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2017 Program Chairs

Representatives from each section, known as the Program Chairs, will facilitate the review of proposal submissions directed to the respective sections. As you prepare to submit your proposal for inclusion within the 2017 AAA Annual Meeting program, please peruse the information below to see what types of proposals sections wish to receive. If you have questions about the proposal topics and/or the award opportunities available, please feel free to contact the program chair(s) for the section in question.

The American Anthropological Association thanks the 2017 Program Chairs who will enhance the AAA Annual Meeting through the volunteering of their time.

Section 2017 Program Chair(s) Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported for the 2017 AAA Annual Meeting

Type Grants/Awards Presented
at the 2017 AAA Annual Meeting

American Ethnological Society (AES)

Roberto Gonzalez

Tristan Jones

The American Ethnological Society (AES) program review committee encourages submissions that explore connections between ethnographic specificity and theoretical originality and convey the relevance of the ethnographic imagination to the contemporary world. Topics can include studies of finance, affect, violence, citizenship, new media, post-socialism, popular culture, social movements, sexuality, transnationalism, the body, biomedicine, law, religion, neoliberalism, and many others.  AES is also interested in anthropological engagements with public debates on issues such as corporate social responsibility, global economic crisis, organ trafficking, internet neutrality, and the corporatization of universities.
  • Sharon Stephens Book Prize
 Anthropology & Environment Society (A&E)

Patrick Gallagher

Rebecca Witter

The Anthropology & Environment Society (A&E) program review committee for the AAA meetings invites submissions for sessions, papers, and posters pertaining to the broad spectrum of research on anthropology and the environment. Please visit our website for more information including examples of panels and events.
  • Julian Steward Award
  • Next Generation Award
  • Rappaport Graduate Student Prize
  • Junior Scholar Award
  • Poster Award
Archaeology Division (AD) Severin Fowles
Archaeology Division (AD) program review committee reviews abstracts on all topics implicating archeological evidence from the Paleolithic to the "contemporary past" (modern material culture), as well as theoretically driven abstracts grappling with questions of heritage, materiality, deep history, and the like.
  • Student Diversity Travel Grant
  • Student Membership Award
  • Poster Award
Association for Africanist Anthropology (AfAA)

Kristin Hedges

David Turkon

The Association for Africanist Anthropology (AfAA) program review committee encourages those who conduct research in and/or about Africa and/or the African Diaspora to submit through AfAA. Priority is given to submissions that are clearly written, timely, and relevant to the 2017 Annual Meeting theme, “Anthropology Matters!” We welcome your individual papers, posters, and organized sessions. We especially encourage submissions for roundtables. These are very popular as they focus on audience participation, which, AAA surveys have shown, is one of the most desirable experiences people hope to have at the meeting. N/A
Association for Feminist Anthropology (AFA)

Meena Khandelwal

Caroline Yezer

The Association for Feminist Anthropology is a section for the AAA which aims to foster the development of feminist analytic perspectives in all dimensions of Anthropology. The Association for Feminist Anthropology (AFA) program review committee encourages submissions that address issues around such topics.
  • Zora Neal Hurston Award
Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA)

Jessica Greenberg

Alejandro Paz

APLA seeks clear, cohesive, thoughtfully articulated collections that advance issues and debates from the full range of contemporary political and legal anthropology. Panels are selected based on the quality of their individual papers, their relevance to political and legal anthropology, and the coherence of the overall panel arrangement. We are open to creative and experimental ventures that take up political and legal issues in innovative ways and are committed to fostering collaborative dialogue across anthropological sub-disciplines. APLA also values engagement with applied fields. We recommend that submissions make the political and legal stakes of proposed panels and papers explicit. N/A
Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA) Vanessa Agard-Jones
AQA promotes anthropological research on queerness, broadly conceived, and welcomes proposals that focus on gender/sex systems, LGBTQIA world-building, and their intersections with race, class, ability, nationality, colonialism, and globalization. N/A
Association for The Anthropology of Policy (ASAP)

