Friday, October 8, October 15, and October 22, 2021

Knowledge Forums (co-chaired by Jonah Berger, Michael Luchs, and Frederick Wherry). These 90-minute Forums will occur in the weeks leading up to the ACR conference and will provide opportunities to discuss cutting-edge research ideas and/or methodological training. During the conference, presenters from each Knowledge Forum will host a session for Q&A and further discussion.  


Thursday, October 21 to Sunday, October 31, 2021

Competitive Papers Authors of accepted papers will record a 10-minute presentation that will be viewable by registered attendees in the days leading up to the ACR conference. Roundtables during the conference will be organized by topic or theme to provide a forum for discussion among authors and attendees. A Moderator will facilitate the discussion.  


Film Festival Films will be available for viewing in their entirety in the days leading up to the ACR conference. During the conference, filmmakers and registered attendees will gather for moderated discussions.


Thursday, October 28, 2021 

ACR Doctoral Symposium The symposium offers an opportunity for PhD students to meet and interact with each other and faculty. For more information, please contact co-chairs Lea Dunn ( or Grant Packard ( 

Mid Career Workshop The workshop offers an opportunity for scholars early in their careers to discuss important issues with senior scholars. For more information about the workshop, please contact co-chairs Simona Botti (, Sonia Monga ( or Americus Reed ( 


Friday and Saturday, October 29-30, 2021

Interactive Sessions Gatherings will be scheduled for live discussions related to Special Sessions, Competitive Papers, Knowledge Forums, and Colleague Confabs. 

Working Paper Session Authors will have the opportunity to develop and share a poster presentation, engage with conference attendees, and obtain feedback in a live format. 

Globe Trotting Participants will be invited to virtually travel around the world meeting their colleagues and learning about different regions and countries (e.g., culture, history, politics, norms, art, food, music). 

Fellows’ Presentations – ACR 2021 will honor:

  • John F. Sherry, Jr.
  • Melanie Wallendorf 

Presidential Address – June Cotte  


Thursday, April 30, 2021, 23:59 EST (Eastern Standard Time):

Submission Deadline for all tracks and sessions. 


Mid-May 2021:

Notification of contingent acceptance for the Film Festival. Contingently accepted submissions will have until


Mid-June, 2021: 

Submit the revised film and will receive final acceptance notification by late June. 


Mid-June 2021:

Notification of acceptance of Competitive Papers, Knowledge Forums, Special Sessions & Working Papers. 


Early-July 2021:

Submission deadline for revisions to be published in ACR Proceedings. 


Mid-August 2021:

Preliminary program posted on ACR website, and conference registration (as well as conference early registration, registration for Doctoral Symposium, Early Career Workshop) begins on the conference website. 


Thursday, August 19, 2021:

Submission deadline for trailers of accepted films for the Film Festival. 


Wednesday, September 15, 2021:

Early Conference Registration ends (please note that participation in any conference session requires registration).

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