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Proposal Requirements

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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.

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 proposed critics, including affiliations and rationale for inclusion for each person
  • Only online submissions through the NWSA submissions system will be considered.
  • 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.