Carol MacLennan

The Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) focuses on policy in the widest sense, including the making of policy, the workings of policy, and the effects of policy. ASAP welcomes panels and papers that focus on policy in different areas (e.g., health, environment, security, economy, migration), in different places (whether within a particular country or region or more comparatively), at different levels (local to global), and in different sectors (governmental, non-governmental, corporate). Submissions may focus on policy formulation, implementation, or effects -- or all three intertwined. N/A
Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA) Bianca Williams
The Association of Black Anthropologists program review committee for the AAA meetings gives preference to abstracts focused on and that incorporate: African American (Black) and broadly African Diasporic experiences and cultural/historical practices and processes, anti-black racism (in its ideological and material manifestations), and current issues and concerns of African-descended people globally. All of these areas incorporate crosscutting issues such as gender, health, race/ethnicity, and political economy.
  • Johnnetta B. Cole Travel Award
Association of Indigenous Anthropologists (AIA) Terry Ketchum
Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists (ALLA)

Michael Montoya

Jennifer R. Najera

Jonathan Rosa

The Association of Latinx Anthropologists program review committee for the AAA meetings seeks abstracts focused on experiences and cultural/historical practices and processes of Latinx persons in the US as well as social and historical processes that impact Latinx communities. These issues include but are certainly not limited to current issues of migration and anti-immigration, creative responses to contemporary racisms and structural discrimination, and the fullness of intersecting experiences of gender, race, class, & sexual orientation. N/A
Association of Senior Anthropologists (ASA) Jim Weil
The Association of Senior Anthropologists program review committee gives preference to abstracts focused on anthropologists and anthropological work of the twentieth century, when Senior Anthropologists were developing their careers. N/A
Biological Anthropology Section (BAS) Adam Van Arsdale
The BAS is interested in any and all proposals, especially those which engage with the intersection of traditional biological approaches and the broader field of anthropology.
  • Howells Prize
  • Student Prize
Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS)

Margaret Buckner

Willie McKether

The Central States Anthropological Society program review committee for the AAA meetings is open to abstracts that focus on any of the four major subfields. However, preference is given to abstracts with research that focuses on the central states area. N/A
Council for Museum Anthropology (CMA) Carrie Heitman
The Council for Museum Anthropology's mission is to foster the development of anthropology in the context of museums and related institutions. CMA serves anthropologists and museum professionals.
  • CMA Student Travel Award
Council On Anthropology and Education (CAE) Kevin Foster
The Council of Anthropology and Education was founded in 1968 to advance scholarship on schooling in social and cultural contexts, and on human learning both inside and outside of schools. The mission of CAE is to advance anti-oppressive, socially equitable, and racially just solutions to educational problems through research using anthropological perspectives, theories, methods, and findings. The Council advocates for research that is responsive to oppressed groups.  Research that promotes practices that bring anthropologists, scholars from other disciplines, and educators together to promote racial and social justice in all settings where learning takes place.
  • The Shirley Brice Heath CAE Junior Scholar Travel Stipends
Cultural and Agriculture (C&A) Caela O’Connell
Culture&Agriculture (C&A) is concerned with agrarian systems, including horticulture, forestry, and fisheries, from a holistic, social science perspective. We encourage abstracts from all the subfields. We particular welcome submissions linking the work of academics, activists, and practioners
  • Support for Board members
  • Netting Award
  • Graduate/Undergraduate
Evolutionary Anthropology Society (EAS) Mary Shenk
The Evolutionary Anthropology Society (EAS) is a section of the AAA. We bring together all those interested in applying modern evolutionary theory to the analysis of human biology, behavior, and culture.
  •  Student Travel Stipend
General Anthropology Division (GAD) Juno Parrenas
General Anthropology; interdisciplinary; teaching and learning.  N/A
Middle East Section (MES)  

