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79th Plains Anthropological Conference 2022 | October 12-15, 2022 | Oklahoma City, OK

Call for Papers 2022

The Plains Anthropological Conference is a large regional meeting that attracts professionals and students from across the Great Plains. This conference encourages the exchange of ideas and information pertaining to peoples and cultures of the North American Great Plains. The 2022 conference will be October 12-15 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We encourage papers, posters, and organized sessions on topics related to Anthropology and Ethnohistory on the Great Plains.

Presenters at the 2022 Plains Anthropological Conference must be current members of the Plains Anthropological Society and must register for the conference prior to submitting their abstracts. Individuals who wish to register for the conference or present must sign a statement verifying that they agree to abide by Plains Anthropological Society standards of behavior regarding harassment and assault and that they have not been accused and convicted of behavior that violates these standards. Conference organizers will evaluate all paper, poster, and symposium submissions to ensure that they are consistent with the ethics statements of the Plains Anthropological Society. Papers deemed to violate these statements will not be accepted.

This year, Tribal members and students are able to register and attend the conference for free. Please note that Tribal members and students will need to be members of the Plains Anthropological Society to present.    

Session organizers and chairs must provide PC laptops for their sessions or symposiums. Projectors will be available in each room. Plan to coordinate with your organizer or chair to load your presentation before your session! 

Paper presentations are limited to 20 minutes and posters may be no larger than 36 by 72 inches. 


Submission Schedule 

Symposia 

We encourage our members to organize half-day paper and poster symposia. The deadline for symposia proposals is September 2. The deadline for submitting complete symposia packages is September 9. Symposia with incomplete submission packages will not be accepted after the September 9 deadline. Individual papers and posters given within organized symposia must adhere to format requirements for all papers and posters. 

Symposia Proposals—Due September 2
Email the following information to:  conference@plainsanthropologicalsociety.org

  • Organizer(s) 
  • Symposium Title 
  • Abstract (150-word maximum) 
  • Format (paper or poster) 
  • Length: *Please note that symposia are limited to ½ day sessions 


Completed Symposia Packages – Due September 9 
Symposium organizer(s) provide the following via the Symposia Package portal: 

  • Symposium Organizer(s) put this in the Author section of the submission form 
  • Symposium Title 
  • Abstract (150-word maximum) 


Participating authors provide the following via the Abstract Submission portal: 

  • Author(s) 
  • Title 
  • Abstract (150-word maximum) 
  • Three key words 
  • Symposium Key Code (provided by Symposium Organizer(s))


General Session Papers – Abstracts due September 16 
Authors are invited to contribute individual papers for presentation in general thematic sessions. Individual paper authors need to submit the following information via the Abstract Submission portal by September 16: 

  • Author(s) and Affiliation(s) 
  • Title 
  • Abstract (150-word maximum) 
  • Three key words 


General Session Posters – Abstracts due September 16 
Authors are invited to contribute individual posters for presentation in general thematic sessions. Each presenter is responsible for putting up and taking down their poster in a timely manner and should plan to be present for their assigned session. Individual poster authors need to submit the following information via the Abstract Submission portal by September 16: 

  • Author(s) and Affiliation(s) 
  • Title 
  • Abstract (150-word maximum) 
  • Three key words 
     


Student Paper Competition

Students are encouraged to submit a paper on a research topic of their choice. Check the box for the Student Paper Competition when submitting an abstract. Contact Dr. Kacy Hollenback (khollenback@mail.smu.edu) if you have questions regarding the Student Paper Award. Participants will be contacted in advance of the conference to see if they would like a complimentary banquet ticket. The winner(s) will be announced at the conference banquet. More information on the Student Paper Competition can be found at https://plainsanthropologicalsociety.org/grants/student-paper.

Student Poster Competition

Students are encouraged to submit a poster on a research topic of their choice. Check the appropriate box when submitting an abstract. Contact Shawn Bubel (bubest@uleth.ca) if you have questions regarding the Student Poster Competition. The first author of each poster submission will be contacted in advance of the conference to see if they would like a complimentary banquet ticket. The winner(s) will be announced at the conference banquet. Additional information can be found at https://plainsanthropologicalsociety.org/grants/student-poster.

Native American Student Award

The Native American Student Award Committee of the Plains Anthropological Society may award one or more grants of up to $1000 each to qualifying Native American students. The Committee may evaluate and award separate grants to undergraduate and graduate students in Anthropology. Grant funds are intended to help defray the costs of tuition, books, room and board for the student(s). The successful recipient will receive a one‐year membership in the Plains Anthropological Society that includes receiving the peer‐reviewed journal Plains Anthropologist. For more information see https://plainsanthropologicalsociety.org/grants/Native-American-Student-Award.

General Information

Laptops will be provided for each session and symposium by session chairs. Digital presentations must be compatible with Windows 7 or higher. Microsoft PowerPoint compatible projectors will be available in each room. Plan to provide your session organizer with a USB compatible flash drive to download our presentation on to a laptop. Presentations created on Mac computers need to be viewable using the Windows operating system.


The 79th Annual Conference Logo was designed by Brandi Bethke who drew inspiration from the painted bison skull at the Cooper site (Oklahoma).