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Listen, Learn, Change:

Celebrating Diverse Perspectives in Anthropology

74th Northwest Anthropological Conference


April 7-10, 2021

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About this year's theme:

The Pacific Northwest is a complex mosaic of voices which we as anthropologists must listen to, learn from, understand, and partner with. Anthropology has a history of taking these voices for granted or being oblivious to their existence. To challenge such tendencies and reiterate the intentional inclusivity that should characterize anthropological practice, the cancelled 73rd Northwest Anthropological Conference (NWAC) intended to focus on the importance of forming and celebrating inclusive partnerships in 2020. Although this conversation was interrupted, we ask our colleagues to continue to commit to creating a more connected and thoughtful future in 2021.


As anthropologists it is our privilege to attend NWAC every year. In 2021, we are asking our colleagues to forge spaces for inclusive dialogue. We want to be mindful to create spaces for the voices of the people we work with so that all attendees have an opportunity to engage in constructive, inclusive dialogue. Whether this kind of approach is already fundamental to your anthropological practice or not, we invite you to share your partnership experiences and aspirations at this conference by organizing sessions or presentations that open spaces for the many voices that we anthropologists must hear.

The Northwest Anthropological Association and NWAC 2021 planning committee acknowledge that our community is living through a tumultuous historic moment and we want to thank you for being with us in 2021. Our 74th NWAC will be hosted virtually April 7-10, 2021, and we hope that this year’s virtual format and theme bring more of our Northwest colleagues together than ever before.

We welcome all submitted abstracts and session proposals from archaeology, cultural anthropology, bioanthropology, and linguistic anthropology, regardless of theme, but we encourage you to consider exploring within or reflecting on this year’s theme and the role that building or sustaining inclusive partnerships may have in your work. 

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Thank You

NWAC 2021 Sponsors