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2021 AAA Annual Meeting, November 17-21 | Baltimore, MD  Logo Banner - Truth and Responsibility on a stylized pencil with the Baltimore harbor skyline in the background

Welcome to the 2021 AAA Annual Meeting Call for Papers Site

This year, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting will be held in Baltimore, MD, and online virtually. The meeting's theme is Truth and Responsibility.

This portal is used to submit proposals and special events for the Annual Meeting program. Out of respect for diverse cultural traditions, we request that photographs of human remains be included in presentations only if absolutely necessary. Presenting images of Indigenous human remains, in particular, should be avoided.

The submission portal will open throughout the year for various submission formats.
For a full calendar of the submission periods, visit the AAA website.

At 3:00 pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, the submission portal will begin accepting Special Event submissions. For 2021, submitters will be able to choose between in-person and/or virtual formats for many of the submission types. Please refer to the list below to see the submission types available and the associated presentation formats available for each (In-Person or Virtual) –

Special Event Submission Types:
  • Mentoring Events (In-Person or Virtual)**
  • Distinguished or Awards Lectures (In-Person or Virtual)
  • Receptions (In-Person or Virtual)

**For 2021, Mentoring Events are being accepted during the Special Events Call for Proposals period. If you started a Mentoring Event submission for the 2020 AAA Call for Papers, you will be able to login to the 2021 portal to access, review, edit, and complete your submission. 2020 Mentoring Event submissions have been reassigned to the In-Person option, but you are free to transition your proposal to the Virtual Mentoring Event option if you choose. All 2020 submissions must be resubmitted, with their status marked as "Complete", in order to be considered for the 2021 Special Events program. If you have questions about transitioning your In-Person Mentoring Event to a Virtual one, please contact us at to discuss an alternate format.

Learn more about our Special Event formats.

The deadline to complete and submit any proposals is Wednesday, July 14 at 3:00 pm Eastern time.

Please use this submission portal to submit your proposal(s). Submissions submitted outside of this portal or emailed directly to AAA are ineligible and will not be considered for the 2021 AAA Annual Meeting Program.
2021 Timeline:
  • Wednesday, June 9 (3 pm ET): Submission portal opens for Special Event Proposals
  • Wednesday, July 14 (3 pm ET): Deadline to complete submissions for the Special Event Call for Proposals
  • Week of September 20: Accept/Decline notifications sent to all Special Event submitters
  • Friday, October 15 (3 pm ET): Deadline for all individuals on accepted submissions to complete the Annual Meeting eligibility requirements of registering for the AAA Annual Meeting *and* joining AAA.

  • Accessing the portal:
    • Click "Login" below to sign in with the email address tied to your AAA profile and password to begin.
    • Click "Create Now" if you do not have a profile.
      • You will be directed to the AAA website to create an AnthroGateway account, and then you'll revisit the abstract scorecard to log in with your AAA information.

Log in to the 2021 AAA Submission Portal

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