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Panels (formerly At-Large Panels)

Panels (Formerly At-Large Panels)

Panels are sessions in which a limited number of papers (3 minimum, 6 maximum) are presented and the speakers focus on a common topic or theme. Topics should be conceived with a degree of breadth, aiming to present a new synthesis either by virtue of their inclusive subject range or their theoretical dimension. Panels that approach a problem either by employing a variety of methods or by the examination of diverse aspects of the topic are equally welcome. Panels can be two, two and a half, or three hours in length.  The Program Committee will assign accepted panels to appropriate time slots and will occasionally ask organizers to make minor modifications to the schedules of the sessions they propose. Panels are submitted anonymously by the panel organizer(s) to the Program Committee.  In reviewing these submissions, the Program Committee examines the abstracts of every talk to be presented during the proposed session as well as an overview from the organizer.

Submission Requirements

  • You will be required to provide:
    • The member number, name, academic institution, and contact information of the organizer(s)
    • The member number, name, academic institution, paper title, and length of presentation (in minutes) for each speaker
    • The member number, name, academic institution, and length of presentation (in minutes) for anyone introducing the panel or serving as a discussant or respondent
    • A 650-word Organizer's Statement.  The organizer's statement should provide a clear overview of the panel, describing its theme and focus and explaining the particular contribution made by each paper. Individual participants are to remain anonymous in this statement; individual presenters should be referred to as "panelist #1”, panelist #2”, etc. The statement must describe in general terms the diversity of the panel.  It should also explain plans for incorporating discussion into the session, and whether the responsibility will rest with the session chair, with the presenters themselves, or with an invited respondent.  If a respondent is used, the respondent's qualifications should be described, without, however, identifying the individual.  The Program Committee expects that both this statement and the accompanying abstracts will demonstrate a grasp of the bibliography relevant to the topic.
    • An abstract for every paper to be presented in your session.  Make sure these abstracts are anonymous, but identify them as "Paper #1", "Paper #2", etc. This will inform the Program Committee of the order of presentation and will make it easier for you to refer to individual abstracts in your Organizer's Statement (see above).   Before the speakers in your session prepare their abstracts, please ask them to become familiar with the guidelines for authors of abstracts
    • Speakers' audio-visual needs (if any). The Program Committee reserves the right to limit the audio/visual equipment requested.


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