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2019 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 2019 AAA/CASCA 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 and the Canadian Anthropological Society thank the 2019 Program Chairs who will enhance the AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting through the volunteering of their time. 
Curious about what the peer review process entails? Learn more. >>

Section 2019 Program Chair(s) Type(s) of Proposals Encouraged/Supported for the 2019 AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting

Type Grants/Awards Presented
at the 2019 AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting

Canadian Anthropological Society (CASCA)

Charles Menzies

Pamela Downe

Sabrina Doyon

Virginia Caputo 

CASCA welcomes a variety of presentation formats, including posters, individual papers, and panel proposals that engage the theme of Changing Climates: Struggle, Collaboration, and Justice. We are particularly interested in papers, posters, and sessions that interrogate the assumptions and underpinnings of our “climates” in today’s context of truth, reconciliation, revitalization, and postcoloniality.

La CASCA accepte divers formats de présentation, y compris des affiches, des communications individuelles et des propositions de panels abordant le thème du congrès : Changer d'air: lutte, collaboration et justice. Nous sommes particulièrement intéressés par des articles, affiches, et séances qui interrogeront les idées sous-jacentes et les fondements de nos « climats » dans le contexte actuel de vérité et réconciliation, de revitalisation et de postcolonialité.
  • Weaver-Tremblay Award / Prix Weaver-Tremblay
American Ethnological Society (AES)


Gina Athena Ulysse



AES/AAA Invited and Volunteered Sessions, Roundtables, Workshops
 Anthropology & Environment Society (A&E)


Lizzy Hare            

Brianna Farber


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) Marcie Venter
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. 
  • Willey Prize
  • Student Diversity Award
  • Student Membership Award
  • Learn more. >>
Association for Africanist Anthropology (AfAA)


Kristin Hedges    

David Turkon     



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

Eda Pepi             

Vivian Lu

The Association for Feminist Anthropology 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 clearly and smartly analyze. We especially welcome curated collections for panels or roundtables that interrogate the intersectional relevance of gender with other factors of political and cultural life. 
  • Career Award in Feminist Anthropology
  • Michelle Z. Rosaldo Book Prize
  • Zora Neale Hurston Travel Award
  • Association for Feminist Anthropology Dissertation Grant
  • Sylvia Forman Prize for Undergraduate Paper
  • Sylvia Forman Prize for Graduate Paper
Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA)

Firat Bozcali 

Andrew Gilbert

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.
  • 2019 APLA Book Prize
  • 2019 APLA Graduate Student Paper Prize
  • Learn more. >>
Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA)

Anahi Russo Garrido

Omotayo Jolaosho

Oral presentation sessions,
individually-volunteered papers,
group gallery submissions,
individual gallery submissions, and
group flash presentations.
  • The Distinguished Achievement Award
  • The Ruth Benedict Prize
  • The Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize
  • Learn more. >>
Association for The Anthropology of Policy (ASAP)

Bill Beeman

Christina Garsten

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.  
  • Graduate Student Paper Prize
Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA)

Michael Ralph

Kimberly E. Simmons

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)

Valerie Lambert

Work by and about Indigenous people. N/A
Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists (ALLA)

Jonathan Daniel Rosa

Vanessa Diaz

The Association of Latina and Latino 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. We are particularly interested in submissions that speak to pressing contemporary Latinx issues, including migration, health, social justice, borders, creative responses to contemporary racism and structural discrimination, and the fullness of intersecting experiences of gender, race, class, & sexual orientation; and societal vulnerability pre- and post-Hurricane Maria.
  • ALLA Distinguished Career Award
  • Graduate Student Paper Prize
Association of Senior Anthropologists (ASA)

Tim Wallace

Maria-Luisa Achino-Loeb

The ASA program review committee gives preference to seeing the work of anthropologists played out over decades rather than just the recent past. There is a special interest the development of anthropological careers and the lessons learned from them. The ASA emphasizes “livng history” (history as personally experienced and its application to current issues.) The ASA also encourages the collaboration of younger colleagues. N/A
Biological Anthropology Section (BAS) Christopher Dana Lynn  

Julie Lesnik

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)


Charles Springwood

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 and related to any geographic area. Preference is given to submissions from members working within the Central States area. N/A
Council for Museum Anthropology (CMA) Cara Krmpotich
Oral presentation sessions,
individually-volunteered papers,
group gallery submissions,
individual gallery submissions, and
group flash presentations
mentoring events
  • CMA Distinguished Service/Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Michael M. Ames Award for Innovative Museum Anthropology
  • CMA Student Travel Awards
  • CMA Book Award
  • Learn more. >>
Council On Anthropology and Education (CAE)

