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What is Anthropology?

Photo - What is Anthropology?Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences. A central concern of anthropologists is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems. Historically, anthropologists in the United States have been trained in one of four areas: sociocultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology. Anthropologists often integrate the perspectives of several of these areas into their research, teaching, and professional lives.

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Call for Late-Breaking Presentations

AAA is accepting a limited number of late-breaking sessions for the 2016 Annual Meeting that are topical, timely, and especially relevant to current events.

Late-breaking abstracts will be accepted for individual presentations or for highly coherent organized panels with up to 7 individual presenters. The submission portal will close at 5:30 p.m. ET on September 16.


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