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Media Session Proposal

Please use this form to propose a media session for the AFS 2011 Annual Meeting. You must submit your proposal no later than March 31, 2011.

Media sessions feature the presentation of one or more film or video works. These films or videos may be completed or works-in-progress, and one or several works may be shown and discussed within the two hours of the session. Please allow time for discussion in your proposed session.

In the case of completed works, please submit a copy of the work on DVD (NTSC format), along with the materials listed just below. In the case of works-in-progress, describe the approach and content of the finished work in your long abstract; we also encourage you to submit a five-minute sample, with explanatory notes if necessary, on DVD (NTSC format).

Required Materials: The chair of a media session must submit online her registration, registration fee payment, and an organized session proposal form, including long and short abstracts for the session as a whole and, if the session is to feature more than one media work, a short abstract for each media work in the session.

She must also mail any VHS or DVD works or samples to: Media Sessions, AFS 2011 Annual Meeting, Mershon Center, Ohio State University, 1501 Neil Avenue, Columbus OH 43201-2602 USA, postmarked by March 31, 2011. Those samples will not be returned. All participants in the media session must provide their proposal information to the chair well before the deadline, and must separately submit their own registration and registration fee payment.


You must attach Word documents to this form with portions of your proposal information. Before you begin your submission, please 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.

This form may be used to propose a media session or an individual media presentation. If you are proposing a session, use the following title/long abstract/short abstract space to describe the session as a whole, and the “Presenter/Media Information” fields below to describe each presentation within the session.

If you are proposing an individual presentation, complete the following Session Information, and use the “Presenter/Media Information” fields only if you need to list co-presenters in your individual presentation. Short presentations may be grouped with others.
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Choose the best 2-5 keywords to represent your panel in the program index, INCLUDING TERMS THAT ARE ALREADY IN YOUR PANEL OR FILM TITLES; 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 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 presentation.

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

1. If you have co-presenters for the presentation above, list them in alphabetical order; leave the title and short abstract fields blank.

2. If you are proposing a session with more than one presentation, use the spaces below to provide the names, full institutional affiliations, email addresses, presentation titles, and short abstracts for each presenter in your media session, in the order that they will present or discuss their media works.

Include yourself if you are presenting a media work as well as chairing the session.

A media session should include no more than 90 minutes of work, to allow at least 30 minutes for discussion.
Media sessions will be assigned to a meeting room with a projector, screen and sound system. IMPORTANT NOTE: Presenters must supply their own laptop or other device from which to run the presentation. More specs will be available later.
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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