Medical Anthropology at the Intersections:
Celebrating 50 Years of Interdisciplinarity


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is registration closed even for those who do not wish to present a paper/poster?
Yes, we have reached conference capacity and closed registration.  Please e-mail the conference organizers at if you would like to be put on our waiting list, in the event that spaces open due to cancelled registrations.

Q: Have all notifications about acceptance/rejection of submissions been sent out?
Yes.  If you did not receive notification about an individual paper or poster submission or session that you organized, please contact the conference organizers at  Please note that notifications about pre-organized sessions were sent only to session organizers, and contact your session organizer for information if appropriate.

Q: What Audio/Visual equipment will be available in the panels/workshops/roundtables?
All rooms are equipped with an LCD projector and screen – all you need to bring is a laptop. Yale classrooms are set up for PC's, so if you plan to use a Mac, you will need to bring your own cable to connect it to the projector.  If this is not possible, we recommend coordinating with someone in your session to play your presentation on their PC laptop.

Q: On what day/time am I presenting?
You can find this information on the conference schedule posted on our website.

Q: Will people be able to register on site, or to pay onsite to attend only specific events? 
No, you must be registered in advance to attend the conference/events (with the exception of the Thursday night plenary/opening, which is open to the Yale/New Haven community).

Q: Is membership in the SMA and/or AAA required to attend the conference?
No, the only requirement is conference registration.

Q: Which hotels are closest to the conference?
The Omni Hotel, New Haven Hotel, Study, and Courtyard Marriott are all within walking distance of the conference; some conference events will be held at the Omni.

Q: Will I eventually need to submit a copy of my complete paper?
No, unless you are participating in a workshop of pre-circulated papers. Participants in pre-circulated paper workshops should submit their papers to the workshop organizer (not the conference organizers) for dissemination to the other workshop participants no later than 3 weeks before the conference.

Q: How will papers be disseminated for pre-circulated paper workshops?
Workshop organizers are responsible for disseminating participants' papers by e-mail to all workshop participants no later than 3 weeks before the conference. Conference attendees who are not contributing papers to workshops are welcome to attend and participate; they should e-mail the organizers of the workshops, listed here, for advance copies of the papers:

Extending Disability Beyond Medicine’s Borders within Anthropology: A Five Fields Symphony in Honor of 25 Years of the SMA Disability Research SIG. Organizers: Lakshmi Fjord ( and Devva Kasnitz (

Disciplinary Intersections of Medical Anthropology, Occupational Therapy, and Disability Studies for Understanding Life Transitions. Organizers: Amy Paul-Ward  ( and Sherylyn Briller (

Medical Anthropology & Conflict. Organizer: Emma Varley (

Motherhood beyond Mothers: Reconceiving Motherhood as Opportunity of Kin and Community. Organizers: Nicole Berry ( and Sallie Han (

Q: How long should paper presentations be?
10-15 minutes, depending on the number of papers in your session.