(Submissions are now closed, but this page is a good preview of the Annual Meeting.)

The Institute of Andean Studies calls for proposals for 20-minute online presentations and online posters. Members, non-members, and students are all welcome to propose presentations and posters in English or Spanish. First authors will participate in an online comment discussion associated with their presentation or poster, and presenters will participate in a scheduled, live online video discussion. Additional authors may optionally contribute to these discussions.


While IAS meetings have long emphasized "Andean archaeology and closely related subjects," we reemphasize that the Institute welcomes presentations and posters concerning all time periods and disciplines that illuminate the culture, history, or cultural development of people in the Andes before and after the trans-Atlantic encounter, up to the relatively recent historical past.


Starting this year, we will periodically call for presentations and posters for topical sessions that will be part (not all) of the Annual Meeting to encourage all of us to reflect on specific aspects Andean history and scholarship. This year, in recognition of the issues highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement, we particularly encourage presentations and posters that explore the rich history of Africans and their descendants in the Andes, as well as studies that examine issues of systemic racism in Andean studies. An invited keynote speaker will also present on this theme.


Successful proposals present and interpret evidence, usually from original field, lab, museum, and/or archival research. Most IAS presentations and posters are neither purely theoretical or speculative, nor purely descriptive. They make the material interesting. They often do so by shedding light on a question; inferring or testing an explanation; identifying or supporting a recurrent pattern; documenting a notable exception; establishing previously unrecognized or underappreciated facts; outlining a useful comparative case; telling a reasonably well-supported story about an event, change, interaction, or so on with resonance elsewhere; or in other ways. They use the evidence to make a point. Providing basic background information that is not widely known can be useful in itself, but it should be in the service of drawing out an interesting conclusion.


Posters are similar to presentations but lend themselves to presentation of quantitative or tabular evidence, or graphical comparisons, that reward careful examination. Posters best suit arguments that require relatively less text, and they often serve as starting points for discussions with other participants more easily than presentations do.


Technical details will be arranged with presenters and poster authors after acceptance.