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General Information

Last update: May 26, 2022

Forty-Sixth Annual Conference, Sept. 15-18 2022, Houston, TX


Conference hotel:(the link for the hotel registration information and conference registration will be available in early June and posted here, but the registration, hotel, and meal costs are listed below):

Hilton Americas - Houston

1600 Lamar

Houston, TX 77010

  • Room costs (standard double room): $199 + tax
  • Luncheons: $41
  • Banquet: $55
  • Exhibitor table: $250
  • Registration costs:
    • Regular, joint, and emeritus members: $160
      • Non-members: $230
    • Independent scholars (members): $70
      • Non-members: $135
    • Graduate students (members): $50
      • Non-members: $120
Conference program:
  • Acceptance letters for panels and roundtables were emailed to the submitters of those sessions (who should inform the members of those sessions of the acceptance) in mid-May. Acceptance letters for individual papers were also emailed to submitters in mid-May. 
  • We anticipate sending out the preliminary program to presenters in early June. 

Information for Submissions:
  • OpenWater*Conference submission website* (use your GSA credentials to log in) 
  • 2022 Conference Submission schedule:
  • 14 Mar: Seminar participation applications due
  • 28 Mar (11:59pm Eastern Time): All paper, panel, and roundtable proposals due (click *here* for more information)
  • General Submission Guidelines

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Information for Presenters 

  • All presenters need to email advance copies of their completed papers to the commentator, and a brief paragraph on their research to the moderator, three weeks in advance of the conference at the latest.
  • Presenters are expected to limit their presentations to twenty minutes. Should four presenters be scheduled, the time limit is fifteen minutes.
  • Commentators should speak for no more than ten minutes. Please note that any commentator who does not receive a completed paper by the deadline is under no obligation to offer a response on that paper at the conference.
  • Moderators are urged to let speakers know when they have only a minute or two left and then to intervene if they exceed their allotted time.
  • Withdrawals:  Should changes in your situation necessitate your withdrawal, even last-minute, please inform Dr. Blessing as soon as possible before, or if necessary, after the conference so that we may keep accurate records. We also ask that you inform your fellow session participants. For more information, please see our Submission Guidelines.
  • Refunds:
    • Conference registration: You may cancel your 2022 conference registration by Aug. 15, 2022 for a full refund. No refunds are available for cancellations after Aug. 15. Due to our obligations to the hotel, we cannot refund meal tickets after Aug. 15. For more information, contact Dr. Benita Blessing ( 
  • ​Accommodation requests related to a disability and accessibility should be directed to Dr. Benita Blessing ( 

Important for Foreign Participants: The Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 has imposed additional restrictions for nationals of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries. Any national of a VWP country who is also a national of Iraq, Iran, Sudan, or Syria, or who has traveled to any of these four countries since March 2011, is no longer eligible to travel under the VWP and must obtain a regular US visa. As of January 21st, 2016, the Electronic System for Travel Authorizations (ESTAs) of travelers who hold dual nationality with one of the above four countries will be revoked. Exceptions can be made in certain circumstances; please see the US State Department's website for more information.