Final Schedule for #SCA2016

The Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA) is proud to share the final schedule for one of our largest-ever biennial meetings, which will take place in Ithaca, New York on May 13–14, 2016. The conference theme is Collaboration, and the event is being cosponsored by Cornell University, the Cornell Department of Anthropology, the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, and the Meridian 180 Project.

The meetings will be held at The Statler Hotel on the campus of Cornell University. Advance registration has closed, but last-minute attendees are welcome to register on-site; however, they will not be entitled to the provided lunches. For inquiries about issues not addressed below, please contact the meeting organizers at

Friday, May 13

Session 1 (8:30–10am)

1.1   Collaborative Filmmaking as Method/Object (Rowe Room)

Chair: William Lempert (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan (Haverford College), “Temporalities of Value, Circulations of Desire: Video Collaboration in the Digital Age”

Jennifer Shannon (University of Colorado Boulder), “Local Voices in a Global Play: Collaborative Filmmaking with the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation”

Kate Fischer (University of Colorado Boulder), “Sound, Camera, Collaboration: Multi-Sensory Ethnography in the Costa Rican Coffee Industry”

William Lempert (University of Colorado Boulder), “The Media is the Method: Co-elaboration and the Ritual Pollution of Ethnographic Purity”

Discussant: Christian Hammons (University of Colorado Boulder)

1.2 Asking Without Speaking: Ethnographic Collaborations with Non-Human Others (Yale/Princeton)

Chairs: Juno Salazar Parrenas (The Ohio State University) and Magnus Fiskesjö (Cornell University)

Magnus Fiskesjö (Cornell University), “Animals Asking Humans for Help”

Jean Langford (University of Minnesota), “Avian Bedlam: Toward a Biosemiosis of Parrots in Trouble”

Yuka Suzuki (Bard College), “Speaking for Cecil the Lion: Collaboration and Critique”

Juno Salazar Parrenas (The Ohio State University), “Collaboration through Miscommunication with Orangutans”

Nerissa Russell (Cornell University), “Bellwethers and Domesticatory Practices: Early Herding as Trans-species Collaboration”

1.3  Collaborating with the State: Informers and Ethnographies of the Surveilled (Taylor A/B)

Chair: Alejandro Paz (University of Toronto–Scarborough) and Nitzan Shoshan (El Colegio de México)

Jon H. Carter (Appalachian State University), “Notes on the Underground: Detection and Inscription of Criminal Worlds in Honduras”

Nusrat Chowdhury (Amherst College), “Crowds and Collaborators in Bangladesh”

Munira Khayyat (American University in Cairo), “The Intimacy of Enmity: Jihad’s Story”

Alejandro Paz (University of Toronto–Scarborough), “El Sapo Speaks: Collaboration, Complicity and Citizenship among Non-citizen Latinos in Israel”

Nitzan Shoshan (El Colegio de México), “States of Collaboration: An Archaeology of the Police Informant in Germany”

Discussant: Christopher Krupa (University of Toronto–Scarborough)

1.4 Collaboration and its Ends: On Cooperation, Betrayal, and Ethical Ambiguities During Fieldwork Encounters (Ballroom)

Chair: Meghana Joshi (Rutgers University)

Kartikeya Saboo (Rutgers University), “At the Homecoming Game: Collaboration and Violence in a Fieldwork Encounter”

Assaf Harel (Rutgers University), “When Enemies Collaborate:  On Settlers, Palestinians, and Transgressive Peacemaking”

Meghana Joshi (Rutgers University), “Being an Ausländer in Berlin: On Indians, Germans, and the Unintended Consequences of Collaboration”

Olivia Hart (The Evergreen State College), “Deconstructing the Dialogue: Tribal Consultation and Collaboration in Reframing Research”

Discussant: Kartikeya Saboo (Rutgers University)

1.5 Infrastructural Futures for Cultural Anthropology: From Open Access to Open Data for Collaborative Scholarship (Roundtable) [Amphitheater] 

Chairs: Mike Fortun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Jason Baird Jackson (Indiana University), and Kim Fortun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Participants: Alison Kenner (Drexel University); Mark Turin (University of British Columbia);
 Luis Felipe Murillo (Harvard University); Jerome Crowder (University of Texas, Medical Branch); Casey O'Donnell (Michigan State University)

1.E Fieldwork, Ethnography, and Collaboration (Part I) [Hotel School Classroom 198]

Gina Crivello (University of Oxford), Vanessa Rojas Arangoitia (Grupo de Análisis para el Desarrollo, GRADE, Peru), Yisak Tafere (Young Lives, Ethiopia), Uma Vennam (Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam Women’s University, India), and Vu Thi Thanh Huong (Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences), “‘We’re Like Family Now’: Negotiating Relationships, Reciprocity and Closure at the End of a Longitudinal Qualitative Research Collaboration”

Jan-Eerik Leppanen (University of Amsterdam), “Collaboration in the Anthropology of Genetics: Case Study from the Peoples’ Republic of China”

Julia Cassaniti (Washington State University), “Comparing Conceptual Categories in Cross-Cultural Collaboration”

Miranda Hallett (University of Dayton), “Life, Death, Love, and Work: Neoliberal Personhood, Ethnographic Subjects, and Representation”

Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni (Tel Aviv University), “Collaborative Ethnography in the Digital Age: e-Correspondence as a Reflexive Ethnographic Tool”

Tómas Criado (Munich Center for Technology in Society) and Adolfo Estelella (CSIC), “Collaborators are Always a Surprise: Open Design, Documentation and ‘Experimental Collaborations’ in Ethnography”

Session 2 (10:15–11:45am)

2.1 Systems that Guide Us? Human-Machine Attunements (Rowe Room)

Chair: Grant Jun Otsuki (University of Tsukuba)

Grant Jun Otsuki (University of Tsukuba), “The Politics of Technological Illusions”

Nick Seaver (Tufts University), “How Do Neural Networks Think?”

