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Instructions for Submitting an Organized Diamond Session
The American Folklore Society invites organized session proposals in what we call the Diamond format, 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.

Organized Diamond sessions will include between six and ten presentations on a common theme, to be presented in one two-hour session. 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
  • 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.
Chairs of pre-organized sessions
  • 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 proposal form.


Click here to see a pdf of the 2016 proposal form. This is NOT a functioning form, but it offers a preview of the form you will complete.  The 2017 form may have a different appearance, but the substance will be much the same.

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

IMPORTANT NOTES:
  • You 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.
  • Members: You 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 AFS.
  • 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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