Definition of AAA Meeting Terms

Board meeting: where section planning takes place, these are only open to section board members.

Business meeting: where a section takes care of its public events. These are open to anyone interested, and it is a good idea to visit a section’s business meeting if that section interests you so you can learn about its activities.

Film session: a screening of a film by anthropologists and of interest to anthropologists; there is no charge for attendance.

Invited session: panels that are sponsored by sections of the AAA to participate in the meeting; anyone can attend these sessions.

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. Like work shared in art venues, presentations selected as part of the AAA Installations program will draw on movement, sight, sound, smell, and taste to dwell on the haptic and engage AAA members and meeting attendees in a diverse world of the senses. 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. Successful proposals will offer attendees an opportunity to learn from a range of vested interests not typically encountered or easily found on the traditional AAA 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. The majority of Installations do not require a registration. Exceptions will be marked with an asterisk.

Interest group: a group, usually smaller than section or opting not to become a full section, an less formal than a section, of anthropologists with a particular set of interests, professional or academic.

Paper: a formal, spoken 15-minute presentation, often accompanied by PowerPoint slide show; questions are held until the end of the session.

Poster: large, graphic presentations with no formal discussion; visit any posters of interest; dialogue with presenters is encouraged.

Reception: sponsored events generally open to anyone, often with free refreshments.

Roundtable: forums to discuss critical social issues affecting anthropology; very participatory with dialogue between the panel and audience.

Salon: a new type of event, a salon focuses on a classic text which a group of anthropologists have decided to re-visit in more detail.

Section: an organization within the AAA, usually centered on an area of anthropological interest or identity, which has a significant membership, a budget, conducts activities throughout the year, hosts events at the annual meetings, and often times publishes an academic journal

Social (cash bar): sponsored by sections, focused on networking and socializing; individuals pay for their own drinks.

Volunteered Panel Sessions: either organized by presenters or assembled from individual proposals; these sessions are subjected to a peer review process; anyone can attend these sessions.

Workshop: hands-on presentations on a given topic; usually require advance registration.

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