Akinori Kubo (Hitotsubashi University)m “Relations in Negative Terms: Ontological Relativising in Japanese Chess Matches Between Humans and Computers”

Discussant: Ronald Kline (Cornell University)

2.2 Epidemiography and the Inscription of Public Health (Yale/Princeton)

Chairs: Stephen Kingsley Scott (Barnard College) and Celina Callahan-Kapoor (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Crystal Biruk (Oberlin College), "Raw Data and Its Para-Publics in Rural Malawi"

Simanti Dasgupta (University of Dayton), “Beyond Prophylactics: HIV/AIDS, Condoms, and Sex Worker Subjectivity in Sonagachhi, India”

Celina Callahan-Kapoor (University of California, Santa Cruz), “Mediating the Region, Mediating Diabetes: Publicizing Diabetes in the US/Mexico Borderlands”

Amy Moran-Thomas (MIT), “Blood Sugar Beside Itself”

Stephen Kingsley Scott (Barnard College), “The Epidemiographic-We: Making TB Public in the ‘Two Bolivias’”

Discussant: Charles L. Briggs (University of California, Berkeley)

2.3 Collaboration and National Security (Amphitheater)

Chair: Negar Razavi (University of Pennsylvania)

Samar Al-Bulushi (Yale University), “Civil Society As Counter-Insurgency? Notes from Kenya”

Narges Bajoghli (New York University), “Research With Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps and Basij Paramilitary Organization: Negotiating Access, Questioning Collaboration, and Attempting Distance”

Briana Nichols (University of Pennsylvania), “To Protect and Deport: Undocumented Youth, Non-Governmental Workers, and Collaboration with the Security State”

Negar Razavi (University of Pennsylvania), “Cleared for Expertise: Studying Policy Experts and U.S. Security Policies towards the Middle East”

Discussant: Hugh Gusterson (George Washington University)

2.4 Hope and Failure: The Limits of Collaboration as Political Solidarity (Taylor A/B)

Chair: Margot Weiss (Wesleyan University)

Michal Osterweil (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), “‘Credo Che Questo Movimento Sia Una Donna’: Engaging Frictions Between ‘Feminist’ Activist Theory and Practice”

Dana-Ain Davis (Graduate Center CUNY and Queens College), “Love and Limits: Collaborative Research and the Pursuit of Equity”

Margot Weiss (Wesleyan University), “Collaboration and Complicity: Desire’s Limitations in Queer Left Activism/Academia”

Elizabeth Chin (Art Center College of Design), “This Ethnography Will Never Be Written”

Savannah Shange (University of Pennsylvania), “Failed Intimacies: Black Girl Opacity and the Politics of Refusal”

2.5 Tripod, or “Nobody's Talking about That, Margaret”: A Performance Ethnography (Performance) [Ballroom]

Organizer: Christian Hammons (University of Colorado Boulder)

In 1977, a conversation between Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson on the use of the camera in anthropology was printed in Studies in the Anthropology of Visual Communication. The conversation has become a classic not only because it captures an early debate about how the camera should be used in anthropology, but also because of the endearing way in which Mead and Bateson engaged in the debate. While Mead patiently advocates for the scientific potential of the camera, Bateson is famously cantankerous, insisting that the camera is an artistic instrument that should be liberated from the constraints of objectivity. This will be a live performance of the conversation with an original twist. Images from the photo book Balinese Character, the film Trance and Dance in Bali, and other films will be projected on a large screen behind Mead and Bateson as the conversation unfolds. Their Balinese assistant I Made Kaler and a Balinese dancer sit off to the side, chatting quietly with each other and eavesdropping on the conversation. Will they add their voices to the debate? What will they say? How will Mead and Bateson respond? The performance will bring to life the classic conversation between Mead and Bateson, highlighting a peculiar collaboration that worked more through competition than cooperation. It will also bring to light the collaboration that did not happen—or was not recognized—between Mead, Bateson, and the Balinese participants in their study. In the presence of I Made Kaler and the Balinese dancer, the positions of Mead and Bateson suddenly seem much closer to each other than they admit, and the omission of “shared anthropology” as a use of the camera is painfully obvious. What would Mead's friend Jean Rouch think?

2.E Barriers and Prerequisites for Collaboration: A Cornell University Library Study (Hotel School Classroom 198)

Participants: Heather Furnas (Cornell University); Erin Eldermire (Cornell University); Gail Steinhart (Cornell University); Erica Johns (Cornell University)

Lunch and Welcome (11:45am–1:05pm) [Ballroom]

Program Committee: Hirokazu Miyazaki, Chair; Robert Foster, SCA President

Buffet lunch is provided in the foyer outside the Ballroom. Attendees may sit in the Ballroom and eat. The Program Committee will begin welcome speeches at 12:30pm and conclude before 1pm. All attendees must be out of the Ballroom by 1:05pm so Statler Hotel staff has time to clean the room before the afternoon panels.

Session 3 (1:30–3pm)

3.1 Re-Creating Universities through Critical Ethnography (Part I) [Rowe Room]

Chair: Davydd J. Greenwood (Cornell University)

Wesley Shumar (Drexel University), “Professorial Identity and the Neoliberal University”

Eli Thorkelson (Whittier College), “The Ruses of Academic Radicalism”

Sue Wright (Aarhus University), “Organizational Anthropology and Activism”

Davydd J. Greenwood (Cornell University), “Organizational Anthropology, Socio-technical Systems Design, and ‘Organizational Democracy’: Action Research and the Re-creation of Public Universities”

3.2 Alternative Collaborative Forms: Data, Systems, Subjects, Politics (Part I) [Yale/Princeton]

Chair: Michael Fortun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Alison Kenner (Drexel University), "Scrapping the Workshop of the World”

Michelle Stewart (University of Regina), "Facilitating Spaces for Collaboration: (Re)Configurations of Expertise and Data in a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Training Workshop”

Jeremy Trombley (University of Maryland), “Modeling Together: Collaboration in Computational Modeling and the Role of Computational Models in Collaborative Practice”

Brandon Costelloe-Kuehn (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), “Design Logics as Relays: Assembling Environmental Media Systems in the Environmental Sciences and the Empirical Humanities”

Discussant: Michael Fortun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

3.3 Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center: Decolonizing Sacred Space at Onondaga Lake, Syracuse, New York (Taylor A/B)

Chair: Philip P. Arnold (Syracuse University)

Participants: Philip P. Arnold (Syracuse University and Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center); Sandy Bigtree (Performer, Mohawk, lifelong resident of Syracuse); Freida Jacques (Clanmother, Onondaga Nation); and Jack Manno (SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry)

3.4 Public Health and Collaboration (Ballroom)

Anggi Irawan (National Institute of Health Research and Development, Indonesia), “Establishing Collaborative Ethno-Pharmacology Research”

David Lessard, Isabelle Toupin, and Kim Engler (McGill University), “Engaging People Living with HIV in the Development of a Patient-Reported Measure of Barriers to Adherence: Towards New Models of Collaboration in HIV Clinical Research”

Sarah Etheridge-Criswell (College of the Canyons), “Cultural Themes in a Shared Experience of Water Hygiene Education: Merging Anthropology and Public Health”

Simone Dennis (Australian National University), “Laudable Collaborations, Diminished Fields: Anthropology, Public Health and the Case of Tobacco”

3.5 Anthropology’s Publics: Critical Reflections on Public Engagements (Roundtable) [Amphitheater]

Chair: Saida Hodzic (Cornell University)

