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Diamond Session Proposal Form
Please use this form to propose a Diamond session--a panel of Diamond presentations--for the AFS 2011 Annual Meeting. You must submit your 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 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.


You must attach Word documents to this form with portions of your proposal information.  Before you begin your submission, please read the form instructions below and then 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 Diamond 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 Diamond 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, presentation titles, and short (100-word) abstracts for each of your session's participants, in the order that they will make their presentations on the meeting program.

A Diamond session may have up to ten presenters.
Presenter 1

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 614-292-4715.

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