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Annual Meeting Section Programming

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Call For Papers - Truth And Responsibility - November 18-22, 2020 - Updated New Submission Deadline: May 15

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2020 Annual Meeting Section Programming: Proposals Welcome, Awards, & Program Chairs

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What Are 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 2020 AAA Annual Meeting program, please review 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 2020 Program Chairs who will enhance the AAA Annual Meeting through the volunteering of their time.

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List of AAA Sections

Information about the types of proposals encouraged/supported, the awards provided, and the 2020 Program Chairs for each section.

  1. American Ethnological Society (AES)
  2. Anthropology & Environment Society (A&E)
  3. Archaeology Division (AD)
  4. Association for Africanist Anthropology (AfAA)
  5. Association for Feminist Anthropology (AFA)
  6. Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA)
  7. Association for Queer Anthropology (Formerly Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists) (AQA)
  8. Association for The Anthropology of Policy (Formerly The Interest Group On the Anthropology of Public Policy) (ASAP)
  9. Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA)
  10. Anthropology of Consciousness (Formerly the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness) (AC)
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  1. Association of Indigenous Anthropologists (AIA)
  2. Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists (ALLA)
  3. Association of Senior Anthropologists (ASA)
  4. Biological Anthropology Section (BAS)
  5. Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS)
  6. Council for Museum Anthropology (CMA)
  7. Council On Anthropology and Education (CAE)
  8. Culture and Agriculture (C&A)
  9. Evolutionary Anthropology Society (EAS)
  10. General Anthropology Division (GAD)
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  1. Middle East Section (MES)
  2. National Association for The Practice of Anthropology (NAPA)
  3. National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA)
  4. Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS)
  5. Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC)
  6. Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA)
  7. Society for East Asian Anthropology (SEAA)
  8. Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA)
  9. Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA)
  10. Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA)
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  1. Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA)
  2. Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA)
  3. Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA)
  4. Society for The Anthropology of Europe (SAE)
  5. Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN)
  6. Society for The Anthropology of North America (SANA)
  7. Society for The Anthropology of Religion (SAR)
  8. Society for The Anthropology of Work (SAW)
  9. Society for Urban, National, And Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA)
  10. Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA)
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1. American Ethnological Society (AES)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

AES/AAA Invited and Volunteered Sessions, Roundtables, Workshops and possibly more depending upon interest

Types of Grants/Awards 2020 Program Chairs

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2. Anthropology & Environment Society (A&E)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

Submissions for disseration workshop, submissions for Rappaport Prize for best graduate student paper, submissions for Junior Scholar Award, submissions for Julian Steward Book Award.

Types of Grants/Awards 2020 Program Chairs

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3. Archaeology Division (AD)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

Archaeology, cultural heritage, heritage management, politics of the past, historical archaeology, cultural resource management

Types of Grants/Awards 2020 Program Chairs

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4. Association for Africanist Anthropology (AfAA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

Invited or Volunteered Paper, poster, session, or roundtable that deals with Africa, the African Diaspora, and/or issues relevant to Africanist anthropology

Types of Grants/Awards
  • Elliott P. Skinner Book Award
  • Bennetta Jules-Rosette Graduate Student Essay Award
  • Nancy “Penny” Schwartz Undergraduate Student Essay Award
  • Graduate Conference Travel Award
  • Learn more about the 2020 AfAA awards.
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5. Association for Feminist Anthropology (AFA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

The Association for Feminist Anthropology aims to foster the development of feminist analytic perspectives in all dimensions and subfields of Anthropology. The Association for Feminist Anthropology (AFA) program review committee especially welcomes curated collections for panels or roundtables that interrogate the intersectional relevance of gender with other factors of political and cultural life.

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6. Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

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.

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7. Association for Queer Anthropology (Formerly Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists) (AQA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

panels, roundtables

Types of Grants/Awards
  • Ruth Benedict Book Prize, Monograph (plus honorable mention)
  • Ruth Benedict Book Prize, Edited Volume (plus honorable mention)
  • Lifetime Recognition Award
  • Kenneth Payne Prize for Student Writing (plus honorable mention)
  • Learn more about the 2020 AQA awards.
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8. Association for The Anthropology of Policy (Formerly The Interest Group On the Anthropology of Public Policy) (ASAP)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

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.

