PANEL SUBMISSION CRITERIA AND INFO
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» Panel topics span a great variety of issues. Panels offer engaged forms of dialogue, debate and/or interaction between panelists and audience and at times, have an activist, organizing or strategy making focus. You can refer to the events pages page to look at past panel topics and titles.
» In designing your panel we ask you to try to ensure that panelists represent and engage diverse political standpoints on any particular topic, and that panelists represent a range of political and cultural identities (e.g., race, gender, age, and class diversity). We also ask that you integrate the conference theme into the panel proceedings.
» In order to accommodate as many panels and panelists as space will allow we limit local and regional panelists to two panels. Requests for additional panel participation can be made by emailing email@example.com and explaining your request. If you have any problems submitting a panel please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 817 2002/2003.
» Panel submission is now open. The deadline for panel submission will be posted soon. We do however ask that you submit your proposals—even in a nascent form—as soon as you can, as the later the panel is submitted the harder it is to attend to all aspects of its administration.
» We encourage a range of panel styles and panel chairing and facilitation processes. These include:
a. The traditional panel form: This form has a chair person who provides an introduction for the speakers and the topic; facilitates the audience question and answer session; and mediates any disputes or similar occurrences. Depending on the number of panelists, panel presentations should be timed to allow about half of the session for audience participation (e.g., for four panelists each talk should be about 12 minutes). A similar form can designate a person or two in a discussant or respondent role. In this case the panel presentations should be fewer or shorter and the respondent can develop a critique, and/or raise pertinent issues and questions.
b. Roundtable or moderated dialogue format: this form can include short presentations by all panelists, 5 minutes for example, followed by questions that engage panelists and/or allow them to interact with each other, and/or panelists can ask each other questions; This is followed by audience participation.
c. Workshop style panels: this can vary from a format where a facilitator or group of facilitators involve all participants right away, e.g., through introductions and group dialogue focused on particular questions, strategies or issues. It can include sessions focused on dialogues about political practices, trainings, and question and answer sessions.
» Panel tracks identify and pull together sets of panels and workshops that address major issues, themes, or areas of activism and dialogue from a variety of angles—from the local to the global, and the practical to the theoretical. Tracks enable panel organizers to deepen a particular issue or theme, and as well, to plan out a series of panels or workshops that "start and go somewhere" (e.g., with an introductory panel starting off the track and more detailed or involved panels following the introductory session, concluding with a wrap up session).
panel size and facilitation
» Every panel must have a chair person. if the session is facilitated through collective processes, facilitators can be listed under the Chair category.
» The chair person can also be a presenter.
» Minimum number of participants per panel is three (including a chair person). For the panel format where each speaker presents for a certain lenght of time (as compared to some workshops formats) panels with more than five speakers often leave too little time for audience discussion and panel interaction. We recommend that panels have no more than five speakers and that panel chairs provide up to half of the panel session time for audience discussion.
panel registration (all panelists must register for the conference)
» In order to cover conference costs we require that panelists register for the conference. We ask panel organizers to make sure that all speakers on their panel (discussants, etc.) are registered (click here to register now) . If you have scholarship requests, contact us at email@example.com.
» We invite foreign participation but unfortunately cannot pay for travel costs for panelists or provide translators at this time.