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February 1, 2013

American Anthropological Association Meetings 2013

February 1, 2013 | By |

The SVA welcomes paper and poster session proposals for consideration at this year’s Annual Meeting iChicago (November 20-24, 2013). The theme for the meeting is “Future Publics, Current Engagements,” which provides a richcontext for exploring the innovative and exciting work conducted under the broad rubric of visual anthropology. Lastyear, SVsponsored sessions explored such diverse topics as public art, visual ethics, photography of the unsettling, sensinculture, visualizing history, aesthetic production, digitastorytelling and visualizing the technological disjoint in communities.


For the 2013 AnnuaMeeting, the SVA programming committee consists of:


Jennifer Wolowic (

Fiona P. McDonald (

Both Jennifer and Fiona are more than happy to work with you on your paper, poster, or roundtable sessions. We’rehappy to assist session organizers with the structuring of their proposals. The SVA encourages innovative formats, including poster sessionsextended screening of visual materials, and fostering more dynamic discussion periods.


Here is a breakdown of upcoming deadlines and the appropriate contacts for each.


Paper/Poster/Roundtable Sessions – submit through the AAA website

SVA Section Invited Session Proposals due March 15, 2013 online

All Invited Session Proposals (paper or poster sessionsmust 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. Decisions will be announced in early April.


SVA Sponsored Session Proposals – due April 15, 2013 online

Alsponsored session proposalmust be submitted online bApri15, 2013. This includes all papeand poster sessions,roundtable proposals, and individual paper/poster submissions. Submissions must include a 500-word abstract, as well as individual abstracts for each participant (as necessary). Participants must abide by the AAA rules regarding roles, registration, and fees.


Installations due April 15, 2013 online through 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.


If you have an idea for an Installation you would like to offer that might be on interest to the SVA, please contactJennifer and Fiona ASAP to discuss the possibilities!

SVA Film, Video, and Interactive Media Festival Submissions April 15, 2013

Contact: Harjant Gill (

Karen Nakamura (

Jenny Chio (

The SVA Film, Video, and Interactive Media Festival encourage the submission of short work(under 15 minutes), full-lengtethnographic films, and interactive media. Awards will be given to the best workin a number of categories,including student films and short films. The submission deadline is April 15, 2013, with early-bird discounts for submissions sent before March 1, 2013. Festival Submissions open February 1, 2013. Please check the SVA website for complete details (including information on where to send your previews).

Submit films via (WAB):


SVA Visual Research Conference Submissions -March 2013 (due date TBA)

Contacts: Tom Blakely ( and copy

Andrea Heckman (

Jerome Crowder (


The SVA Visual Research Conference provides a collegial environment for the presentation of works-in-progress, as well as research findings. Sessions are allotted approximately forty-five minutes for several scheduled presentationand discussions, thus facilitating real engagement between the audience and the researcher(s). The Visual Research Conference will take place November 17 19, 2013.


Check the SVA website for updates regarding the SVA Film, Video, and Interactive Media FestivalSubmissions and SVA Visual Research Conference Submissions


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