Speakers: Oneka LaBennett (Cornell University); Dána-Ain Davis (Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center); Kim Fortun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); Carolyn Rouse (Princeton University)

Participants: Sena Aydin (Cornell University), Rebekah Ciribassi (Cornell University), Saida Hodzic (Cornell University), Lisa Lehner (Cornell University), Elif Sari (Cornell Univeristy), Janet Smith (Cornell University)

3.E Media of Collaboration (Hotel School Classroom 198)

Damien Stankiewicz (Temple University), “Collaboration and the Televisual Village: Ethnographic Methods Against the Transiencies of Media”

Meghan Donnelly (University of California, Davis), “The Co-Elaboration of News Stories in Mexico”

Roberto Armengol (University of Virginia), “So Here's the Backstory on That: Some Thoughts on Translating Cultural Anthropology”

Fellow Travelers: Collaborations among Plants, Animals, and Spirits (Off-site Panel at Fallen Tree Center)

Chair: Craig Campbell (University of Texas at Austin)

Craig Campbell (University of Texas at Austin), “Laboring Under the Sign of Sentience”

Charis Boke (Cornell University), “Life with Plants”

Eben Kirksey (Princeton University), "Trophallaxis (Nourishment-Interchange)”

Jane-Marie Law (Cornell University), “Scheming with the Living, Colluding with the Dead: The Conversations Guiding the Creation of Fallen Tree Center for a Resilient Future”

The need for both individual and collective action in the contemporary world has been met with increasingly urgent calls for novel modes of description, critique, and action. This panel takes up the challenge by looking more carefully beyond the exceptionalism of human forms to a rich world of more-than-human social relations. In the fanciful Lapine language developed for his novel Watership Down, Richard Adams designates the word tharn to describe the horrifying paralysis of imminent doom faced by rabbits caught in the debilitating light of oncoming traffic. It is tempting to figure an analogy with contemporary modes of sociality, where humans are frozen tharn in the knowledge climate catastrophe poses an increasingly plausible and generalized threat. Such an analogical manoeuver might challenge us not only to imagine new modes of being in the world but to better describe and understand the convivialities of being within a shared biosphere. This move is founded on a practice of learning from and listening to voices across ontological rifts. It is also a move also that leads us from conviviality (living together) to collaboration (working together). Taking the notion of more-than-human collaboration seriously we explore how herbalists listen to plants and what the dead have to say about the future. We examine the gift-giving practices of ants and how our planet is not a limit point or threshold of collective labor. Fellow travelers we argue exist not only among our species and in our time, shaking tacit assumptions about contemporaneousness and autonomy. We examine also the place and location of strange collaborations from bioresearch laboratories to herb gardens, from suburban experiments in goat husbandry to nomadic architecture. For this session we invite you to join us at the newly established Fallen Tree Center (designed for the re-imagination of suburban life). This session promises an exploration of metaphorical, analogical, and actual possibilities for thinking outside human exceptionalism towards a more-than-human sociality. With our collaborations at Fallen Tree, we recognize in the world a complexity of relations that rarely adhere to conventional notions of collective labor.

Fallen Tree is less than two miles from Cornell University in the edgelands of Ithaca, near the Cornell Ornithological Research Center. A shuttle will bring people to the site from the conference and will provide return transportation afterwards. Food and drink will be provided at this session, which includes not only a roundtable but also a tour of Fallen Tree.

Session 4 (3:15–4:45pm)

4.1 Re-Creating Universities through Critical Ethnography (Part II) [Rowe Room]

Chair: Davydd J. Greenwood (Cornell University)

Immediately following Part I of this session, audience members will be invited to join panel members in informal groups to develop questions and themes for discussion. A sample orienting question for discussion could be “How can ethnography help us understand how universities actually function when the full application of current management and accountability models would tear them apart?” Others will emerge.

With a few themes and questions identified, the groups will be invited to choose the topic that most interests them and discuss it in detail. Next, the groups will report briefly on their discussions and conclusions to the other groups. The session will close by looking at what have emerged as key elements in an ethnographic/reformist agenda for universities.

4.2 Alternative Collaborative Forms: Data, Systems, Subjects, Politics (Part II) [Yale/Princeton]

Chair: Michael Fortun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Casey O'Donnell (Michigan State University), “'Gamers Solve AIDS!' Collaboration as Massively Multiplayer Online Science”

Yuliya Grinberg (Columbia University), “Machine Readable”

Rodolfo Hernandez (Tsinghua University) – “China's Environmental Disclosure Through Open Data”

Georgia Hartman (University of California, Irvine), “Teaching Debt: Mortgage Finance and the Technology of Financial Literacy”

Vivian Choi (University of Tennessee), “Currents of Collaboration: Scientific Research in the Second Indian Ocean Expedition”

Discussant: Michael Fortun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

4.3 Collaboration and Refugees (Taylor A/B)

Louisa Schein (Rutgers University), “Showcasing Solidary Whiteness (Or Not) in Anti-Racist Collaborations”

Shahla Naimi (IHEID), “Building Recognition for Palestine: Statebuilding Through Conservation and Construction”

Susanne Bregnbæk (University College Copenhagen), “Compassion, Collaboration, and the Limits of the Concept of Culture: Syrian Refugee Families and Their Encounter With the Danish Welfare State”

4.4 Epilogues: Life in the Aftermath (Ballroom)

Chair: Ali Feser (University of Chicago)

Ali Feser (University of Chicago), “Afterimages of an American Dreamworld: On the Matter of Analog Photography in the Digital Age”

Matthew Furlong (University of Chicago), “Capital, Ruin, or No Man's Land?: La Casa Abandonada in the Wake of Mexico's Housing Boom”

Eric Hirsch (University of Chicago), “Future Pasts: Development with Ruins in Andean Peru’s Colca Valley”

Alejandro Camargo (Syracuse University), “Topographies of Abandonment: Adaptation, Risk and Dispossession in Post-Disaster Colombia”

Christien Tompkins (University of Chicago), “Navigating Choice: New Orleans School Buses as Racial Infrastructure”

Discussant: Catherine Fennell (Columbia University)

4.5 Yes, We’re Open! Storefront Design for Collaborative Ethnography of Place-Making in Brooklyn (Exhibit/Panel) [Amphitheater]

Chair: Christine Hegel-Cantarella (Western Connecticut State University)

Participants: Luke Cantarella (Pace University); Douglas Holmes (Binghamton University); George E. Marcus (University of California, Irvine); Edward Snajdr (John Jay College); Shonna Trinch (John Jay College).

