The American Folklore Society invites proposals for organized sessions of short presentations on a common theme, to be presented in one two-hour session.
Panels may consist of 5-7 short papers. Each short paper will be scheduled for a 15-minute slot, allowing 10 minutes for presentation, followed immediately by 5 minutes for questions. The panel should allow at least 15 minutes at the end of the two-hour panel for discussion of the panel as a whole.
Alternatively, panels may consist of 6-8 Diamond presentations, 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.
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 in 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.
|Participants in pre-organized sessions
Chairs of pre-organized sessions
- Submit your short (100-word) abstract, affiliation and preferred email address to the chair of your proposed session well in advance of the March 31 deadline.
- Register for the meeting by March 31.
- Collect and submit all required material (below) by March 31.
- Encourage panel participants to register. Chairs register only themselves when submitting the proposal; they should not register the panel participants.
Contact panel participants to determine their
audio and scheduling needs. If any one participant needs speakers, you must request AV on the
Click here to see a pdf of the 2017 proposal form. This is NOT a functioning form, but it offers a preview of the form you will complete.
Materials required for the online registration and proposal process:
- Optional: keywords approved by the AFS Ethnographic Thesaurus that describe the content of the panel as a whole. See Using Keywords in Annual Meeting Proposals before you register and submit your proposal.
- a long (500-word) abstract for the session as a whole which will be sent out for blind review
- For each presentation:
- a short (100-word) abstract which will appear in the annual meeting program book if the proposal is accepted. Use AFS style.
- The presenter's name, affiliation and email address
- Visa or Mastercard for the chair's meeting registration
must submit your proposal no later than March 31.
- AFS provides
a projector and screen in all meeting rooms. If you require speakers, you
must request them on the proposal form. AFS does not provide other
equipment, such as laptops or DVD players.
must sign in to register and submit your proposal. Please make sure in
advance that you can successfully sign in. If not, allow time to contact
- Non-members: You may enjoy a significant discount on your Annual
Meeting registration, as well as other member
benefits, if you join AFS. However, the site will not
recognize your membership until it has been manually approved by AFS
staff; you will receive an email notification when your membership is
activated. Please allow for a few business days in between joining AFS and
submitting your registration/proposal. Join AFS by March 27 if you
want to receive the member rate.
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