AAS Conference Connection: Looking Ahead to 2020

Welcome to the AAS Conference Connection. In order to provide the most up-to-date information and offer the best possible experience, we will periodically send an email and post on our website information regarding the upcoming AAS Annual Conference. 

NEW! Conference Mentor Program

The AAS is excited to launch a new conference initiative—the AAS Conference Mentor Program. This program aims to build community within the AAS and serves as a vehicle for graduate students and early-career scholars to experience professional development at the AAS conference. 

We are currently accepting applications to serve as a Mentor at the 2020 conference in Boston. This is approximately a 60-90 minute commitment; however, we welcome individuals willing to commit to multiple sessions, speaking on more than one topic. Once mentors and a schedule are confirmed in early 2020, mentees will have the opportunity to sign up for a mentor group session (space is limited). For more information, click here.

NEW! Childcare at the Conference

The AAS is pleased to announce that on-site childcare will be available to all conference attendees in Boston. Previously, limited reimbursements were available to panel participants and we provided a listing to childcare providers in the local area. However, beginning with the 2020 Annual Conference we will be working with ACCENT on Children’s Arrangements, a national company that specializes in offering childcare at large conferences. The AAS strives to make the Annual Conference an inclusive event for all, and providing this long-requested service to our members helps us move toward achieving that goal. Pre-registration for childcare will open in January. For more information on rates, services, and the company, click here.

2020 AAS-SSRC Dissertation Workshop

This annual workshop will be held in Boston immediately prior to the AAS 2020 Annual Conference. This year’s workshop theme is “Borders, Migration, and Transnational Flows,” and all doctoral students in the dissertation proposal or research stage working on relevant projects are encouraged to submit a proposal. The submission deadline is January 6, 2020. Click here for more information.

Conference Hotel

Don’t forget to book your hotel room at our conference headquarters, Sheraton Boston Hotel. Additional overflow rooms are available at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel. Rooms generally sell out by early January, so make sure to book today. The AAS discounted conference rates and hotel-booking links are available on our hotel accommodations webpage

Important notice regarding hotel reservations and third parties

Please be advised that the AAS DOES NOT work with any third parties in regards to booking hotel rooms or airfares for conference attendance. If a company contacts you and states that they are calling on behalf of the AAS, THIS IS A SCAM. No one person or organization has been authorized to contact conference attendees to sell these services, despite their claims. We will never call you, and if an email on this topic arrives from any address other than one ending in asianstudies.org, please disregard the message.

Conference Registration

Pre-registration rates are still available. Register today to ensure you receive the best rate. 

Online Program

The full online program (itinerary planner) is now available for viewing. The program includes a listing of all accepted sessions and papers, along with the scheduled dates and times of each session. Take a moment to review the program and create a personalized schedule of events.


Is your committee or group interested in holding a meeting or event in Boston?  The AAS is accepting requests for meeting space for your event to be held in conjunction with the AAS Annual Conference.  Please submit your request here

Click here to view the list of scheduled group meetings and events.

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