Bridget Guarasci

Sami Hermez

Yasmin Moll

The Middle East Section welcomes submissions for sessions on a wide-range of topics highlighting research in the region. These topics include, but are by no means limited to gender and sexuality, neoliberalism, citizenship, displacement, war and conflict, religion, and the environment.   N/A
National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) Ellen Puccia
NAPA sessions highlight topics of interest to practitioners, both outside and within the academy. As practitioners, we seek to apply anthropological perspectives, methods, and insights to better communicate, and to effectively enhance the lives, of those we serve.  N/A
National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA) Matthew Hale
The National Association of Student Anthropologists is a four-field network of students that addresses graduate and undergraduate student concerns and promotes the interests and involvement of students as anthropologists-in-training.
  • Emerging Leaders in Anthropology Awards
  • Carrie-Hunter Tate Award
Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS)  

Stephen Chrisomalis

Douglas Hume

Murray Leaf

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) seeks panels, posters, and individual papers that further the development of anthropological science as empirical knowledge based on testable theory, sound research design and systematic methods for the collection and analysis of data. We seek to fulfill the historic mission of anthropology to describe and explain the range of variation in human biology, society, and culture across time and space.
  • H. Russell Bernard Graduate Student Paper Prize
Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC) Karen Muir
The Society for Anthropology in Community College program chair for the AAA meetings gives preference to abstracts that are focused on the art of teaching undergraduates, including teaching methods or techniques, student viewpoints, and examples of specific classroom exercises or activities.  N/A
Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA) Kregg Hetherington

Mayanthi Fernando
SCA welcomes ethnographically grounded proposals informed by a wide array of theoretical perspectives and focused on both traditional and emerging topics in cultural anthropology, including theoretical issues, ethnographic methods and research design in historical perspective.
  • Cultural Horizons Essay Prize
  • Gregory Bateson Book Prize
Society for East Asian Anthropology (SEAA) Sealing Cheng
The Society for East Asian Anthropology program review committee seeks abstracts that explore issues of contemporary anthropological importance and relevance concerning East Asia--China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong--and other areas of the world as linked to East Asia.
  • Theodore C. Bestor Prize for Outstanding Graduate Paper
  • Francis L.K. Hsu Book Prize
  • David Plath Media Award
Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA)  

Jason Antrosio

Jessica Chelekis

The Society for Economic Anthropology focuses on connections between economics (systems of production, exchange, circulation, consumption) and other aspects of social and cultural life. These connections may be pre-historical, historical or contemporary. The section will entertain paper and session proposals that look broadly or narrowly at these issues. Last year, SEA-sponsored sessions covered topics such as: migration; solidarity economies; labor and exchange in urban spaces; homeownership and mortgage finance; entrepreneurial subjects; moral economies; disordered work and households; the politics of energy; offshore economies; and philanthropy.  N/A
Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA)  

Erik Aasland

Nicole Peterson

SHA welcomes a variety of poster, individual paper and panel proposals exploring the innovative and exciting work conducted under the broad rubric of humanistic anthropology. We are particularly interested in papers and sessions that interrogate the disciplinary boundaries of anthropology as a social science and make use of alternative, humanistic approaches, such as philosophy, history, and creative writing as well as humanistic inquiries in the area of digital anthropology.  N/A
Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA)  

Kiran Jayaram

Matthew Lebrato

Timothy Smith

The Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA) program review committee for the AAA meetings gives preference to abstracts focused on and incorporate: research based on the region and people of Latin America, including the Caribbean region and all lands south of the Rio Bravo and part of the greater transnational world to which Latin Americans are tied. Topics for panels, individually submitted papers, and posters are open, but the must have a connection to Latin American and the Caribbean.
  • The Whiteford Graduate Student Award in Applied and Public Anthropology
  • The Roseberry Nash Student Paper Award
  • The SLACA Book Prize
Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) Jennifer Roth-Gordon
The Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) program review committee for the AAA gives preference to abstracts focused on the ethnographically situated analysis of language use in its social and cultural context.  
  • Edward Sapir Book Prize
  • SLA Award for Public Outreach and Community Service
  • SLA Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Award
  • Annual Student Essay Prize

 For additional information about these awards and criteria, please view SLA’s external site. >> 

Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA)  

