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2020 AAA Annual Meeting, November 18-22 | St. Louis, MO  Logo Banner - Truth and Responsibility on a stylized pencil with the St. Louis arch and skyline in the background

Welcome to the 2020 AAA Annual Meeting Call for Papers Site

This year, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting will be held in St. Louis, MO, and 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.

The submission portal is currently accepting General Call for Papers submissions via the following formats–

General Call for Papers Format for Groups of Four or More:
  • Oral Presentation Session
  • Retrospective Oral Presentation Session
  • Roundtable
  • Retrospective Roundtable
  • Group Flash Presentation Session
  • Group Gallery Session (Curated Poster Session)
  • Workshop
  • Metoring Event
  • Installation

General Call for Papers Format for Individual Submitters:

  • Individually Volunteered Paper
  • Individual Gallery (Poster)
  • Installation

>> Click here to learn more about our General Call for Papers formats.

The deadline for starting a new submission to the General Call for Papers is Friday, May 15 at 3:00 pm Eastern time. The deadline to submit any submissions is Wednesday, May 20 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 2020 AAA Annual Meeting Program.


  • Wednesday, February 12: Submission portal opens for General Call for Papers
  • Friday, May 15 (3 pm ET): Deadline to begin a submission for the General Call for Papers
  • Wednesday, May 20 (3 pm ET): Deadline to complete submissions for the General Call for Papers
  • Week of August 24: Accept/Decline notifications sent to all submitters
    • Participant Requirements:
      • Meeting registration and AAA membership is NOT required for all participants at the time of submission. Participants who are accepted onto the program (announced in late-summer) will be required to register for the meeting and join/renew their membership with the AAA.
        >> Click here for information on how to join the AAA or renew your membership.
        >> Click here to register for the Annual Meeting.

        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 2020 AAA Submission Portal

Questions? AAA Meetings Department: Debra Grandy -