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4/19/2018 to 4/21/2018
When: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Where: Indiana Memorial Union
Bloomington, Indiana 
United States
Contact: Angela Glaros

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The 97th Annual Meeting of the Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS), hosted jointly by the Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (MIDSEM), will be held at the Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington, Indiana, from April 19-21, 2018.

Faculty, students, independent scholars, and practitioners are invited to submit abstracts for papers, posters, organized sessions, workshops, and roundtables in all fields and subfields of anthropology, both academic and applied. The annual CSAS conference is student-friendly and features a paper competition for both undergraduate and graduate students. It also offers an opportunity for anthropologists from throughout the Midwest, from institutions large and small, to meet, talk, and network in a welcoming and professional environment.

Dr. Soyini Madison (Northwestern University) will deliver the Distinguished Lecture, “Staging Ethnography for Communication, Advocacy, and Civic Engagement.” 

Participants must register for the conference to submit an abstract. If your abstract is not accepted, you can ask for a refund of your registration fee.

Early online registration:

  • CSAS regular member: $50
  • CSAS student member: $20
  • non-member: $90
  • student non-member: $40

After March 19th:

  • CSAS regular member: $70
  • CSAS student member: $30
  • non-member: $110
  • student non-member: $50

To register, visit: and click the registration link. All meeting participants are welcome to attend the business lunch; the subsidized ticket price is $8.

To submit an abstract: once you register (and pay fees), you will receive a registration-confirmation email from aaameetings with a link to the abstract submissions website. Word limit: 250

Abstracts are due by December 15, 2017.

Please direct questions to:

Angela Glaros (
2018 Program Chair

The Central States Anthropological Society welcomes scholars from all over the world, studying anywhere in the world. Our annual conference fosters inter-generational conversation with a strong, welcoming Midwestern atmosphere of equality, camaraderie and mutual growth. Students enjoy the focused attention and collaborative questions they receive on their research presentations and the opportunity to present alongside some of the big names in anthropology.

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