SAFN @ AAA’s: Sessions, Papers, Lightning Talks, Roundtables, Mentoring Events, Retrospectives, Posters!

It is time to plan for AAA 2018 in San Jose! The submission portal is open, and we encourage you to begin organizing panels.

This year’s SAFN program chairs Ryan Adams, Jennifer Jo Thompson, and I are eager to work with you to create an exciting program for this meeting.

The deadline for all submissions to the AAA website is 3 PM EDT on Monday, April 16, 2017.

One of our goals is to create co-sponsored sessions with colleagues in our complementary societies. In order to do this, we need your help. Please let us know about your panels as soon as possible and make suggestions to us for co-sponsors (C&A, SMA, A&E, SAE, SLA, etc.). We will reach out to our counterparts in those organizations. Co-sponsorship will get us more visibility as well as a bigger and better audience!

Conference Details:

Change in the Anthropological Imagination: Resistance, Resilience, and Adaptation

Wednesday, November 14 – Sunday, November 18

San Jose Convention Center 

Find out more about the meeting here:

Submission Types: We at SAFN encourage you to think beyond the traditional individual paper session and consider installations, flash (5 minute) presentations, mentoring events and retrospectives, as a few examples. All of these take place in the allotted 1 hour and 45 minutes. Double sessions have been eliminated, fyi.

  • oral presentation sessions (standard and retrospective),
  • roundtables (standard and retrospective),
  • individually volunteered papers,
  • group gallery (poster) sessions,
  • individual galleries (posters),
  • group flash presentations,
  • installations,
  • workshops, and
  • mentoring events.

Individual Volunteered Papers and Volunteered Sessions:  We encourage you to organize or co-organize a volunteered session yourself with collaborators OR submit your paper to an organized session that fits your topic. Feel free to use the SAFN listserv to find additional participants for sessions, and we will post your CFP (call for papers) on the SAFN website as well. If you submit an individual volunteered paper, we will do our best to organize individually submitted abstracts into sessions based on the common themes we identify. These tend to be less cohesive, but we will do our best!

Invited Sessions: We will consider all sessions that are submitted to our section for invited status (Invited Sessions). If you’d like invited status or believe your session would be a strong candidate for invited status, please contact us ahead of time. We can usually sponsor two invited sessions or possibly more if we partner with another section. Again, this is why it’s important to tune us in ahead of time so that we can reach out to other sections to get more invited sessions.

Rules & Policies: Please see the Annual Meeting Participation Rules and Policies. Note that meeting participation is limited to AAA members (with some exceptions). Also, please note the One-Plus-One rule which mandates that participants may only: (1) present one paper/poster, or serve as a participant on a roundtable or installation and (2) accept no more than one discussant role elsewhere on the program. An individual may serve as organizer or chair of an unlimited number of sessions. This rule is strictly enforced by the AAA Program Committee. 

Use the online submission portal to submit your panels and papers.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.


Ryan Adams, Amanda Green, and Jennifer Jo Thompson

Allied AAA Sections

From the Anthropology Blogs, these sections may be possibilities for sponsorship or co-sponsorship:

Society for Economic Anthropology at #AmAnth2018

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