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AFS Welcomes Proposals for Alternative Presentation Formats

Friday, January 31, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman

Annual meeting participants consistently voice enthusiasm for innovative meeting presentations in meeting feedback, expressing the desire for more opportunities to enjoy these alternatives to the standard 20-minute paper:

  • Media presentations allow extra time to present ethnographic video and audio recordings, as well as time to discuss the work
  • Diamond presentations foster discussion and bridge language and attention barriers by concentrating an argument in a highly visual display
  • Short papers (10-minute papers in a 15-minute block) are scheduled to allow more time for discussion of each paper, while bringing more presentations to intersect in meaningful ways within a session.
  • Sounding Board sessions are organized specifically by the Proposal Review Committee to facilitate feedback for individual short papers or diamond presentations, with the assistance of more discussion time and a moderator invited by the planners to provide a thoughtful response. This option, open to all career stages, particularly suits projects that are at a stage where feedback would be particularly valuable, such as the start of a research project or public program development.

However, the variety of presentation formats in the meeting program is ultimately determined by the proposals that are submitted. In other words, it's up to you to be the change you'd like to see.

AFS Annual Meeting proposal forms are designed to collect data for standard presentation types.

Contact Lorraine Walsh Cashman at in advance of the March 31 deadline if you would like to propose a new format. For best results, preorganized sessions must fit within a two-hour time block, and require minimal room set-up changes.

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