Call for Papers

2023 AM Logo.jpgSfAA invites anyone in the Applied Social Sciences to submit abstracts (sessions, papers, posters, videos, and workshops) for the Program of the 83rd Annual Meeting for the Society for Applied Anthropology in Cincinnati, OH, March 28 - April 1, 2023. The theme of the program is "Applied Anthropology at a Crossroad".

Registration is now open for the Society for Applied Anthropology 83nd Annual Meeting, to be held at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel. We invite you to join us for the 2023 annual meeting to examine the many potentials of applied anthropology and other social sciences. The meeting will be hybrid in format, with onsite meetings in Cincinnati, Ohio, prerecorded online content, and online synchronous and asynchronous discussion and networking opportunities.  More information on the format and participation options can be found at the end of this message.

The theme for SfAA 2023 is "Applied Anthropology at a Crossroad". Applied anthropology is at an important crossroad. Longstanding political, sociocultural, and environmental problems persist, even as new problems emerge in an increasingly complex world reeling from the continuing impacts of a global pandemic, systemic inequalities, and increasing geopolitical instabilities.  Never has there been a more urgent need to understand humans and the structures and systems that frame their choices, or to employ the social sciences to find solutions to pressing needs at every level: local, regional, national, international, and global. This moment presents opportunities for integration of theory and practice, for greater collaboration between teachers, researchers, and practitioners. 
How can we better train future generations of anthropologists and other social scientists for the work they will do and the jobs that await them? Where and how can our methods and findings be better employed to ameliorate the problems of our time, and how can we more effectively influence decision makers in public and private spheres?  How can we “put to use” a decolonized applied anthropology to meet the challenges of the 21st century and promote social and racial justice? The annual meeting offers a forum for the articulation of innovative approaches to more creative teaching, research, and practice in anthropology and related social sciences.  In so doing, it can foster greater collaboration across different disciplines and subdisciplines, thereby creating new synergies to ethically employ anthropological research for social impact.    

The abstract submission deadline is October 15. Registration is required to submit an abstract. To begin the registration process and learn about the theme and participation options, please go to:


Additional Information on Format and Presentation Options for Cincinnati 2023

The SfAA 2023 Annual Meeting will use a hybrid model that builds on lessons learned from the 2022 annual meeting and a review of hybrid approaches used by other organizations. The presentation options are described below.

Presentation Type Format Options Notes
Organized session/panel/ roundtable In-person
Online (prerecorded)
All presenters in a session/panel/roundtable must agree on either an online or onsite format at the time abstracts are submitted. The SfAA cannot facilitate mixed in-person/Zoom sessions.
Volunteered papers In-person
Online (prerecorded)
In-person volunteer papers will be grouped into volunteered sessions. Online volunteer papers will be prerecorded and posted to Whova.
Posters In-person (printed)
Online (prerecorded video)
In-person posters must be printed and will be presented during the in-person poster session. Online posters must follow the video poster formatting instructions and time requirements and will be uploaded to Whova.

Other important details:

  • Session/presentation format cannot be changed after abstract submission. If you are scheduled to present in-person and find that you cannot be in-person, you may send a recording or paper to your session chair to play or read. If you are schedule to present online, and decide to attend in in person, you should still prerecord your presentation.

  • Scheduled live virtual discussions for prerecorded sessions will be facilitated for participants during the meeting. Text-based online discussions for asking and responding to questions are also available.

  • Key onsite events such as the business meeting, award ceremonies, and sessions that highlight the annual theme will be recorded and made available online to all registrants.

  • Information on local events, tours, historical and cultural sites will be available to onsite participants and shared virtually with online participants.

  • All session recordings will be available to participants for six months following the meeting.

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