What is an installation?

Installations present an interactive experience for Annual Meeting attendees. They invite anthropological knowledge off the beaten path of the traditional Annual Meeting session. They are not oral presentations, flash presentations, roundtables / town halls, conversations, debates, interviews, posters, nor podcasts. Installations will be hosted only in-person (in Seattle) and be of varying lengths. These sessions do not include individual participant abstracts. The overall session abstract should be no longer than 500 words. If your submission fits into one of the other categories in the General Call for Participation, it is not an installation.

All installation proposals should be submitted through the Installation Proposal Form below by Friday, June 03, 2022, 11:59 PM Eastern TimeInstallation proposals will be reviewed to make sure they fit the above definition of an installation and are appropriate for the Annual Meeting program. The AAA staff will work with you on the logistics of your installation, should it be accepted onto the program.

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Examples of Installations

Some examples of installations from the past include:

  • Dances
  • Art Exhibits/Installation
  • Virtual Reality Displays
  • Video Displays
  • Exercise/Yoga/Movement demonstrations

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Important to Note – A Blank Slate

If installations are chosen for the onsite, place-based, program in Seattle, they are scheduled into completely blank space. The rooms assigned for installations will not have furniture or seating. You will be unable to attach anything to the walls. There will be no AV provided. Think of this space as blank gallery space. Installation presenters need to bring everything they need for their setup with them. 

Installations can also be proposed for offsite programming.

For both onsite and offsite programming, if you need to rent furniture, AV, equipment, etc., the meetings team can assist you, but the financial responsibility is entirely the submitter/presenters.

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Installation Accessibility

AAA is committed to supporting accessible spaces to ensure that as many attendees as possible can participate in our programming. As such, please incorporate accessibility planning into the preparation of your installation proposal and the installation itself. A brief list of things to consider include but are not limited to audio accessibility, visual accessibility, cognitive accessibility, and physical space accessibility. Should your installation proposal be accepted, the AAA Accessibility & Meetings Manager will work with you to identify accessible features and practices to incorporate into your installation.

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Installation Proposal Form

If you believe your work fits the description of an installation, please use the below form to share your proposal with the AAA Meetings Team. Installation proposals will be accepted and undergo consideration until Friday, June 03, 2022, 11:59 PM Eastern Time. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your installation content!

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If you have any questions about installations programming at the AAA Annual Meeting, please connect with the AAA Meetings Team through our Contact Form!

Ask about Installations!

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