Annual Meeting



April 18-20

Peabody Hotel

Memphis, Tennessee


Faculty, students, independent scholars, and practitioners are invited to invited to attend to see papers, posters, organized sessions, workshops, and roundtables in all fields and subfields of anthropology, both academic and applied. The 98th annual CSAS conference is student-friendly and features a paper competition for both undergraduate and graduate students. It also offers an opportunity for anthropologists from throughout the Midwest, from institutions large and small, to meet, talk, and network in a welcoming and professional environment.


Distinguished Lecture: Vince Diaz, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
“Back to the Future: Navigating Micronesian Islands and Seas with Anishinabe and Dakota River and Skyways along the Mississippi”

You must register for the conference to submit an abstract. If your abstract is not accepted, you can ask for a refund of your registration fee.

Early online registration: CSAS regular member: $60; CSAS student member: $20; nonmember: $100; student non- member: $40. After March 15th: CSAS regular member: $75; CSAS student member: $30; non-member: $115; student non-member: $50.

To register click here

Friday evening buffet for attendees is $5.00 (students are free), and all meeting participants are welcome to attend the Saturday business lunch, for which the subsidized ticket price is $10.00.

To submit an abstract: Once you register (and pay fees), you will receive a registration confirmation email from aaameetings with a link to the abstract submissions website. Word limit: 250


Questions? Contact Charles Fruehling Springwood, 2019 Program Chair, [email protected]

The Central States Anthropological Society welcomes scholars from all over the world, studying anywhere in the world. Our annual conference fosters inter-generational conversation with a strong, welcoming Midwestern atmosphere of equality, camaraderie and mutual growth. Students enjoy the focused attention and collaborative questions they receive on their research presentations and the opportunity to present alongside some of the big names in anthropology.


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