Conference Connection: 21 Weeks ‘Til Boston

Welcome to the AAS Conference Connection. In order to provide the most up-to-date information and offer the best possible experience for AAS2020 attendees, we will periodically send an email and post at #AsiaNow information regarding the upcoming AAS Annual Conference. The notices will include recently added conference news, such as hotel and registration updates, as well as new programming information and much more. We hope you take a moment to read these updates, as we have many new opportunities and events planned for the Boston conference.

We will publish Conference Connection at our website approximately every 2-3 weeks for now, with more frequent posts appearing as the conference date approaches. All members will receive an initial email announcement regarding AAS Conference Connection; however, moving forward only registered conference attendees and session presenters will receive the emails. All announcements will still be available via the conference website. 

Preliminary Program Now Available

The online program (itinerary planner) is now available. The program includes a listing of all accepted sessions and papers, along with the scheduled dates and times of each session. Please note that this is a preliminary program and does not include the names of all presenters; only session organizers are listed at this time. The full program with all registered participants will post later this year. Click here to start planning your itinerary!

Graduate Student Free Conference Registration Lottery

The AAS is pleased to once again hold a complimentary registration lottery open to all students interested in attending the conference. Make sure to enter for a chance to win free registration in Boston. Ten (10) lucky students will be selected. For more information and to enter, click here!

New Hotel Rooms Added

A new overflow hotel has been added to the AAS 2020 hotel block. You may now book rooms at the Marriott Copley Place at the rate of $219/night+tax (single/double). This rate is good through October 31, 2019, after which the rate will increase to $229/night. Don’t forget—rooms are also still available at our headquarters hotel, Sheraton Boston Hotel. Click here to book at the discounted AAS rate today!

Call for Films–AAS2020 Film Expo

We are accepting film submissions to be included in the Film Expo to be held March 19-21 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. New in 2020:  We are now accepting digital film submissions.

The AAS Film Expo is open to the public. As a convenience to conference attendees, we also offer an on-demand screening room for anyone experiencing a conflict with the formal screening schedule. Reserve a time at the on-demand room and view the film at your leisure. The Call for Films submission deadline is November 15, 2019. For more information, click here.

Panel Presenter Resources

Are you presenting on a session in Boston? The AAS has created a webpage with resources for speakers as you move forward with your preparations. Please make sure to bookmark this page, as more information will post as it become available. Also, don’t forget: All panel speakers (this includes session chairs, discussants, and paper presenters) MUST register by the posted panel participants pre-registration deadline of November 12, 2019. Speakers not registered by this date will not see their names listed in the print program. Visit this page for more information regarding registration and other helpful resources.


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

Fun Facts About: Our Conference Logo

This ship is a nod to our host city of Boston and its rich history. Boston is one of the oldest municipalities in the United States, and it was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, including the Boston Tea Party. Upon gaining U.S. independence from Great Britain, it continued to be an important port and manufacturing hub, as well as a center for education and culture. Today, Boston is a thriving port city, and the area’s many colleges and universities make it an international center of higher education.
Via Wikipedia

Previously at #AsiaNow 

Behind the Scenes of AAS2020: The Program Committee Meeting

Interested in the workings of the AAS Program Committee? Take a look inside the most recent meeting and the selection process. Click here