The American Ethnological Society hosts an annual spring conference, typically co-organized with another sub-section (e.g. CASCA, SANA, etc.). The conference organizers jointly develop a broad and pertinent theme in order to inspire and organize panel and individual paper submissions. AES encourages experimentation with different kinds of presentation styles beyond the “polished paper” approach. The AES spring conference invites participants to develop alternative presentations — such as informal discussions, extemporaneous talks, point/counterpoint sessions, and workshops – in order to encourage discussion over performance. Announcements regarding the AES spring conference will be posted on this website, as well as distributed at the annual AAA meeting, and published in the **AES Section News** of *Anthropology News*. AES also hosts panels, roundtables, workshops, meetings, and special events at the Annual Meetings.

  • This in-person spring conference is being co-hosted by three subsections of the AAA: AES, APLA and CAE.

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  •   Borders/Bridges In the current historical moment, many countries are experiencing resurgent racism, nativism, and authoritarian politics. As global economic instability and demographic changes transform entire nation-states, demagogues are testing […]

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  • March 14-16, 2019 St. Louis, MO Ethnographic Futures We are not in normal times. At least according to some. For others, the perverse assaults against bodies, land, science, and justice […]

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  • March 22-24, 2018 Philadelphia, PA Program Click here to view full conference program: link: http://bit.ly/AES-SVA-Program-2018. Hotel Reservations Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown Rittenhouse Square Hotel 1800 Market St Philadelphia, PA 19103 Reserve your […]

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  • Thursday, March 30 to Saturday, April 1, 2017 Stanford University Conference Theme People seek out exposure at one moment and run from it the next. As a source of hope, […]

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  • March 31 – April 2, 2016 Washington D.C. Incoherence: Disorder, Normativity, Anthropology Anthropology is about assembling worlds. Despite that impulse to order, much of cultural anthropology today reveals the disorderly, […]

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  • March 12-15, 2015 San Diego, California Theme: Emergence To emerge is to come forth, to come into view, to become known. Emergence may be predictable or unexpected, either an evolutionary […]

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  • Theme: In/visibility Projects, Media, Politics The visible and the unseen are states of growing anthropological engagement. The conference theme looks to visibilization and concealment, and their ambiguous thresholds, as prompts […]

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  • April 11-13, 2013 Chicago, IL Theme: Anthropologies of Conflict in a New Millenium American Ethnological Society and Association for Political and Legal Anthropology Spring Conference 2013 From the events of […]

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  • April 19-21, 2012 New York, NY Theme: Anthropologists Engage the World AES calls for papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, walking tours and posters that explore how anthropologists, through theory and practice […]

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  • April 14-17 San Juan, Puerto Rico Theme: New Forms of Difference, New Forms of Connection After more than three decades of neoliberal policies that largely redistributed wealth from poor to […]

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  • May 13-16, 2009 Vancouver, Canada Theme: Transnational Anthropologies Convergences and Divergences in Globalized Disciplinary Networks In an era when anthropology is increasingly attentive to transnational connections, globalized geographies, and diasporic […]

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