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Late-Breaking Call for Participation

The submission portal will accept Late-Breaking proposal submissions from Wednesday, July 27 through Friday, August 26 at 11:59 pm Eastern.

The submission portal is now closed.

Accept/decline notifications will be sent during the week of September 19.

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Late-Breaking Session Information Highlights

  • Late-breaking submissions are topical, timely, and relevant to current events.
  • A limited number of late-breaking sessions will be accepted, and the number of slots is dependent upon the Annual Meeting venue’s spatial availability.
  • The Call for Proposals site will open on Wednesday, July 27 and will close at 11:59 pm ET on Friday, August 26.
  • Accept/decline notifications will be sent to submitters during the week of September 19 (via email).

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Submission Criteria

Abstracts are considered “late-breaking” if the submission meets the following criteria:

  • The topic must be directly relevant to current events. This year’s topical themes are listed below.
  • Presentations must offer findings that were not available until after the April 6, 2021, General Call for Proposals submission deadline.
  • Applicants may submit late-breaking abstracts even if they have had another abstract accepted for presentation, but abstracts submitted prior to the submission deadline may not be resubmitted.

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Late-Breaking Themes

The topical themes for this year’s Annual Meeting Late-Breaking Sessions are below:

  • Race and social justice
  • Reproductive health
  • Global health & infectious disease
  • Global environmental change
  • Migration and displacement
  • Human rights
  • Indigenous-settler relations
  • Cultural heritage protection
  • War, Conflict and Dispute Resolution
  • Other* (*A scholarship-informed, late-breaking topic.)

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Review Criteria

All Late-Breaking submissions will be reviewed using the following questions:

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the least and 5 being the most, to what extent does the Late breaking session:

  1. Connect anthropological knowledge to current events with a newsworthy hook?
  2. Make a strong connection to the main Annual Meeting theme, Unsettling Landscapes?
  3. Directly concern one of this year’s Late-Breaking themes OR make a compelling case for presenting insights concerning another category of current events?
  4. Promise a thoughtful, intellectually rigorous treatment of the subject matter from people with direct research experience OR a position of formal responsibility for the subject in question?

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Eligibility and FAQs

  • Membership and Annual Meeting registration:
    • Again this year, AAA membership and Annual Meeting registration will not be required at the time of submission, but will be required if you are accepted onto the program.
    • The deadline for all speakers/presenters to become members of AAA and register for the Annual Meeting is Friday, September 09, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET.
      • Failure to register by the deadline will result in forfeiture of participation and removal from the program.
      • Nonmember guests for late-breaking sessions may be permitted to present under compelling circumstances.
    • View meeting registration rates.
  • Does the One-Plus-One Live and Two Prerecord Max Rules apply? No. Individuals may apply to participate on Late-Breaking Session submissions, even if they are serving in roles on accepted presentations. The presentation policy that limits Annual Meeting presenting individuals to one major role and one secondary role does not apply to Late-Breaking Sessions.

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Timeline

  • Wednesday, July 27: Submission portal opens for Late-Breaking Session submissions
  • Friday, August 26 (11:59 pm ET): Submission portal closes for Late-Breaking Session submissions
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022 (11:59 PM ET) Friday, September 9 (11:59 pm ET): Deadline for accepted Late-Breaking Session participants to become a member and register for the Annual Meeting. Participants who are not registered by this date forfeit their participation in the Late-Breaking Session.
  • Week of September 19: Accept/decline notifications sent to submitters
  • Friday, October 7: Deadline for Speaker Resource Center tasks

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Proposal Categories/Submission Formats

There are six formats for Late-Breaking Sessions:

If you are submitting as an individual, you may choose either the in-person poster or virtual talk options.

If you are submitting as a group of four to seven people, you may choose either the Oral Presentation Session, Roundtable/Town Hall,  Conversation/Debate, or Interview options.

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Submission Options for Individuals

In-Person Poster

An in-person poster is submitted by a single individual and can be a traditional poster or related mode of visual display of content. Various modes of visual presentation are encouraged. If you are a poster presenter, this session type is the one for you. They are subject to review by the EPC. Poster presenters are encouraged to upload their posters to the Open Anthropology Research Repository for wider circulation.

Session format: In person, in Seattle- Live

  • Session length: Place-based: 120 minutes (presenters can engage with attendees at their posters)
  • # of session participants allowed: 1

Abstracts?

  • Does it allow for individual abstracts? YES.
  • Length of individual abstracts: 250 word maximum (and a 50 word minimum)

Role limits:

  • Poster presenter: 1 (min) to 1 (max)

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Virtual Talk (Pre-Recorded)

For submitters simply looking to present their work independently, this presentation format allows for uploading slides as well as a voice recording, or a YouTube video for which a link is provided. During the review period, AAA section program chairs review talk presentations and accept or reject them. Session content will be collected after acceptance onto the program. Only an abstract is necessary at time of submission. Submitters are also encouraged to upload their presentations and/or papers to the Open Anthropology Research Repository. Talks can only be submitted to the virtual program.