Anthropological interest in design and art-based approaches to “making ethnography” has grown in recent years, and this panel reflects on a recent experiment in this modality. This exhibit-panel presents multiple narratives of a collaborative project entitled Yes, We’re Open, an ongoing work of interventionist ethnography sited in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. The project utilizes a storefront as a site for ethnographic encounters. The storefront as speculatively imagined, designed and realized, serves as both process and physical space in which different investigators’ research interests are interwoven. As a model for collaboration, Yes, We’re Open borrows from scenography, film and art practice to explore how zones of consensus-based and hierarchical decision making can be deployed to work on collaborative research projects. This project brings ethnographers whose work has focused on place-making, urban redevelopment, and gentrification in New York City into conversation with scenic designers and architects to listen to and materialize the desires and concerns of local publics. In particular, this project intercedes into Julian Brash’s work on the Hudson Yards and High Line urban redevelopment projects under former and current mayors, and work by Shonna Trinch and Ed Snajdr on public texts, including storefront signs, that act as placemaking technologies. Over a period of a several months, designs for remaking a shuttered storefront on Bedford Avenue will be iteratively prototyped, culminating in a store “opening” and several public events to which local residents will be invited. Both the design process and the public events will serve as intensive “productive encounters” between ethnographers and locals, both for further exploration of the anthropological concerns of Brash, Trinch and Snadjr, and others, and to facilitate connection and reflection among diverse groups in the neighborhood. Bedford-Stuyvesant, a predominantly middle class African-American and Caribbean neighborhood in the later half of the twentieth century, emerged in the early 2000s as a quickly changing neighborhood characterized by displacements and disjunctures across racial and class divides; Yes, We’re Open seeks to explore these tensions by creating the storefront as alternate frame through which a sublimated conversation about gentrification can occur.

This exhibit-panel will offer a glimpse into this design-ethnography project through multimedia documentation (video, audio, photographic, and material artifacts) and reflect on the way ethnographic method, anthropological theory, and the pragmatics of multimodal collaboration each contribute to knowledge production. Participants will engage in a structured discussion about the thinking and practices of the project. We will address the process of aligning varied interests and facilitating oppositional impulses in collaborative undertakings, allocating and defining roles on emerging and intervention-oriented projects, the use-value of design practice constraints for ethnographic research, the possibilities for applying artist Krzysztof Wodiczko’s model of inner and outer publics in community-engaged ethnography, and other issues.

4.E Cultural Heritage (Hotel School Classroom 198)

Erica Farmer (Smithsonian Institution), “’We're All Just Trying To Do the Right Thing’: Harmony and Dissonance Around Repatriation Policy at the Smithsonian Institution”

Joe Quick (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Working Together Out of Self-Interest: Collaboration as an Achievement in an Indigenous Organization from Highland Ecuador”

Zev Gottdiener (University at Buffalo), “At the Limits of Collaboration: Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Land Reform in Northwestern Mexico”

Samuel Rose (University at Buffalo), “Indigenous Community Development and Cultural Heritage Tourism in the Mohawk Valley”

Session 5: David M. Schneider Lecture (5–6:50pm) [Ballroom]

Panelists: Kim Fortun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); Douglas Holmes (Binghamton University); Alberto Corsín Jiménez (CSIC); George E. Marcus (University of California, Irvine); Annelise Riles (Cornell University)

Reception (7–8:30pm) [Biotechnology Building G10]

Light appetizers provided. Cash bar. Hosted by the Cornell Department of Anthropology. To ensure that caterers have time to set up the event, please do not enter the Biotechnology Building before the reception formally begins at 7pm.

Saturday, May 14

Session 6 (8:30–10am)

6.1 Collaborators: Institutional Cooperation and Cooptation in Africa (Yale/Princeton)

Chairs: Kristin Doughty (University of Rochester) and Rebecca Peters (Syracuse University)

Kristin Doughty (University of Rochester), “Converting Threats to Power: Collaboration in Methane Extraction in Lake Kivu”

Rebecca Peters (Syracuse University), “Whose Program? Institutional Partnerships and the Sociality of International Development Work”

Joanna T. Crane (University of Washington, Bothell), “Administration, Collaboration, and Infrastructural Violence in African Global Health Science”

Jennifer Johnson (Purdue University), “The Productive Work of Failure: Co-Managing Lake Victoria's Fisheries”

Ramah McKay (University of Pennsylvania), “Between Collaboration and Critique in Mozambique’s Global Health Spaces”

Discussant: Peter Castro (Syracuse University)

6.2. The Promises and Pitfalls of Collaboration in the Ethnography of Religious Groups (Rowe Room)

Chair: Gareth Fisher (Syracuse University)

Fatima Siwaju (Syracuse University), “Giving Voice and Doing Justice: The 'Native' Ethnographer and the Challenges of Insider Expectations”

Alisa Weinstein (Syracuse University), “Doing Anthropology in a Selfie World”

Sara Swenson (Syracuse University), "‘Sharing’ the Buddha: Social Media and Ethnographic Collaboration"

Erick White (Cornell University), "The Promise and Peril of Collaborative Ritual Necessity: Organizing Public Rites of Passage among Bangkok Professional Spirit Mediums”

Discussant: Ann Grodzins Gold (Syracuse University)

6.3 Human Rights, Critique, Post-Humanism: Session in Honor of Terence Turner (Part I) [Amphitheater]

Chair: Jane Fajans (Cornell University)

Daniel Reichman (University of Rochester), “Between Semiotics and Economics: Some Implications of Turner's Critique of Political Economy”

David Holmberg (Cornell University), “Cultural Rights to Difference and the Question of Radical Alterity”

Lêda Martins (Pitzer College), “Since Tristes Tropiques: Considerations about Anthropology and Indigenous Rights”

Magnus Fiskesjö (Cornell University), “Myths and Anti-Myths: Turnerian Inspiration from Amazonia in the Mythopolitics of East and Southeast Asia”

6.4 Politics and the Senses: The Potentials of Multi-Media Collaboration in Middle East Anthropology (Taylor A/B)

Chairs: Kiven Strohm (American University at Cairo) and Amahl Bishara (Tufts University)

Aleysia Whitmore (University of Miami), “The Collaborative Production of World Music”

Diana Allan (McGill University), “Beirut Taxi: The Poetics of Relation in Cramped Space”

Amahl Bishara (Tufts University), "Photography and Mobility: Documentary as a Diagnostic of Barriers to Expression”

Michal Ran-Rubin (University of Chicago), “Rescaling Politics, Reclaiming Spaces: Planning for Refugee Return and Urban Futures in Palestine/Israel”

Kiven Strohm (American University in Cairo), “The Political Life of Return: Imagining the Palestinian Village. A Prolegomenon to a Collaborative Sensory Ethnography”

