Annual Meeting Update

SLC logo final.jpgJames McDonald
2022 Program Chair

I hope that everyone had a safe, fun, and fulfilling holiday season! Now that all the revelry is past, we are on our final push to the 2022 SfAA conference in Salt Lake City, March 22-26. Here’s a quick breakdown of the meeting. We have 1,122 submissions in a variety of formats including traditional papers, workshops, panels, roundtables, and posters. There will be 144 sessions with the majority live on-site (30 of the 95 on-site will be live streamed); 48 are virtual; and one pre-recorded. Our daily schedule will be a bit more relaxed this year—9:00am through 5:30pm leaving plenty of time to get coffee and breakfast in the morning, as well as giving everyone welcome time in the evening for dinner and confabbing. 

Don’t forget to make those hotel reservations at the Sheraton Downtown through the SfAA website to get our excellent conference rate ( As a reminder, staying at the conference hotel helps generate much-needed revenue for the SfAA, and makes attendance at your favorite sessions and events a breeze. The hotel is situated close to lots of great restaurants, brew pubs, and nightlife so there will be plenty of opportunity to enjoy getting together with old and new friends and colleagues. 

We welcome new international participants including a co-sponsorship with the European Association of Social Anthropology (EASA) and their Applied Anthropology Network (AAN). There will also be a new group of colleagues joining us from Bangladesh that will bring a dynamic and very interesting dimension to the meeting.  

For those of you monitoring the weather, as of this writing it is the same temperature in Central Alabama as in Salt Lake City (33 degrees Fahrenheit). However, that’s where the comparison stops. Up in the mountains, the numerous area ski resorts are all reporting noteworthy snowpack (Alta and Snowbird have a whopping 80+ inches this year and we’re just really getting started). If you’re thusly inclined, it’s a good year to strap on your skis and don some gear for the best powder skiing in America. By March there should be spring skiing at its best with Salt Lake City and the greater valley area nudging into springtime weather. 

I look forward to seeing everyone later this spring and wish everyone the best as we move through winter toward our spring meeting. 

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