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2019 Annual Conference Program Highlights

What to Know Before You Go.

Below is a copy of the email sent to all pre-registered attendees on 3-17-19.  Plan on registering on-site?  Click this link to view the original email.

Schedule Change Announcement

NEW beginning in 2019 Denver.  All session timeframes have been reduced to 1 hour and 45 minutes and all breaks between sessions have been extended to 30 minutes. We hope this change will help facilitate more in-depth discussions and networking opportunities between sessions while also encouraging more succinct paper presentations. 

2019 Conference Program

The Online Program and Printed copy for the 2019 AAS Annual Conference are now available for viewing.

The online program displays all session titles and abstracts as well as paper presentations, presenter names and all conference events.  These include meetings-in-conjunctions, sessions, special event, films screening schedule, exhibit hall information and more.  Use the online program to build your AAS2019 personal schedule.



VIEW the Print Program - Download the PDF

VIEW the Online Digital Program

VIEW the Film Expo Booklet


Download the AAS 2019 Conference mobiles App - Search for AAS EVENTS in your app store



Exhibit Hall

Visit the 100 Exhibiting companies displaying the latest books, journals, programs and databases at the 2019 AAS Exhibition located on the Plaza level next to Registration.  The exhibit Hall is open to the public and does not require conference registration.  

Thursday,  March 21

Keynote Speaker

Thant Myint-U

"Myanmar, An Unfinished Nation:  A Story of Race, Capitalism and Democracy in the 21st Century"

Dr. Thant Myint-U is a writer, historian, conservationist, and former Advisor to the President of Myanmar.  He was educated at Harvard and Cambridge Universities and taught history from 1996-2000 as a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.  He is the author of three books, including most recently Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia.

He is the Founder and Chairman of the Yangon Heritage Trust, the Founder and Chairman of U Thant House, a Founding Partner of the Ava Advisory Group, a former Member of the (Myanmar) National Economic and Social Advisory Council (2011-2015), a former Special Advisor to the Myanmar Government for the peace process (2011-2015), and a former Senior Advisor to the (Myanmar) Beyond Ceasefires Initiative.  

Dr Thant Myint-U has also served on three United Nations peacekeeping operations, in Cambodia (1992-3) and the former Yugoslavia (1994-5, 1996), and at the UN Secretariat in New York (2000-2006), including as the Chief of Policy Planning in the Department of Political Affairs.  He was the Principal Officer responsible for the establishment of the Secretary-General's High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change (2003), negotiations towards the 2005 World Summit, and the establishment of the UN Peace-building Commission.   He lives in Yangon and is currently working on a new book about Myanmar 2003-18.

This Keynote Address is generously sponsored by Harvard Yenching Institute. 

The Keynote Address will take place on Thursday, March 21 at 6:00pm.  


Friday, March 22

Presidential Address & Awards Ceremony

Anne Feldhaus, Arizona State University

Anne Feldhaus is Distinguished Foundation Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University. Her work combines philological and ethnographic approaches to study religious traditions of Maharashtra, the Marathi-language region of western India. She has been a Guggenheim fellow, an Alexander von Humboldt fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, and a senior research fellow for the American Institute of Indian Studies, and has received several fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her areas of special interest are folk and popular Hindu traditions, medievals bhakti, oral literature, and religious geography. Professor Feldhaus's publications include Connected Places: Region, Pilgrimage, and Geographical Imagination in Maharashtra (2003), Water and Womanhood: Religious Meanings of Rivers in Maharashtra (1995), and several books on the Old Marathi literature of the Mahanubhav sect. With S.G. Tulpule she edited A Dictionary of Old Marathi (1999/2000), and with Ramdas Atkar and Rajaram Zagade she edited and translated two Marathi shepherds' epics in Say to the Sun, "Don't Rise," and to the Moon, "Don't Set": Two Oral Narratives from the Countryside of Maharashtra (2014).

The Presidential Address will take place on Friday, March 22 and will immediately follow the Awards Ceremony scheduled to begin at 5:45pm