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Executive Sessions
Proposals Due: Thursday, February 16 (5pm EDT)
Executive Sessions are selected and sponsored directly by the AAA Executive Program Committee (EPC). These sessions speak directly to 2017's Annual Meeting theme, Anthropology Matters!, and will be showcased throughout the Annual Meeting. Selection and participation in AAA executive sessions is highly competitive. Sessions seeking executive status are required to go through the same online submission process as all other session types. Every participant included in the proposal, including paper presenters, roundtable presenters, chairs, discussants, and organizers, must be registered to attend the AAA Annual Meeting by 5pm EDT on Friday, April 14 to appear in the program. Accept/decline notifications will be sent to submitters by mid-March (via email). Any submission that is not accepted as an Executive Session will have the option to re-submit as an invited session.

Section Invited Sessions
Proposals Due: EXTENDED to Tuesday, April 18 (5pm EDT)
Each AAA Section is responsible for the organization of one or more innovative sessions that focus on highlighting state-of-the-art and/or thematic concerns in the major subfields. Members should work closely with the section program reviewers when preparing invited sessions for submission and consideration. Sessions seeking invited status are required to go through the same online submission process as all other session types, and a session abstract of up to 500 words is required. Invited session participants are bound by the rules of the AAA Annual Meeting and must submit final abstracts, meeting registration forms, and fees by 5pm EDT, April 14. Accept/decline notifications will be sent to submitters the week of July 10 (via email).

Volunteered Sessions
Proposals Due: EXTENDED to Tuesday, April 18 (5pm EDT) 
All sessions must be submitted through AAA's online submission process. The organizer of the volunteered session must select one appropriate section for review. If accepted, the volunteered session will be listed as part of the reviewing section's program. The EPC strongly encourages members to contact and work closely with section program reviewers and to follow the guidelines:

 *Does not count towards the seven (7) roles that need to be filled for this submission type.

Individually Volunteered Papers and Posters
Proposals  Due: EXTENDED to Tuesday, April 18 (5pm EDT)
The EPC welcomes the submission of individual papers and posters independent from organized sessions. For evaluation purposes, the author of each individually volunteered paper or poster must select one appropriate section for the review process. A paper or poster abstract of up to 500 words is required. Every participant included in the proposal, including paper presenters, roundtable presenters, chairs, discussants, and organizers, must be registered to attend the AAA Annual Meeting by 5pm EDT on Friday, April 14 to appear in the program. 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. Accept/decline notifications will be sent to submitters the week of July 10 (via email).

 

Retrospective Sessions
Proposals Due: EXTENDED to Tuesday, April 18 (5pm EDT)
Retrospective Sessions are intended to highlight career contributions (such as retirement or a significant anniversary) of established leading scholars. A session abstract of up to 500 words is required. Participants are bound by the rules of the AAA Annual Meeting and must submit final abstracts (if a retrospective oral presentation), meeting registration forms, and fees by 5pm EDT on Friday, April 14. Accept/decline notifications will be sent to submitters the week of July 10 (via email).

Gallery (former Poster) Sessions
Proposals Due: EXTENDED to Tuesday, April 18 (5pm EDT)
Gallery (formerly “posters”) sessions are sponsored by individual sections and can be submitted as a block of 3-10 presenters or can be comprised of individually submitted posters or related modes of visual display of content during the call for papers. Various modes of visual presentation are encouraged. Curated galleries can be proposed as organized sessions, and can include a discussant role. Every participant included in the proposal, must be registered to attend the AAA Annual Meeting by 5pm EDT on Friday, April 14 to appear in the program. Accept/decline notifications will be sent to submitters the week of July 10 (via email).
 

Public Policy Forums
Proposals Due: EXTENDED to Tuesday, April 18 (5pm EDT)
AAA's public policy forums provide places 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 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 one (1) moderator and no more than seven (7) 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:

When selecting this session type in the AAA online CFP submission process, refer your proposal to the AAA Committee on Public Policy for review, not a section. An abstract of 500 words describing the public policy issue to be discussed is required. Accept/decline notifications will be sent to submitters the week of July 10 (via email).


Film Festival Submissions

Proposals Due: Monday, May 15 (Midnight EDT)
The Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) 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 visit SVA's 2017 Film Festival website for submission details, including additional information on preferred formatsAccept/decline notifications will be sent from the Society of Visual Anthropology in mid-July.

Special Events
Proposals Due:  Wednesday, May 31 (5pm EDT)
Special Events are business meetings, committee and board meetings, or food and beverage functions (breakfasts, lunches, receptions, etc.). Proposals submitted within this designated session type 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. 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. Scheduling notices will be sent out the week of July 10 (via email).

 


 

Installations
Proposals Due: EXTENDED to Tuesday, April 18 (5pm EDT)

Installations 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 upon and engage 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 another alternative, creative forms of intellectual expression for consideration. Selected installations will be curated for off-site exhibition and tied to the official AAA meeting 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 AAA Annual Meeting, helping attendees encounter new people and to do different kinds of things at the intersections of anthropological arts, sciences, and cultural expression. Accept/decline notifications will be sent to submitters the week of July 10 (via email).


Section Invited and Volunteered Roundtables

Proposals Due: EXTENDED to Tuesday, April 18 (5pm EDT)

The roundtable provides a topical format to discuss critical social issues affecting anthropology. No papers are presented in this format, and participation in a roundtable discussion is weighted equally to that of delivering a paper presentation. The organizer will sub

mit an abstract for the roundtable but participants will not present papers or submit abstracts. Accept/decline notifications will be sent to submitters the week of July 10 (via email).

    


Mentoring Events
Flash Presentations
Proposals Due: EXTENDED to Tuesday, April 18 (5pm EDT)
Flash presentations are a rapid-fire, engaging performance of current projects/concepts via a few image rich slides and dynamic spoken content. Total presentation time is a speedy 5 minutes per presenter. Submissions should present work in progress and/or upcoming projects. They are poetry delivered with a punch. Flash presentation proposals may be submitted as a panel of up to 10-15 presenters, or individually. Accepted individual flash presentations will be combined with others to comprise a panel consisting of five (5) to fifteen (15) presenters. Remaining time will be used for a moderated discussion. Accept/decline notifications will be sent to submitters the week of July 10 (via email).

Proposals Due: EXTENDED to Tuesday, April 18 (5pm EDT)
Mentoring events are designed to bring together people at earlier and later career states to tackle general and/or specific career planning and professional development issues. Formats include one-to-one ("instant mentoring"), one-to-many (a facilitated group discussion), or many-to-many information exchanges. Forums to discuss design and improvement of assistive technologies (e.g., online matching, information and referral resources, searchable internship guides and databases, etc.) are also considered mentoring events. Accept/decline notifications will be sent to submitters the week of July 10 (via email).

Late Breaking Sessions (Oral and Roundtable)
Proposals Due: Fall 2017

A limited number of late breaking sessions will be accepted that are topical, timely, and relevant to current events. The number of slots is dependent upon the Annual Meeting venue's spatial availability. A minimum of four (4) and a maximum of eight (8) slots will be available for this year's Annual Meeting. Full panel session submissions are strongly encouraged. The Call for Proposals site will reopen in late summer/early fall for one (1) month to solicit proposals. Check back soon!



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