Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Your Cart   |   Sign In   |   Join AFS
AFS Review: News

AFS Introduces a “Short Paper” Option for the 2016 Meeting

Thursday, February 18, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
Share |

In addition to offering the standard presentation time for individual papers (20 minutes to read the paper with 10 minutes for discussion), for the first time, AFS will also accept proposals for "short papers” at the 2016 Annual Meeting.

Why short presentations?

  • Consider the popularity of the TED talk format; speakers effectively connect with audiences with shorter, focused presentations.
  • Some projects -- whether works in progress or projects that are well-developed, complex and much-substantiated -- might be better served by concentrating attention on a big issue, rather than on attention to detail.
  • Saving time on the reading of a paper creates more time for feedback and discussion.
  • Shorter individual papers make it possible to consider more facets of the panel topic in a single two-hour session.
  • The addition of short papers will allow the program committee more flexibility in organizing panels, enriching the program with the greatest variety of perspectives without adding to the length or breadth of the conference as a whole.

Presenters of short papers will be allotted 10 minutes to read their papers and approximately 10 minutes for discussion. However, in this pilot year, the length of discussion time may vary (between 5 and 20 minutes) and will depend on the length of other presentations in your panel; essentially, the goal is to provide more time for discussion of short presentations, though we can't be more specific at this point in the experiment.

Read more about how to submit an individual paper proposal for the 2016 AFS/ISFNR Joint Annual Meeting at

Contact Lorraine Walsh Cashman at with questions or suggestions.

Career Center
| Open Forums
| Online Store
| Renew
| Member Search
| Donate

American Folklore SocietySister Society: SIEF
Classroom-Office Building, Indiana University, 800 East Third Street, Bloomington IN 47405 USA

Association Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal