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AAA Annual Meeting Participation Rules and Policies

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AAA is cancelling the 119th Annual Meeting in St. Louis, originally scheduled for November 17-22, 2020. While we all hope the global COVID-19 pandemic will have subsided by November, uncertainty remains unacceptably high, and the health and safety of our members are of paramount concern.


Participation Rules and Policies

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Participation (the ability to be listed in the Annual Meeting Program) is limited to

Join AAA or renew your expired membership.

Are you a visiting scholar from another discipline? Are you an anthropologist living outside of the United States or Canada?
*Request permission to present without joining AAA by requesting the Non-Member Guest Presenter Registration Rate.

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Exemption from the Membership Requirement*

Non-anthropologists or anthropologists living outside of the US or Canada who wish to participate WITHOUT joining AAA may request a Non-Member Guest Presenter Registration Rate. This rate does not include AAA membership or member benefits, and is often higher than the price of joining the association and paying the member rate. Requests are reviewed by AAA staff and approved or declined within two business days. All Guest Presenter Registration Rate requests must be submitted by 5:00 pm Eastern on Friday, May 1, 2020. 
Learn how to request a the Non-Member Guest Presenter Registration Rate.

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Registration Requirement

While not required at the time of your proposal submission, all Annual Meeting program participants must be paid Annual Meeting registrants after acceptance into the program. Any participants who have not registered following late-summer registration reminders will be dropped from the session proposal. The registration requirement is for all AAA Annual Meeting session types (scholarly sessions, special events, installations, gallery sessions, workshops, mentoring events, section events, interest group events, and committee events).

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Online Submission

No proposals for inclusion on the Annual Meeting program will be considered unless formally submitted through the Call for Papers submission site by 3:00 pm Eastern on May 20.

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Final Program Decision

The AAA follows a policy of peer review and merit consideration for acceptance and inclusion on the program. The programming decisions are made by a committee composed of section program reviewers, executive program committee members, the executive program chair and officers of the AAA.

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Review Procedure

Organizers and presenters are required to select a primary review section when submitting proposals online. The decision should be made on the basis of content and intended audience; membership in a section has no bearing on the review process. Scholarly sessions and individually volunteered papers and posters are reviewed by section program reviewers, individuals nominated by each section of the AAA. The recommendations of these sections are forwarded to the executive program chair, who assumes final responsibility for the acceptance or rejection of proposals. The executive program committee prepares the final program schedule following the rankings submitted by each section. All final program notifications about acceptance and scheduling will be mailed by the executive program chair via email in July. There is no appeal process.

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Presentation Policy (One-Plus-One rule)

Review further details about about session roles.

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