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The SCA holds a biennial meeting in the spring, featuring the David Schneider Lecture, and organizes a number of events during the AAA annual meeting, including the Culture@Large panel.

SCA Biennial Meeting

The SCA spring meetings are held every two years. The goal is to showcase the best work in interdisciplinary, innovative, and critical anthropologies in alternative settings, in contrast to the larger AAA conventions.

When SCA was first founded in the 1980s, conferences were as small as 50 or 60 attendees, with conversations organized around two to three plenaries and a few extra panels on the side. Since that time, with the growth of the SCA and the drive to share in members' work, as many as 300 now attend with approximately 100 presenters in a weekend program. Holding to the original format of SCA conferences from their inception, we look for works-in-progress that turn on a central organizing question across keynote lectures, plenary presentations, and the panels and individual papers accepted.

Since 1999, the Schneider Lectures has been the cornerstone of the SCA's biennial spring meeting. The David Schneider Lectureship is named after one of SCA's founders and one of the defining figures in cultural anthropology of the 20th century. A list of past Schneider lectures is below.

SCA conferences are held in small, great locations—such as Portland's Governor Hotel, Milwaukee's Pfister Hotel, or the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California—with plenty of space for social engagement to work at a relaxed pace.

2014 SCA Biennial Meeting

Detroit, Michigan, May 9–10, "The Ends of Work"

For information on the SCA's spring meeting, please see the meeting announcement. Those wishing to submit panels, or to find a panel for their paper, should read the instructions on our panel construction forum.

Past SCA Meetings

Past David Schneider Lectures

SCA Events at the Annual AAA Meeting

Cultural@Large is the SCA's signature event during the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, featuring three discussants in conversation with an interlocutor from outside the discipline. The SCA also organizes student–faculty workshops, and sponsors invited panels.

Past Culture@Large Events