Presenters & Attendees

Proposal Submission Types

Executive Sessions
Proposals  Due: February 15
The 2014 AAA Executive Program Committee, in association with AAA President Monica Heller, will select a small number of executive sessions that speak directly to the conference theme and serve to engage the broad constituency of anthropologists and our interlocutors. We particularly encourage proposals that draw out anthropology's  shifting place in the world in the widest sense: conceptual, political, social, economic. Such sessions can be traditional panels with papers, but we also encourage these to take different formats (e.g. roundtables). The Executive Session proposals (and  these proposals only) should be submitted by Noon February 15.

Section Invited Sessions
Proposals  Due: April 15
Each AAA Section is responsible for  the organization of one or more innovative, synthesizing sessions intended to  reflect the state-of-the-art and the thematic concerns in the major subfields.  Members should work closely with the section program editors when planning  invited sessions. Session seeking invited status will follow the same  submission format as all AAA submissions. Invited status will be awarded during  the general review period after the April 15 submission deadline. To submit a  proposal for an invited session, go to www.aaanet.org and follow the links to  the call for papers. A session abstract of up to 500 words is required.  Participants are bound by the rules of the meeting and must submit final  abstracts, meeting registration forms and fees via www.aaanet.org by April 15.
 

Volunteered Sessions
Proposals  Due: April 15
All sessions must be submitted  online at www.aaanet.org. The organizer must select one appropriate section for  review. If accepted, the volunteered session will be listed as part of the  reviewing section's program. The program committee strongly urges members to  contact and work closely with section program editors and to follow the  guidelines:

     
  • The organizer is responsible for articulating the session theme and relevance in the session abstract. Each paper should reflect the session's concept. Poorly integrated groupings are subject to revision or distribution of papers to other sessions.
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  • Session presentations, discussion periods and breaks must be included in the proposal at the time of submission. A maximum of 15 minutes will be allotted for any single paper presentation, discussant, break or discussion period.
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  • Papers within a proposed session will be evaluated individually. Organizers should be prepared for the possibility that some proposed papers may be rejected and others substituted or added.
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  • LCD projectors will be provided for each scholarly session on the AAA program. Laptop computers will NOT be provided. Audiovisual equipment must be operated by the participant. No changes to the original audiovisual order submitted online may be made after April 15.
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  • Every participant included in the proposal, including paper presenters, roundtable presenters, chairs, discussants and organizers must be registered to attend the Annual Meeting by April 15 to  appear in the program.
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  • Organizers must limit proposals to one session, with a total scheduled time of 1 hour and 45 minutes (105 minutes).
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  • All paper or poster presentation proposals must be submitted via the AAA website.

To submit a session, go to  www.aaanet.org and follow the links to the call for papers. A session abstract  of up to 500 words is required. Meeting registration forms and fees must be  submitted for each participant. Submission deadline is 5:00 pm EST (10:00 pm  GMT) April 15.

 

Individually Volunteered Papers and  Posters
Proposals  Due: April 15
The program committee welcomes the  submission of individual papers and posters independent from organized  sessions. For evaluation purposes, the author of each individually volunteered  paper and poster must select one appropriate section for the review process. To  submit an individually volunteered paper or poster, go to www.aaanet.org and  follow the links to the call for papers. A paper or poster abstract of up to  250 words is required. Proposals must be accompanied by the meeting  registration fee. Deadline is 5:00 pm EST (10:00 pm GMT) April 15. Accepted  volunteered papers and posters will be grouped by the section program editors  into sessions around a common topic or theme. A maximum of 15 minutes will be  allotted for each paper presentation.

 

Retrospective Sessions
Proposals  Due: April 15
Retrospective sessions are new to  the AAA Annual Meeting Program in 2014. Retrospective Sessions are intended to  highlight career contributions of established leading scholars (for example, on  the occasion of their retirement or significant anniversary). To submit a  proposal for an invited session, go to www.aaanet.org and follow the links to  the call for papers. A session abstract of up to 500 words is required.  Participants are bound by the rules of the meeting and must submit final  abstracts, meeting registration forms and fees via www.aaanet.org by April 15.
 

