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Participation Rules and Policies


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

  • members of AAA with active memberships* and
  • paid Annual Meeting registrants.

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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, April 30, 2021. Learn how to request 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 by Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern will be dropped from the session proposal. The registration requirement is for all AAA Annual Meeting session types (scholarly sessions, special events, installations, posters, workshops, mentoring events, section events, interest group events, and committee events). The registration deadline for anyone accepted onto the program is Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern.

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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 the deadlines listed for the corresponding call.

  • General Call – May 26, 2021
  • Special Events – July 14, 2021
  • Late-Breaking – September 8, 2021

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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 sent by the executive program chair via email in September. There is no appeal process.

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Presentation Policy (One-Plus-One Live Rule and Two Prerecord Max Rule)

Review further details about about session roles.

  • An individual is allowed to present one major role plus one secondary role per meeting.
  • There are no limits on minor roles.
  • An individual may appear on up to two asynchronous/pre-recorded sessions, regardless of role.
  • It is expected that the individual will allow their name to be added to the program only in accordance with these limitations. Individuals initiating proposals will be required to withdraw presenters that exceed these limits.

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