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2018 Section Program Chairs

Representatives from each section, known as the Section Program Chairs, will conduct the peer review of proposal submissions directed to their respective section. As you prepare to submit your proposal for inclusion within the 2018 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.

Section Program Chairs are responsible for peer reviewing the following proposal submission types that are submitted to their section for primary (and sometimes, secondary) review:

The American Anthropological Association thanks the 2018 Program Chairs who will enhance the AAA Annual Meeting through the volunteering of their time. 
Curious about what the peer review process entails? Learn more. >>

Section 2018 Program Chair(s) Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported for the 2018 AAA Annual Meeting

Type Grants/Awards Presented
at the 2018 AAA Annual Meeting

American Ethnological Society (AES)


Katherine McCaffrey



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, environment, technology, new media, post-socialism, popular culture, social movements, human rights, 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 accountability, global economic crisis, climate change, state violence, internet neutrality, and the corporatization of universities.
  • AES Senior Book Prize
 Anthropology & Environment Society (A&E)


Patrick Gallagher

Lizzy Hare             


The Anthropology & Environment Society (A&E) program review committee for the AAA meetings invites submissions for sessions, papers, posters, and roundtables 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) Jason De Leon   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. AD is especially interested in submissions that engage with the themes of resistance, resilience, representation, inequality and equity, gender, race, materiality, and inter-disciplinarity. 
  • AV Kidder Award (Southwest archaeologist)
  • Willey Prize
  • Student Diversity Award
  • Student Membership Award
  • Learn more. >>
Association for Africanist Anthropology (AfAA)


David Turkon     

Kristin Hedges    



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 2018 Annual Meeting theme, “resistance, resilience, and adaptation.” AfAA welcomes individual papers, posters, and organized sessions. AfAA especially encourages 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.
  • Elliott P. Skinner Book Award
  • Bennetta Jules-Rosette Graduate Student Essay Award
  • Nancy “Penny” Schwartz Undergraduate Student Essay Award
  • Learn more. >>
Association for Feminist Anthropology (AFA)

Meena Khandelwal

Eda Pepi             

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.
  • The AFA Dissertation Award
  • The Zora Neale Hurston Travel Award
  • The Sylvia Forman Prize for Outstanding Graduate Paper
  • The Sylvia Forman Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Paper
  • The Senior Book Prize in Feminist Anthropology
Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA)

Alejandro Paz

Firat Bozcali 

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. APLA is 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. APLA recommends that submissions make the political and legal stakes of proposed panels and papers explicit.
  • 2018 APLA Book Prize
  • 2018 APLA Graduate Student Paper Prize
  • Learn more. >>
Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA)

Erin Durban-Albrecht

Anahi Russo Garrido

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.
  • Ruth Benedict Prize
  • Kenneth Payne Prize
  • Career Achievement Award(s)
Association for The Anthropology of Policy (ASAP)

Paul Stubbs            

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 encourages proposals that examine the African Diaspora and Black culture as well as the experiences of peoples of color and narratives of marginalization, resistance and empowerment.
  • Johnetta B. Cole Student Travel Award
Association of Indigenous Anthropologists (AIA)

Richard Meyers

Terry Ketchum

AIA is accepting all types of proposals for 2018 Annual Meeting Program consideration. N/A
Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists (ALLA)

Jonathan Rosa  

Jennifer R. Najera

Rosalyn Negron 


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.
  • Graduate Student Paper Prize
  • ALLA Book Prize
  • Distinguished Career Award
Association of Senior Anthropologists (ASA)

Jim Weil

Maria-Luisa Achino-Loeb

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. ASA emphasizes "living history" (history as personally experienced and its application to current issues) and encourage the collaboration of younger colleagues. N/A
Biological Anthropology Section (BAS) Christopher Lynn       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.


Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS)


Angela Glaros        


The Central States Anthropological Society program review committee for the AAA meetings is open to abstracts drawn from, or combining, any of the four major subfields. Preference is given to submissions from members working within 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 Distinguished Service Award
  • Michael M. Ames Award for Innovative Museum Anthropology
  • CMA Student Travel Awards
  • CMA Book Award
  • Learn more. >>
Council On Anthropology and Education (CAE)

Peter Demerath

Council on Anthropology and Education encourages program activities (academic sessions, workshops, roundtables and exhibits) that advance scholarship on schooling in social and cultural contexts, and on human learning in and out of schools. Presenters typically submit within the following areas, and can consult the CAE website for contact information of organizers in each area:
Ethnography of Schools and Communities;
Multilingualism, (Multi)Literacies and Language in Schools and Communities;
Anthropology of Post-Secondary Education;
Culture Learning and Transmission;
African Americans, African Diaspora and Education;
Latin@s and Education;
Indigenous Education;
Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Asian Americans in Education;
Gender and Sexuality in Schools and Society;
International Issues, (Im)migration, Transnationalism and Citizenship in
Educational Contexts;
Exceptionalities in Education;
Privatization, Markets, and (Post-)Neoliberalism in Educational Contexts;
Anthropology of Environmental and Science Education;
Ethnography of Educational Policies and Systems;
Adult Teaching and Learning Communities, Workplaces and Schools.
  • George and Louis Spindler Award
  • Concha Delgado Gaitan Early Career Presidential Fellowships
  • Dissertation Award
  • Emerald Publishing Award
  • Book Award
Cultural and Agriculture (C&A)

