conference program informartion

AAS Annual Conference Program Information

March 31 - April 3, 2016

Nearly 360 program sessions will convene during the four-day meeting held this March/April in Seattle, Washington at the Washington State Convention Center.


Online Program

Program Book Pages

Addendum (to the Print Program)

Mobile App

The Print Program contains only the names of participants registered by the December 10 pre-registration deadline.

  »»2016 Conference Scheduling Changes:««

NEW!  The President's Address & Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday Morning from 9:00am-10:15am.  This event has been condensed to 1 hour and 15 minutes (previously this event was 2 hours on Friday Evening).  Please plan your travel schedules accordingly.

NEW!  The AAS Member reception will begin on Friday Evening at 8:30pm (previously Friday evening at 7:30pm following the President's Address/Awards Ceremony)

NEW!  We have added a complimentary coffee/tea breaks on Friday morning and Saturday afternoon in the Exhibit Hall.  Please take this opportunity to visit peruse the book exhibit.

Conference Events

Highlighted Panels

Each year the AAS organizes late-breaking panels, now known as "Asia Beyond the Headlines". Don't miss these important sessions scheduled for Friday and Saturday.  Also, view the special Archaeology lecture taking place at the University of Washington.

Special Events

Grammy Award winner, Abigail Washburn, will perform on Friday evening with Wu Fei for AAS Conference Attendees. Additionaly, don't miss the Presidential Address & Awards Ceremony and the Opening Keynote Address.

Film Expo

Take a break from the sessions and visit the Films Expo presented in partnership with Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS). Documentary and independent films on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia in a dedicated screening room. Can't make a scheduled screening? View on your own time in our "On Demand" room next door.  


Don't miss the largest reception held at the conference, the AAS Member Reception. This reception is open to ALL conference attendees.   Also, the Seattle Asian Art Museum is sponsoring and hosting a special reception for all AAS conference at the Asian Art Museum.  Click link for more information.

Meetings-in-Conjunction/Group receptions

Over 100 group meetings and receptions are scheduled to take place during the AAS Conference.  Increase your social network by attending an affiliate/group/university meeting or reception. 

Exhibit Hall

Visit over 100 publishers, booksellers,database service companies and more in the Exhibit Hall.  Coffee Breaks will be served in the Exhibit Hall on Friday morning and Saturday afternoon.  See the list of confirmed exhibitors.



Special Events

Special Musical Performance

Friday, April 1 - 7:30pm-8:30pm, Sheraton Hotel, Grand Ballroom B

Followed immediately by the AAS Member Reception in attached ballroom (Grand Ballroom C)

(This special performance is open to AAS Conference Attendees and one guest only!  Guests must be accompanied by an AAS Conference Badge Holder. No exceptions.  This is not a public event.)

Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei

Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn’s duo is a musical resolution to their specific and differing issues about home. For Fei, it means an opportunity to assimilate elements of her musical argot—Chinese classical, folk and opera—into song forms while leaving room for the free associative tendencies she developed in the practice of free improvisation. In short, it marks a return to a thrown-out rulebook with a changed perspective. For Abigail, it means musical collaboration with a sister from another Mister who speaks all the same languages. Someone with whom she can create brave, intimate music.   For the listener, it means a gift of unhurried music drawn freely from streams of raised consciousness, waves which met from halfway across the world to find they shared the same shake.



Conference Speakers

Opening Keynote Address

Thursday, March 31 - 6:00PM-7:00PM, Convention Center, Room 608, 6th Floor

Ways of Seeing a Universal Indian

Ashoka, Archaeology and Biography

Nayanjot Lahiri

Nayanjot Lahiri is Professor of History at Ashoka University. She was previously a professor in the Department of History at the University of Delhi. Born in Secundrabad in 1960, she was educated at St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and at the Department of History, University of Delhi. She taught at Hindu College (University of Delhi) from 1982 till 1993, and thereafter in the Department of History. She has served as Dean of Colleges at the University of Delhi from 2007 till 2010 and as Dean of International Relations from 2006 till 2007.  Lahiri's  many books include Pre-Ahom Assam (1991), The Archaeology of Indian Trade Routes (1992), The Decline and Fall of the Indus Civilization (2000), Finding Forgotten Cities – How the Indus Civilization was Discovered (2005), Marshalling the Past – Ancient India and its Modern Histories (2012) and Ashoka in Ancient India (2015). She has served on the editorial board of American Anthropologist (U.S.A.), and is presently on the editorial board of Archaeologies (U.K.) and on the advisory editorial board of World Archaeology (U.K.).  


Awards Ceremony & Presidential Address

Friday, April 1 - 9:00AM - 10:15AM, Convention Center, 6E, 6th Floor

  "Great States"

Graduate Student Reception

Thursday, March 31 - 9:30PM-10:30PM, Sheraton, Willow Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Complimentary drinks and hors d'oeurvres will be served.  Open to registered graduate students only.


AAS Member Reception

Friday, April 1 - 8:30PM-10:00PM, Sheraton, Grand Ballroom C, 2nd Floor

Don't miss this opportunity to network with colleagues and fellow scholars while enjoying complimentary appetizers, drinks, and stimulating conversation.


Reception at Seattle Asian Art Museum

Saturday, April 2 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm, Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle, Washington, 98112

Join us at this special reception hosted and sponsored by the Seattle Asian Art Museum exclusively for AAS Conference Attendees.  Don't miss this opportunity to visit this wonderful museum with complimentary admission while enjoying complementary drinks and appetizers. Two special exhibitions will be on view: Journey to Dunhuang: Buddhist Art of the Silk Road Caves, and Awakened Ones: Buddhas of Asi.

Transportation is not included.  The museum is located a short 2 miles from the Convention Center.  Taxi's to the Museum are available at the Sheraton.