Mary Anglin

John (Juan) Luque

Cathleen Willging

Medical Anthropology is a subfield of anthropology that draws upon social, cultural, biological, and linguistic anthropology to better understand those factors which influence health and well-being (broadly defined), the experience and distribution of illness, the prevention and treatment of sickness, healing processes, the social relations of therapy management, and the cultural importance and utilization of pluralistic medical systems.  
  • Student Travel Awards
  • George Foster Practicing Medical Anthropology Award
  • MASA Mentorship Award
  • Eileen Basker Memorial Prize 
  • New Millennium Book Award
  • WHR Rivers Undergraduate Paper Prize 
  • Steven Polgar Professional Paper Prize
  • SMA Dissertation Award
Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA)

Elinor Ochs

The Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA) comprises a broad, multidisciplinary field that aims to advance understanding of subjective and sociocultural worlds and the interplay between them as they shape experience, behavior, and differential well-being. The Society welcomes organized panels, papers, posters, and cross-section submissions that address these topics.  N/A
Society for The Anthropology of Consciousness (SAC)  

Mark Flanagan

Sydney Yeager

The Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness  is grounded in the anthropological research while simultaneously extending the boundaries of academia by integrating multiple disciplines and forms of experience. We support rigorous and empirically-based inquiries into consciousness and engage ethnographic, scientific, experiential, historical, artistic and alternative ways of knowing. Conference participants represent a diverse and multidisciplinary gathering of scholars, artists, students, performers and consciousness-related practitioners.   N/A
Society for The Anthropology of Europe (SAE)  

Rebecca Bryant

Adam Kersch

Nicolette Makovicky

The Society for the Anthropology of Europe (SAE) program review committee for the AAA meetings gives preference to abstracts focused on contemporary problems related to European societies and cultures.  N/A
Society for The Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN) Abigail E. Adams
The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN) encourages research and exchange of ideas, theories, methods and scientific information relevant to understanding the socio-cultural, behavioral and political-economic factors related to food and nutrition.
Society for The Anthropology of North America (SANA)

Juli Grigsby

Jessica Lowen

Michael Polson

The Society for the Anthropology of North America program review committee for the AAA meetings gives preference to abstracts that focus on contemporary problems related to the North American context. This may encompass a variety of theoretical orientations, subjects, and methodologies, including, but not limited to: indigeneity, political economy, migration, race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ecology and the environment, social movements, violence, and pedagogy. We encourage experiential, innovative, and collaborative presentations that engage contemporary theory, as well as those that encompass applied and sub-disciplinary dialogue and practices.  
  • St. Clair Drake Student Travel Grant
  • Eleanor “Happy” Leacock Travel Grant

 View additional information about SANA’s travel grant opportunities. >> 

Society for The Anthropology of Religion (SAR) Hanna Kim
The Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR) program review committee for the AAA meetings gives preference to abstracts focused on any aspects of religion.  N/A
Society for The Anthropology of Work (SAW) Avram Bornstein
The Society for the Anthropology of Work (SAW) broadly examines the interaction of work with the other domains of social life across the planet. Tracking structures of power, and how they shape the lives of workers, is central to SAW. SAW gives preference to social, cultural and material analyses of workers, work life, and the organizations and communities that house such workers. Work is broadly defined to productive labor, whether it is paid or not, and the social contexts in which the work is done. Research that explores worker’s rights, and the changing nature of work is welcome.  
Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) Jeff Maskovsky
The Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) program review committee for the AAA meetings gives preference to abstracts focused on topics that engage the section’s mission and members’ research interests. These include urban life and the urbanization process (e.g., housing and homelessness, city planning, use of public spaces, transportation), nations and nationalism (e.g., borders national identities, security), and the processes of transnationalism and globalization (e.g., migration, immigration, refugees). These categories often incorporate crosscutting issues such as education and employment, gender, health, identity, kinship, nationalism, security and social movements.    N/A
Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA)  

Deborah Matzner

Maurita Poole

The Society for Visual Anthropology promotes the study of visual representation and media. Presentations, panels and posters involved in all aspects of production, dissemination, and analysis of visual forms such as film, video, photography, and computer-based multimedia that explore signification, perception, and communication-in-context, as well as a multitude of other anthropological and ethnographic themes are supported.  
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards
  • Joan S Williams Award of Excellence
  • SVA Film and Media Festival Awards


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