CFP: Environmental Justic Ethnography in the Classroom, SfAA meeting 2019


Session:  “Environmental Justice Ethnography in the Classroom: Teaching Activism, Inspiring Involvement”

Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) annual meeting

March 19 – 23 2019 in Portland, OR

Abstract:   Ethnographic research on ways people organize to protect their families and communities from exposure to toxins and demand accountability is a significant topic in applied anthropology. When students encounter this through curriculum they come to understand policies and factors that place communities at risk and appreciate the role of activist ethnography in documenting inequities and promoting change. In this session, anthropologists share their experiences teaching ethnography courses on environmental justice issues. Panelists discuss course design, ethnographic literature, pedagogy, and class projects in which students apply what they learn to understanding and participating in environmental justice movements in their own community.

Organizer:  Dr. William L. Alexander, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Anthropology Department Chair, University of North Carolina Wilmington

For consideration, please send a 100-word paper abstract and short bio by September 1st to

All preliminary inquiries are welcome.

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