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Welcome to the 2010 Generative Anthropology Summer Conference (GASC) website! GASC 2010 is the fourth in a series of annual academic conferences dedicated to Generative Anthropology, a minimalist theory of the human that seeks to understand language, religion, art, and all other forms of cultural phenomena as emerging and evolving from a hypothetical scene of origin.

Our theme this year is The Anthropology of Modernity: The Sacred, Science, and Aesthetics, but we welcome papers on any topic related to Generative Anthropology. Please see the Call For Papers page for more details.


Conference Time and Place

June 24-26, 2010, at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Brigham Young University is co-hosting the conference and selected activities will be spent at their Provo campus, located south of Salt Lake City. Bus transportation will be provided.


Keynote speakers

Professor Vincent Pecora, from the University of Utah and author of Secularization and Cultural Criticism: Religion, Nation, and Modernity (Chicago, 2006) and Professor Eric Gans of UCLA, who developed the central theory of Generative Anthropology in a series of books and essays, beginning with The Origin of Language (California, 1981) and including a volume treating Science and Faith (Rowman & Littlefield, 1990).

It is our pleasure to welcome you to beautiful Salt Lake City, whose many summer attractions we highlight in the pages that follow. Please contact us with any questions you may have; and, for more information on Generative Anthropology, visit anthropoetics.ucla.edu.