SANA Section Call for Proposal Submissions for AAA’s 2020:

The Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA) invites submissions for the American Anthropological Association’s 2020 Annual Meeting, to be held in St. Louis, November 18-22. This year’s theme is “Truth and Responsibility.” SANA seeks innovative, cohesive presentations that cross sub-fields and disciplines, that engage with the meeting’s theme, and that advance issues and debates within North American anthropology. We welcome projects that engage with applied and collaborative methods in the discipline. Panels are selected based on the quality of their individual papers, the coherence of the overall panel arrangement, and their relevance to North American anthropology.

The SANA programming co-chairs for the 2020 AAA Annual Meeting are Jennifer Erickson ( and Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz ( Please contact us regarding submission of your papers, posters, roundtable sessions, and flash presentation sessions. For a description of proposal submission types, see here and for a description of the review process, see here. SANA highly encourages innovative formats and topics that foster dynamic discussions as well as cooperation and co-sponsorship with other sections.

The extended hard deadline for all General Call proposals is May 20, 2020, 3:00 pm Eastern. For more information about submission deadlines see here.

At this time, the AAA is planning an in-person annual conference with contingency plans in the works should large gatherings remain a public health concern in November. 

Proposals should be submitted through the AAA website. Please contact Jennifer or Ruth should you have any questions about submitting a proposal.


SANA Anthropology News Section Call for Papers:

We are looking to publish 1400-word articles based on and including ethnographic research in North America, and which explain or illustrate an important idea in an accessible manner. All topics based on North America-based research are welcome, though we especially encourage those reckoning with the sociopolitical divisions of our time, and suggesting alternative possibilities for analysis and ethnographic engagement with pressing social issues. Get in touch with editors David Flood ( and Megan Raschig ( for more information, to make a pitch, or to submit your work.


Introducing “Communities”

To help bring our members closer together, next week we will launch Communities, a new communications platform that will replace the AAA-hosted email list service and offer significant enhancements to help you communicate, connect, and share with fellow anthropologists.

In addition to a community where you will be able to connect with all fellow AAA members, each section, interest group, and committee will have their own community where they can interact in real time. Members will be able to post discussions directly through the platform, message each other individually, or reply to and start discussion threads via email. The platform also allows you to share files and offers improved search capabilities.

SANA will continue to maintain its own listserv to communicate in addition to participating in Communities.


SANA Statement on U.S. Immigration Practices

The Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA) condemns in the strongest possible terms recent actions taken against migrants by the current administration. In particular, we call for a permanent moratorium on the practice of separating children from parents on the U.S.-Mexico border, and we demand that children and their families be reunited and released from U.S. detention facilities into the U.S. interior. We further demand that the administration end criminalization of migrants, recognize asylum claims based on threats of gender-based and organized violence, and, in general, treat asylum seekers and all migrants with dignity, care, and respect. Moreover, we call on the administration to acknowledge and address long-standing U.S. policies that have contributed to the erosion of safety and stability in migrants’ home societies across Latin America and the world. As a society with members who have expertise on human mobility across the North American continent, as well as on state-sponsored violence against migrants and others who are socially and legally devalued, we emphatically reject the racist, xenophobic, and patriarchal ideologies and policies advanced by this administration and others before it. ​​


JANA: Journal of the Anthropology of North America

The peer-reviewed Journal for the Anthropology of North America (JANA) has launched in the spring of 2018. The inaugural issue features research articles, a book review, and two new sections: Come to Terms and Snapshot.

Read more about the Journal for Anthropology of North America by clicking on the tab at the left side of the website navigation menu.

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