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Call for Late-Breaking Sessions

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AAA is accepting a limited number of Late-Breaking sessions for the 2017 Annual Meeting that are topical, timely, and especially relevant to current events.


Presentations must offer findings that were not available until after the April 18, 2017 general call for papers submission deadline.

Applicants may submit late-breaking abstracts even if they have had another abstract accepted for presentation, but abstracts submitted prior to the submission deadline may not be resubmitted.

Topical themes are

Review Criteria

All Late Breaking submissions will be reviewed using the following questions:

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the least and 5 being the most, to what extent does the Late breaking session:

  1. Connect anthropological knowledge to current events
  2. Make a strong connection to the main Annual Meeting theme, Anthropology Matters
  3. Directly concern one of the following themes (cultural heritage protection, global health, police brutality and race, politics, migration, science under attack) OR make a compelling case for presenting insights concerning another category of current events
  4. Promise a thoughtful, intellectually rigorous treatment of the subject matter

Proposal Category

There are three formats for Late-Breaking Sessions: Oral Presentation, Roundtable, and Individual Gallery (formerly Poster Sessions). If you are submitting as a group of four to seven people, you may choose either the Oral or Roundtable Proposal Category. If you are submitting as an individual, you must choose the Individual Gallery Proposal Category. 

Oral Presentation Sessions should include

  Roundtable Sessions should include

Individual Gallery (formerly Poster) Sessions should include


All participants must be AAA members in order to submit a proposal. Registration is NOT required at the time of proposal submission. Upon acceptance of the late-breaking sessions, participants will be notified and will need to register for the meeting no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on October 19. Failure to register by the deadline will result in forfeiture of participation and removal from the program. Non-member guests may be permitted to present under compelling circumstances.


The late-breaking abstract submission will be open August 14 and will close at 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 17. Acceptance notifications will go out the week of October 2. Participants will then have a little more than two weeks to register for the meeting, otherwise they forfeit their participation in the Late-Breaking Session.

Review Committee

Ed Liebow, AAA Executive Director

Jeff Martin, AAA Director, Public Affairs and Communications

Agustin Fuentes, 2017 AAA Annual Meeting Program Chair

Debra Martin

Dena Plemmons

Gina Perez


Log in to the Submission site with your AAA AnthroGateway credentials.

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