The Association for Feminist Anthropology (AFA) Call for Proposals (AAA 2016)

The Association for Feminist Anthropology (AFA) welcomes sessions to be considered for inclusion in AFA’s program for the 115th AAA Annual Meetings to be held in Minneapolis, MN, November 16th-20th, 2016.  This year’s AAA general meeting theme is “Evidence, Accident, Discovery,” concepts that stimulate a broad range of topical and theoretical papers concerned with knowledge, authority, and causality.  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 interrogate what counts as evidence or accident or discovery, and show how feminist scholarship might illuminate these and other concepts.  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 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 for details.

Deadlines for Submissions: Unified submission deadline is April 15 for all invited, volunteered, and installation sessions, as well as individual volunteered papers and posters. Presenters must be registered by the April 15, 2016 final deadline in order to appear on the 2016 Annual Meeting Program.


  • Panel & Poster Submissions – Due April 15, 2016
  • Individual Paper Submissions – Due April 15, 2016
  • Roundtable Submissions – Due April 15, 2016
  • Installation Submissions – Due April 15, 2016


Organizers are responsible for submitting the session abstract (no more than

500 words), keywords, length of session, ideal space configurations, anticipated attendance, and presenter names and roles. Organizer’s membership must be current and have registered for the 2016 Annual Meeting. Organizers must submit this information by 5:00pm EDT on April 15, 2016.


Retrospective Sessions–Due April 15, 2016.


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.


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:

Joanna Davidson  ([email protected]) is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Boston University.  Joanna is a cultural anthropologist whose research has focused on rural West Africans’ responses to environmental and economic change.  She has conducted long-term ethnographic research in Guinea-Bissau among Jola rice cultivators and she is the author of Sacred Rice: Identity, Environment, & Development in Rural West Africa (Oxford University Press, 2016).  Her scholarly publications have appeared in American Ethnologist, African Studies Review, Culture, Agriculture, Food & Environment (CAFÉ), and other journals and edited volumes.  She is currently teaching and conducting research on a range of topics including anthropological engagements with development, transformations in women’s roles in rural Africa, and the politics of storytelling.


Caroline Yezer ([email protected]) is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.  Her work focuses on indigenous rights, political violence, and transitional justice in Peru.   She has published on the politics of memory in Peru’s Truth Commission, the crisis of indigenous citizenship in Ayacucho, Peru and the conflict between village governance, women’s rights and demilitarization.  Her coedited book Formas del Recuerdo: Etnografías de la violencia política en el Peru was published by the Institute for Peruvian Studies in Lima in 2013.  Her latest research is on Peru’s drug war, including the suspension of civil rights in the drug emergency zone, and the parallel rise of indigenous politics, and coca grower movement in Ayacucho and Pichari, Cusco.