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9. Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

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. Focusing on the AAA conference theme "Truth and Responsibility" there are abundant ways our collective research comes to bear on these questions. For submissions for ABA review, you may want to interrogate topics that address what gets counted as "truth" - and who gets to decide? who becomes accountable for wrongdoings - and to whom do they bear responsibility? Who gets left out of the accountability ecosystem, etc? The Association of Black Anthropologists is also turning 50! We hope you use this opportunity to propose panels and events that commemorate ABA's past, celebrate what it is now, or imagine its future, as well as panels that reflect the breadth and depth of past and present members, and their impact on the discipline.

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10. Anthropology of Consciousness (Formerly the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness) (AC)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

We encourage invited panels & co-sponsored panels with any group that aligns with our areas of research. The Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness is grounded in 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.

Types of Grants/Awards

No awards offered for 2020.

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11. Association of Indigenous Anthropologists (AIA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

The Association of Indigenous Anthropologists encourages proposals that examine work by and about Indigenous people.

Types of Grants/Awards
  • No awards offered for 2020.
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12. Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists (ALLA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

Scholarly panels, roundtables, and workshops

Types of Grants/Awards
  • ALLA Book Award
  • Graduate Student Award
  • Junior Faculty Award
No additional information is available at this time.
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13. Association of Senior Anthropologists (ASA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

Senior anthropologists represent the living history of the discipline. The ASA program committee invites contributions that explore their experiences with changes in fieldwork settings and problems, research tools and priorities, and professional issues, along with the contextualization of earlier anthropological approaches in ongoing concerns and projects. Younger anthropologists at all stages of their careers are also welcome to participate in the program, with contributions about anthropologists and anthropological orientations in the remote or recent past, especially in relation to current approaches and issues in their own work and lives.

Types of Grants/Awards

No awards are available.

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14. Biological Anthropology Section (BAS)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

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. These may include oral presentations, roundtables, individually volunteered papers, or other creative options.

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15. Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

Sessions from any subfield of anthropology; emphasis given to sessions by scholars located in the Midwestern U.S., though topic and geographic area of study are open.

Types of Grants/Awards

None; awards are presented during the CSAS spring meeting.

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16. Council for Museum Anthropology (CMA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported
  • Oral presentation sessions,
  • roundtables,
  • individually-volunteered papers,
  • group gallery submissions,
  • individual gallery submissions,
  • group flash presentations, and
  • mentoring events
Types of Grants/Awards
  • CMA Distinguished Service/Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Michael M. Ames Award for Innovative Museum Anthropology
  • CMA Student Travel Awards
  • CMA Book Award
  • Learn more about the 2020 CMA awards.
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17. Council On Anthropology and Education (CAE)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

The Council of Anthropology and Education seeks abstracts that advance scholarship on schooling in social and cultural contexts, and on human learning both inside and outside of schools. The CAE welcomes proposals for organized panels and sessions, roundtable discussions, workshops, individually volunteered papers, posters and exhibits. Presenters typically submit within the following areas, and may 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/x 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; Disability studies 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.

Types of Grants/Awards
  • George and Louise Spindler Award
  • Concha Delgado Gaitan Early Career Presidential Fellowship
  • Frederick Erickson Outstanding Dissertation Award
  • Douglas Foley Early Career Award
  • CAE Book Prize
  • Shirley Brice Heath New CAE Scholar Travel Awards
  • Learn more about the 2020 CAE awards.
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18. Culture and Agriculture (C&A)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported
  • oral presentation sessions,
  • roundtables,
  • individually-volunteered papers,
  • group gallery submissions,
  • individual gallery submissions, and
  • group flash presentations
Types of Grants/Awards
  • Netting Award
No additional information is available at this time.
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19. Evolutionary Anthropology Society (EAS)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

Presentations, Posters, Roundtable Discussions

Types of Grants/Awards
  • New Investigator
  • Student Award
No additional information is available at this time.
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20. General Anthropology Division (GAD)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

Four-field or cross-field; Interdisciplinary; work on science, technology, and computing; history of anthropology; teaching anthropology; topics pertinent to smaller anthropology programs; professional employment and contingent faculty; applied anthropology

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21. Middle East Section (MES)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

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.

