Call for Papers: 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS / SASci) will be participating in the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association from November 29 – December 3, 2017, in Washiington, D. C.  SAS/SASci events will include our annual Executive Board Meeting, our Business Meeting, and as many scholarly presentations as we can offer.

As both an independent scholarly organization (SASci) and a section of the American Anthropological Association (SAS), SASci/SAS promotes the scientific understanding of humanity through comparative, cognitive, empirically-grounded, and evolutionary approaches. We seek to fulfill the historic mission of anthropology to describe and explain the range of variation in human biology, society, and culture across time and space.  This does not mean that we are dedicated to any one view of what this scientific understanding is; it means we want to provide ways to compare one idea to another.

We invite scholars from any subdiscipline of anthropology, or from allied social sciences, to submit proposals for papers, posters, sessions or roundtables on any topic in anthropological science, broadly conceived.  Please distribute this call for papers widely to your colleagues.  You can join the effort by selecting the Society for Anthropological Sciences to review your submissions.

We encourage a wide variety of participants, particularly students, practitioners, and new members of the Society.  There are a number of student prizes available for SAS/SASci members who are current undergraduate and graduate students


The SAS/SASci website will have a copy of this call and a space tro discuss ideas.  The url is:

Please remember that the AAA requires all participants to submit abstracts and proposals online using the new submission portal.


Panels organized or proposed so far that we know of are:

  • Describing Collective Action and cooperation (Or collectivising action?) Wesley Allan-Arave ( will organize it. Leaf should contact Psychological Anthropology.
  • Language culture and Cognition Steve Chrisomalis is organizing it.
  • Memorial panel honoring Roy D’Andrade. Doug Hume has organized it as an invited session.

Other possibilities discussed at the November 2016 Business meeting were:

  • Anthropology and IRBs in universities
    • Making ideas objective
    • The way cultural models structure agreement on themselves
    • Anthropologists in Development
    • Anthropologists in Government
    • Repeated studies—stepping into the same river twice
    • Simulation as prediction (may be roundtables)


Registration is through the AAA website, and normally requires up to date AAA membership.  (Some exceptions can be applied for).  Panels are scheduled for one hour and forty-five minutes. In principle, it is up to us.   The AAA encourages a wide variety of sesssion types.  The description is here.  Organizers have one hour forty-five minutes to work with.  While the usual time allowed for papers is fifteen minutes, flexibility is possible.

PARTICIPATION RULES AND POLICIES are given in the  Annual Meeting Participation Rules and Policies. Note that meeting participation is limited to AAA members (with some exceptions). Also note the One-Plus-One rule: participants may only: (1) present one paper/poster, or serve as a participant on a roundtable or installation and (2) accept no more than one discussant role elsewhere on the program. An individual may serve as organizer or chair of an unlimited number of sessions. This rule is strictly enforced by the AAA Program Committee.

DATES: February 17th marked the opening for abstract submissions for all proposal types. The deadline for all submissions to the AAA website is 5PM EDT on April 14, 2017.

If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to contact me or one of the other members of the program committee by email:

Murray Leaf (Meeting Program Chair)

Stephen Chrisomalis

Douglas Hume