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Annual Meeting Call for Papers

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 2014aaaprogramchair@gmail.com. Please refer all other annual meeting  questions to AAA Meetings & Conferences staff at aaameetings@aaanet.org.


2014 Annual Meeting Submission Information
Executive Session Proposal Submissions will begin on January 15, 2014. All other submissions maybe submitted beginning on February 16, 2014.
Requirements for individuals and organizers for the 2014 Annual Meeting are found in chronological order, below. Please review in advance of beginning your submission to ensure you have all the necessary information for your proposal. Please be mindful of important submission deadlines.

Requirements for Executive Session Submissions
Panel Submissions – Due February 15, 2014
Submissions consist of two sets of information.
Organizers are responsible for submitting the first set: the session abstract (of no more than 500words), keywords, length of session, anticipated attendance, presenter names and roles.Organizers' membership must be current unless eligible for a membership exemption (anthropologists living outside of the US/Canada or non-anthropologists) and have registered for the 2014 Annual Meeting. Organizers must submit this information by Noon EDT on February 15, 2014.
Presenters are responsible for submitting the second set: their own individual abstracts (of no more than 250 words), paper title and keywords.Organizers are NOT able to upload individual abstracts on behalf of presenters on the panel. Presenters must be current members unless eligible for a membership exemption(anthropologists living outside of the US/Canada or non-anthropologists) and have paid registration for the 2014 Annual Meeting in order to upload abstract information.Presenters must submit this information by 5:00pm EDT Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
Discussants and Chairs must be registered by the April 15, 2014 final deadline in order to appear on the 2014 Annual Meeting Program.
Roundtable Submissions –Due February 15, 2014
Organizers are responsible for submitting the session abstract (of no more than 500 words), keywords, length of session,anticipated attendance, and presenter names.Organizers' membership must be current and must be registered for the 2014 Annual Meeting.
N.B.: Roundtable presenters do NOT submit individual abstracts.
Roundtable presenters, and chairs must have a current membership or membership exemption (available only to anthropologists living outside the US/Canada or non-anthropologists) and must pay registration for the 2014 Annual Meeting by the final deadline of April 15,2014 in order to appear on the program.

Requirements for Section Invited and Volunteered Submissions
Panel & Poster Submissions – Due April 15, 2014
Submissions consist of two sets of information.
Organizers are responsible for submitting the first set: the session abstract (of no more than 500 words), keywords,length of session, anticipated attendance, presenter names and roles.Organizers' membership must be current unless eligible for a membership exemption (anthropologists living outside of the US/Canada or non-anthropologists) and have registered for the 2014 Annual Meeting. Organizers must submit this information by 5:00pm EDT Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
Presenters are responsible for submitting the second set: their own individual abstracts (of no more than 250words), paper title and keywords.Organizers are NOT able to upload individual abstracts on behalf of presenters on the panel. Presenters must be current members unless eligible for a membership exemption (anthropologists living outside of the US/Canada or non-anthropologists) and have paid registration for the 2014 Annual Meeting in order to upload abstract information.Presenters must submit this information by5:00pm EDT Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
Discussants and Chairs must also be registered by the April 15, 2014 final deadline in order to appear on the 2014 Annual Meeting Program.
Roundtable Submissions –Due April 15, 2014
Organizers are responsible for submitting the session abstract (of no more than 500 words), keywords, length of session,anticipated attendance, and presenter names.Organizers' membership must be current and must be registered for the 2014 Annual Meeting.Organizers must submit this information by 5:00pm EDT Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
N.B.: Roundtable presenters do NOT submit individual abstracts.
Roundtable presenters, and chairs must have a current membership or membership exemption (available only to anthropologists living outside the US/Canada or non-anthropologists) and must pay registration for the 2014 Annual Meeting by the final deadline of April 15, 2014 in order to appear on the program.
Individual Paper or Poster Submissions
Presenters are responsible for uploading the individual paper or poster submission online.The submission must include the presentation title, abstract (of no more than 250 words), keywords, and co-authors (if applicable). Presenters must be current members unless eligible for a membership exemption (anthropologists living outside of the US/Canada or non-anthropologists) and have paid registration for the 2014 Annual Meeting by5:00pm EDT, Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

For information on Participation Rules and Policies click here.

For information on Proposal Submission Types click here.

For information on Roles and Responsibilities click here.

Program Contact Information
Communications about the program theme should be addressed to the 2014 program chairs 2014aaaprogramchairs@gmail.com.Please refer all other annual meeting questions to AAA staff in the Meetings& Conferences Department at aaameetings@aaanet.org or(703) 528-1902(703) 528-1902.


2014 Important Dates

January 15

Online abstract submission system opens for executive sessions only

February 15

Deadline for executive session proposals online at www.aaanet.org

February 16

Online abstract submission system opens for all proposal types

March 17

Decisions on executive sessions announced

April 15

Proposal deadline for all sessions, individual paper and poster presentations, media submissions and special events via www.aaanet.org. To be included in the 2014 AAA Annual Meeting program, participants must be registered by this date.

April 16–May 31

Section program editors review and rank proposals

June 1–15

AAA Executive Program Committee schedules program

July 1–15 ″ Program decisions emailed to applicants

Annual Meeting Program, registration and hotel information are posted online

December 3-7

2014 AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

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