In addition to offering the standard presentation time for individual papers (20 minutes to read the paper with 10 minutes for discussion), for the first time, AFS will also accept proposals for "short papers” at the 2016 Annual Meeting.
Why short presentations?
Consider the popularity of the TED talk format; speakers effectively connect with audiences with shorter, focused presentations.
Some projects -- whether works in progress or projects that are well-developed, complex and much-substantiated -- might be better served by concentrating
attention on a big issue, rather than on attention to detail.
Saving time on the reading of a paper creates more time for feedback and discussion.
Shorter individual papers make it possible to consider more facets of the panel topic in a single two-hour session.
The addition of short papers will allow the program committee more flexibility in organizing panels, enriching the program with the greatest variety of perspectives without adding to the length or breadth of the conference as a whole.
Presenters of short papers will be allotted 10 minutes to read their papers and approximately 10 minutes for discussion. However, in this pilot year, the length of discussion time may vary (between 5 and 20 minutes) and will depend on the length of other presentations in your panel; essentially, the goal is to provide more time for discussion of short presentations, though we can't be more specific at this point in the experiment.