Discussant: Khaled Furani (Tel Aviv University)

6.5 Magic, Speculation, and Risk: Prognostication’s Modalities (Ballroom)

Chair: Jeffrey Kahn (University of California, Davis)

Lily Chumley (New York University), “State Power and Speculative Magic in Chinese Wealth Management”

Jeffrey Kahn (University of California, Davis), “(Im)moral Hazard: The Invisible Economy of the Haitian Lottery”

Natasha Schüll (New York University), “The Hidden Costs of Habit: Wearable Technology as a Sixth Sense”

Erica Robles-Anderson (New York University), “The Other Network Entrepreneurs: Notes on Multi-leveling Marketing”

6.E Fieldwork, Ethnography, and Collaboration (Part II) [Hotel School Classroom 198]

Chair: Fethi Keles (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh)

Nir Avieli (Middlebury College), “Collaborating with the Spirits and Gods: Ethnographers, Film Makers and Spirit Mediums in the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand”

Denene De Quintal (Independent Scholar) and Toni Ellen Weeden (University of Rhode Island), “After the Field: Examining Southern New England and the Indian Arts and Crafts Act. A Collaboration”

Fred Klaits (University at Buffalo), “‘Catch the Word’: Collaboration and Mistrust in Pentecostal Listening”

Fethi Keles (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh), “Ethnography as Mimetic Practice: Collaborative Encounters with Mobile, Playful, Pious, and Far-away Informants”

Anand Pandian (Johns Hopkins University), “Collaborating with the World at Hand”

Session 7 (10:15–11:45am)

7.1 SCA and Open Access: Where We Are and Where We Are Going (Roundtable) [Amphitheater]

Chair: Robert J. Foster (University of Rochester)

Participants: Dominic Boyer (Rice University); Marcel LaFlamme (Rice University); Kim Fortun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); Kizer Walker (Cornell University); Alberto Corsín Jiménez (CSIC)

7.2 Critique of Collaboration (Rowe Room)

Liron Shani (MIT), “Blurring Boundaries and Identities Between Advanced Biological Research Scientists”

Deniz Seebacher (University of Vienna), “‘Project to Become a UN Case Study’: Myth and Excitement in the Collaborative Creation of the Global Idea of CSR”

Matthew Canfield (New York University), “The Hegemony of Collaboration: Concealing Conflict and Constructing a New Economy in the Puget Sound”

Yoonjung Lee (KAIST), “Partners in Crime and Chain of Responsibility”

Daniel Segal (Pitzer College), “Difficulties of Interdisciplinary Collaborations: the Case of Anthropology and History”

7.3 Human Rights, Critique, Post-Humanism: Session in Honor of Terence Turner (Part II) [Yale/Princeton]

Chair: Jane Fajans (Cornell University)

Steven Sangren (Cornell University), “A Surfer’s View of ‘Mainstream’ Society: Ideology, Ontology, Critique”

Stuart Rockefeller (Columbia University), “Chicago Structuralism”

Roundtable Discussion: Daniel Reichman (University of Rochester); David Holmberg (Cornell University); Magnus Fiskesjö (Cornell University); Lêda Martins (Pitzer College); Steven Sangren (Cornell University); Stuart Rockefeller (Columbia University)

7.4 Technologies of Collaboration and Circulation (Taylor A/B)

Chair: Reginold A. Royston (University of Pittsburgh)

Jordan Kraemer (Wesleyan University), “Circulating Selfhood: Social Media and Emerging European Transnationalisms”

Reginold A. Royston (University of Pittsburgh) and Krystal Strong (University of Pennsylvania), “Key Moments in Africa’s Twitter, 2010-2015: Interrogating ‘Trending’ and Collaborative Knowledge Production in Africa’s Mediascape”

Natalie Hopkinson (University of Maryland, College Park and Interactivity Foundation), “Go-Go’s Cyber Mixtape: Collaboration and Knowledge Production as Regional Music Distribution Moves from the Streets to the Internet”

Alexandra Lippman (University of California, Davis), “Big Names: Tribute, Attribution, and Collaborative Circulation in Brazilian Funk”

7.5 Collaborative Social Justice Moments: A Multimodal Ethnographic Call-and-Response Performance Event (Participatory Ethnographic Theater Event) [Ballroom]

Participants: Debra Spitulnik Vidali (Emory University); Arjun Shankar (University of Pennsylvania); Mariam Durrani (University of Pennsylvania); Tali Ziv (University of Pennsylvania)

This event examines what it means and what it feels like to collaborate in a process of social justice reckoning, utilizing a range of ethnographic materials and dynamic frames of physicalization and copresence. The core methodology employed will be a form of participatory ethnographic theatermaking and embodiment, developed and facilitated by Debra Spitulnik Vidali. Session attendees will be engaged and on their feet during the event, collaborating in a dynamic process of exploration and creation through movement, embodiment, and spoken word. The core content will be ethnographic material brought in by camra 2016 organizers Mariam Durrani, Arjun Shankar, and Tali Ziv. camra, a research collective at the University of Pennsylvania, organizes an annual media festival that brings together scholars, media artists, students, and teachers across disciplines to examine experiments in multimodal research and public scholarship. This year’s festival focused on the themes of race, media, and social justice and during the event, camra organizers will share brief spoken-word pieces and short video clips from the festival as instigating and ambient content provocations. Frames to be used include: “This is what I saw.” “This is what I felt.” “This is me . . . next.” Additional content will be generated as session attendees react and respond to these short pieces within the framework of participatory ethnographic theatermaking and embodiment. In this sense, a collaborative process of social justice witnessing will be created in a multilayered and multimodal fashion. A call-and-response will be generated between body and vision, between creator and audience, between festival screenings and conference screenings, and between session attendees. Through this joint work, collaboration will be enacted by session participants as both object and process, all the while keeping in mind its relation to social justice and social change. Through the event’s iterative and dynamic format, copresence is converted into collaboration and collective ethnographic knowledge production becomes possible. The event is, in essence, a collaborative happening.

Committed participants should be present at the beginning of the session. Participants arriving later are welcome as observers. We will provide a hashtag to tweet the event and will later organize online documentary artifacts with these tweets.

