Society for Humanistic Anthropology – CFP for Denver 2015

SHA welcomes a variety of individual paper and session proposals for consideration at this year’s Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado (November 18-22, 2015). The theme for the meeting isFamiliar Strange,” which provides a rich context for exploring the innovative and exciting work conducted under the broad rubric of humanistic anthropology.

For the 2015 Annual Meeting, the SHA programming committee consists of: Jonathan S. Marion ( & Erik Aasland (

Jonathan and Erik than happy to work with you on your paper, poster, or roundtable presentations and sessions. SHA encourages innovative formats, including poster sessions, extended readings, and fostering more dynamic discussion periods. For all submissions, participants must abide by the AAA rules regarding roles, registration, deadlines, and fees. No exceptions.

There a many different ways for members to participate in the AAA meetings through SHA. All submissions are due April 15, 2015 unless otherwise indicated. The online abstract submission system is now open for all proposal types. Here are the types of submissions possible:

Panels and Sessions

Executive Panels (Due 2/17)

Roundtables (Due 4/15)

Invited Sessions (Due 4/15)

Volunteered Sessions (Due 4/15)

Visit here for a description of each submission type:

Most popular SHA submissions categories:

 Individually Volunteered Paper/Poster Presentations – Due 4/15, 2015

This includes all individual paper/poster submissions. To submit a proposal, go to AAA website and follow the links to the call for papers. A presentation abstract of up to 250 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, 2015. Be sure to indicate if you wish SHA to review your submission.

SHA Invited/Sponsored Session Proposals – Due 4/15, 2015 online

This includes all paper/poster sessions and roundtable proposals. All Session Proposals (paper, poster, or roundtable sessions) must include a session abstract of up to 500 words and information for all participants (including individual abstracts for paper/poster sessions, and any technical needs for your session). Submission will be through the AAA website. We highly encourage anyone wanting consideration for invited session status to contact us ASAP, ideally by March 20, 2015.

Installations – Due 4/15 online

Note: these are not officially SHA sessions, but may still be of interest.

Installations 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. Note: these are not officially SHA sessions.

Check the SHA website for deadline updates

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