Late-Breaking Sessions

Call for Late-Breaking Sessions

The AAS is now accepting Late-Breaking Session proposal submissions for inclusion at the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference. 

Important Deadlines

January 13, 2021:  Submission period opens for late-breaking session proposals.
February 15, 2021 11:59pm (Eastern Time): Deadline to submit a late-breaking session proposal.
March 2, 2021: Notice of acceptance sent to the session organizer and participants.


Presentation Selection

The AAS will accept no more than three (3) late-breaking sessions.  The Program Committee encourages abstracts on all relevant topics, but in an effort to include sessions on certain topics, the Program Committee is requesting abstracts on the following topics. Submission of an abstract on these topics does not guarantee acceptance.



AAS 2021 Hot Topics

Late-breaking panels are an opportunity to engage the full membership and Asian Studies community in discussion of trending topics. Late-breaking organized panels and roundtables provide a forum for engaging in dialogue on current events that affect our perspectives on and work in the Asian region.

  • Feminism and gender politics
  • Race and systemic racism
  • The Pandemic in Asia
  • US political impact on the region
  • Gaming and addiction
  • Migration and displacement
  • Pollution and health in the region
  • Shifting demographics in the region
  • Other late-breaking topics

We will consider only organized panels or roundtable sessions (no individual papers, please).  All sessions will run 90 minutes in length.  Organized panels should include no more than four papers, and Roundtables should include no more than five discussants and a chair. Individuals already on the program are welcome to participate on a late-breaking session.



Additional Submission information

Submission Guidelines
  • Topics must represent emerging data or trending topics from the past 6 months.
  • No Individual Papers will be considered. Please only submit a fully developed organized panel or roundtable. Individual Paper submissions will be automatically removed from consideration.
  • Submission must adhere to the AAS Diversity Standards.  The proposal must be diverse in terms of affiliation, gender, and rank of the participants.
  • Submission of a session proposal constitutes commitment to present at the conference.
  • Presenters must register for the conference.  Registration instructions for the conference will be included with the notice of acceptance
  • Session proposals submitted to the previous call for proposals will not be accepted.  All proposals will be thoroughly reviewed to ensure there are no duplications or re-submissions.
  • The AAS one-appearance rule does not apply here.  Individuals already accepted to appear on a session at the AAS 2021 Virtual Annual Conference may participate on a Late-Breaking Session.
Submission Specifications

Before submitting a proposal online, session organizers should collect the following information needed for a complete proposal:

  • Session title (of no more than 20 words)
  • Session abstract (up to 350 words)
  • Presentation titles (organized panels only)
  • Abstract or description for each presentation (up to 250 words) (organized panels only)
  • Valid e-mail address for each participant
  • Affiliation, city, state, and country for each participant
  • Chair (required) and discussant (required) for the session

IMPORTANT: 

The submission application DOES NOT allow partial applications to be saved and completed later.  Once you have started a proposal, you must be prepared to COMPLETE the proposal in FULL.  Organizers WILL NOT be able to change a submission once completed.

Proposals that do not meet all of the specifications listed above will be automatically rejected.

Submission Process
  • Proposals must be submitted electronically via the official application forms.
  • The organizer/submitter will receive a confirmation receipt via email.
  • The proposal will be reviewed by a committee of five, including the AAS Executive Director, the AAS Program Committee Chair and Co-Chair, and two AAS Officers.
Acceptance Details
  • Acceptance notices will be sent to the submitter/organizer in early March.
  • Each accepted participant is required to register within 5 days of notification of acceptance in order to ensure their name is included in the program.  There are no exceptions.