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Media Session Proposal

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

Media sessions feature the presentation of one or more film or video works. These films or videos may be completed or works-in-progress, and one or several works may be shown and discussed within the two hours of the session. Please allow time for discussion in your proposed session.

In the case of completed works, please submit a copy of the work on DVD (NTSC format), along with the materials listed just below. In the case of works-in-progress, describe the approach and content of the finished work in your long abstract; we also encourage you to submit a five-minute sample, with explanatory notes if necessary, on DVD (NTSC format).

Required Materials: The chair of a media session must submit online her registration, registration fee payment, and an organized session proposal form, including long and short abstracts for the session as a whole and, if the session is to feature more than one media work, a short abstract for each media work in the session.

She must also mail any VHS or DVD works or samples to: Media Sessions, AFS 2011 Annual Meeting, Mershon Center, Ohio State University, 1501 Neil Avenue, Columbus OH 43201-2602 USA, postmarked by March 31, 2011. Those samples will not be returned. All participants in the media session must provide their proposal information to the chair well before the deadline, and must separately submit their own registration and registration fee payment.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

You must attach Word documents to this form with portions of your proposal information. Before you begin your submission, please prepare the Word documents you need so you can attach them to the form later in the process.

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


This form may be used to propose a media session or an individual media presentation. If you are proposing a session, use the following title/long abstract/short abstract space to describe the session as a whole, and the “Presenter/Media Information” fields below to describe each presentation within the session.

If you are proposing an individual presentation, complete the following Session Information, and use the “Presenter/Media Information” fields only if you need to list co-presenters in your individual presentation. Short presentations may be grouped with others.
200 of 200 characters remaining
Supply up to five keywords to help us avoid scheduling conflicts and to index your presentation 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 session in the space below, which will be forwarded to the Program Committee for evaluation.

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

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 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 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—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”).
IF YOUR PROPOSAL INCLUDES ONLY ONE MEDIA WORK AND ONE PRESENTER (WHICH YOU HAVE JUST DESCRIBED ABOVE), YOU NEED NOT COMPLETE ANY OTHER PRESENTER INFORMATION. Proceed to "Audiovisual Equipment."

1. If you have co-presenters for the presentation above, list them in alphabetical order; leave the title and short abstract fields blank.

2. If you are proposing a session with more than one presentation, use the spaces below to provide the names, full institutional affiliations, email addresses, presentation titles, and short abstracts for each presenter in your media session, in the order that they will present or discuss their media works.

Include yourself if you are presenting a media work as well as chairing the session.

A media session should include no more than 90 minutes of work, to allow at least 30 minutes for discussion.


Media sessions will be assigned to a meeting room with a projector, screen and sound system. IMPORTANT NOTE: Presenters must supply their own laptop or other device from which to run the presentation. More specs will be available later.


To accommodate the larger number of sessions associated with this joint meeting, we will schedule general sessions on Wednesday afternoon. Please decline Wednesday only if it is IMPOSSIBLE for you to attend that afternoon.


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 812-856-2379.


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