The Central Florida Anthropological Society (CFAS) will serve as the host chapter for the FAS2021 meeting. CFAS is proud to announce the 2021 annual meeting and conference will be held May 21-23, 2020 in Lake Mary-Sanford-Orlando, Florida.
The theme for the 2021 conference is "Still Standing Strong."
After FAS2020 in Naples was cancelled because of the covid-19 health pandemic, organizers of FAS2021 wanted to choose a theme that would emphasize resiliency, tenacity, and our ability to overcome adversity. To reflect these goals, the theme chosen for FAS2021 is "Still Standing Strong."
The focal point of the artwork created to serve as the conference logo is the famous Senator tree. The Senator was a 3500-year old bald cypress tree that was the largest and oldest of its kind in the world before it was burned down by an arsonist in 2012. It was located in Big Tree Park in Longwood, Florida. The tree stood at over 125 feet tall, and it grew not far from what scholars believe was one of several high elevation points possibly utilized by indigenous peoples in the pre-contact period (and subsequently a mound). The tree burned to the ground, devastating Seminole County. But the Senator rose from the metaphorical and literal ashes as a clone of the original was created and planted in its spot in the park. The new Senator still grows proudly each day, representing the adversity that has been overcome by its predecessor's destruction.
As the host chapter for FAS2021, CFAS will be circulating the official Call for Papers in November 2020. Information about the venues and the conference hotel will be released in December 2020. Conference registration will open in January 2021. Calls for volunteers for the CFAS Host Committee will also go out in January 2021 for those who wish to help support CFAS's efforts in hosting the conference.
Lots of exciting information is still to come. Stay tuned!
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