On the basis of their increasing popularity among scholars and with the inspiration of successful presentations undertaken since the 2010 Annual Meeting, the American Folklore Society invites individual and organized session proposals in what we are calling the Diamond format, a formalized presentation genre structured by time and images:
Individual Diamond presentations are seven minutes long and are organized around 21 slides that are set to advance automatically every 20 seconds.
Audience response to such presentations have been very enthusiastic, and the format offers a number of specific advantages:
You may submit proposals for individual Diamond presentations, which the Program Committee will group into sessions, or organized Diamond sessions of six to ten presentations. All Diamond sessions will be constructed with an initial seven minutes allotted for preparation and introduction of the session as a whole, seven minutes for each Diamond presentation, time for questions between presentations, and the balance of the available time dedicated to discussion of the full set of presentations. At the discretion of the session chair, the discussion time may be used for response by a formal discussant, open "full room” questions and answers, break-out time in which presenters can confer with interested audience members, or a combination of these discussion formats.
For those who would like to know more about the sources of inspiration for this format, there is much discussion around the web of a variety of similar (but not identical) formats, including the format known as Pecha-Kucha, developed in the design fields in Japan. Some of these are associated with formally trademarked brands of presentation events. Also available online are videos and slidecasts of presentations made in these related formats:
A YouTube version of Jason Jackson’s AFS 2010 Diamond presentation on the Open Folklore project: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBUfYuVlBZE
A YouTube version of Michael Dylan Foster's AFS 2010 Diamond presention, ""The Fall and Rise of the "Tourist Guy": Humor and Pathos in Photoshop
Folklore": filmed onsite, or screencast (slide and voice alone).
Pecha-Kucha presentation on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NZOt6BkhUg