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The High Plains Society
Applied Anthropology

The High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology is a regional professional organization of university and college teachers, students, practitioners (government, private, consulting, etc.), community representatives, and others interested in using the tools of anthropology and related fields to solve human and environmental problems.

While founded and based in the High Plains region of the United States (a vast area encompassing the eastern Rocky Mountains and western Great Plains), we have members from throughout North America and the world. We share knowledge and build professional and personal connections through an annual conference and other meetings; a professional, peer-reviewed journal (The Applied Anthropologist ); an electronic newsletter and listservs; and this website.

2017 HPSfAA Fall Retreat

The High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology announces a call for papers, presentations, artistic performances, and workshops for the Fall Retreat. 

To be held from September 21-24, at Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center in Abiquiu, New Mexico. 

Delving into Local Knowledge, 

Beyond the Shoulders of the Road.

  Anthropologists and social scientists are often confronted with the incongruences between local and academic knowledge.  There are times when these two frameworks can be at odds with each other, while at other times they interlock like two connecting pieces of a puzzle. So, how can we as an academic society learn to better understand and overcome this problematic? 

  For many years now, HPSfAA has enjoyed Ghost Ranch and the surrounding region, yet many of us do not stray too far away from the gas stations and restaurants lining the highways on our drive down to Abiquiu. It is important to consider the impact we have as academics and practitioners on the communities we work with or visit as tourists and how we can learn from and contribute to local knowledge not just as academics, but as community members. 

  With this mind, we have decided to reflect on what we, as outsiders, have learned/experienced, or more importantly NOT learned/experienced about the area’s culture and ecology. How can we better integrate ourselves into the communities in northern New Mexico and the southern San Luis Valley?  What forms of local knowledge in other regions of the United States, from both academic and local perspectives, can we learn from and help contribute to our integration into this region? 

If you would like to contribute to the retreat via a paper, presentation, performance, or workshop, please send an abstract by August 31st to josef_garrett@hotmail.com, for consideration.

Many thanks and hope to see you there!

Dr. David Piacenti, President - HPSfAA

News Updates

Monday, April 10, 2017 8:52 AM • Anonymous

The Applied Anthropologist Journal Volume 36, Number 1-2 is now available! Visit this page or click this link to read the journal!

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