Call for Papers – Society for Anthropological Sciences Spring 2021 Meetings

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) will be holding its annual meeting from March 23-27, 2021 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, Norfolk, Virginia, in conjunction with the Society for Applied Anthropology. We invite scholars from any subdiscipline of anthropology, or from allied social sciences, to submit innovative proposals for papers, posters, sessions or round-tables on any topic in anthropological science, broadly conceived.

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (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. Our website is located at

We encourage a wide variety of participants this year, including students, practitioners, and new members of the Society. There are a number of student prizes available for SAS members who are current undergraduate and graduate students (see Please distribute this call for papers widely to your colleagues.

Registration for the conference is coordinated through the SfAA site and includes access to all conference activities and panels. SAS allots 25-30 minutes including discussion for each oral presentation – we organize sessions with fewer presenters than SfAA normally does, which allows deeper, richer scholarly conversations to take place. Posters are also highly desirable and are welcomed by our review committee.

Registration for the conference must be done through the SfAA site at, before submitting an abstract. First, you will create an account by following the link at the top of the page (if you haven’t done so before) so that you are logged in to the system. Then you can register for the conference by clicking ‘Member Registration’. When registering, you must select ‘SAS’ under the ‘membership’ sub-menu to enjoy the early bird membership conference rate of $170 ($80 students) and to ensure that we know who is registering through SAS.

Once you have registered, you will be able to submit an individual abstract (100 words maximum) at through the SfAA online system. For sessions and roundtables, organizers must submit the proposal and list all participants, while the participants for sessions must also individually submit their abstracts. You must select ‘SAS’ under the first ‘sponsored by’ sub-menu for your abstract or proposal to be considered by our program committee rather than the general SfAA committee.

The deadline for online registration and submission of abstracts through the SfAA site is October 15, 2020. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our program committee chair: François Dengah II –