Annual Meeting FAQs

Know Before You Go!

Where does the meeting take place?
Scholarly sessions and special events will take place at the Colorado Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Denver.

Where should I stay?
Hyatt Regency, DoubleTree by Hilton, Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Denver, Crowne Plaza Denver Downtown, Hitlon Garden Inn Denver Downtown, Embassy Suites Denver-- Downtown Convention Center. Go to our Hotel page to make your reservations.

Do I need to register in advance?
All attendees of the 114th Annual Meeting must be registered. 

The rates currently listed are the Pre-Registration Rates. Pre-Conference Rates will be active until October 31, 2015.

Where is registration located?
Registration will be located at the Colorado Convention Center

Registration Hours

Wednesday, November 18 7:30 am to 6:15 pm
Thursday, November 19 7:30 am to 6:15 pm
Friday, November 20 7:30 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 21 7:30 am to 6:15 pm
Sunday, November 22 7:30 am to 2:00 pm

Is it possible to receive a refund of registration fees?

Requests for refunds or cancellations must be made in writing. Prior to the April 15, 2015 deadline, proposals may be withdrawn by sending an email to Between April 16, 2015, and October 15, 2015, a written refund request will be subject to a $25 administrative fee, except for persons who submitted a proposal that was not accepted for the final program.

Program participant registration fees are non-refundable; cancellations will not be accepted nor refunds issued.
No refunds will be granted for requests received after October 15, 2015. Under no circumstances will AAA issue refunds for no-shows.  Badge sharing, splitting, and reprints are strictly prohibited.

If you registered as a non-member with a membership requirement exemption and decide to join AAA, the registration conversion can be accommodated within 30 days of the original transaction.

Is there a dress code?
The AAA Annual Meeting is a professional academic conference. Business casual attire is strongly recommended, particularly for those presenting research during the meeting.

DenverAre meals included in my registration fee?
No, there are no formal meals included in the Annual Meeting program.  Several AAA Sections, Affiliates and Universities typically host receptions in the evening that may or may not be open to attendees. Check your program for more information on these evening activities.

Is wi-fi available in the Convention Center?

Is the Exhibition open to all attendees?
Yes! The Exhibition Hall is a collection of top publishers, film producers, resources, and organizations who serve the discipline. Stop by to chat with representatives from these companies and see what products they have available.

Exhibit Hall Hours-- TBD

Are there any must-attend events?

All of them! But here are a few:

Executive Sessions

As an orienting theme for the 114th AAA Annual Meeting, we invited proposals for Executive Program Committee that press us to grapple with how and why this strategy proves both productive and obstructive, considering what it simultaneously opens up and 'nails down.' We particularly sought proposals that brought together and fostered dialogue among sub-fields as we scrutinize the multiple uses and effects of this durable anthropological 'way of knowing.'

Exhibit Hall

Find the latest books and supplies at the annual meeting exhibit hall, we'll be putting up an interactive map shortly, so you can see who will be coming this year. Exhibit hall is open Wednesday to Saturday in the Four Seasons Ballroom at the Colorado Convention Center.

Welcome Reception

Information coming soon!

Business Meeting

The Business Meeting will be held on Friday, November 20 from 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm in the Colorado Convention Center.

Presidential Address

This marks the end of Monica Heller's tenure as the president of AAA and the beginning of President-elect, Alisse Waterson's two year term. We ask you to join us as Monica bids farewell and passes the torch on Saturday, November 21 from 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm in the Colorado Convention Center.


Installations invite anthropological knowledge off the beaten path of the written conference paper. Like work shared in art venues, presentations selected as part of the AAA Installations program will draw on movement, sight, sound, smell, and taste to dwell on the haptic and engage AAA members and meeting attendees in a diverse world of the senses. Installations offer attendees an opportunity to learn from a range of vested interests not typically encountered or easily found on the traditional AAA program. Installations are meant to disrupt who and what we tend to see at the Annual Meetings, helping encounter presenters and attendees alike to do different kinds of things at the intersections of anthropological arts, sciences, and cultural expression.

Information coming soon!

Poster Sessions

Poster Sessions are an evolving piece of the annual meeting and an exciting way to express your work. Our poster sessions will be active from Thursday to Saturday in the Four Seasons Foyer in the Colorado Convention Center. Stop by, learn something new, and be a part of the conversation!

Student Saturday

Student Saturday was developed to encourage anthropology students to attend the AAA annual meetings and provide programming of particular interest to them. This event includes the annual Graduate School Fair in addition to special programs designed specifically for students joining us in Denver. Anthropology students may attend Student Saturday at the discounted rate of only $50 for one-day admission. Registration includes access to all regular sessions and special events on Saturday.

Information coming soon!


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