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ARARA 2021 Virtual Conference
June 12-13, 2021

Presenters Must Register for the Conference

Deadline for Submission is April 1, 2021

ARARA invites proposals for presentations at the 2021 Virtual Conference. Presenters do not have to be ARARA members to present, but current ARARA members will be given preference. This meeting will take place via Zoom. It will be coordinated and hosted by a professional tech company so there will be assistance available if presenters are not familiar with that platform.

The virtual conference format will involve fewer presenter slots than traditional in-person meetings, so the review committee will be making difficult decisions for presentation selections. Please polish your abstracts to perfection.

All questions about the submission process should be directed to the Program Coordinator at

Papers and reports must be presented in PowerPoint. The PowerPoint program has the capability to pre-record the full presentation with narration that saves within the .ppt file and this would be an acceptable format for final submission of an accepted paper. If the presentation is pre-recorded, the author should note "pre-recorded" in the title of the file when it is submitted prior to the meeting. It would be best if the author would be in the Zoom meeting and available to answer questions after the presentation plays.

Abstracts of 200 words or less should be submitted via this online form by April 1, 2021 for consideration.

Applications must designate presentations as one of the following:

  • Regular Paper: 15 minutes plus 5-minute question/answer period (presenters plan to present for 15 minutes in PowerPoint and allow for a few minutes of questions afterward; total timeframe cannot exceed 20 minutes).

  • Report: 10 minutes plus 5-minute question/answer period (presenters plan to present for 10 minutes in PowerPoint and allow for a few minutes of questions afterward; total timeframe cannot exceed 15 minutes).

If your abstract is not selected to be an online presentation for this virtual conference, you are encouraged to submit your research paper or report for publication consideration to our annual journal, American Indian Rock Art. Instructions for submission can be found here.

New!! Field Trip Video Presentations: For the virtual conference, a new category of presentation is being added to capture the spirit of the field. The field trip video presentation seeks to virtually take people to rock art sites through an edited digital video format. The final video is limited to 5-minutes in edited length, with one or more people in front of the camera, or a voice dubbed over the images, telling the viewers about the rock art site. The cameraperson should show the environment of the site including terrain, vegetation, and viewsheds as well as the rock art images. Essentially, it should be the whole field trip experience! Though the videos are short in length, only a limited number will be shown during the conference.

For consideration, please complete the form on this page, using the Abstract box to write a short description of the site involved in the video, and click the button to indicate you want to submit a Field Trip Video. After you submit this form, a link will be sent to your email address shortly thereafter where you can upload your completed video. The completed video must be uploaded by the April 1 deadline to be included for consideration by the program review committee. 

The final product to be presented will be an edited video that runs 5 minutes or less at 1080i resolution in MP4 format.

Additional considerations:

  • English is the preferred language for presentations. If your presentation will be given in a different language, information written on the PowerPoint slides should also show English subtitles. ARARA does not provide interpreter services. An English-speaker should be available with the presenter on the day of the presentation to help deal with technical difficulties.
  • ARARA encourages student participation. Students will not be expected to pay for registration for this virtual ARARA Conference. Please indicate on the application form which of the authors are students so that the Education Committee can contact you.
  • All questions regarding paper and video submissions should be directed to Jenny Huang, Program Coordinator, at

Abstract Submission Instructions

Prepare your abstract before filling out this online form. Complete the form online; it cannot be downloaded to your computer. When you click "SUBMIT," the website will automatically do two things: 1) send your application to the Program Chair, and 2) send a submission confirmation to the email address on your form along with a copy of your submission

The Program Review Committee will examine applications, and the Program Chair will notify applicants of the Committee's decision via email as soon as possible after the April 1 submission deadline.

In order to accommodate as many presentations as possible during our limited conference time, ARARA reserves the option of requesting that a Paper be changed to a Report, or that the paper or report be submitted to AIRA for consideration instead of being a conference presentation.

Deadline for submission is 
April 1, 2021.

Submissions after that date will not be considered for the 2021 Virtual Conference.

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