Session format: Virtual – On-demand

  • Session length: Virtual: Recordings have a maximum of 20 minutes.
  • # of session participants allowed: 1

Abstracts?

  • Does it allow for individual abstracts? YES.
  • Length of individual abstracts: 250 word maximum (and a 50 word minimum)

Role limits:

  • Poster presenter: 1 (min) to 1 (max)

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Submission Options for Groups of Four or More

Oral Presentation Session (In-Person ONLY)

A lecture-based panel WITH seven (7), 15-minute timeslots for paper presentations and/or moderated discussion.

Session format: In person, in Seattle- Live

  • If your session doesn’t match this format, please consider submitting another type of group session type.
  • Session length: 105 minutes (divided into 15-minute timeslots for paper presentations and/or discussants)
  • # of session participants allowed: 6-13**

Abstracts?

  • Does it allow for individual abstracts? YES. These must be provided by the individuals designated as paper presenters.
  • Length of individual abstracts: 250 word maximum (and a 50 word minimum)
  • Length of overall session abstract: 500 word maximum (and a 50 word minimum)

Role limits:

  • Organizers: 1 (min) to 2 (max)
  • Chairs: 1 (min) to 2 (max)
  • Discussants**: 0 (min) to 2 (max)
  • Paper Presenters**: 4 (min) to 7 (max)

**Oral Presentation Session note: There are only seven (7), 15-minute timeslots designated for Oral Presentation sessions. Organizers and chairs do not have timed roles, and therefore do not count toward the timeslot limit. Discussant and paper presenter roles are timed, so you cannot exceed seven (7) total discussants or paper presenters for this session type.

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Roundtable/Town Hall

A discussion-based panel WITHOUT papers or timed 15-minute presentations.

Session format: In person, in Seattle OR Virtual – Both Live

  • Session length: 105 minutes
  • # of session participants allowed: 6-13

Abstracts?

  • Does it allow for individual abstracts? NO.
  • Length of individual abstracts: N/A
  • Length of overall session abstract: 500 word maximum (and a 50 word minimum)

Role limits:

  • Organizers: 1 (min) to 2 (max)
  • Chairs: 1 (min) to 2 (max)
  • Discussants: 0 (min) to 2 (max)
  • Roundtable Presenters: 4 (min) to 7 (max)

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Conversation / Debate

Conversations or Debates are engaging sessions WITHOUT papers or timed 15-minute presentations. Participants engage in a traditional-style debate led by one or two moderators, followed by a brief question and answer session for audience members. No papers are presented in this format, and participation in a conversation or debate session is weighted equally to that of delivering a paper presentation. These submissions are reviewed by the EPC.

Virtual Conversations or Debates will be presented, recorded, and captioned in real time. Participants must agree to be recorded, and to have their recordings posted online through the end of December 2021.

Session format: In person, in Seattle OR Virtual – Both Live

  • Session length: 105 minutes
  • # of session participants allowed: 2-6

Abstracts?

  • Does it allow for individual abstracts? NO.
  • Length of individual abstracts: N/A
  • Length of overall session abstract: 500 word maximum (and a 50 word minimum)

Role limits:

  • Organizers: 1 (min) to 1 (max)
  • Moderator: 1 (min) to 2 (max)
  • Speaker: 2 (min) to 4 (max)

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Interview – In-person or Virtual Live

Interviews are one-on-one conversations in which a host interviews one person about a topic, engaging in a lively discussion, followed by a question and answer session for audience members. This event should be conversational in nature and should not include a recitation of papers. Participation in an interview is weighted equally to that of delivering a paper presentation. Interviews are submitted during the general call for participation period as final, fully-formed sessions. These proposals are peer reviewed, evaluated, and ranked by AAA section program chairs. If accepted, they are sent to the Executive Program Committee (EPC) to be included in the scholarly program – but are subject to further review by the EPC.

Interviews will be presented, recorded, and captioned in real time. Participants must agree to be recorded, and to have their recordings posted online through the end of December 2022.

Session format: In person, in Seattle OR Virtual – Both Live

  • Session length: 105 minutes
  • # of session participants allowed: 2

Abstracts?

  • Does it allow for individual abstracts? NO.
  • Length of individual abstracts: N/A
  • Length of overall session abstract: 500 word maximum (and a 50 word minimum)

Role limits:

  • Organizers: 1 (max)
  • Interviewer: 1 (max)
  • Interviewee: 1 (max)

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Submission Portal

Deadline: 11:59 pm Eastern on Friday, August 26.

All group proposals must be completed by the session organizer. Your participants will not receive an invitation to log into the Submission Portal. Session Organizers are responsible for adding all the final session information during submission.

The submission portal for Late-Breaking Sessions opens Wednesday, July 27 at 3 pm.

The submission portal is now closed.

Deadline

  • Friday, August 26, 2021 – 11:59 PM Eastern Time
    • New submissions not accepted after this time.

Accept/decline notifications will be sent during the week of September 19.

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