President’s Message

SWAA President’s Message March 2021

Greetings all! 

Despite the obstacles, we at SWAA are moving forward!  As you know, we had to again cancel the in-person annual conference for 2021. While this was disappointing, instead we have created three opportunities for members and others to participate. We are holding a virtual webinar-style live symposium on May 1 entitled “Anthropology in the Time of Intersecting Crises” that is shaping up to be really superb. The symposium will feature three amazing scholars who will be presenting their work. In addition, there are opportunities to submit your own work. We are accepting posters for a virtual shared scholarship portal. We are also accepting original scholarly manuscripts to be considered for inclusion in a Special Edition of the SWAA 2021 Proceedings. You can find all the details about registering for the symposium or submitting posters and manuscripts on page 4 of this newsletter or on the SWAA website. We are already seeing a good deal of traffic on the website and registrations and submission have begun to arrive!  It promises to be a stimulating event.

It is true that COVID-19 restrictions have challenged us to find creative ways to connect with each other and share our work. Everyone has Zoom fatigue and we again lament not being able to convene in-person this year with all of the rich social interaction that happens at the SWAA annual conference. However, it is clear that SWAA members are learning to live in the new virtual world and are hungry for innovative, intellectually stimulating opportunities to engage with the anthropological community. We are excited about the options we have developed for SWAA 2021 and we hope that you will be able to join us.

For 2022: We remain aspirational that we will be able to convene in Albuquerque for the 2022 SWAA annual conference. Even if some of the COVID-19 restrictions are still in place, we are learning new ways to gather to share and celebrate our work while conducting events with safety in mind. The SWAA website gives details about the 2022 conference venue at the Hotel Albuquerque in historic Old Town and will be updated as we have further information.

We look forward to seeing you at the Symposium on May 1, and learning about your work through the virtual poster session and conference proceedings.


Janet Page-Reeves