Propose a THEMATIC STREAM or ORGANIZED PANEL for SASS 2018 at UCLA!
DEADLINE is September 22, 2017.
In anticipation of the general call for papers for SASS 2018, the 108th annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, to be held in Los Angeles, CA May 3-5 2017, the SASS conference program committee are now soliciting proposals for thematic streams and organized panels.
What is an organized panel?
An organized panel is a thematically organized group of up to four papers. Similar to an organized panel, one may also propose a roundtable, which consists of up to five people in informal conversation on a specific topic. Finally, one may also propose a workshop, which consists of up to four presenters teaching a skill or methodology. The panel, roundtable, or workshop proposal must include the name of the chair, as well as a 300 word abstract. The proposal must also list all of the proposed presenters. The chair must agree to be the panel chair, and will be tasked with certain organizational duties related to oversight of the panel. Send your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a thematic stream?
A thematic stream is a topic or set of topics that tie together a series of panels offered sequentially within the overall conference framework. In practice, the stream acts like a conference within the conference, providing a greater degree of cohesion and potentially a greater degree of intellectual depth and rigor than might occur in an ordinary conference panel. The program committee encourages in particular stream proposals that somehow relate to the overall conference theme (“Frontiers”). But stream proposals are also welcomed on other topics, and SASS members are encouraged to think creatively and contact the committee if they would like to test the waters on any given topic. You can find some wonderful examples of past streams by looking through the conference programs for SASS 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Here are some examples of streams that have proved popular in the past:
- Scandinavian Crime Fiction
- Digital Humanities
- Strindberg and the Avant-Garde
- Performance Studies and Nordic Cultures
- Dimensions of Diversity in Norden
Why propose a thematic stream? A thematic stream:
- Enriches the academic depth and significance of the conference experience;
- Can act as an aggregator for finding colleagues interested in the same topic(s) as you;
- Can serve as the basis for a future journal special issue or edited volume;
- Can let you recruit colleagues to SASS that have not previously attended and ensure that they have a good intellectual experience;
- Can count as a useful CV item, demonstrating your active contribution to the field of Scandinavian Studies.
What are my responsibilities as the proposer of a thematic stream? If you propose a thematic stream, and your proposal is accepted, you will be encouraged to recruit scholars to submit papers that relate to your theme once the general call for papers opens on October 1, 2017. You will also be tasked with the work of reading paper proposals that come to the program committee and that have asked to be considered for your stream. This work will take place after the call for paper closes on December 4, 2017. You will need to sort and arrange accepted papers into a workable and stimulating series of panels. This work must be completed by January 1, 2018 so that presenters can plan to attend the conference and possibly apply for travel money. Finally, you will need to attend the conference yourself and help ensure that the stream unfolds as you hoped in May of 2018.
So how do I propose a stream? Send a 300 word statement of your proposed stream (in the body of an email message or as an attachment) to the conference email address email@example.com with the topic line “stream proposal.” Send it from the email address through which you would like us to correspond with you. Proposals for streams by multiple SASS members (i.e., joint proposals) are welcome; copy all joint proposers in your email. Please include a one-paragraph statement regarding your research interests and qualifications, or those of each of the proposed stream curators. Send your proposal by September 22, 2017. The program committee will be in touch soon after to let you know if your proposal has been accepted. The list of approved streams will then be published on October 1, 2017.
If you have any questions about these guidelines or about a stream that you’d like to explore, please contact the program committee at our program email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will be checking email frequently and will give you feedback on any ideas you are considering for a stream.
HANDY LIST OF DEADLINES
September 22, 2017: Proposals for thematic streams and organized panels are due.
October 1, 2017: Announcement of approved streams and organized panels (including roundtables and workshops).
October 1, 2017: Call for individual papers and stream papers.
December 4, 2017: Deadline for proposals.
January 1, 2018: Thematic stream sessions finalized.
January 1, 2018: Notification of successful paper proposals, sessions and roundtables.
February 17, 2018: Registration deadline.