Annual Meeting

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.


CSAS 2021

Celebrate a century of Spring Soirees(!) in a virtual meeting on April 24-25, 2021

Our annual get-together of the Central States Anthropological Society will be held virtually on April 24 and 25, 2021. You won’t have to travel far. Please join us from the comfort of your couch … And you won’t have to pay very much, as registration is FREE. (But you’ll have to provide your own snacks at break …).

Faculty, students, independent scholars, and practitioners are invited to present or hear papers, and participate in workshops and roundtables, in all five fields of anthropology, including applied subdisciplines. This meeting also offers an opportunity for anthropologists from throughout the greater Central States area (like, from California to Connecticut), from institutions large and small, to meet, talk, and network together in a welcoming and genial professional environment.

If you wish to present an individually-volunteered paper, participate in an organized session or propose a workshop, please submit an abstract (of about 250 words). The CSAS encourages student participation in any of these venues. They are also invited to enter their submitted papers in our undergraduate and graduate prize competitions.

New this year will be the hosting of “seminar sessions,” which will be of particular interest to faculty members and advanced graduate students. They will offer an opportunity to get helpful feedback on a current project, such as book, thesis, journal article, or grant application. In a seminar session, papers can be presented to potential audience members ahead of time. During the session, the author(s) will summarize their work for some ten or fifteen minutes, followed by a moderated discussion. These sessions can be up to an hour.

The contact person for CSAS 21 is Jim Stanlaw (; 309-454-2151) at Illinois State University. He is available to discuss any paper, seminar session, workshop, or organized symposia that members may wish to propose.

Download the final CSAS 2021 program here.

You can also download our information letter about this year’s online meeting.