7.E Collaboration, Pedagogy, Arts (Hotel School Classroom 198)

Cristiana Giordano (University of California, Davis) and Greg Pierotti (University of California, Davis and Tectonic Theater Project), “Performing Ethnographies”

Alison Diefenderfer (University of Pennsylvania and Northampton Community College), “Augmenting Collaborative Learning Environments: How Anthropology Principles Can Strengthen Online Course Design and Delivery”

Cristina Benedetti (The Ohio State University), “Community Collaboration and Organizational Stability: How Three Ohio Arts Organizations Manage Their Volunteer Reliance”

David Ayala-Alfonso (Art Center College of Design), “Unstable Connections: Decoding Experiences of Collaboration in Artistic Practice and Art Education”

Lunch (12:05–1:05pm) [Ballroom]

Buffet lunch provided in foyer in front of the Ballroom. Attendees may eat in the Ballroom. Please leave the Ballroom by 1:05pm so Statler Hotel staff has time to clean it before afternoon panels.

Session 8 (1:30–3pm)

8.1 Infrastructures of Collaboration (Rowe Room)

Chairs: Amy Robbins (Binghamton University) and Angela VandenBroek (Binghamton University)

Amy Robbins (Binghamton University), “The Museum as Laboratory: Experiments in Collaboration at GlassLab”

Carolyn Schwarz (Goucher College), “Working Together For God and Our Health: The Collaborative Engagements of Healthcare Sharing Ministries”

Katherine Johnson (University of Maryland), “Learning Through Collaboration: Failure as Inspiration”

Olivia Plante (Binghamton University), “Translating Phage Medicine”

Angela VandenBroek (Binghamton University), “Design by Committee: Learning from the Lore of Collaboration in Computer Programming”

8.2 Toward an Anthropology of Competition (Ballroom)

Chair: Tracey A. Rosen (Independent Scholar)

Talia Weiner (University of Chicago), “Crowdfunding Community Mental Health: On Public Abandonment and the Migrating Logic of Competition”

Tracey A. Rosen (Independent Scholar), “The Temporal Logics of Competitiveness and Crisis in Greece”

David L. Platzer (Johns Hopkins University), “The Autistic Advantage: Neurodiversity as Congenital Capitalism”

Discussant: Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

8.3 Making Up Anthropology: Objects (Part I) [Taylor A/B]

Chair: Matthew Wolf-Meyer (Binghamton University)

Jonah Rubin (University of Chicago), “Is Francisco Franco Still Dead? The Stubborn Materiality of Past Regimes”

Daniel Rosenblatt (Carleton University), “Self-Consciousness and Agency in Art and Culture”

Sarah Besky (Brown University), “Spaces for Labor

Katherine Martineau (Binghamton University), “The Grammar of Betrayal”

Kristin Bright (Carleton University), “Reading the Right Wing in Transnational Perspective: Towards an Anthropological Theory of Intimacy and Citizenship”

8.4 Architectures of Anticipation: Expert Collaborations and Mediations (Part I) [Yale/Princeton]

Chair: Vincent Ialenti (Cornell University)

Mariana Saavedra (Cornell University), “Narrating Entrepreneurial Kinship: Collaborative Expertise and the Crafting of Solutions Among Colombian Business-Owning Families”

Adam Leeds (University of Pennsylvania), “Metastases of Late Communism: Soviet Technological Futurology and the Political Economy of Stagnation”

James Macmillen (Cornell University), “Collaborative Futurity in Detroit’s Master Plan”

Anna Weichselbraun (University of Chicago), “Impossible Models of Cognition and Representation: Nuclear Safeguards Compliance Evaluation at the IAEA”

Lara Houston (Cornell University), “Unsettled Repair Tools: Anticipation, Collaboration, and the Death of the J.A.F. Box”

Discussant: Annelise Riles (Cornell University)

8.5 Collaborative Prototypes (Roundtable) [Amphitheater]

Chair: Cymene Howe (Rice University)

Participants: Dominic Boyer (Rice University); Craig Campbell (University of Texas at Austin); Kim Fortun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); George E. Marcus (University of California, Irvine)

8.E Ethnographic Transformations: From Friends and Family to Informants and Collaborators [Hotel School Classroom 198]

Chair: Terese Gagnon (Syracuse University)

Jacob Posega (Syracuse University), “Social Hierarchy in Non-Diadic Conversation: Collaboration Through Music and Research”

Jessica Posega (Syracuse University), “A Twofold Life History: Narrative Construction and Meaning Making with “Family’”

Ipshita Ghosh (Syracuse University), “The Personal as Political: Friends and Consultants in Anticorruption Movements in India”

Shaundel Sanchez (Syracuse University), “From Friend to Informant: Rethinking Methods in the Field”

Terese Gagnon (Syracuse University), “Turning the Earth of Relationships: Human-Plant Collaborations among Karen Refugee Friends Turned Consultants”

Session 9 (3:15–4:45pm)

9.1 “Wanting it Both Ways”: Frictions and Resonances in Dual-Degree Training (Rowe Room)

Chair: Josh Franklin (University of Pennsylvania)

Chuan Hao (Alex) Chen (University of Pennsylvania), “Fox v. Hedgehog: Using Architecture to Reflect on the Incommensurability of Physician Anthropologist Training”

Katherine Culver (University of Pennsylvania), “Courting Collaboration? Reflections on the Courtroom as Ethnographic Field-Site”

Josh Franklin (University of Pennsylvania), “‘You’d have to see with a whole different set of eyes!’: Critical Anthropology and Transgender Medicine”

Nick Iacobelli (University of Pennsylvania), “On Fieldnotes: The Collaborative Potential of Text in Prison Medicine”

Sara Rendell (University of Pennsylvania), “Collaboration as Convolution, Ethnographer as Apparatus”

9.2 The Limits of Collaboration (Amphitheater)

Chair: Saiba Varma (University of California, San Diego)

Chika Watanabe (University of Manchester), “Blurred Objects”

David Rojas (Bucknell University), “On the ‘Courage of Knowing’ and Amazonian Chains of Collaboration”

Gokce Gunel (Columbia University), “Subsurface Workings: The Production of Climate Change Policy in the UAE”

Saiba Varma (University of California, San Diego), “Surviving Collaboration, or Collaborating to Survive: A View from Kashmir”

Shana Colburn (Columbia University), “The IRB as Unexpected Collaborator: Institutional Frameworks, Power, and the Shaping of an Anthropological Project”

Can Dalyan (Cornell University), “Intimate Conservations: Seed Banking as Historical Narrative at the Turkish Seed Gene Bank”

9.3 Making Up Anthropology (Part II) [Taylor A/B]

Chair: Matthew Wolf-Meyer (Binghamton University)

Joshua Reno (Binghamton University), “Theory in Anthropology Since the Aughts: from Deconstruction to Necessary Possibility”

Elizabeth F. Hall (University of Toronto) and Todd Sanders (University of Toronto), “Experiments in Collaboration: Producing (Anthropological?) Knowledge on Global Change Science”

Jennifer Hamilton (Hampshire College), “‘Keep Calm and Collaborate’: Anthropology in its Collaborative Moments”

