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2014 Washington DC Annual Meeting

Announcement:  New Session and Presenter Policy Changes begin for the 2014 Annual Meeting.  Please read prior to submitting your proposal for the 113th Annual Meeting.

113th  AAA Annual Meeting Call for Papers

Producing Anthropology 
Washington DC, December 3–7, 2014 
Mary L Gray 
Rachel Watkins 
2014 Executive Program Chairs

Our  association’s history suggests that anthropology was an early adopter of an  alchemic interdisciplinarity. We are a scientific practice of multivocality,  committed to conversations across networks, interests, and perspectives.  Indeed, the American Anthropological Association introduced annual meeting  themes to the program in 1991 (the inaugural theme addressed Nationalism,  Ethnicity, Race and Racism), to underscore the discipline’s capacious potential  to confront challenges faced by “human societies throughout the world.” The  call for papers that year highlighted the planned participation of “[s]cholars  from several countries”, signaling a burgeoning awareness that the borders of  the United States did not and should not limit anthropological knowledge  produced at the meetings. Topics from subsequent years reflect the discipline’s  fault lines and doubts about our common legacies, affinities, collaborations  and future, even as we assembled to collectively apply what we know to the  struggles of humankind and our environment. No matter our individual position  on the nature of anthropological knowledge or how best to produce it, the  association’s members annually assemble to understand and transform the world  around us. 
Producing Anthropology, the 2014 annual meeting theme,  offers a provocation to examine the truths we encounter, produce and  communicate through anthropological theories and methods. As a discipline built  on blending archives of narratives, actions, sediment and bone, anthropology  has well-established methods for grappling with complex, multidimensional  artifacts. But what are our epistemological commitments to the ways we make  scientific knowledge today? What impact do our epistemic convictions and  predilections have, intended or not? What goals do we want to set for  ourselves? What partnerships should we build? What audiences should we seek?  And how will the truths we generate change as we contend with radical shifts in  scholarly publishing, employment opportunities, and labor conditions for  anthropologists, as well as the politics of circulating the anthropological  records we produce? 
Washington  DC, the host city for our 2014 AAA Annual Meeting, provides us with an  excellent venue for this pivotal conversation. It affords rich opportunities to  bring together political, cultural, and educational constituencies from the  city, the region, the United States, and the world. DC is also a center for  producing memories and narratives of humanity, culture, language, history,  prehistory and the natural world. It even serves as  the residence of a particularly well-known son of an anthropologist—Barack  Obama. 
In  addition to the familiar, productive formats of individual papers, organized  panels, screenings, roundtables and Section-sponsored events, we will work to  expand Installations—performances, recitals, conversations, author-meets-critic  roundtables, salon reading workshops, oral history recording sessions and other  alternative, creative forms of intellectual expression. We continue our efforts  to challenge how anthropology conceptualizes and experiences scholarly  communication, both deeply engaging local Washington DC audiences and extending  the reach of the meeting to those interested in joining the conversation from  afar. We hope these conversations will challenge what we take for granted as  anthropological ways of knowing, seeing and communicating our scholarship. 
Communications about the program theme should be addressed  to 2014 Program Chair Mary L Gray and Co-chair Rachel Watkins at Please refer all other annual meeting  questions to AAA Meetings & Conferences staff at

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