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Proposal Requirements

All potential participants must have a login at in order to submit and/or be part of a proposal as a presenter or moderator. Please note, individual membership is not required at the point of submission, but a login is required for all potential participants. If you are a current individual member for 2019, please log in using your exisitng Username and Password. If you are not a 2019 member, please sign up for a Guest Login on this Membership Application page. Please note your Guest Username and Password as you will need it at different stages of the submissions process. More information:

Submissions open February 1, 2019. The 2019 Deadline for Submissions is February 20, 2019 at 11:59pm EST

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 requirements:
Panel title
Panel Rationale (100-250 words)
Rationale works cited
Individual paper titles and abstracts (50-100 words per paper)
Audiovisual Rationale

Title of submission
Abstract (50-100 words)
Rationale (100-250 words)
Rationale works cited
Audiovisual Rationale

Book title
Book summary (150 words)
Rationale (250-500 words): Include 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 critics: Include their affiliations and a rationale for inclusion
Audiovisual Rationale

NOTE: Internet/Wifi is not available in any session space

You may use our worksheets for guidance in assembling proposals for Panels and Roundtable/Workshops.
the worksheets are not required for submission and are not admissible in 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 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 2019 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 above.
  • Incomplete proposals will not be considered.