2019 Annual Conference Program Highlights

Schedule Change Announcement

NEW beginning in 2019 Denver.  All Session times 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.

CLICK HERE to view the Schedule at a Glance

2019 Conference Sessions 

The Preliminary Program for the 2019 AAS Annual Conference is now available for viewing.

The preliminary program displays all session titles and abstracts as well as paper presentations.  The program DOES NOT list the name of the presenters.  The full and complete schedule with all participants names will post in December.  Please use this preliminary schedule to become familiar with the 2019 schedule as well as scheduled presentations.


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.  Click here to view the list of confirmed exhibitors 


Keynote Speaker

Thant Myint-U

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.  Topic to be announced at a later date.



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, medieval 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