Annual Meeting

Join us for the 2023 SAS Annual Meeting
At Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
March 9-11, 2023

The Theme for the 2022 Meeting is
Anthropological Orientations: Ways of Being Interdisciplinary

Please join us on March 9-11, 2023, at Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia, for the annual meeting of the Southern Anthropological Society (SAS). The theme for this years meetings asks the question, What are the various ways to be interdisciplinary? Richard Handler (2017) describes at least three ways to be interdisciplinary: as a kind of wide reading, multiple disciplines working together on social problems, or as a community of learners with an anthropological orientation to the world. Anthropologists often are employed in settings – whether public or private, academic or practitioner – where it is necessary to interact with other disciplines or fields, that is to be interdisciplinary. The 2023 Annual Meeting of the Southern Anthropological Society seeks presentations, posters, and roundtables illustrating the diverse ways in which scholars and practitioners engage with other disciplines, as well as how other fields are engaging with anthropology.Proposals on all topics are also welcome!

Proposals are due by December 1, 2022. For single paper or poster proposal, please email Shelly Yankovskyy ( the title of your paper or poster, a 100- to 200-word abstract, and your name and affiliation. For a session/panel proposal, please send the title of the session, a 100- to 200-word abstract of the session, the name and affiliation of the organizer(s), chair(s), and discussant(s), as well as the title and a 100- to 200-word abstract of each paper, and the names and affiliations of the participants. For a roundtable/workshop proposal, please send the title of the roundtable or workshop, the name and affiliation of the organizer(s) and chair(s), and the names and affiliations of the participants. All participants must be registered for the meetings and be a member of SAS (see below for registration and membership information).

The SAS also has a student paper prize in both the undergraduate and graduate categories. All student papers presented at the conference are eligible for the prize which carries a $200 award. Completed papers must be submitted by February 1, 2023, to Abby Wightman ( For submission guidelines and more information on the Student Paper Prize click here.

We are thrilled to provide a conference that is open to graduate and undergraduate students and encourage submissions by anthropologists and academics from other fields, at all career stages (student, faculty, applied field, etc.), and provide discounted registration and membership fees for students, contingent workers, and retired individuals. All participants must be members of SAS. You can register and join SAS through the PayPal link below, or go to the Membership page here, or through regular mail by completing and sending this membership and registration form.

Information on hotels, conference activities, and the banquet are forthcoming. Please check back on this page soon. The contact person for the 2023 meetings is Shelly Yankovskyy, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, Valdosta State University, 1500 N. Patterson St., Valdosta, GA 31698, email:, tel: 229-253-2867.

Get to know Valdosta!

The Holiday Inn (1805 West Hill Ave., Valdosta, GA 31601) is providing a group rate for two nights of the conference. On Thursday, March 9 the group rate for SAS is $119. On Friday, March 10 the group rate for SAS is $149. These rates expire on February 10, so use the booking link to reserve your room for both nights. If you’d like to book a room for only one night at the SAS rate, please call the Holiday Inn at 229-244-1111 to book your room.

Registration and Membership Options

Conference attendees and participants must pay both the registration fee and membership dues.