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2016 Proposal Submission Options

Link to Proposal System 

Paper: individual paper submission by an author(s) that, if accepted, could be incorporated into any session type, at the division chair’s choosing

 

ePoster: individual paper submission by an author(s) that, if accepted, would be incorporated into APSA’s first electronic, online poster hall! In addition to onsite ePoster kiosks in high traffic areas of the convention center, posters would be available to view prior to the convention AND after the convention, providing greater opportunity for poster presenters to solicit feedback and engage in critical discussion of their research. Attendees would be able to provide comments directly to the presenters, and would also be able to arrange for time to meet onsite at the meeting in the Poster Discussion room to have face-to-face conversations as well.

 

Full Panel (paper panel) (90 min):  A full panel proposal is a fully formed panel session. You must submit all panel details, including panelist names, paper titles, and abstracts. No more than 5 papers are permitted. One or two discussant(s) and one chair needed. All panelists must be in agreement that they will participate if the panel is selected. Division Chairs may also compile these from the submitted papers.

 

Roundtable (90 min): A roundtable proposal is for a discussion format session. Participants agree on a specific topic to discuss and debate. You must submit a session title and all participant details. You may submit up to 8 participants, and all participants must be in agreement that they will participate if the panel is selected.

 

30-minute Paper Presentations (3 papers at 30 minutes each; 90 min): This format allows a scholar to present his or her work for a longer period of time and to have a dedicated discussant who isn’t overburdened by having to read multiple papers. One session chair would guide the time, but each paper would have its own discussant. The sessions might follow the “Brookings format,” in which the discussant presents and then comments on the paper; the author would then have a chance to respond.

 

Teaching Café (90 min): This session format provides a discussion forum for scholars to participate in the scholarship of teaching and learning, share pedagogical techniques, and discuss trends in political science education. Each topic cluster will be staffed with a scholar (or scholars) in the field that has demonstrated success in the use of practical instructional methods to share with attendees to take with them to their home institutions. Attendees would group together to ask questions and brainstorm together around core opportunities and issues in the field. The session may be about teaching and engaging students around particular topics (civic, archives, translations, datasets, or could be more generally focused around soft skills and professional development techniques for educators).

 

Research Café (90 min): This session format incorporates a handful of topic clusters, each staffed with a scholar (or scholars) in the field that has successfully used particular methodologies or epistemological frameworks. Attendees would group together to discuss research processes, methodologies, ask questions, and brainstorm together around issues in the field. The session may be about particular methodologies, archives, translations, datasets, or any other basis of research.

 

Outreach Café (90 min): This session format incorporates a handful of topic clusters, each staffed with a moderator to discuss various outreach efforts in the field. Members will share successful engagement methods and provide guidance to colleagues on ways to apply what they’ve learned in other ways. This session could be about interdisciplinary outreach, public engagement, or any variety of outreach to unique audiences.

 

Short Course or Workshop (4 hours): These programs allow for a deep dive in a focused environment. Workshops might be professional development focused or subfield specific, or thematically of the same spirit or accomplishing the same knowledge-sharing or learning goals. Workshops provide participants with hands-on experience and should embrace adult learning principles with clear, pre-determined learning objectives that would be included in the proposal description.

 

Mini-conference (full day): A full day of content devoted to a theme. The mini-conference can be in pursuit of a larger cohesive goal than traditional panels provide, such as an edited volume or an omnibus dataset. Sessions within the mini-conference might be comprised of other formats in this list.

 

Author(s) Meet Critics (90 min): Similar as to the regular roundtables, but proposal submitters and Division Chairs are encouraged to think creatively about incorporating works in progress to be published on the roundtable. These sessions could begin with a 10 minute presentation of a single paper that presents the next logical step in the research agenda set forth in the book, followed by a panel of critics talking about the book and about the work in progress. We also encourage Division Chairs to consider having author panels for articles that have appeared in refereed journals in addition to books.