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Paper Session Proposal Form

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

Paper sessions consist of a set of papers pre-organized on a given topic. There can be no more than 4 papers in a single panel session. If a session includes a discussant, there can be no more than 3 papers in that session. Each paper presentation will be allotted 30 minutes on the program, including time for a brief introduction, for the presentation, and for questions and discussion, which will follow immediately after each presentation.

Required materials: The chair of a panel must submit online her registration, registration fee payment, and this organized session proposal form, including long and short abstracts for the panel as a whole, as well as contact information, titles, and short abstracts for each presenter and paper on the panel. All participants in the panel must provide their proposal information to the chair well before the deadline, and must separately submit their own registration and registration fee payments.


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.

200 of 200 characters remaining
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 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 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 give us the names, institutional affiliations, email addresses, paper titles, and short (100-word) abstracts for each of your paper session's participants, in the order that they will present their papers on the meeting program.

In the Short Abstract fields, paste only the text of the abstracts themselves, not the authors or titles.

A single paper session may have no more than four papers (three, if the session includes a discussant).

If your session will have a discussant, enter the discussant's name and affiliation in the space for Presenter 4; in place of the title, write "discussant."
Presenter 1

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.

If the error message is "or leave the field blank," 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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