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Forum Proposal Form
Please use this form to propose a forum for the AFS 2011 Annual Meeting. You must submit your proposal no later than March 31, 2011.

Forums are informal discussions organized around a specific subject, issue, theme, or topic. Forums may include no more than six participants, and should be designed for extensive interaction among the panel and audience. While not intended as paper sessions, forums may include brief (5 minute) prepared presentations. Forum proposals do not require presentation titles or abstracts from the individual participants.

Required Materials: The chair of a forum must submit online her registration, registration fee payment, and this organized session proposal form, including a long and short abstract for the forum as a whole. All participants in the forum must provide their contact information to the chair well before the deadline, and must separately submit their own registration and registration fee payments.


You must attach a Word document to this form containing your short abstract. Before you begin your submission, please prepare the Word document you need so you can attach it to the form later in the process.

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underlined have explanations or instructions that will appear when you hover your cursor over the question.

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Supply up to five keywords to help us avoid scheduling conflicts and to index your session if it is accepted for the meeting program.

If your proposal concerns a genre, group, and/or geographic place, we recommend that you represent them with your keywords; if those categories aren't relevant, your keywords should describe the most important dimensions of your work, with attention to aspects that may not be apparent in your presentation title.

The lists of controlled terms below are not meant to be normative or comprehensive; instead, they represent a few categories that appear frequently in the annual meeting program. Choose the most specific controlled terms that apply to your proposal; if none are relevant, leave the field blank and supply terms of your choice for topics 4-5.

For topics 4-5, choose terms of your choice from the AFS Ethnographic Thesaurus. The Index of Key Words in the meeting program book will only include subject terms that are approved by the AFSET, as well as the names of places, people(s), languages, organizations, and events that are not covered by the AFSET.

Please provide a 500-word abstract for your Forum in the space below, which will be forwarded to the Program Committee for evaluation.

Do not begin the abstract with the title of your session.

Do not include any presenter names in the abstract, since it will be sent out for blind review.

The review criteria are: 1) A clear thesis or analytical statement; 2) A coherent argument; 3) An indication of familiarity with previous research; and 4) The session's contribution to a deeper understanding of the theme of this year’s meeting, or to one or more of the core concepts of our field, such as art, context, folk, genre, group, identity, performance, text, or tradition.
Your 100-word abstract for the session as a whole will be printed in the program book if your session is accepted for the meeting program.

In the text box below, please paste the text of the short abstract. Include only the text of the abstract itself—e.g., no session title.

The text box will not preserve bold, italic, or underline. If your text contains these print enhancements, please add a note at the end of the abstract (eg, “Italicize: Journal of American Folklore”).
In the answer spaces below, please provide the the names, full institutional affiliations, and email addresses for each of your forum participants, in alphabetical order. Do not include yourself, since you will be listed as chair. A forum session may have no more than eight presenters.
Presenter #1
Presenter #2
Presenter #3
Presenter #4
Presenter #5
Presenter #6
Presenter #7
Presenter #8

If it seems that nothing happens when you hit Submit, look for an error message at the top of the form. You may have missed a required field. If that doesn't work, request a new math question.

You will go to a confirmation screen when your proposal is successfully submitted. If you have further questions during business hours, call 614-292-4715.

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