Caela O’Connell

Susanna Donaldson

Culture & Agriculture (C&A) centers on diverse aspects of agrarian life and livelihoods, including horticulture, forestry, and fisheries. C&A encourages abstracts from all the anthropological subfields, and especially welcomes submissions linking the work of academics, activists, and practitioners.
  • Robert M. Netting Best Student Paper
Evolutionary Anthropology Society (EAS)

Brooke Scelza

Christopher von Rueden

Sarah Alami

Mary Shenk

EAS is a section of AAA that brings together all those interested in applying modern evolutionary theory to the analysis of human biology, behavior, and culture. EAS welcomes submissions that align with such perspectives.
  •  Student Travel Stipend
General Anthropology Division (GAD)

Jenny Carlson

Mike Coggeshall

General Anthropology; interdisciplinary; teaching and learning.
Middle East Section (MES)  

Emrah Yildiz

Sami Hermez


The Middle East Section welcomes submissions for sessions on a wide-range of topics highlighting research within and intersecting with the region, broadly defined. These topics include, but are by no means limited to, gender and sexuality; political economy and (neo)liberalism; state politics and citizenship; globalization and transnationalism; displacement, war, and conflict; media and public spheres; religion and secularism; the environment and climate change.
  • Distinguished Scholar Award
  • Student Paper Prize
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.
National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA)

Belinda Ramirez

Peter Lee

Lesly-Marie Buer

The National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA) is the student section of the American Anthropological Association founded in 1985 to address graduate and undergraduate student concerns and to promote the interests and involvement of students as anthropologists-in-training. NASA welcomes submissions for sessions on a wide range of geographical and topical work, written by students. Beyond traditional original research, NASA is also interested in proposals that open and extend conversations about the specificities of student life. These include, but are not limited to: academic policies, life after graduation, the job market, mental health and institution-individual exchanges, as well as specific ethical concerns that affect students at all levels.

NASA is accepting panels, posters, and mentoring sessions for consideration on the 2018 Annual Meeting program.

Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS)  

Stephen Lyon

Murray Leaf

Stephen Chrisomalis

Doug Hume

Four field, empirical, methods, and scientific.


Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC)

Karen Muir

Nina Brown    

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.
  • Teacher of the Year
  • President's Award
Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA)

Mayanthi Fernando

Andrea Muehlebach

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
  • Learn more. >>
Society for East Asian Anthropology (SEAA) Priscilla Song 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

Nora Haenn

Cindy Isenhour

Daniel Murphy

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. In the past SEA-sponsored sessions have 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; boom and bust economies and philanthropy
Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA)  

Erik Aasland

Lauren Miller Griffith

SHA welcomes a variety of presentation formats, including posters, individual papers, panel proposals, and other expressive formats 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, creative writing, and perfromance as well as humanistic inquiries in the area of digital anthropology.
  • Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing
  • Ethnographic Fiction and Nonfiction Contest
  • Ethnographic Poetry Contest
  • President's Student Essay Award (Grad & Undergrad) 
Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA)


Ana Mariella Bacigalupo

Timothy Smith

Jordan Lynton 

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.
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.  
  • SLA Award for Public Outreach and Community Service
  • SLA Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Award
  • Annual Student Essay Prize
Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA)  

Mary Anglin

Nolwazi Mkhwanazi

Eugene Raikhel

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. The SMA welcomes proposals for organized panels, roundtable discussions, individually volunteered papers, and/or posters on any of these topics. We also welcome cross-sectional sponsorship of panels.  
  • Career Achievement Award
  • Medical Anthropology Students Association (MASA) Mentorship Award
  • Student Travel Awards
  • Steven Polgar Professional Paper Prize
  • Charles Hughes Graduate Student Paper Prize
  • Eileen Basker Memorial Prize
  • Learn more. >>
Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA)

Sara Lewis     

Jack Friedman

Merav Shohet        

Lesley (Jo) Weaver  

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.
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

John Murphy

Adam Kersch

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.
Society for The Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN)

Amanda Green

Ryan Adams  

Jennifer Jo Thompson

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)


Michael Polson

Susan Hyatt        

Andrea Morrell

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. SANA encourages 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
  • SANA Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America
  • Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff Memorial Prize for the Critical Study of North America
Society for The Anthropology of Religion (SAR)

Roberta Ricucci

Simon Coleman

Brendan Thornton

Stephen Selka    

The Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR) program review committee for the AAA meetings gives preference to abstracts focused on any aspect of religion. Apart from regular sessions, we are also interested in roundtables and “author-meets critic” sessions, where appropriate, in order to maximize conversation and debate relating to contemporary research.
Society for The Anthropology of Work (SAW)

Claudia Strauss

Mary Beth Schmidt

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 the Anthropology of Work Book Award
  • Eric R. Wolf Student Prize
  • The Conrad Arensberg Prize
  • The Diana Forsythe Prize (Co-sponsored with GAD) 
  • Learn more. >>
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.  
Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA)  

Harjant Gill           

Deborah Matzner

Kristen Dowell        


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.  
  • SVA presents awards through the SVA Film and Media Festival. A scholarship for graduate students through the Lemelson Foundation may be available, but that is pending. Contact the section program chairs for additional information.


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