The 53rd Annual Arkansas Sociological and Anthropological Association (ASAA) Conference Meeting will be held on November 10, 2023, at the Leadership Lounge in the Donaghey Student Center. This year’s theme is “All Too Easy? Magic, Technology, and Society.”
The social changes resulting from the emergence of technology are consequential. Technological advances from an information society mobilize social life and embody various social implications on individuals’ experiences of life, which all cannot be simply measured by the dichotomous – dimension of “good” or “bad.” How is technology similar to magic? The theme focuses on the analysis of the knowledge, practices, and social interactions of humans and nonhumans, including but not limited to animals, spirits, cyborgs, robots, and artificial intelligence.
Professional scholars, practitioners, and students in sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice from universities, colleges, and professional institutions across the state will present their work at the meeting. The purpose of ASAA is to promote and foster the highest level of education and scholarship in areas related to sociology, anthropology, and criminology among interested academic, professional, and student communities in the state.