Sofia Villenas

Melisa (Misha) Cahnmann-Taylor

Jinting Wu

Denise (Denni) Blum

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 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 Louise Spindler Award
  • Concha Delgado Gaitan Early Career Presidential Fellowship
  • Frederick Erickson Outstanding Dissertation Award
  • Douglas Foley Early Career Award
Cultural and Agriculture (C&A)

Susanna Donaldson

Nick Kawa

Brandi Janssen

All proposals (oral presentation sessions,
roundtables, individually-volunteered papers, group gallery submissions,
individual gallery submissions, and
group flash presentations)
  • Netting Award
Evolutionary Anthropology Society (EAS)

Brooke Scelza

Daniel Hruschka

Rebecca Sear

Presentations, posters, round table discussions
  •  Student Award, New Investigator Award
General Anthropology Division (GAD)

John M. Coggeshall

Jenny Carlson

Ian Lowrie 

David Dinwoodie

Four-field or cross-field; Interdisciplinary; work on science, technology, and computing; history of anthropology, teaching anthropology 
  • GAD New Directions Award
  • Diana Forsythe Prize
  • GAD Prize for Exemplary Cross-field Scholarship
  • CASTAC David Hakken Prize
  • View available awards. >>
Middle East Section (MES)  

Rania Sweis

Nada Moumtaz

Aomar Boum

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.
  • Middle East Section Book Award
National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) Ellen Puccia
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.


National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA)

Peter Lee

Belinda Ramirez

Stephanie Mojica

Ruth Flynn

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 papers, panels, posters, roundtables, and mentoring sessions for consideration on the 2019 Annual Meeting program

Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS)  

Steve Lyon

Doug Hume

Stephen Chrisomalis

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) promotes empirical research and social science in anthropology. We encourage panels, gallery presentations, and workshops that focus on ways to advance the rigor and clarity of anthropology as one (or possibly more than one) of the natural sciences. These can be papers on theory, epistemology, methods, or the use of technologies. In most cases SAS papers have a specific substantive focus. We do not assume that "substantive" means materialistic. A large part of what our members have been concerned with has involved cognition, values, and conceptualization. We welcome presentations across all subfields of anthropology and particularly seek to collaborate with other sections similarly dedicated to clear and verifiable analysis.
  • H. Russell Bernard Graduate Student Paper Prize $500.00 and
  • Two Travel Awards (presentations [slides and scripts], posters, or papers) $300.00.
  • Learn more. >>
Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC)

Karen Muir

Evin Rodkey

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.


Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA)

Andrea Muehlebach

John Collins

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)

Ayako Takamori

John Cho

Andrew Kipnis

Jing Wang 

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.
Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA)  

AJ Faas

Cindy Isenhour

Melissa Beresford 

Raja Swamy

The Society for Economic Anthropology welcomes proposals for all session types - focused on the wide array of research topics in Economic Anthropology. As a society we are interested in topics related to 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. 
Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA)  

Lauren Griffith

Brynn Champney

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.
  • Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing
  • SHA Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Writing Contest
  • SHA Ethnographic Poetry Contest
  • SHA President's Award for Graduate and Undergraduate Writing
  • Learn more. >>
Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA)


Timothy Smith

Lisa Breglia

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.  
  • Edward Sapir Book Prize
  • SLA Award for Public Outreach and Community Service
  • SLA Interdsciplinary Public Engagement Award
  • John Gumperz Graduate Student Essay Prize
  • Undergraduate Student Essay Prize
Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA)  

Nolwazi Mkhwanazi

Eugene Raikhel

Alice Street

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.  
Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA)

Jack Friedman

Bridget Haas

Lesley Jo Weaver  

Seinenu Thein-Lemelson

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.
Society for The Anthropology of Consciousness (SAC)  

Mark Flanagan

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)  

Jack Murphy

Dace Dzenovska

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)

Jennifer Jo Thompson

Daniel Shattuck

Ashley Stinnett

Hilary King

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!
Society for The Anthropology of North America (SANA)


Andrea Morrell

Jennifer Erickson

Alaka Wali

Proposals having to do with the anthropology of North America  
  • St. Clair Drake Student Travel Grant
  • Eleanor "Happy" Leacock Travel Grant
Society for The Anthropology of Religion (SAR)

Roberta Ricucci

Stephen Selka    

Elaine Peña

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)

Adam Sargent 

Aaron Christopher Delgaty

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 Diana Forsythe Prize (Co-sponsored with GAD) 
  • Learn more. >>
Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) Suzanne Scheld
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)  

Deborah Matzner

Kristen Dowell        

Christine Walley

Anthropocene, Multimodal, Ethnographic Film/Media, Research Methodology, Climate Change  
  • 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


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