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Proposal Submission Requirements

Important Note: All submitters must create logins through NWSA's website as members or non-member guests in order to submit proposals, even if they are NOT the session organizers.  Submitters will find the "Submit a Proposal" link in the left-hand menu bar after logging in to the NWSA website.

Conference Participation Guidelines and Requirements
All presenters and moderators on the 2014 NWSA program must meet two requirements to present at the annual conference by the presenter deadline of July 15, 2014:
1.      Become a 2014 member of NWSA, including the pre-conferences and general conference. 
2.      Pre-register for the conference and/or pre-conference. 
Prospective or lapsed members can renew their membership for 2014 beginning October 1, 2013.  The pre-registration period for presenters begins on April 19 and extends through July 15.  Accepted presenters who do not meet both requirements by July 15 risk removal from the program schedule. 
To inquire about your membership status, log into your membership account, email, or call (410) 528-0355.  Conference registration fees are separate from membership.  Members receive a reduced conference registration rate.  Panel organizers are responsible for conveying information about these requirements to prospective participants.

You can find colleagues to create proposals by visiting our conference forum.

Proposal Submission Requirements
Different session formats carry different submission requirements.  We recommend reviewing the requirements below and assembling your proposal in a Word document from which you cut and paste before logging in to the submission system.
  • Panel title
  • Panel rationale (100-250 words) that describes the logic by which the papers are grouped
  • Individual paper titles and individual paper abstracts (50-100 words) for each of the 3-4 papers that comprise the panel
Individual Papers and Poster Sessions
  • Paper or poster title
  • Paper or poster abstract (50-100 words)
  • Paper or poster rationale (100-250 words)
Roundtable or Workshop
  • Session title
  • Session abstract (50-100 words)
  • Session rationale (100-250 words)
Authors Meet Critics
  • Book title, publication date, publisher and ISBN number
  • Author name and affiliation
  • Rationale (250-500 words) that discusses the book’s importance to the field of women’s studies as well as its relationship to the conference theme and/or subthemes
  • List of 3-4 critics with affiliations and their rationale for inclusion
Sponsored Sessions are typically panel proposals and must comply with the guidelines above, whatever form they take.
Abstracts explain to conference attendees the proposal’s topic, foci, and/or goals in a clear and succinct manner in the program.  Abstracts may be revised or edited for the program. 
Proposal rationales and abstracts serve as the basis for evaluation by the Proposal Review Committee and should include some or all of the following, as appropriate:
  • Objective or purpose of the paper, panel, workshop, etc.
  • Perspective and/or theoretical framework and/or references to relevant texts, research, or on-going debates in women’s and gender studies or related fields
  • Results and/or conclusions and point of view
  • Relevance to the conference theme or subtheme
  • Discussion of how the session will be structured
Authors Meet Critics Rationales Must Also Include:
  • Name and affiliation of book author(s)
  • Complete title of book
  • ISBN (10 digit)
  • Publication date and name of publisher
  • Rationale that discusses the book’s importance to the field of women’s studies as well as its relationship to the conference theme and/or subthemes
  • List of 3-4 proposed critics, including affiliations and rationale for inclusion for each person
  • All proposal rationales MUST be explicit about how the proposed poster, panel, paper, roundtable, or workshop is grounded in specific texts, authors, or research relevant to contemporary women’s and gender studies, queer studies, ethnic studies, or other related fields.
  •  With the exception of Authors Meet Critics submissions, remember to remove any IDENTIFYING INFORMATION (individual or institution names, for example) that would compromise NWSA’s commitment to anonymous review.
  • Proposal rationales assist proposal reviewers with evaluating the session or paper’s appropriateness for inclusion in the conference program.
  • Abstracts and proposal rationale may not exceed word limits above.
  • Incomplete proposals will not be considered.