Call for Papers

Lightning Session

High Energy, Electrifying, Archaeological Stimulation! Once Again… It’s the Lightning Session!

Building upon its success at the recent Annual Meetings, the Lightning Session will again be held at the 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 3, 2019, from 5:30-8:30 pm.

This fast-paced, informal session gives participants an opportunity to deliver a 5-minute talk on their current research, a specific case-study, or methodological problem to an interdisciplinary audience and get feedback from a wide variety of colleagues, with an emphasis on interaction and networking.


The 2020 Lightning Session will accommodate up to 15 participants over the course of 3 hours and will be moderated by members of the Student Affairs Interest Group (SAIG). Each participant will have 5 minutes (no more, no less) to make an informal presentation. Each presentation will be followed by a 5-minute discussion between the presenter and the audience. Each presenter will be allowed to display a maximum of two Powerpoint slides.

Rules and Guidelines

*Lightning Session participants must be members in good standing of the AIA and registered for the Annual Meeting;
*Presentations may be a maximum of 5 minutes only;
*A maximum of 5 Powerpoint slides per presentation are allowed, and must be submitted in advance;
*Handouts are not allowed;
*Lightning Session participants are not eligible for AIA travel grants.

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2019

Interested parties are invited to submit the following through the AIA Annual Meeting website:

  1. personal contact information including the applicant’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information, including email address;
  2. a presentation title and short abstract (100 words maximum).

A sub-committee of the SAIG will review all applications and acceptance letters will be emailed by December 1, 2019.

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