Presentation Proposal

Submission Instructions

Submission proposal deadline: February 1, 2019

Please carefully read the proposal submission requirements and guidelines before proceeding to use the online Proposal Submission page. 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.




We invite submissions for presentation and session proposals for paper dialogues, panels, round-table discussions, workshops, poster/exhibit sessions, and other formats appropriate for this unique, richly interdisciplinary conference.

Envisioned presenters include:

  • Academics – scholars, researchers, educators, administrators, and students – across the humanities, social studies, law, public policy, and professional studies areas
  • Community organizers
  • Engaged global citizens
  • Human rights leaders
  • Journalists and media members
  • Members of the legal community (attorneys, judges, law enforcement officials)
  • Policy experts
  • Professional practitioners working in areas, or on issues, related to the conference theme
  • Professionals in other education sectors and circles
  • Representatives of government and non-governmental organizations

Presentation Formats

In your proposal submission, please specify which of the following format you will use. The conference committee requires proposal abstracts (250 words or less for papers, 500 words or less for full sessions) to be submitted by February 1, 2019.

  1. Paper Dialogue:

    (15-20 minutes per paper, 50 or 75 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 75-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 2000 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.
  2. Panel or Round-table Discussion:

    (50 or 75-minute Full Session) Panels or round-tables are prearranged groups of 3-5 presenters or discussants who come together for in-depth exploration of an identified issue or topic. Round-tables 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.
  3. Workshops or Performative Sessions:

    (75-minute Full Session) 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.
  4. 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 be available for discussion throughout the conference.

Publication Opportunities

Full drafts of papers submitted for publication consideration must be received by June 1, 2019. Individually- and jointly-authored submissions will be considered. Submissions for possible publication should represent unique, original or substantially original work not previously published elsewhere, and may include work in progress. The selection processes for publication will be competitive and, due to space and resource constraints, it will not be possible to publish all submitted papers.

Those whose papers are selected for publication will work directly with the editorial staff, subject to their publication policies and procedures.

Other Information

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 30 days notice, arrangements can be made for analog equipment such as Overhead and Slide Projectors or TV/VCR/DVD combos.

Electronic Communication with and by Proposal Submitters: Those who are submitting paper and/or session proposals will receive e-mail to indicate that the submission has been received, and either accepted or not accepted for presentation at the conference.