Joint Society of Ethnobiology & Society for Economic Botany Conference,
May 11-14, 2014
Cherokee, North Carolina
We are excited to announce the first joint conference between the Society of Ethnobiology (SoE) and the Society for Economic Botany (SEB) (www.econbot.org) in Cherokee, North Carolina, from May 11-14, 2014. The theme for the upcoming conference will be "The Energy of People, Places, and Life."
Arrival and opening evening reception will be held on Sunday, May 11. Papers, posters, and workshops will be held on Monday-Wednesday, May 12–14. The closing Banquet will be Wednesday evening, May 14. Optional one-day field trips are expected to run on Thursday, May 15, as well as two-day trips on Thursday-Friday, May 15–16. Field trips will most likely end back at Asheville (stay tuned as plans develop). The Council/Board meetings will be held on Sunday, May 11.
We have booked a room block at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort (http://www.harrahscherokee.com/) for the very reasonable price of $99/night single or double occupancy (each additional person for $10 more, up to 4 maximum/room) plus a combined 10.5% Tribal Levy/Occupancy Tax (i.e., $109.40/night, tax included). The code to use for this rate is S05SEBE. We will convene in the Conference Center at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, which is an enterprise of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Although there are other hotels in the area (but no sidewalks), we encourage membership to help us fill our contracted room block for Sunday-Wednesday nights. Information on how to make a reservation will be posted on the conference website. If you are interested in sharing accommodations please visit the Room Share Message Board to find roommates.
We anticipate a fully blended conference that builds on the energy sparked by each membership. As always, we will provide reduced conference rates and the possibility of working at the conference to reimburse registration for students.
Participants who fly in to Asheville (AVL), NC, located 58 miles away, will have access to affordable shuttles to and from Cherokee. Otherwise, Cherokee is 119 miles from Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP), 164 miles from Charlotte (CLT), and 171 miles from Atlanta (ATL) airports. Access to the airport at Knoxville (TYS), 77 miles away, may not always be practical due to crossing the mountains.
We encourage people to take this opportunity to stay and explore this beautiful area, although if you plan to stay on a Friday or Saturday night you will probably want to switch to a different hotel in the area (Harrah’s weekend rates are very high).
Here are some additional links to whet your appetite and facilitate planning for this visit:
- Cherokee, NC http://visitcherokeenc.com/
- The Museum of the Cherokee Indian http://cherokeemuseum.org/
- Cherokee Adventure (buy advanced tickets) http://cherokeeadventure.com/
- Oconaluftee Indian Village http://cherokeeadventure.com/things-to-see-do/#oconaluftee
- Qualla Arts & Crafts http://www.quallaartsandcrafts.com/
- Warriors of AniKituwah http://www.cherokeemuseum.org/html/anikituhwa.html
- Western North Carolina Attractions http://www.westernncattractions.com/
- Asheville, NC http://www.exploreasheville.com/
- Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC http://www.biltmore.com/