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Diamond Presentation Proposal Form

Please use this form to propose an individual Diamond presentation for the AFS 2011 Annual Meeting. You must submit your 2011 annual meeting proposal no later than March 31, 2011.

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 individual 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.


You must attach a Word document to this form containing your short abstract. Before you begin your submission, please read the form instructions below and then prepare the Word document you need using AFS style so you can attach it 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.

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Choose the best 2-5 keywords to represent your paper in the program index, INCLUDING TERMS THAT ARE ALREADY IN YOUR PAPER TITLE; include genre, group, and/or geographic place if relevant to your presentation.

For “Genre” and “Practice,” choose the most specific option, or leave blank.

For “Additional, commonly used terms,” you may select as many as are relevant.

For Topic 4 and 5 (free choice), enter ONE TERM from the AFS Ethnographic Thesaurus.

Provide a 500-word abstract for your Diamond presentation in the space below, which will be forwarded to the Program Committee for evaluation.

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

Do not include your name in the abstract, since it will be sent 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 will appear in the program book if your presentation is accepted.

In the space below, paste your short abstract.

Do not include your name, affiliation, or presentation title--just the text of the abstract itself.

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, “NOTE: Italicize Journal of American Folklore”).

300 of 300 characters remaining
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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