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77th Plains Anthropological Conference 2019 | October 16-19, 2019 | Bloomington, Indiana 

Conference Program

The Conference Program containing a conference schedule and presentation abstracts is now available! 

Mobile App

The mobile app for the 2019 Plains Conference is now available. The app has many handy features, including a digital schedule, the ability to set reminders, search for a particular author, venue map, and more!

To download the app, use an internet browser on your mobile device or tablet and go to:

From there, click on the link for the appropriate app store for you device (Apple for all Apple devices or Google Play for all Android devices). You should then be re-directed to the app store for your device and you will download the app as you would any other. 

If you have the app from last year, you will still need to download the newest version via the instructions above. The old app will not update.

Hotels and Conference Venue

The 77th Plains Anthropological Conference will be in Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University, from October 16th through October 19th, 2019. Bloomington is located 45 miles south of Indianapolis, and 100 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. The conference will be held at the Monroe Convention Center. Campus is located 1/2 mile, or a 12 minute walk, east of the Convention Center. With a student population of 43,000 (out of 85,000 total residents), Bloomington is definitely a college town. Note that the Convention Center and most of the hotels are located on one-way streets, so be careful! 

Conference Organizer

If you have any questions, please email Laura L. Scheiber and the conference committee: or

Laura L. Scheiber
Department of Anthropology 
Student Building 130, 701 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

General Information and Schedule

Field Trips -

Thursday Evening Reception - Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology. Food and drinks will be served (Free).

Friday Evening Banquet and Speaker - Pre-Banquet Happy Hour/Cash Bar with Banquet Buffet to follow ($50). Conference attendees may attend the keynote speaker presentation free of charge. 


Online Registration is now CLOSED! On-site registration will be available at the conference venue.

Registration after September 23
Regular Member: $150.00
Regular Non-Member $200.00
Student Member, Presenter: $50.00
Student Member, Non-Presenter: $65.00
Student Non-Member: $75.00
Family Member: $25.00 

If you are no longer able to join us in Bloomington, refunds may be requested until October 1, 2019. For more information, see our Refund Policy.


Student presenters (lead authors) will receive complementary registration to attend the Plains Anthropological Conference in Bloomington. Students do not need to enter the paper or poster competitions to qualify for this opportunity, but they do need to present their research in either a general or organized session. Non-presenting students will still receive a discounted registration rate ($60.00 for members, $75.00 for non-members). 

The Annual Student Workshop hosted by the Student Affairs Committee will be held on Friday, October 18 at noon. This year's topic is Transitioning from Student to Professional. Three speakers who have recently completed their degrees will discuss their experiences on the job market and in different professional environments, providing advice and answering questions.This event is open to all students, however free lunch will only be provided to the first 20 students who RSVP, so RSVP as soon as possible if you plan to attend. RSVPs may be sent to no later than October 4th.

The Student Paper and Poster Competitions encourage and recognize students who present professional quality papers and posters at the annual conference. All students attending are invited to compete for these annual awards. All competition participants will receive two complementary tickets to the conference banquet, where cash prize winners will be announced. For more information and competition guidelines, visit the Student Paper Competition and Student Poster Competition pages.

The Native American Student Award is a grant of up to $1000, intended to help defray the costs of tuition, books, room and board for qualifying Native American student(s). The successful recipient(s) will also receive a one-year membership in the Plains Anthropological Society that includes a subscription to the peer-reviewed journal Plains Anthropologist. Separate grants are available to undergraduate and graduate students in Anthropology. Chosen recipients will be announced at the conference banquet. Interested students may learn more about the award and how to apply on the Native American Student Award page. 

Undergraduate Student Travel Grants are available to support undergraduate travel to the annual meeting in Bloomington. Award amounts will vary, with a minimum of $250/recipient. Applications are due September 16th, with notification by September 23rd. For more information and to apply visit our Awards Page.

Conference Merchandise

Pre-orders for 2019 Plains Conference t-shirts, hats, and pint glasses are now closed. Limited quantities of these items will be available for purchase on-site at the conference venue. 


Vendors and Advertising

Vendor tables and program advertising orders are now closed. Contact Laura L. Scheiber and the conference committee if you have any questions about previously placed orders: or

Vendor Tables (6 feet in length)
1 table: $100.00
2 tables: $150.00
3 tables: $200.00

Conference Program Advertisements
¼ page: $75.00
½ page: $150.00
1 page: $250.00