Late-Breaking Sessions

Call for Late-Breaking Sessions

The AAS is now accepting Late-Breaking Session proposal submissions for inclusion at the 2020 Annual Conference in Boston. 

Important Deadlines

November 18, 2019:  Submission of late-breaking proposal session opens.
December 11, 2019 11:59pm: Deadline to submit a late-breaking session proposal.
Early January 2020: Notice for acceptance sent to 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 2020 Hot Topics

Late-breaking panels are an opportunity to engage the full membership and Asian Studies community in submitting 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.

  • #MeToo, Feminism and Gender Politics
  • Conflict and shifting autonomies
  • Food cultures and the Internet
  • Gaming and addiction
  • Migration and displacement
  • Pollution and health in the region
  • Shifting demographics in the region
  • Trade wars and trickling economic effects
  • Youth alienation and democratization movements
  • Other late-breaking topics

We will consider only organized panels or roundtable sessions.  All sessions will run 1 hour and 45 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. However, due to the large program and limited space, we may not be able to accommodate any special scheduling requests.

Additional Submission information

Submission Guidelines
  • Topics must represent emerging data or trending topic 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 resubmissions.
  • The AAS one-appearance rule does not apply here.  Individuals already accepted to appear on a session in Boston may participate on a Late Breaking Session.
Submission Specifications

Before submitting a proposal online, session organizers should collect the following information needed to submit 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


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 January.
  • 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.