Panel and workshop submission criteria and info


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By the end of May 5th, all necessary speakers need to be submitted.
For those who submit by this deadline, you will hear from us at latest Friday, May 10th.

  • Pease Note: All panels will be subject to approval. This year we have a much more of a limited capacity than in past years and, unfortunately, many quality panels may not be able to be included in the program.
  • Panel (and workshop) topics span a great variety of issues. Panels/workshops offer engaged forms of dialogue, debate and/or interaction between panelists/facilitators and audience and at times, have an activist, organizing or strategy building focus.  
  • In designing your panel or workshop, we ask you to try to ensure that panelists or workshop facilitators represent a range of political and cultural identities (e.g., race, gender, age, and class diversity).   
  • If you have any problems submitting a panel, please email panels AT, you can also request via email that we call you back by phone. Panel Submission Deadline: Sunday, May 5, 2019. In order to accommodate as many panels, workshops, panelists and workshop facilitators as space will allow we limit local and regional panelists/facilitators to two panels/workshops. Requests for additional panel/workshop participation can be made by emailing panels AT and explaining your request.   
  • Don't wait - submit your proposals—even in a nascent form—as soon as you can. The later the panel/workshop is submitted, the harder it is to attend to all aspects of its administration. Minimum Information to Submit: Panel Title, Description of Panel, Names of Three Presenters (including email addresses, titles and group affiliation)

Panel and Workshop Formats

We encourage a range of panel/workshop styles and panel chairing and workshop facilitation processes. These include:

  1. Traditional Panel: This format 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. At Left Forum, the chair can also function as a speaker. Indicating who is chairing just makes sure that somebody is moderating the whole discussion. Depending on the number of panelists, panel presentations should be timed to allow about half of the session for audience participation, one session is usually 1 hour and 50 minutes so for four panelists each talk should be about 13-14 minutes. It would be the task of the chair to make sure that each speaker sticks to the ammount of time they have been given. The panel organizer should let all speakers know in advance how much time they have. 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.  
  2. Roundtable or Moderated Dialogue: this format 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.  
  3. Workshops: 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. As with all other forms, workshop proposals need at least three people who commit to the workshop and who can and want facilitate the workshop.

Panel and Workshop Tracks

Panel/workshop 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 workshoporganizers 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 panelsfollowing the introductory session, concluding with a wrap up session).

Panel and Workshop 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.  
  • Every workshop must have a facilitator (use the "chair" field). if the session is facilitated through collective processes, facilitators can be listed under the Chair category.    
  • Minimum number of participants per workshop is three. We call all participants facilitators, wlthough not all of them have to play the role as facilitators, but should step in if the main facilitators drops or does not show up to the workshop itself etc.

Panel and Workshop - Registration of Panelists

Panelists/speakers/workshop facilitators are being asked to register and pay.  We need this policy in order to cover ALL costs so we hope that panelists/speakers/workshop facilitators register for the conference as well and/or make a donation. Left Forum does not receive any institutional funding, we operate solely on small donations (ca. 20% of income) and the ticket fees of our conferences (ca. 80% of income). So we kindly ask to click here to register now. BUT if you cannot afford any ticket fee level, we are willing to provide stipends and ticket waivers for those in need: please request  a ticket waiver/stipend at register AT

We also have a solidarity rate for registration. This rate is for people who can give more in order to help us provide stipend and waivers for those who cannot afford a ticket.

Travel & Accommodation Costs: travel and accommodation costs for panelists/workshop participants are not covered by Left Forum.

Translators for Speakers: translators for panelists/ workshop participants cannot be provided at this time.