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When and Where
  • 3/23/2023 4:00 PM EDT
  • 3/25/2023 3:00 PM EDT
  • Princeton University
  • Princeton
  • NJ
  • United States of American

This year’s spring conference is committed to exploring the nature and dangers of indeterminacy. The time has come for indeterminacy to be interrogated, not least for the ways it prevents a rush to judgment, enables prurient behavior, and creates blind spots towards injustice. Yet if anthropology is to avoid retreating to a high moralizing stance, it must leave itself open to forms of indeterminacy that enables existence, trespass, and interruption for those living in subjugation and systems of oppression. Pedagogy and education, both formal and informal, have to struggle with communicating the necessity of indeterminacy for improvisation and newness. Indeterminacy and ambiguity are also often the wellspring of insights into the divine. Thus, at the same time we interrogate indeterminacy, we must also acknowledge that everywhere we live with indeterminacy. Such is the coil of a mode of academic inquiry that takes the social for its object and is thereby inextricably bound up with its polarities and oscillations. Is there a way to think of indeterminacy without resolving matters once and for all?

Onsite registration will begin at 2pm, March 23, 2023 for those who wish to register in-person.

Registration Rates


  • $50 AES/APLA/CAE section members
  • $75 AAA members who are not members of section(s)
  • $100 Non-members

Faculty and other scholars

  • $100 AES/APLA/CAE section members
  • $125 AAA members who are not members of section(s)
  • $150 Non-members

Follow this link to find out more about becoming a member of the AAA. Existing AAA members can join AES, APLA, or the CAE by following this link.

Hotel Block Information (Book by March 1)

AAA has secured a block of sleeping rooms at The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village. Reservations are available at the special AAA rate of $149/night until Wednesday, March 1. To make your reservation and secure this discounted rate, please use this link to make reservations online or dial 1-888-236-2427 and mention you are with the American Anthropological Association. Rooms may sell out prior to the deadline so please make your reservations as soon as possible to ensure availability.