World on the Edge Vancouver, Bc 2006
March 28-April 2 * Hyatt Regency Hotel
The 65th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology will convene in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 28-April 2,2006. The meeting theme-"World on the Edge" -is particularly appropriate, given Vancouver's geographic location and cultural diversity. The city is at the edge of North America and serves as the dominant gateway to the Pan-Pacific Region. As such, it provides a real as well as a metaphorical platform for assessing the central forces that are shaping our world-globalization, multiculturalism, boundaries and borderlands, population migration, and development.
Vancouver has served as a crossroads for diverse ethnic groups, from the peoples of the First Nations to its most recent Asian immigrants. The cultural richness of British Columbia rests in part on a national tradition of tolerance and public policy that emphasizes cultural and ethnic pluralism.
The 65th Annual Meeting invites papers to explore how these forces push populations to "the edge"-of their environment, their culture, their political autonomy. We seek to understand more precisely how culture and identity may be maintained in multicultural settings. We want to learn more about the tools people employ to preserve family structures, health, and nutritional behaviors, as people cross boundaries and leave traditional homelands.
The migration of populations has serious implications for labor markets. Migration also influences the spread of epidemic disease and highlights health disparities and class inequities within a society. …