Lindsay Bell (SUNY Oswego), “Picturing the Arctic and Seeing the Future”

Matthew Wolf-Meyer (Binghamton University), “Embracing the Posthuman”

9.4 Architectures of Anticipation: Expert Collaborations and Mediations (Part II) [Yale/Princeton]

Chair: Anna Weichselbraun (University of Chicago)

Colin Halverson (University of Chicago), “Preemptive Ethics: Renegotiating Local Epistemologies in a Genomics Clinic”

Ignacio Farias (Munich Center for Technology in Society), “Devising Hybrid Forums: Technical Democracy in a Dangerous World”

Vincent Ialenti (Cornell University), “Ants, Forests, and Nazca Lines: Artifacts of Anticipation Among Finland's Nuclear Waste Safety Experts”

Britt Dahlberg (Chemical Heritage Foundation), “Collaborating Around Future Visions: Asbestos, Risk, and Hope in a Pennsylvania Landscape”

Discussant: Kim Fortun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

9.5 Performance Ethnography and Participatory Action Research in Puerto Rican Bomba Music and Dance (Performance–Ethnography Happening) [Ballroom]

Organizer: Halbert Barton (Long Island University)

This interactive performance–ethnography happening is organized around key elements of a Puerto Rican drum-dance music called bomba. The event will include an introduction to the basics of bomba (percussion, dance, and song) and create a beginner ensemble. This ensemble (even if co-imagined) will be used to provoke or enhance the role of bodily awareness in cultural learning (i.e., embodied ethnography) and the social positionality of the cultural analyst (research-as-performance). More broadly, it will seek to create the setting for a performed rendering of tensions between cogenerative praxis and intergroup collaboration in ethnographic research.

This instigation of an ethnographic performance of bomba's local theory of social positionality (“social space as a drum”) is informed by a twenty-five-year longitudinal inquiry between a formally trained ethnographer (a Mainland-born bilingual outsider with a history of local residence and extensive translocal cultural knowhow) and a group of Island-born young adults who entered the genre as local outsiders. The collaboration (although it was not conceived as such) initially took shape in a freestyle manner. Yet it created new outward-facing insider spaces that invited the public with an interactive performance mode called a bombazo. A few years of cogenerative activity, mostly in the San Juan metropolitan area, sparked a bombazo craze that swept the island and beyond. The bombazo is not a stage show but a community event in which (depending on the size of the venue) any number of people can participate. Participation can be expressed in a variety of ways, at any level of skill and physical ability (including small children, elderly, handicapped, and differently abled persons). The feature that continually draws the most attention is an agonistic dance style in which a solo dancer greets a lead drummer who is challenged to mark combinations of sounds on the drum that correspond to the dancer's freestyle movements, which themselves develop in a speech-like grammar and vocabulary. As action research, this performative ethnography germinated among young people who were curious about bomba but didn't know it well. Together, they mused about notions of cultural variability and possibility with an ethnographer on how to shake up a genre from a diorama-like narcosis. How could a genre, reduced to folkloric stage presentations by the late 1980s, be jolted into lively engagement?

9.E Moments and Movements: Collaboration and Ambivalence Across South Asia and the Fragmented Diaspora (Hotel School Classroom 198)

Chairs: Ross Freedenberg (Syracuse University) and Lars Rodseth (Syracuse University)

Cecilia Van Hollen (Syracuse University), Shweta Krishnan (Syracuse University), and Shibani Rathnam (Syracuse University), “Of Cells, Spirits, Stress, and Salt: Collaboration and Competition Across Four Healing Modalities for Cancer Treatment in South India”

Joanne Punzo Waghorne (Syracuse University), “Yoga and the Power of Togetherness in Sathsang in Singapore”

Lars Rodseth (Syracuse University), "The Pandit and the Pujari: Class, Collaboration, and Conflict among Guyanese Hindus in North America”

Ross Freedenberg (Syracuse University), “Heroic Desires: Agentive Temporalization, Collaboration, and the Kali Mai Ritual Sequence in Queens”

Retika Rajbhandari (Syracuse University), “The Politics of Distrust Among Nepali-Bhutanese Refugees Resettled in Upstate New York”

Travel and Transportation

Travel to and from Ithaca

Statler Hotel Airport Shuttle

The Statler Hotel and J. Willard Marriott Executive Education Center provides shuttle service to and from the Tompkins County Airport seven days a week. This service is only available to those staying as overnight guests at The Statler Hotel. Shuttle service is limited to one van, which accommodates ten individuals plus luggage. The conference organizers have emailed the reservation form for airport pickup and dropoff to all attendees. Please send all completed forms to Statler Hotel Reservations. The hotel is located on the campus of Cornell University at 130 Statler Drive, Ithaca, NY 14853-6901. Call direct: 607.254.2500. Fax: 607.257.6432. Web:

Arriving at Statler

For those staying at the Statler overnight, hotel check-in begins at 3pm and checkout is at noon. The Statler offers free access to WiFi and complimentary luggage storage for early arrivals and for after checkout.

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT)

Ithaca's local bus system ( has many buses that travel in and between Cornell University, Collegetown, Downtown (Ithaca Commons), and Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. Bus routes and schedules differ on Friday and Saturday due to weekend route and schedule changes. Bus fare is $1.50 and you must have exact change. The easiest way to navigate public transport is through TCAT’s online Trip Planner.  

Taxi Services in Ithaca

Taxis in Ithaca charge per person, not per ride. Often there are delays. Taxis may not pick up on schedule, especially when a large conference like the SCA spring meeting is in town. Taxis can be called for airport pickup and drop-off (usually about $18). For A+ Taxi, call 607.533.8294. For Collegetown Cab, call 607.588.8888. For Ithaca Dispatch Taxi, call 607.277.7777 or 607.272.3333.

Travel to Conference From Downtown (Ithaca Commons)

If you are staying overnight at Hotel Ithaca downtown, the hotel offers a free shuttle service to campus that leaves on the hour, but must be prearranged. The vehicle only seats six people, so it may not be the best option at busy times like the two mornings of the conference. Taxis are another option (see above). The closest TCAT bus stop is one block east on Green Street. On Friday, you can take TCAT bus #30 or #32. Both run every thirty minutes. Get off at the Statler stop on Cornell campus. Alternatively, bus #10 runs every ten minutes and leaves from the Seneca Street stop. If you are at Hotel Ithaca, walk north on Cayuga and take a right into the Commons and then a left on Tioga Street to find the Seneca stop at the corner of Seneca and Tioga Streets. If you take bus #10, get off at the Sage Hall stop on Cornell campus. The Statler is just across East Avenue. On Saturday, bus #10 does not run. Bus #30 leaves the Green Street towards Cornell campus every 30 minutes starting at 10:45am. Bus #32 leaves the Green Street towards Campus every hour on the hour starting at 7am. Bus #51 leaves Green Street toward Campus every hour starting at 6:35am. See for routes and a trip planner.

