As the April 16 deadline approaches, it’s time to consider how you would like to participate in the Annual Meeting and compose your proposals. Whether you decide to submit a paper, gallery (poster), workshop, oral presentation session, or roundtable we encourage you to keep our peer review process in mind. Submissions are reviewed and ranked by section program chairs, and highly ranked proposals are most likely to be placed on the Annual Meeting program. To assist section program chairs and help ensure that we can accommodate as many papers and presentations as possible, please make sure that your abstract is clearly and accurately written, and that it is relevant to the anthropological concerns of your chosen section(s).
During the review process, program chairs and reviewers assess their received submissions to verify relevance to their section, designate Invited (section-sponsored) or Co-sponsored (sponsored by two sections) status to high-quality submissions, and form cohesive sessions from individual papers. Most importantly, all submissions are closely evaluated by program chairs and/or reviewers who consider the following categories during this process: (a) rigor of scholarship, (b) relevance to critical issues within the discipline, (c) importance to current issues of broad concern, and (d) overall quality.
We hope that you will come to the meetings ready to explore many of the pressing issues currently facing our discipline and our world and look forward to proposals that demonstrate how a focus on change can be a positive force for groundbreaking anthropological research, new forms of cultural understanding, scientific awareness, and global empathy. In 2018, there are many important challenges that anthropology is best suited to address, and this meeting is a moment to make that point loud and clear.
For more information visit the AAA Annual Meeting page on the AAA website.
Contact the AAA Meetings Department at [email protected]
Contact Executive Program Chair Jason De León at [email protected]
Jason De León is associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is executive program chair for the 2018 AAA Annual Meeting.
Cite as: De León, Jason. 2018. “Demystifying the Annual Meeting Submission Review Process.” Anthropology News website, March 26, 2018. DOI: 10.1111/AN.808