Society for Humanistic Anthropology – 2014 Call for Papers

SHA welcomes paper and poster session proposals for consideration at this year’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. (December 3-7, 2014). The theme for the meeting is “Producing Anthropology,” which provides a rich context for exploring the innovative and exciting work conducted under the broad rubric of humanistic anthropology. 

For the 2014 Annual Meeting, the SVA programming committee consists of:

Jonathan S. Marion (; Kristen Ghodsee (

SHA encourages innovative formats, including poster sessions, workshops, and other formats fostering more dynamic discussion periods.

Upcoming deadlines and the appropriate contacts for each:

• For the official AAA Call for Papers, see:

• Online abstract submission system opens for all proposal types on February 16, 2014

Volunteered Papers/Posters/Sessions – Due April 15, 2014 online

To Submit a Paper/Poster, go to AAA website and follow the links to the call for papers. A paper/poster abstract of up to 250 words is required. To submit a session (including Roundtables), go to AAA website and follow the links to the call for papers. A session abstract of up to 500 words is required. Meeting registration forms and fees must be submitted for each participant. Submission deadline is 5:00 pm EST (10:00 pm GMT) April 15.

Retrospective Sessions – Due April 15, 2014 online

Retrospective sessions are new to the AAA Annual Meeting Program in 2014. They are intended to highlight career contributions of established leading scholars (for example, on the occasion of their retirement or significant anniversary). To submit a proposal for an invited session, go to and follow the links to the call for papers

SHA Sponsored Session Proposals – Due April 15, 2014 online

This includes all paper and poster sessions, roundtable proposals, and individual paper/poster submissions. All Invited Session Proposals (paper or poster sessions) must include a session abstract of up to 500 words and information for all participants (including individual abstracts and any technical needs for your session). Submission will be through the AAA website. We highly encourage anyone planning to submit an invited session proposal to contact us ASAP, ideally by March 1, 2014. The AAA will announce decisions in early April. Participants must abide by the AAA rules regarding roles, registration, and fees.

Workshops –Due April 15, 2014 online via the SHA Programming Committee 

Workshops have been a traditional part of SHA’s offerings at the AAA Annual Meetings, and anyone with an idea for or interested in facilitating a workshop at the 2014 Meeting is encouraged to get in touch with the SHA Programming Co-chairs as soon as possible.

Installations – Due April 15, 2014 online via the AAA Programming Committee

Installations (a remix and rebirth of “InnoVents” and “Salons” introduced to the AAA Annual Meetings program in recent years) invite anthropological knowledge off the beaten path of the written conference paper. Presenters may propose performances, recitals, conversations, author-meets-critic roundtables, salon reading workshops, oral history recording sessions and other alternative, creative forms of intellectual expression for consideration. Selected Installations will be curated for off-site exhibition and tied to the official AAA conference program. Installations are meant to disrupt who and what we tend to see at the Annual Meetings, helping attendees encounter new people and to do different kinds of things at the intersections of anthropological arts, sciences, and cultural expression.


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