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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, March 31, 2021, the submission portal will begin accepting General Call for Papers 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 only, Virtual only, or either) –

General Call for Papers Format for Groups of Two or More:
  • Oral Presentation Session (In-Person Only)
  • Roundtable / Town Hall (In-Person or Virtual)
  • Conversation or Debate (In-Person or Virtual)
  • Interview (In-Person or Virtual)
  • Podcast (Virtual Only)

General Call for Papers Format for Individual Submitters:
  • Individual Flash Presentation (In-Person Only)
  • Individual Poster (In-Person or Virtual)
  • Individually Volunteered Paper (In-Person Only)
  • Talk (Virtual Only)
  • Three-Minute Thesis Competition (Virtual Only)

Installations (In-Person Only):
  • Installation (In-Person Only) submissions will be accepted, reviewed, and selected by the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA). Those wishing to submit Installation submissions should select the "Society for Visual Anthropology" as their primary section during the submission process. Once SVA is selected, "Installation" will be one of the submission types available, along with the group and individual formats bulleted outlined above. Installations will only be accepted in the in-person format and are not available for other sections.

This year, AAA will NOT accept proposals for the following formats:
  • Group Flash Presentation Sessions
  • Group Gallery Sessions (Curated Group Poster Sessions)
  • Retrospective Oral Presentation Sessions (feel welcome to submit these simply as Oral Presentation Sessions)
  • Retrospective Roundtables (feel welcome to submit these simply as Roundtable / Town Hall sessions)

If you started a 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. If you started a proposal for a submission type that is no longer being accepted in 2021, our team has selected the closest submission type to your previous selection and updated your proposal for you. All 2020 submissions must be resubmitted in order to be considered for the 2021 program. If you do not see your submission in the system, there was likely no applicable submission type available for 2021. Please contact us at to discuss an alternate format.

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 21 at 3:00 pm Eastern time. The deadline to complete and submit any proposals is Wednesday, May 26 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, March 31 (3 pm ET): Submission portal opens for General Call for Papers
  • Friday, May 21 (3 pm ET): Deadline to begin a submission for the General Call for Papers
  • Wednesday, May 26 (3 pm ET): Deadline to complete submissions for the General Call for Papers
  • Week of September 13: Accept/Decline notifications sent to all 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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