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Workshops can focus on a range of topics, including recently published books of broad interest in the field, specific texts or research projects of interest to a wide spectrum of the membership, or pedagogical issues. They are submitted anonymously by the workshop organizer(s) to the Program Committee.

Workshops usually involve a presentation by the organizer(s), followed by a lengthy discussion period. However, workshops may take a different format, such as a debate between two scholars taking opposite sides of a current issue in the field, or an author meeting critics, or a series of five-minute presentations followed by discussion. In reviewing these submissions, the Program Committee examines the abstracts of every paper to be presented during the proposed session as well as an overview from the organizer. Organizers and speakers may cite work that they have already published, but these citations must have the same format as citations of any other author. Every effort should be made to preserve the anonymity of all participants, but the Program Committee recognizes that for some workshop formats this may not be practicable.

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 workshop's presenters. 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 any 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. Note: The Program Committee is aware that if a particular workshop’s format does not call for presenters to give substantive talks, the organizer may submit very short abstracts or none at all. In such cases, however, the organizer’s statement must justify the format and explain why regular abstracts are not being provided.
    • Speakers' audio-visual needs (if any). The Program Committee reserves the right to limit the audio/visual equipment requested.


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