University of Idaho to Host 64th Annual Northwest Anthropological Conference

Wednesday, April 13 2011

By Donna Emert

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology will host the 64th Annual Northwest Anthropological Conference Thursday through Saturday, April 21-23.

The event will be held at the University Inn Best Western, 1516 Pullman Rd. in Moscow.

The theme of the 2011 conference is “Common Ground,” emphasizing that anthropological research often requires partnerships across disciplines and with diverse stakeholders outside the field, including governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, Native American tribes, businesses and the public.

Successful collaboration requires finding a common ground between multiple stakeholders' perspectives, agendas, and beliefs, said 2011 Conference Chair Laura Putsche.

Input from diverse stakeholders is vital to anthropologists, allowing them to identify and address a wider range of questions and issues. The conference will focus on how building those relationships results in a broader knowledge base.

“When we collaborate with people in the communities where we do our work, research and projects are more likely to be relevant to and stimulate dialogue among the many interest groups and publics we serve,” said Putsche.

Papers, posters and symposia that address collaborative research and projects will be featured at the event. It also will include presentation of other anthropological studies.

A schedule of events is available on line at schedule temp.pdf.

Additional information can be found on the conference website,, or by contacting Putsche at or by phone at (208) 885-6189.
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