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Proposal Guidelines

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.
 
Those who have a proposal accepted must become current NWSA members and register for the conference to be included in the conference program. This includes critics who are part of an AMC.

 
Panel Proposals
  • Panel Title
  • Panel Rationale (100-250 words)
  • Individual papers from 3-4 potential presenters including,
  • Individual Paper Titles
  • Individual Abstracts (50-100 words each)
  • Name of 1 moderator
  • Detailed Audiovisual Rationale: Not all requests can be granted. Additionally, please do not put requests for accommodations here. There will be another screen to enter information about accommodations.
  • Requests for accommodations (if necessary)

Roundtable or Workshop Proposals
  • Title
  • Abstract (50-100 words)
  • Rationale (100-250 words)
  • Names of roundtable or workshop participants
  • Name of 1 moderator
  • Detailed Audiovisual Rationale: Not all requests can be granted. Additionally, please do not put requests for accommodations here. There will be another screen to enter information about accommodations.
  • Requests for accommodations (if necessary) 
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Individual Paper or Poster Proposals
  • Title
  • Abstract (50-100 words)
  • Rationale (100-250 words)
  • Detailed Audiovisual Rationale: Not all requests can be granted. Additionally, please do not put requests for accommodations here. There will be another screen to enter information about accommodations.
  • Requests for accommodations (if necessary) 
Author Meets Critics (AMC)
  • Book Title
  • Book Summary (150 words)
  • Rationale (250-500 words, including publication date, publisher, ISBN number, author name and affiliation, and discussion of the book’s importance to the field of women’s studies and/or conference themes)
  • List of 3-4 critics with their affiliations and their rationale for inclusion
  • AMC session organizers (the person who submits the AMC proposal) are responsible for contacting potential critics and securing their participation.
  • Once the AMC proposal is submitted, NWSA staff will contact the AMC session organizer to request documentation that critics have agreed to participate in their session.
  • Detailed Audiovisual Rationale: Not all requests can be granted. Additionally, please do not put requests for accommodations here. There will be another screen to enter information about accommodations.
  • Requests for accommodations (if necessary)

Lightning Sessions
  • Title of Lightning Session
  • Names of 6-8 other presenters including
  • Titles of each talk
  • 2-3 sentence description of each talk (50 words or less for each)
  • Name of 1 timekeeper
  • Detailed Audiovisual Rationale: Not all requests can be granted. Additionally, please do not put requests for accommodations here. There will be another screen to enter information about accommodations.
  • Requests for accommodations (if necessary)
Sponsored Session Proposal
Please follow the guidelines above based on the type of session you are submitting, i.e. panel, roundtable, workshop.
NWSA staff will contact the chair/s of the constituency group to confirm that the if the proposal is accepted, the proposal will be the sponsored proposal for the constituency group.
 
Helpful Information
  • You may use our worksheets for guidance in assembling proposals for Panels and Roundtable/WorkshopsNOTEthe worksheets are not required for submission and are not admissible in the submission system.
  • 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 particular subtheme
    • Discussion of how the session will be structured
  • Only online submissions through the NWSA submissions system will be considered.
  • You may submit multiple proposals for the 2020 Conference, but each submitted proposal must be unique.
  • 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.
  • Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

Sample proposals