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The theme for the 41st Annual HSA Conference is "Acts of Protest: Protectors, Peoples, Places, and Practices." This conference seeks to examine the ways in which acts of resistance have shaped social interactions and provoked social change. We welcome all presentations that honor this theme, paying particular attention to sociological research and teaching conducted in an island context.










We are thrilled to have as our brilliant keynote speaker, the "gem" of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UHH) Dr. Tarisi Vunidilio. Dr. Vundilio, assistant professor in Anthropology is an expert in indigenous archaeology and a former student of UHH. Dr. Vunidilio oversees multiple research initiatives at UHH in addition to numerous side projects in language revitalization and art intervention to raise environmental awareness. When Dr. Tarisi returned to UHH, she recruited anthropology seniors Shania Tamagyongfal and James Papa to help study the artifacts. Dr. Tarisi explained that the big picture is all about adding more information to Hawaiian archaeology. “As a professor, I really welcome the students volunteering to do this work and I know they are learning new skills like identifying the different artifact materials whether it is wooden or bone or ivory. For these students it is the beginning of an amazing journey.” The common thread that runs through her work is a passion for connecting and sharing the histories of places, artifacts, and indigenous people, with her students and the community and world.












Additionally, we are honored to have Dr. Valli Kalei Kanuha, the "pearl" of the University of Washington, the Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and a senior lecturer, as our special plenary speaker. Dr. Kanuha was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaiʻi in the 1950s. She is the daughter of a Native Hawaiian father and Nisei mother. For the past 45 years, Dr. Kanuha has been an activist, therapist, consultant and researcher with a focus on gender violence against women and children, and the intersection of race/ethnicity and gender and sexual identity. Her research and community interests include development of a Native Hawaiian culturally-based, domestic violence program; interventions for children who have experienced domestic violence in the home; intimate violence in women's same-sex relationships; and transformative and alternative, community-based justice innovations to address interpersonal violence.

Conference Registration: December 2, 2019

Registration Deadline: February 14, 2020

Paper Submission Deadline: December 20, 2019

Student Paper Award Application: January 17, 2020

Undergraduate Student Poster/Artwork Award Application: January 17, 2020