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
- 2012 Providence, "Life and Death: A Conversation"
- 2010 Santa Fe, "Nature Culture"
- 2008 Long Beach, "Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics"
- 2006 Milwaukee, "Translations of Value"
- 2004 Portland, "Sovereignty"
- 2001 Montreal, "Engaging Regimes of Technoscience"
- 1999 San Francisco, "States of Power: Culture, Governmentality, and Markets in Transition"
- 1997 San Francisco, "Millenial Futures"
- 1995 New York City, "States of Violence and the Violence of Status"
- 1994 Chicago, "Cultural Production under Late Capitalism"
- 1993 Washington, "Cultural Borders"
- 1992 Austin, "Culture and Colonization"
- 1991 Boston, "Culture and Memory"
- 1990 Santa Monica, "Making Popular Culture"
- 1989 Washington, "Challenges to the Concept of Culture"
- 1988 Washington, "The Relationship Between Culture and Self"
Past David Schneider Lectures
- 2012 João Biehl (Princeton University) and Vinh-Kim Nguyen (University of Montreal), "Life Stories"
- 2010 Donna Haraway (University of California, Santa Cruz), "Staying with the Trouble: Xenoecologies of Home for Companions in the Contact Zones." In conversation with John Law (Open University Sociology and the CRESC ESRC Research Centre)
- 2008 Talal Asad (Graduate Center, City University of New York), "Freedom of Speech and Religious Limitations"
- 2006 Timothy Mitchell (New York University), "Culture and Economy"
- 2004 Mahmood Mamdani (Columbia University), "Post-Apartheid Perspectives on America and Israel"
- 2001 Paul Rabinow (University of California, Berkeley), "The Problem of Anthropology"
- 1999 Ashraf Ghani (Johns Hopkins University and World Bank), "State-Power and Production and Destruction of Public Value: Toward an Ethnographic Approach"
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
- 2013 "Iconology Meets Anthropology: Totemism, Fetishism, Iconoclasm," organized by Brian Larkin
- 2012 "On Biopolitics and the Attachment to Life," organized by Kath Weston
- 2011 "The Human is More than Human," organized by John Hartigan
- 2010 "Militarization of the Social," organized by Cori Hayden
- 2009 "Sex and Secularity," organized by Mary Murrell
- 2007 "Civilizing Modern Practices," organized by Marisol de la Cadena
- 2006 "Conversations with Henrika Kuklick," organized by Ana Alonso
- 2005 "The Post-Soviet Condition," organized by Judith Farquhar
- 2005 "Rethinking American Culture: The Social Warrant of Consumer Citizenship and Hostile Privatism)," organized by Michael Fischer
- 2003 "Reading for a Living: Some Observations on the Differences Between Lay and Professional Reading," organized by Dan Segal
- 2002 "Race, Power, and Social Justice," organized by Polly Strong
- 2001 "Rethinking Sovereignty," organized by Vincanne Adams
- 1997 "Moral Passages: Making Bedfellows of Philosophers and Anthropologists," organized by Brackette Williams