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NWAC 2024 Abstract Submissions

If you are planning on submitting an abstract to be reviewed for NWAC 2024, please fill out the form here or click the button at the bottom of this page. If you have not already registered, please click the "Register Now" button as all presenters must be registered. Please review our submission policy below:


If you have any questions regarding the submissions process, policies, or forms, please contact the NWAC planning committee at

General Information


All submissions, both session and individual, will be open by Friday, September 1st, 2023, 5 PM Pacific Time. No submissions will be accepted after Friday, February 9th, 2024, 5 PM Pacific Time.


As all submissions will be made via email, there is no grace period nor are there any late fees. There is no flexibility to the deadline. We ask that all submissions be edited and ready for display in the conference program prior to submission.


The NWAC planning committee will attempt to accommodate authors as much as possible but changes to submitted abstracts may not be possible due to time constraints in the planning process.


Student Paper Competition:

Evaluation Process:

After the submission deadline, the Program Committee will begin evaluating each submission for acceptance. After reviewing a submission, the Program Committee may recommend changes. Any such recommendations are based on the nature of the material to be presented, including possible ethical issues or sensitivities. The Program Committee may request that individual papers or an entire session be converted to poster format.


The Program Committee’s decision to accept or decline the submission will be e-mailed to individual contributors and chairs of symposia, forums, and poster sessions by February 23rd, 2024.


Submission Policies

Registration Requirement:

All presenters, chairs, moderators, and discussants are required to pay the established registration fee for NWAC before submitting their abstract(s). 


Conference Submissions and Roles:

Presenter: The participant responsible for submitting the presentation abstract and delivering the spoken paper, attending to their poster, or participating in a discussion.


Chair: Organizer of a symposium or manager of the presentations in a general session. An organized session chair will coordinate all of the symposium presentations prior to submission to the conference and oversee the delivery of presentations at NWAC. General session chair will gather the visual materials of the presenters in their session and ensure that the session runs on schedule. Both symposium and general session chairs are responsible for providing a laptop computer to serve the presentations.


Moderator: Organizer of a discussion, forum, or workshop who is responsible for managing the schedule and ensuring that participants are facilitated.


Discussant: A participant in a discussion, forum or workshop. 


Number of Roles:

Participants are asked to limit their number of roles, however no specific limit has been specified for NWAC 2024. The scheduling of sessions is complicated by individuals who submit multiple presentations and/or agree to multiple discussant roles. Exceptions are allowed for symposium chairs and participants who do not need to coordinate with other sessions.



Only one of the coauthors on any paper/poster may be identified as the “presenter” (a.k.a first author). The presenting author (“presenter”) should submit and register for NWAC through the registration and submissions site. Non-presenting coauthors are not required to attend or register for NWAC. No abstract may list more than five authors (first author/“presenter” and 4 coauthors).



An abstract is required from each "presenter" for either a paper or poster presentation, coauthors and symposium chairs should not submit a duplicate abstract. Individuals can only submit one abstract for consideration. No abstract may list more than five authors (first author/“presenter” and 4 coauthors). The author is responsible for clarity, content, spelling, and grammar. Titles of abstracts should be presented in lowercase letters with initial letters of key words in capitals.


*The maximum abstract length is 250 words.*


Submission Formats

General Sessions:

Any individual who would like to participate in NWAC can submit to a General Session. Contributed papers, reports, and posters are organized by the Program Committee following the close of the submission period into general sessions around a theme, method, or region.


Organized Session Formats:

Individuals may create an organized session around a theme, method, or region and invite participants to join. A session abstract must accompany the organized session submission that clearly expresses the overall theme of the session. The maximum session abstract length is 200 words. The chair or moderator that submits the session abstract is considered the primary chair/moderator.



-Poster Symposium




Contributed Poster:

Poster Size Guidelines

Your poster should not exceed the dimensions of 40 inches in height and 60 inches in width. These guidelines are designed to ensure that your research is presented in a visually appealing and accessible format to all conference attendees.

Adapting Your Poster to the 40" x 60" Format

Layout Considerations

With 60 inches of width, the format offers extensive horizontal space, facilitating a clear, hierarchical arrangement of content. This orientation supports a logical flow from the top (title) to the subsequent sections (introduction, methods, results, etc.), guiding viewers through your poster seamlessly.

Content Organization

  • Title, Authors, and Affiliations: Position these elements prominently at the top. Craft a succinct, yet descriptive title to fit the width, allowing for large, legible fonts.

  • Introduction and Methods: Situate these sections in the upper half of your poster, laying a foundational understanding of your research's context and methodology.

  • Results: Dedicate a considerable portion of the central area to your results. Employ graphs, charts, and images for visual emphasis, ensuring they are large enough to be comfortably viewed from a distance.

  • Discussion, Conclusion, and References: These sections should be placed at the bottom. Discussion and conclusion provide a comprehensive wrap-up of your findings, while the references section upholds academic rigor and guides further inquiry.

Designing 40" x 60" Posters: Tips and Tricks

  • Font Sizes: The larger format allows for the use of slightly bigger fonts to enhance readability. Keep a coherent hierarchy of font sizes (titles > headings > subheadings > body text).

  • Color and Contrast: Utilize high contrast to ensure that text and visuals are distinguishable from afar. A thoughtful color scheme can accentuate key points without overwhelming the viewer.

  • Visuals: Opt for high-quality, sizable visuals that effectively communicate your research. Ensure that graphs and charts are easy to read, with well-defined labels and legends. This format also accommodates more intricate visuals or a greater quantity of images, provided they enrich your presentation.


Requests for Special Scheduling

Requests for special scheduling considerations should be made as early as possible in writing to the NWAC planning committee at Due to the complexity of conference planning and the logistical considerations of the conference facility not all requests may be accommodated. 


NWAC Proceedings

The Journal of Northwest Anthropology (JONA) has teamed with the Northwest Anthropological Association to produce proceedings for the 2024 Northwest Anthropological Conference (NWAC). Proceedings will include papers and posters presented at the 2024 conference, runner up student award winners, schedule, and abstracts. Manuscripts for both oral presentations and poster presentations will be due approximately one month following the conference; this makes it possible for authors to address any comments received from colleagues during their presentations. Manuscripts are not peer-reviewed, but will receive a basic editorial review prior to publication. E-copies of the 2024 NWAC will be available for no cost on the JONA website; the NWAC Proceedings for previous years can be viewed at

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