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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, August 11, 2021, the submission portal will begin accepting Late-Breaking 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) –

Late-Breaking Formats for Groups of Two or More:
  • Late-Breaking Oral Presentation Session (In-Person Only)
  • Late-Breaking Roundtable / Town Hall (In-Person or Virtual)
  • Late-Breaking Conversation or Debate (In-Person or Virtual)

Late-Breaking Format for Individual Submitters:
  • Late-Breaking Individual Poster (In-Person or Virtual)

Learn more about our Late-Breaking Session formats.

The deadline for starting a new Late-Breaking submission is Friday, September 3 at 3:00 pm Eastern time. The deadline to complete and submit any proposals is Wednesday, September 8 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, August 11 (3 pm ET): Submission portal opens for Late-Breaking Proposals
  • Friday, September 3 (3 pm ET): Deadline to begin a submission for the Late-Breaking Call for Proposals
  • Wednesday, September 8 (3 pm ET): Deadline to complete submissions for the Late-Breaking Call for Proposals
  • Week of October 4: Accept/Decline notifications sent to all Late-Breaking 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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