Message from the SWAA President
University of La Verne
The 86th Annual SWAA Conference will be held from May 1–2, 2015 at the
Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. This is truly a venue like no
other. This extraordinary piece of history reminds us of the long-term ties we
have to globalization and human migration. How many thousands of stories
unfolded on her decks? Books have been written on this topic, and even Westways,
the magazine of the Automobile Association of Southern California, featured a
lively recounting of her drama and charms in their September 2014 issue.
Technology, tourism, class, historical and cultural nostalgia, and even a few
hauntings are among the many themes evoked by this venue.
The theme of the conference will be ‘Voyages: Past, Present and
Future.’ What voyages has anthropology taken us on, and where is our
Welcome to SWAA
The Southwestern Anthropological Association (SWAA) is a regional association
of academic and applied anthropologists and students in the southwestern states
of California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Our members do research in all areas of the world and include social-cultural
anthropologists, linguistic anthropologists, archaeologists, biological
anthropologists, and applied anthropologists in all fields.
Our goals are to encourage innovative research and to promote public interest in
all varieties of anthropological inquiry.