The Association for Feminist Anthropology (AFA) welcomes sessions to be considered for inclusion in AFA’s program for the 116th AAA Annual Meetings to be held in Washington, D.C. November 29th through December 3rd 2017. This year’s AAA general meeting theme “Anthropology Matters!” challenges anthropologists across the discipline to relate our scholarship to crises today.

For this year’s AFA Program, we are especially interested in papers and panels that tackle such concerns from gendered and feminist perspectives. We encourage ethnographically-grounded panels and papers that speak to longstanding and/or novel approaches in feminist anthropology, especially those that reconsider or interrogate what it means to make “anthropology matter” to broad issues of exclusion and oppression today, or to similar crises across regions and eras. Feminist scholarship aims to be relevant to problems of social belonging, inequality, education and advocacy. But, does feminist anthropology “matter” today? How can feminist anthropological research intervene in public debates or open up new spaces of relevance or alliance in the world?

Specific topics and regional foci are open. As always, we seek traditional papers and panels, but we are also open to posters, workshops, and roundtables. Finally, AFA seeks invited sessions that foster collaboration with other AAA sections, thus allowing AFA to maximize its presence in the conference program. We therefore encourage panel submitters to consider a wider audience, and indicate on your submission what other AAA sections that might be interested in co-sponsoring your invited session.

Please note: There have been important changes to the AAA submission and participation guidelines. Please see the CFP guidelines on the AAA website for details.

Deadlines for Submissions:

Unified submission deadline is FRIDAY APRIL 14TH 2017 at 5 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) for all invited, volunteered, and installation sessions, as well as individual volunteered papers and posters. Presenters must be registered for the AAA conference by the April 14, 2017 final deadline in order to appear on the 2017 Annual Meeting Program. For more details on each type of submission listed below, please see the AAA guidelines on proposal submissions.

AFA Invited and Volunteered Sessions Submissions – Due April 14, 2017 by 5 pm EDT

Individually Volunteered Papers and Poster Submissions– Due April 14, 2017 by 5 pm EDT

Gallery Session Submissions– Due April 14, 2017 by 5 pm EDT – Gallery (formerly “posters”) sessions are sponsored by individual sections and can be submitted as a block of 3-10 presenters or can be comprised of individually submitted posters or related modes of visual display of content during the call for papers. Various modes of visual presentation are encouraged.

Retrospective Session Submissions – Due April 14, 2017 by 5 pm EDT – Retrospective sessions are new to the AAA. The purpose of this type of session is to recognize the career contributions of established leading scholars (for example on the occasion of their retirement or significant anniversary). This session type will be part of the normal scholarly program and may be submitted by any individual and sponsored by any sponsoring entity

AFA Invited & Volunteered Roundtable Submissions – Due April 14, 2017 by 5 pm EDT

Installation Submissions – Due April 14, 2017 by 5 pm EDT
Note: There will be no more “double sessions,” and the Chair role no longer counts against the 1+1 role rule. The online abstract submission system is currently open for all proposal types.

** Questions regarding submissions to the AFA Program can be directed to the AFA Program Co-Chairs

Caroline Yezer ([email protected])

Meena Khandelwal ([email protected])


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