SAC 2016 Annual Conference Schedule

SAC 2016 Annual Conference

“Wisdom Sits in Places:” Place, Space, and Consciousness

Annual Meeting March 31 – April 2, 2016

Location: University Place hotel and Conference Center

310 SW Lincoln Street, Portland, OR 97201
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thursday March 31, 2016

Thursday Morning

9:30                             Check-in


10:00 – 10:45           Opening Ceremony and Welcome with the Wolf Spirit Singers


11:00 am – 12:30    Colonialism and Community Identity:  Geopolitical, Indigenous, and Archaeological Implications of Space

Session Chair: Lee Gilmore

  •  Julia K. Bilek: “Crossing and Dwelling”: Episcopal Hogans in Navajoland
  • Alexandra Peck: Tamanowas Rock, Intertribal Conflict, and Settler Colonialism: A Sacred Coast Salish Site in Northwestern Washington and Its Contemporary Implications for Historical Archaeology
  • Lee Gilmore: Turn the World Upside Down: Indigenous Activists at the Parliament of the World’s Religions


12:30 – 2:00                LUNCH


Thursday Afternoon

 2:00 – 3:30   Mapping Individual and Cultural Space: Occultism, Inner Ecology, and Embodied Cognition

 Session Chair: Sharon G. Mijares

  •  David Miller: Biocultural Bases of Places and Spaces
  • Sharon G. Mijares: Inner Ecology and Liminal Spaces
  • Brian Bartelt and Mr. Njakoi John Bah: Making the Invisible Visible: The Epistemology of Spatial Experience and the Efficacy of Occult Phenomena in Cameroon.


3:30 – 4:00        BREAK


4:00 – 5:30   Creation & Consciousness:  Paleolithic, Archaeological, & Human-Centered Mappings of Place and Space

 Session Chair: Andrew Gurevich

  • Benjamin Campbell: Consciousness and Place Making in European Paleolithic Cave Art
  • Mark Thomas Shekoyan: Partnering with Anima Mundi: From Enframing to Co-Creative Partnership through Shamanic Biomimicry
  • Andrew Gurevich: The Wisdom of THIS place: The Paisley Caves and the Origins of Symbolic Consciousness in North America


6:00 – 7:00     SAC Board Meeting



Friday April 1, 2016

Friday Morning

9:30        Check in


10:00 – 11:30    Landscapes of Transformation – Encountering the Sacred

Session Chair: Bryan Rill

  •  Nancy Grace: Music and Ecopsychology: Making Place Through Sound in Space
  • Dennis L. Merritt: The Soul of Glacier Country
  • Bryan Rill: Making Sacred the Mundane: Transforming the Mountain


11:30 – 1:30            LUNCH


Friday Afternoon

 1:30 – 3:00       Romancing the Philosopher’s Stone: Romantic, Pyrotechnic, & Architectonic Perceptions of Place

Session Chair: Jordan Burich

  •  Jordan Anthony Burich: Fire In the Mind: Kindling a Discourse On the Role of Pyrotechnics In Physical and Cultural Evolution
  • John (Sean) Hinton: Subconscious Aspects of Place: Positivistic vs. Romantic Views of Place and Consciousness
  • el-Sayed el-Aswad, United Arab Emirates University: Architectonic Space and Cultural Identity: A Case Study of the United Arab Emirates


3:00 – 3:30     BREAK


3:30 – 5:15      Session: Sacred Spaces of the Academic Mind

Session Chair: Jeff MacDonald

  • Matthew Bronson: “Your Rubric Caged My Songbird”: Reclaiming Assessment as a Sacred Space of Reflection
  • Jeff MacDonald: Recreating Sacred Space among Refugees
  • Timothy J. Lavalli: Spaces Seldom Considered Sacred
  • Mira Z. Amiras: Walk through that door, and something will emerge


Friday Evening

 7:30 – 8:30    Ceremony: Sabbath Ritual/Lighting of Candles with

Mira Z. Amiras




Saturday, April 2, 2016

 Saturday Morning

9:30                    Check in


10:00 – 11:15    The Wisdom of Shamanic Initiations

Session Chair: Andrew Gurevich

  •  Susan Ross Grimaldi and John R. Lawrence, Jr.: Traveling in Tandem to Invisible Places: A Video Presentation


11:15 – 11:30      BREAK



11:30 – 1:00       Zen & the Art of Cultural Healing: Navigating Community and Cultural Boundaries through Human Ritual and Social Action

Session Chair: Justin Panneck

  • Tara Gallagher: The Shamans of Riverwest: The Anti-power of Community Radio in Social Action
  • Justin Panneck: Migratory Ascension and Human Potential: Decoding the Wisdom of Culture
  • Donna Emsel Schill: Corporeal Navigation and Human Potential


Saturday Afternoon


1:00 – 2:30       LUNCH


2:30 – 4:00       Death and Resurrection:  Exploring Mythological and Virtual Concepts of Death and Crisis

Session Chair: Sydney Yeager

  •  Greg Wright: The Sea of Trees of Suicide, Mental Health, and Place in Japan’s Aokigahara
  • Sydney Yeager: Making Sacred in Virtual Space
  • Stanley Krippner: Anomalies and Stigmatic Activity in Brasilia


Saturday Evening

6:00 – 7:00         Keynote Address  – Tina Fields, PhD                                       

“I am He as You are He as You are Me, and We are All Together”— Fostering Ecopsychological Relationship with Place

 7:00 – 9:00        Closing Dinner and Celebration