2018 Conference: The Environments of African Literature

Proposal Guidelines

Proposal for the 2018 ALA Conference will be accepted on the following page until February 16, 2018. Before submitting, please carefully read the instructions below. To review this year's conference theme, click here.

Those interested in organizing or participating in the formation of panels, roundtables, and seminars, click here.

We strongly encourage full panel submissions, with 3-5 speakers, possibly including a discussant. We recommend that panels bring together scholars from multiple institutions. The person submitting the panel must collect abstracts and personal information from all speakers and enter it into the Panel submission form.

Individual Paper
Abstracts of individual papers that are not part of a panel, roundtable, or seminar should be submitted following the instructions in the appropriate section. Individual papers will be accepted according to their quality and fit with other individual paper submissions.

Roundtables are convened by members to discuss recent developments in the field or matters pertaining to the profession, including but not limited to theoretical innovations, recent publications, and professional development concerns. A roundtable will consist of a chair, who organizes the roundtable, and no less than four and no more than six presenters. To submit a proposal for a roundtable, please follow the instructions in the Roundtable submission form.

An ALA seminar consists of 2-3 panels on a theme or cluster of related themes. The panels will be held once a day over 2-3 days. A seminar can be headed by one or two persons. Seminar leaders must define the seminar issue, recruit participants, create panels, and provide all the information needed in the Seminar submission form. To enhance the intellectual diversity of presentations, we strongly encourage proposals that bring together scholars from multiple institutions. While seminar leaders normally serve as panel chairs, a seminar leader who is presenting a paper cannot chair more than one panel of the seminar. Pre-circulation of papers among seminar participants is strongly encouraged. All seminar participants are expected to attend all panels in the seminar.

The maximum length of abstracts is 2000 characters, spaces included.

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