Public Policy Forums
Proposals  Due: April 15
AAA's public policy forums provide a  place to discuss critical social issues affecting anthropology, public policy  issues of interest to anthropologists, and public policy issues that could  benefit from anthropological knowledge or expertise. They engage panelists (who  may or may not be anthropologists) and audience members in a discussion of  public policy issues to enhance the application of anthropological knowledge in  society at large. Recognizing that there are diverse perspectives on panel  topics, public policy forums seek to present balanced views to promote dialogue  among participants. Ideally, at least one policymaker will be included in each  forum.No papers are presented in public policy forums. The ideal format  includes a moderator and no more than seven panelists. Following introductions,  the moderator proceeds to pose questions to panelists as a group or  individually. Adequate time should be set aside at the end of each forum for  audience participation. Generally, each public policy forum is scheduled for  105 minutes. Since the dual purpose of the forum is to maximize discussion of  policy issues among the panelists and the audience, it is recommended the forum  be structured as follows: introduction (15 minutes); moderator-posed questions  and answers (60 minutes); and audience questions and comments (30 minutes).To  submit a public policy forum, go to www.aaanet.org and follow the links to the  call for papers. In the submission area, select "public policy forum"  under the session option. Refer your proposal to the AAA Committee on Public  Policy for review, not a section. When you complete the Session Structure Form,  identify the moderator and potential panelists and note that your time  allotment is 1 hour and 45 minutes. Submit an abstract of 500 words describing  the public policy issue to be discussed. The deadline for forum submissions is  5:00 pm EST (10:00 pm GMT) April 15.

Media Submissions
Proposals Due: April 15
The 2014 SVA/AAA Film, Video and  Interactive Media Festival will take place during the 113th AAA Annual Meeting.  As in the past, the Society for Visual Anthropology will select a jury of  anthropologists and film scholars to decide which submissions to include in the  festival and which among those will receive awards. SVA continues to welcome  interactive media work and also encourages short work that is under 15 minutes.  DVD formats are acceptable. Submitted materials will not be returned. Please  check the SVA website in early February for submission details, including  additional information on preferred formats. Submission deadline is April 15. Award  winners will be notified in the summer and clips of award-winning films may be  placed on SVA's website. For more information see the Society for Visual  Anthropology's website at www.societyforvisualanthropology.org.
 

Special Events
Proposals  Due: April 15
Special Events are business  meetings, committee and board meetings, workshops, food and beverage functions,  which will be scheduled as part of the special events program and are the  responsibility of the executive office. To avoid conflicts with scientific  sessions, most special events are limited to 1.25 hours and are scheduled  during the times 12:15–1:30 pm and after 6:00 pm. To submit a special event  proposal, go to the AAA homepage. Follow the links to the call for papers.  Workshop proposals must be submitted online by April 15. First priority in the  assignment of time and space will be given to AAA and Section business, board  and committee meetings. Other special events will be accommodated to the degree  possible. For events sponsored by organizations other than AAA Sections, there  is an administrative fee of $500 to cover costs of arrangements and inclusion  in the program. The Special Events Program will not accommodate panels, papers  or professional presentations that belong on the scientific program. To be  listed in the meeting program, special event proposals must be accompanied by  administrative fees at the time of submission.
 

Installations
Proposals Due: April 15

Installations (a remix and rebirth  of "InnoVents" and "Salons" introduced to the AAA Annual  Meetings program in recent years) invite anthropological knowledge off the  beaten path of the written conference paper. Like work shared in art venues,  presentations selected as part of the AAA Installations program will draw on  movement, sight, sound, smell, and taste to dwell on the haptic and engage AAA  members and meeting attendees in a diverse world of the senses. Presenters may  propose performances, recitals, conversations, author-meets-critic roundtables,  salon reading workshops, oral history recording sessions and other alternative,  creative forms of intellectual expression for consideration. Selected  Installations will be curated for off-site exhibition and tied to the official  AAA conference program. Successful proposals will offer attendees an  opportunity to learn from a range of vested interests not typically encountered  or easily found on the traditional AAA program. Installations are meant to  disrupt who and what we tend to see at the Annual Meetings, helping attendees  encounter new people and to do different kinds of things at the intersections  of anthropological arts, sciences, and cultural expression.
 

Section Invited and Volunteered Roundtables
Proposals Due: April 15

The roundtable provides a format to  discuss critical social issues effecting anthropology. No papers are presented  in this format. The organizer will submit an abstract for the roundtable but  participants will not present papers or submit abstracts. A roundtable  presenter is a major role, having the same weight as a paper presentation. All  organizers and roundtable presenters must register.


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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