Seminar Details

Conference 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Participating in the SAA Annual Meeting

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Conference 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Participating in the SAA Annual Meeting

When: January 22, 2020 2:00-3:00 PM

Duration: 1 hour

Certification: None


Individual Registration: Free to SAA members; not available to non-members

Group Registration: 

April Kamp-Whittaker is a PhD candidate at Arizona State University and co-host of the Archaeology Show on the Archaeology Podcast Network. She has been a member of SAA for 10 years and served on both the SAA Student Affairs Committee and the Committee on Museums, Collections, and Curation. April has held a range of positions in museums, academia, and CRM. Her work in museums and academia has focused on ways to make archaeology accessible and relevant to a broad audience.

Attending conferences can be intimidating and confusing. How do you find a session? Register? Organize your own session? And what do you wear? This seminar will try to answer common questions about participating in the SAA Annual Meeting and give you tools for leaving the conference feeling like you had the most productive experience possible. If you have never been before or feel like you are not maximizing your conference experience, then this seminar should help. The instructor will cover the basics from deciding if you should present for the first time all the way to organizing your own session. She will also discuss other ways to participate in the conference and the SAA. At the end of the seminar, you should feel confident in your ability to have a fun and successful conference!

  1. Acquire strategies for being a confident conference attendee.
  2. Understand different ways to be involved in the SAA Annual Meeting and how to make use of conference resources.
  3. Organize your time at the SAA Annual Meeting by knowing the structure of the meetings and how to prioritize events.