Walking Between Cornell/Collegetown and Downtown (Ithaca Commons)

It takes 30–40 minutes to walk from Hotel Ithaca downtown to the Statler Hotel conference site. Please be advised that the walk is on a steep uphill most of the way. From the Commons, you can walk North on Aurora Street to Seneca or Buffalo Streets. Walk up hill for five (very steep, long) blocks, take a left on Eddy St. and then a right on College Ave. Walk along College Avenue into campus, then take a right on Campus Road and then a left on Hoy Road. The entrance to hotel is at the end of Hoy Road.

Navigating Cornell

Almost all of the events at the spring meeting will take place on the Cornell University campus (see campus map [PDF]). Most conference events take place at The Statler Hotel. On Friday evening after the Schneider Lecture, there will be a reception in Biotechnology Building Room G10. These buildings are a 5–8 minute walk apart. If you have special needs and/or need assistance getting from The Statler Hotel to the Friday evening reception, please email the conference organizers at

Attendees are encouraged to explore the vast campus of Cornell, with its beautiful waterfalls, architecture, nature areas, and gorges. Popular areas for visitors include the Arts Quad, Libe Slope, Uris Library (specifically the A. D. White Library room), Sage Chapel, Myron and Annabel Taylor Halls (Cornell Law School), A. D. White House, Bill and Melinda Gates Hall, Beebe Lake Paths, the Pedestrian Suspension Bridge over Fall Creek Gorge, the Cascadilla Gorge Trail (heading downhill behind the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts), Risley Hall, and the Johnson Museum of Art. Maps of campus are available at the registration desk in the Statler Ballroom Foyer.

While Downtown (Ithaca Commons) is a much better spot for nightlife, bars, restaurants, and shopping, attendees might consider grabbing food or drink in Collegetown, which is right next to Cornell’s campus. That said, breakfast and lunch are included at the Statler Hotel for all meeting attendees. Also located in the Statler building are the Taverna Banfi Restaurant, Regent Lounge (bar), The Terrace Restaurant, and Mac's Café. There are eating options elsewhere on Cornell campus too. Check Cornell Dining Services for hours.

Other Campus Coffee and Food Options

  • Amit Bhatia’s Libe Café: a café/coffee shop in Olin Library
  • Atrium Café: a café in Sage Hall
  • Bear’s Den: a café and pub with great programs in the Ivy Room at Willard Straight Hall
  • Big Red Barn: a café and graduate/professional student community center
  • Bus Stop Bagels: breakfast and lunch bagels and coffee in Kennedy Hall
  • Café Jennie: a café and sandwich/pastry shop in The Cornell Store
  • Cornell Dairy Bar: a café featuring Cornell Dairy items in Stocking Hall
  • Green Dragon: a café/coffee shop in Sibley Hall
  • Goldie’s: a café in the Physical Science Building
  • Ivy Room: a food court in Willard Straight Hall
  • Martha’s Café: a café/deli in Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
  • Mattin’s Café: a café in Duffield Hall
  • Okenshields: an All You Care to Eat dining room in Willard Straight Hall
  • Rusty’s: a coffee shop in Uris Hall
  • Synapsis Café: a café in Weill Hall
  • Trillium: a food court in Kennedy Hall

Parking Information

Parking can be challenging on the Cornell campus. The Statler Hotel a d J. Willard Executive Education Center will provide parking for overnight guests (not those staying elsewhere) at a rate of $12.00 per car, per night plus applicable New York State taxes. The parking fee is subject to change without notice. Attendees not staying overnight at the Statler Hotel are encouraged to opt for other parking options, as the hotel has limited access to campus parking. Campus parking can be frustrating, complex, and expensive.

If you are not staying at The Statler Hotel and plan to bring your car to campus for a day or less, the daily parking permits may fit the bill. Short-term parking permits for one day or less are available for a fee from any information and parking booth (Monday–Friday, 7:30am–5pm) and the Cornell Transportation Services office at 116 Maple Avenue (7:30am–4pm). Booth #1 is located at 165 Hoy Road by the Parking Garage. Booth #2 is at 360 Tower Road by Stocking Hall. Booth #4 is on 311 Campus Road by Carpenter Hall. An all-day permit costs $10. A four-hour permit costs $6. Short-term permits are valid in designated areas, in the Hoy Road parking garage, residence hall lots FH, ND, SW, WD, and lots signed A, E, ME, O, R, WE; not valid in metered spaces or in loading zones. A limited amount of nonpermit parking is available after 5pm, including both parking garages and the north campus A lot.

There is also a parking garage on Dryden Road (near College Ave. intersection) in Collegetown near campus. In Downtown Ithaca (Ithaca Commons), there is a parking garage on Green Street and another on both Seneca and Tioga Street. Metered parking is available on the sides of Ithaca streets. Check signs to see if parking becomes free on nights and/or weekends.

For information about on-campus metered parking spaces locations, see this page. For more information about Cornell campus parking in general, see this page.

Conference Logistics

Continental breakfast will be provided to all conference attendees, at no cost, from 7:30am on Friday and Saturday in the Ballroom Foyer. Lunches will also be provided both Friday and Saturday in the Ballroom Foyer from 11:45am to 1pm. At the Friday reception at 7pm (Biotechnology Building G10), light appetizers will be provided alongside a cash bar.

LCD projectors and screens are provided in each room. Each room is equipped for audio. Panel chairs are responsible for providing laptops and connector cables for panelists’ PowerPoint presentations.

If you are bringing a child with you to the conference and need child care services, please email Cheryl Cox, the Front Office Manager at The Statler Hotel, at She will let Cornell students know about babysitting opportunities. This requires advance notice and cannot be guaranteed for last-minute inquiries. Please provide Cheryl with the number of children, ages, days and times for which a sitter is needed, etc. The babysitters are private contract and must be paid directly, not through the hotel; these services are not the liability of The Statler Hotel. The rate is usually $15/hour per sitter. Sitters can watch the kids in your hotel room, if that is best for you.

Special Thanks

  • Program Committee: Hirokazu Miyazaki, Chair; Robert Foster, SCA President
  • Conference Programming and Coordination Assistant: Vincent Ialenti
  • Cornell Volunteer Team: Rebekah Ciribassi, Vincent Ialenti, Can Dalyan, Emily Levitt, Mariangela Mihai, Rachel Odhner, Simon Posner, Mariana Saavedra, and Janet Smith