AAA 2014


We are soliciting proposals for one panel and one “installation” (see below) to be officially affiliated with MSIG at AAA 2014 in Washington, D.C.  If accepted, they will be listed as “organized by MSIG” in the program, but we will give the actual organizers credit for their work when we advertise.  As an interest group, we cannot guarantee acceptance, but having MSIG affiliation will enable us to turn out a good crowd.  We especially encourage you to consider organizing a AAA Installation, which is a unique opportunity to foreground musical/sonic performance and media.  Your proposal should consist of a draft session title and abstract (under 500 words) and a complete list of confirmed participants with their affiliations.  You should send it to with PANEL PROPOSAL or INSTALLATION PROPOSAL in the subject line.  We will be looking for proposals with broad relevance for cultural studies of music and/or sound.  Our MSIG deadline for proposals will be March 25.  The final deadline for submitting all proposals to AAA is April 15.


What are AAA Installations?

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.

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