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Instructions for Submitting an Organized Diamond Session
On the basis of their increasing popularity among scholars and with the inspiration of a successful experiment undertaken at the 2010 Annual Meeting in Nashville, the American Folklore Society invites organized session proposals in what we are calling 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. 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, 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.

Required Materials: 

  • text of the short (100-word) and long (500-word) abstract for the session as a whole (to be pasted into text boxes)
  • affiliation and contact information, titles, and the text of the short abstracts for each presenter on the panel
  • 2 Word .doc files: 
    • a file containing the short abstract for the session
    • a file containing all of the Diamond short abstracts

Proposal Process: The path for submitting the proposal begins on the 2011 Annual Meeting page, with the link for "submitting a presentation or session proposal online." The chair of the session must use that path to submit online her registration, registration fee payment, and the 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 on the panel.

All participants in the session must provide their proposal information to the chair well before the deadline, and must separately submit their own registration and registration fee payments. Registration may be accessed from the 2011 Annual Meeting page, or from the Calendar.

As noted above, you must attach two Word documents to the online proposal form. Before you begin your submission, please prepare the Word documents using AFS style so you can attach them to the form later in the process.

You must submit your proposal no later than March 31, 2011.

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