We are organizing a roundtable discussion regarding Human Rights and Social Justice (HRSJ) for the upcoming Society for Applied Anthropology annual meeting in Seattle from March 29-April 2. The primary focus of the discussion will be on HRSJ as it relates to immigrant populations. We would also like to incorporate discussion on how to deal with HRSJ issues as they arise in the field.
Given recent legislation affecting immigrant populations, how do we as anthropologists/social scientists address the implicated and potential HRSJ and civil rights issues? How do we promote awareness of these issues to both political leaders and the general public? What is our role in the field when we witness human rights violations and social injustices? When and how do we balance relativism and activism?
We are looking for speakers to lead the discussion and address questions. Each speaker will be given approximately 5 minutes to discuss their background and experience with HRSJ work, then we will open the panel for questions. Please submit a brief statement regarding your HRSJ work to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 5, 2010. We hope to include 5 speakers from differing backgrounds and experience to generate a lively discussion.
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