Submission Instructions for the Pursuit of Justice Conference


General Instructions: Please carefully read the proposal submission requirements and guidelines below before proceeding to use the online submission. Follow the submission instructions precisely and start the application process early. Make sure to select from the available options below the type of session format for your proposal. Should you require technical assistance with making your submission, contact us at least 48 hours before the submission deadline.

Limitation on Submissions: Proposal submissions are limited to one submission per presenter per type of submission (e.g., “traditional” paper, workshop, etc.). However, you may submit a presentation proposal for more than one type of session format and on different topics. For example, you may submit a presentation proposal for a paper dialogue and for a panel session on different topics, or a poster presentation and a workshop.

Presentation Abstracts and Presenter Information: Proposals should include all relevant information requested in the submission guidelines, including presentation abstracts (papers – 250 words or less; sessions – 500 words or less). Proposed papers/sessions must include the paper/session title, keywords, presenter(s) information (first and last name, highest degree(s) held, title/affiliation, email address, brief biographical statement, 1-page resume or CV); and special requests (e.g., disability accommodations, any supplemental audio/visual requests).

Audio/Visual Equipment Requests: Session rooms will feature a Digital Equipment Package of the following items: LCD/multimedia data projector, speakers, in-room PC computer (with MS PowerPoint, CD/DVD capability, internet connectivity, some Mac compatibility), screen, white boards, and on-site technical support. With 2 weeks’ advance notice, arrangements can be made for analog equipment such as Overhead and Slide Projectors or TV/VCR/DVD combos.

Presentation Formats

General Instructions: In your proposal submission, please specify which of the following format you will use. The conference committee only wishes to receive proposal abstracts (250 words or less for papers, 500 words or less for full sessions) by:

Priority Proposals Due: December 1, 2012

Final Proposals Due: January 11, 2013

Final Draft Papers
(for Publication Consideration) Due:
March 1, 2013

The conference committee will receive paper submissions any time earlier than the deadline.

  • Paper Dialogue (15-20 minutes per paper, 90 minutes per session): Three or four papers on similar/related issues or topics may be either submitted together or brought together one-by-one by the conference committee to form a 90-minute session. Time is reserved at the end for audience questions and comments. 20 minutes is enough time to read aloud approximately 10 double-spaced pages or 2,000 words. Time limits are firm.

    Papers may be either individually- or jointly-authored, and may be either academic (scholarship or other research) or practitioner-focused (e.g., technical or professional) in orientation. Three styles of presentation formats are available. Please indicate which of these format options you will use:

    • Traditional: Presenters offer a straight reading of their papers.
    • Talk: Presenters use their papers as a catalyst for discussion of the ideas found within the paper, usually working from notes and/or speaking directly to the audience.
    • Online: As a variant of the “Talk” format, presenters post their papers on the conference site no later than 10 days before the conference begins. “Online” sessions will be prominently marked in the conference program as intended primarily for an audience that has read the papers in advance; these sessions will be devoted to formal commentary and group discussion.

    In each case, presenters will write papers and distribute them to the session chair, other presenters, and the commentator (if applicable) no later than 10 days prior to the conference. If a paper dialogue session includes a commentator, the presenter(s) or session organizer (who submitted the proposal) must send copies of the completed paper(s) to the commentator no less than 10 days prior to the conference date. 

  • Panel or Roundtable Discussion (90 minutes): Panels or roundtables are prearranged groups of 3-5 presenters or discussants who come together for in-depth exploration of an identified issue or topic. Roundtables typically are moderated sessions; panels typically have session chairs. Under either format, presenters and discussants will engage in dialogue with each other and the audience, with adequate opportunity for audience questions and comments. Participants might include academics and other educators, scholars or other researchers, practitioners, activists, public officials, media members, and so on. 
  • Workshops or Performative Sessions (90 minutes): Workshops are technical, practical, or experiential learning sessions that encourage audience participation; workshop presentations focus on active learning rather than lecture. Performative sessions allow presenters to perform their work, such as multi-media presentations (video/film, digital media) or readings of non-fiction; presenters will create venues for verbal and non-verbal interaction with the participants. Educators, practitioner-trainers, facilitators, artists, journalists, essayists, documentarians, and the like could lead these sessions. 
  • Poster/Exhibit Presentations: Posters or exhibits typically address a single central question, topic, or issue in a manner that allows the presenter to engage others in informal discussion that expands or expounds upon the content of the poster or exhibit. These are not formal presentation sessions; materials (including summaries of implications and conclusions) should be presented in accessible language and in such a way that they can be discussed with interested persons one-on-one during or after the poster/exhibit presentation session, or as distributed in a handout. Presenters will post their materials on large poster boards that can accommodate photos/graphics, tables, charts, primary source extracts, large-type text pages, etc. Video or audio clips, such as on a laptop computer, can also be used. Presenters should plan to remain near their posters or exhibits during the session and generally available for discussion throughout the conference. 

Contact Information

The Gonzaga Law Review
Jason Gillmer, J.D., LL.M.
Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development
John J. Hemmingson Chair in Civil Liberties 509-313-3750

The Journal of Hate Studies (peer-review)
John Shuford, J.D., Ph.D. Director, Institute for Hate Studies
Managing Editor, The Journal of Hate Studies
Department of Philosophy and School of Law 509-313-5585

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