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AFS Offers New Proposal Options

Thursday, January 31, 2019   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman

Based on past annual meeting feedback, AFS would like to explore the possibility of some scheduling innovations at the 2019 meeting in Baltimore. To that end, the annual meeting proposal forms will contain two new questions this year:

  1. If you propose an individual short paper or diamond presentation, you may indicate on the proposal form that you would like to be considered for a “Sounding Board” session. Sounding Board sessions will allow extra time for audience discussion of panel presentations, led by a discussant selected by the Proposal Review Committee to provide a thoughtful response. This opportunity is open to participants at all career levels and may be especially helpful for those whose projects are at a stage where feedback would be particularly valuable, such as the start of a book project, dissertation or thesis research, or public program development. Sounding Board presenters will be expected to submit their paper or substantial notes to the designated discussant by September 15. The constraints of scheduling and the proposal pool may make it impossible to satisfy all such requests.
  2. If you propose a preorganized session, you will be asked if your session could be scheduled in a 90-minute slot, rather than the standard 2-hour block. This will allow AFS to gauge the feasibility of adjusting the daily schedule, perhaps starting later in the morning—the chief desire of many meeting participants over the years.

Since the success of both of these options depends on participants’ willingness, we may implement these changes only partially or not at all. Those who are willing to take part at the proposal stage should check the preliminary program when it is released in June to confirm how their proposals are scheduled.


Mary A. Twining (Baird) says...
Posted Wednesday, March 20, 2019
It sounds like an interesting idea that could be very helpful to a developing project. I would like to participate.

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