2022 Conference & CFP

The 2022 Annual AAAS Conference will be taking place in Denver, Colorado from April 14-16, 2022.

Below, you will find the 2022 CFP guidelines and deadline to submit for consideration. Remember: You MUST be a current and active AAAS member in order to submit a proposal. Memberships now begin July 1 and run through June 30. New memberships have a 3-5 day turnaround; please do not renew or request a new membership right before the proposal submission deadline as you will not receive your membership information in time.

We encourage you to visit our Submissions Guidelines & FAQs page for information on rules for submissions, the variety of roles offered for the conference, presentation formats, and proposal submission FAQs.

Please note that our online submission portal is currently inactive as we renovate our website. The submission portal is expected to be available in August 2021. We will message to members when the submission portal is open!

AAAS 2022 Call for Papers: Ruin and Renewal

April 14-16, 2022 in Denver, CO
Submissions Due: October 4th, 2021 by 11:59pm PST

This 2022 conference signals the return of “live” conferencing after COVID-19 prompted the cancellation of the 2020 conference and virtual format of the 2021 conference. In reconvening, we can reflect on the continued effects of the Trump administration and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as ongoing problems that recent times have amplified, including systemic racism and sexism, climate change, and rising forced displacement around the world. 

Asian American experiences throughout this historical moment have varied. Many face hate crimes and eviction. Others have had to completely reconfigure jobs, family lives, and where and how to live. So many of us have had to work remotely and connect with each other virtually. What do we do now as we try to sustain ourselves and support one another? What are we building in terms of strategies of mutual aid and collective care? Where and how do we now cultivate joy, pleasure, and love? For many, this juncture represents a “reset” button that invites us to take the conference as an opportunity to reflect on the extent to which our work, personal care, and community commitment can be mutually supporting.

We will gather in Denver, Colorado–a prominent airport hub–in an attempt to mitigate the impact of fossil fuel emissions from airplane travel. Denver is characterized by histories of ruin and renewal–America’s Old West turned New Tech, a site of forced displacements and genocides that today boasts a multicultural future and aerospace development as the new American frontier, even as these innovations continue to wreak environmental havoc. As our conference site, Denver challenges us to think about Asian American studies in terms of entwined trajectories of ruin and renewal. What different meanings, aesthetics, and politics do these words carry? How have Asian/American settler colonialism, transnational capital, and technology contributed to various forms of ruin, and how have new worlds been imagined in the aftermath? How has Asian American studies contributed to unsustainable growth and development, and in what ways can it better theorize and practice sustainability and create durable networks of progressive change?

We welcome a range of interdisciplinary papers, panels, workshops, roundtables, performances, and demonstrations that grapple with these topics as well as with our broader role as Asian Americanists and how AAAS as an organization should function moving forward.