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Updated Information Re. SLA 2020 Conference

Please review the updated submission information here for the most current information about the SLA 2020 conference.

Submission information

The submission portal is now open. Abstracts are due by 3:00 pm Eastern Time on Monday, December 16, 2019. (This due date is revised from the original due date of December 1.) Session abstracts are limited to 500 words; paper and poster abstracts to 250 words. The fee scale for the SLA 2020 Spring Conference is: $130 (SLA Professional), $150 (Non-SLA Professional), $50 (SLA Student), $70 (Non-SLA Student).

The SLA will prioritize submissions for organized panels, individual presentations, roundtables, posters, and installations that engage productively with our conference theme and involve creative and diverse participation across methods, disciplines, institutions, and professional levels. We especially welcome panels that involve graduate students, activists, and/or public figures in addition to faculty. We also encourage conference participants to consider presenting new or in-progress research in order to take full advantage of SLA’s interdisciplinary community of scholars. To that end, we encourage participants who have an innovative proposal that does not readily fit into the conference format to contact the conference organizers at for independent consideration.

Registration with the American Anthropological Association is a required first step before submitting an abstract. To register with the AAA, please log into the AAA Anthro Gateway. Click here to check if you have an existing AAA user account; if not, you will need to create a free AAA account before logging in by following the prompt to “Create an Account.” Once you have logged in from your account, select “Add Meeting Registration” on the left-hand side, then choose the link “SLA 2020 Spring Conference” to proceed. After registering with the AAA, you will receive a confirmation email and a link to submit your abstract.

It is not necessary to be a member of the SLA to submit an abstract or attend the SLA 2020 Spring Meeting. However, SLA membership will enable you to receive a discount on conference registration and a subscription to the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, as well as other perks. You may add your SLA membership to your AAA account at any time. Students may register for SLA membership at no cost.