Call for panels
The call for panels is now closed. We welcome contributions from anthropologists and researchers, including academics, practitioners and students engaging with ethnographic and anthropological research and analysis.
The deadline for proposals was the end of 10th May.
Panel proposals must consist of:
- a panel title
- the name/s and email address/es of panel convenor/s
- a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters
- a long abstract of fewer than 250 words
The proposal should, if possible, contain the names of proposed chairs or discussants – although these can be added later using the login environment. Please use the convention of: Firstname Lastname (Institution). If no names are listed for chairs or discussants, it will be assumed that these roles will be undertaken by the conveners. All proposals must be submitted online through the conference website rather than by email.
The call for papers will run from 5th June to 17th July 2017.
Please refer to the main conference theme when formulating the proposal. Panels can draw upon (but are not limited to) the following themes:
- Ethnographies of the state
- Public Rituals, Symbols and Performances
- The anthropology of infrastructure
- Bureaucracies in cross-cultural perspective
- Statecraft, science and the environment
- Intimate States
- Indigenous policies in post-colonial states
- Anthropology, advocacy and the law
- Refugees and stateless persons
- Developmental states
- Nationalism, popular protests, and new media environments
- Religion in transnational social fields
- Gender, sexuality and the state
- Crisis, conflict and states of exception
- Art, artefacts and the public sphere
Recent conferences of the AAS, ASA and ASAANZ have all used a range of ‘experimental formats’, including (but not limited to): laboratories, exhibitions, film-screenings, performances, roundtables, and ‘author-meets-critic’ sessions.
The convenors of this conference also welcome all suggestions for experimental formats, and will provide spaces for, and will timetable within the main conference programme, any sessions that wish to present ethnographic works in ways that depart from the convention of the text-based presentations. Such sessions should also be proposed via the Panel proposal link below, but please state the nature of the format in the long abstract and put (Laboratory), (Exhibition), (Film screenings), (Performance), (Roundtable), etc at the end of the title, in the title field.
Constitution of panels
Convenors may present a paper during the conference, either in their own panel or another. (Due to the 'competition for time' within such a conference, colleagues are allowed to convene no more than one panel and present only one paper during the conference. This does not prevent you from making multiple proposals, but in the case of multiple acceptances we will ask you to make a choice.)
All accepted panels must be open to paper proposals through the website; you may of course propose a panel with specific contributors in mind, but when the call for papers opens, you should be open to the possibility of other contributions arriving via the open call.
Panel convenors can be students.
Panels convenors and paper presenters need not be members of the associations, however all three associations welcome new members. Members of the associations and of WCAA sister-associations can register for the conference at a discounted fee.
Panel convenors can use the login link in the menu above to edit their proposals and later, to administer their panels. Convenors should log in to state any specific timing requests for their panel (when directed to do so by the conference administrator), to add the names of chairs/discussants, and to manage the paper proposals. Co-convenors cannot be added/removed nor can panels be withdrawn through this environment - please email conference(at)shiftingstages.info to do this.
When papers are proposed through this website, they will be proposed to specific panels, not to the conference in general. Convenors will be automatically sent a summary email of the proposal. Convenors are welcome to acknowledge proposals by email, and even to ask contributors to edit their abstracts by logging in themselves.
When the call for papers is over, convenors must indicate their decisions about whether to accept/reject/transfer proposals through the login environment. If an author later emails to withdraw their paper, the convenors should mark the paper as 'Withdrawn' in the login environment, otherwise the conference administrator may not know of the withdrawal. The papers can be placed in order via the login environment, and this should be done once decisions about all papers have been made.
Length of panels
Panels may not last for more than a single day. Each day will have a maximum of three 90-minute panel sessions, each of which may hold up to four papers. So convenors should accept no more than twelve papers.
The organising committee will work on rehousing the paper proposals marked 'transfer', and we will get in touch if this affects your panel, before registration opens.
Pre-circulation of papers
The conference has no rule about this but many convenors are keen to pre-circulate completed papers. To facilitate this and save on loads of email traffic, authors can upload a PDF of their paper within the login environment, and it will then show as a downloadable file beneath their abstract on the public panel page on this site. It is your choice whether you instruct your presenters to make use of this.
Timing of presentations
How you allocate the time in your sessions is largely your decision. The norm is to allot each presenter a maximum of 20 minutes (for presentation and questions/discussion). The key is to respect the fact that many presenters have travelled a long way in order to be able to contribute and clearly need time to set out their argument.
We are unable to represent specific intra-panel timings in our programme. Delegates reading the conference book will have to work on the assumption that papers will be evenly distributed through the panel. Clearly you may wish to amalgamate discussion time, but where possible please try to stick to this even distribution.
Communication between authors/convenors
Convenor/author email addresses are not shown on the panel pages for anti-spam and privacy reasons reasons. However, there is an in-built secure email messaging system. If you cannot work that, please email conference(at)shiftingstates.info to obtain the relevant email addresses.
If you have any queries about any of the above please email firstname.lastname@example.org.