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22. National Association for The Practice of Anthropology (NAPA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

A broad range of topics that apply anthropological theory, methods, and practice. The NAPA program review committee for the AAA meetings invites submissions for sessions, papers, posters, and roundtables pertaining to the broad spectrum of applied research conducted by practitioners, academics, and students. Please visit our website for more information including examples of panels and events.

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23. National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported
  • Oral Presentation Session
  • Roundtable
  • Group Flash Presentation Session
  • Individually Volunteered Paper
  • Individual Gallery (Poster)
  • Installation
  • Group Gallery Session (Curated Poster Session)
  • Workshop
  • Mentoring Event
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24. Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported
  • oral presentation sessions,
  • roundtables,
  • individually-volunteered papers,
  • group gallery submissions,
  • individual gallery submissions, and
  • group flash presentations
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25. Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

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.

Types of Grants/Awards
  • No awards offered for 2020.
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26. Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

No information is available.

Types of Grants/Awards
  • No information is available.
2020 Program Chairs
  • No chair provided.

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27. Society for East Asian Anthropology (SEAA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

In general, innovative in theme, transnational in geographic scope, and also with strong potential for cross-over collaboration with other sections; more specifically, panel proposals that encourage conversation between Anthropology and Area Studies, as well as inquiring the position of East Asian anthropology in the historical and contemporary intellectual context of the western anthropology

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28. Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

The Society for Economic Anthropology welcomes proposals for all session types - focused on a broad array of research topics in Economic Anthropology. As a society we are interested in any topic with relevance to the economy (e.g. global adaptation finance, energy economics, craft production, health insurance, moral economies, labor and care work, virtual currencies, cycles of economic boom and bust, Wall Street, migration, gifting and philanthropy, regional exchange networks, market logics and discourse, labor hierarchies, decision making, economic cooperation) …the list goes on. We welcome your submissions!

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29. Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

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 performance as well as humanistic inquiries in the area of digital anthropology.

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30. Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

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.

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31. Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

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. We additionally welcome abstracts that advance the theoretical, interactional, and/or political study of language in social life.

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32. Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

all: panel, papers sessions, special events, etc.

Types of Grants/Awards
  • Eileen Basker Memorial Prize
  • MASA MENTOR AWARD
  • CONTINGENT FACULTY TRAVEL AWARD
  • POLGAR PIRZE
  • STUDENT Travel Award
  • Hughes Graduate Student Prize
  • Career Achievement Award
  • Learn more about the 2020 SMA awards.
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33. Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

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. During the 2018 AAA meeting, topics included global mental health, psychiatry, and other "psy" fields; trauma, resilience, violence, and the migrant experience; culture and human development; language socialization; science and technology studies; moods and emotions; and climate change, political ecology, and contemporary environmental challenges. We encourage submissions that push the boundaries of these and other themes that contribute to advancing or even challenging the SPA's traditional objects of study. The Society welcomes organized panels, papers, posters, group flash presentations, and cross-section submissions that address these topics.

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34. Society for The Anthropology of Europe (SAE)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

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, as well as to Europe's place in the world.

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35. Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

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. We encourage all types of proposals, including panels, roundtables, demonstrations, tastings, off-site events, and more. Get creative!

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36. Society for The Anthropology of North America (SANA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported
  • oral presentation sessions,
  • roundtables,
  • individually-volunteered papers,
  • group gallery submissions,
  • individual gallery submissions, and
  • group flash presentations.
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37. Society for The Anthropology of Religion (SAR)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

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.

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38. Society for The Anthropology of Work (SAW)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

proposals that open the theory and practice of work in anthropology

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39. Society for Urban, National, And Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

all types

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40. Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA)

Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported

Anthropocene, Multimodal, Ethnographic Film/Media, Research Methodology, visual research ethics

Types of Grants/Awards
  • SVA/Robert Lemelson Foundation Fellowships
  • SVA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography
  • Numerous awards for the SVA Film and Media Festival:
    • Best Feature Film
    • Best Interactive Media
    • Best Short Film
    • Best Student Film
    • Best Ultra-Short Film
    • Best Undergraduate Student Film
    • Honorable Mention
    • Jean Rouch Award Special Recognition
  • Learn more about the 2020 SVA awards.
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