Thinking Beyond the Critical/Applied Dichotomy

The Interest Group for NGOs & Nonprofits is excited to welcome you to our third biennial conference later this month. As in previous years, our meeting will immediately precede the annual AAA Meetings to defer travel costs for attendees. This year’s conference will be an all-day event held at American University in Washington, DC on Tuesday, November 28th.  Click here to register for the conference. Registration will cover breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack, and coffee on the conference day, as well as appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages at an informal happy hour the evening before the conference (see below for further details).  Please note that we will not be accepting day-of registrations in order to preserve the flow of the conference and to ensure that we have sufficient food and coffee prepared for our participants.

 

**Preliminary** schedule, more details to follow shortly! Please stay tuned!

 

Monday November 27
Networking Happy Hour
Tryst Cafe (Adams Morgan)
5:30-9pm
Come enjoy light fare and build our interest group!
 
Tuesday November 28 – 3rd Biennial NGO and Non-Profits IG Conference
8-8:30am Check in/coffee/pastries 
8:30-9am Opening remarks/welcome 
9:05 – 10:35 (90 min)  Breakout 1  (2 panels)
10:40 – 12:10 (90 min) Breakout 2  (2 panels)
12:15-1:30 (75 min) Lunch  (mentoring lunch)
1:45-3:00pm (90 min)  Roundtable/Workshop breakout 
3:10 – 4:40pm (90 min) Breakout 3  (2 panels)
5:00-6:30 Keynote: Dr. Adia Benton & Closing Remarks

 

Conference Theme

 

The theme of this year’s conference is Thinking Beyond the Critical/Applied Dichotomy (click here for the Call for Papers).  The topic was carefully chosen in response to questions, critiques, and long-standing conversations that have taken place among our broad membership, who have expressed great interest in exploring not only what NGOs and nonprofits are, but what spaces, places, and roles that NGOs and anthropologists play in each others’ interactions. 

 

As more anthropologists take on untraditional roles throughout and following our research, we, as a group, need to probe this complex interplay, both to solidify ourselves as anthropologists of NGOs and Nonprofits and to collaborate to move intellectual conversations about the ever-changing ecology of NGOs as entities and “NGO-ing” (Schuller) as actions forward.

 

 
Please send any questions regarding the conference or the Interest Group to [email protected].