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This information is current as of March 25, 2021.

Annual Conference

Q: What format will CAA 2022 take?  
A: The Annual Conference is scheduled to take place in Chicago, IL, February 16-19, 2022. The Annual Conference Committee and CAA leadership, are reviewing the 2021 Annual Conference to determine the best format, size, and length of the 2022 program for all constituencies. Updates will follow, and more details will be communicated as they become available. 
Q: What do I need to submit a session for the Annual Conference?   
 A: Please review the list on this page.   
Q: Do I need to complete my submission in one sitting?  
 A: Once you begin a submission and move to the second step, you will receive an invitation email and link to return to your submission. You may work on the submission in stages until the proposal deadline.  
Q: Can I submit a presentation with my co-author(s)?  
 A: Yes, you or your chair should look for the “Additional Authors for this Paper” prompt in the submission form and add your co presenter(s) there. All presenters must have a record in the CAA Member database, in order to be added in the presentation or any online submission. If you have never been a CAA member, see more info on this FAQ page. 
Q:  If my proposal is accepted, do I have to submit a finished paper?   
 A: CAA does not ask participants to submit complete papers, only a proofread abstract. You may be asked by your chair to provide your paper, or you may wish to share it among your co-presenters.    
Q: Can I plan something other than a traditional panel?   
 A: Yes! Feedback from our attendees and participants reveals that they want to take in information and learn in alternative formats. This could involve audience engagement, lightning talks, photo essays, artist talks, conversation-based discussions, and more.   
Q: Do I have to be a CAA member to submit a proposal?   
A: An Individual CAA member ID or non-member ID is required to submit a proposal. Chairs must collect the CAA member ID numbers of their session participants and confirm each when adding them inside the submission form.  
Q: What if I have never been a CAA member?

If you have never been a member of CAA at the time you submit the proposal, you can still submit—email CAA Membership Services at to request a non-member CAA ID so that you can move forward with your submission. Please note the new IDs may not sync to the submission portal until the next business day.  

Upon acceptance of your proposal, you (and your session participants) must become an active CAA member, by bringing the non-member CAA ID current by signing into CAA, selecting and purchasing a membership level. Learn more about CAA membership.

Q: Can I use our Institutional Member ID to submit a proposal?   
A: No, only an Individual CAA member ID and password will allow you to begin a submission.
Q: Is CAA membership required to participate on a CAA session?   
 A: Yes, upon acceptance, all session participants (chairs, presenters, discussants) must be or become  current individual members of CAA in order to participate in conference sessions. Institutional member IDs may not be used to propose or participate in sessions.   
Q: Is CAA membership required to participate on an Affiliated Society or CAA Professional or Publications Committee guaranteed session?   
 A: Yes, all participation rules apply to guaranteed Affiliated Society and Professional or Publications Committee sessions. These sessions require conference registration to participate. 
Q: I submitted a proposal to the CFP but have not heard from the chair if my work was accepted. What should I do?   
 A: As chairs are responsible for organizing their own sessions, we are unfortunately unable to provide any details on the status of your submission. The deadline for chairs to finalize their session details is September 23, 2021. If this date has passed and you would like further clarification or confirmation of receipt from the chair, we encourage you to follow up with them directly.    
Q: I’m organizing a session Soliciting Contributors and have not received very many submissions. What should I do?   
 A: We promote the Call for Participation on our website and send out announcements on CAA News. We encourage chairs to distribute the information to their own networks.   
Q: I’m a session chair and have received many submissions for the CFP. Would it be possible to organize a second session?   
 A: While we are pleased that you received such a positive response to your session, due to our large number of sessions and space limitations, we must limit chairs to one session each. We encourage you to collaborate with those who you do not select for this year’s conference on a future CAA session.  


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