the interests of professionals in a wide range of work settings -- academia, business, law, health and medicine, public and government, etc. Members come from a variety of disciplines -- anthropology, sociology, economics, business, planning, medicine, nursing, law, and other related social/behavioral sciences. The unifying factor is a commitment to the mission of the association - professionals from a variety of backgrounds who are making an impact on the quality of life in the world today.

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