It is already time to think ahead to the 1996 annual meeting. Submissions are due September 15! More members than ever before participated in 1995, but the total only slightly exceeded the previous high in New Orleans in 1991. In the hopes of being able to accommodate the broadest participation possible, we want to point out the following advantages of posters: 1) desirable time slots; 2) an opportunity to meet colleagues, discuss, and distribute accompanying papers; and 3) extended exposure that minimizes scheduling conflicts with other presentations. Program guidelines now specify procedures for poster symposia and there is a competition recognizing poster excellence.
We also would like to call attention to a new kind of session. At the suggestion of the SAA Meetings Development task force, an interactive working group format will be explored in 1996. Up to six working groups will be accepted as intensive, closed sessions. Participants will prepare formal papers which will be pre-circulated among participants as a basis for short statements and extended discussion during the session. Organizers must submit a regular symposium package with an attached proposal of no more than five pages describing the topic and the relevance of each participant. These sessions will be awarded on a competitive basis, as evaluated by the SAA Program Committee. Organizers will be notified of acceptance by November 20 in order to facilitate timely preparation of papers, which will be due to the session organizers by March 15, 1996.
If you have questions about submissions or other aspects of the program, contact Paul Fish and Suzanne Fish, Program Chairs, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, (520) 621-2556, fax (520) 621-2976, email firstname.lastname@example.org.