Session Proposal Form for CHAGS XII


LENGTH OF SESSION DESCRIPTION: 300 WORDS ONLY. If left unedited, we will only post / publish the first 300 words, even if the 300th word is in the middle of a sentence.

For the sake of promoting research progress, Indicate conference continuity wherever relevant. If your session topic was addressed at a previous CHAGS, please indicate how your session builds on what's gone before. For the same reason, it is helpful to indicate if your topic was previously addressed or not addressed in hunter-gatherer studies, identify a few key works in the field if necessary, and how your session furthers the discussion.

However, unless absolutely necessary, remove citations and references from your session description. Refer to previous studies by authors' names only. Reference lists are included in your 300 words.

Clearly state what you hope to get from contributors. Provide a few focal questions—not too broad, but also not too narrow in order to maximise interest in your session.

Please proof read everything.


After shortening / editing your session description, remember to review the 50-words only abstract, for congruence with the session description.


For those proposing non-traditional paper-driven sessions (roundtables, lightning talks, etc.), please require precirculated papers as a condition of participation.

We will not micro-manage sessions; consider carefully whether your chosen session type is the best format for your session.


We'll be adding your emails to the website, in case prospective contributors have questions about sessions. Add co-convenors' emails if you'd like them to field inquiries in your absence.


Discussants provide oral feedback to previously circulated papers. List only the names of confirmed discussants. You have until the registration period to confirm their participation and edit this field.

Those who have provided long lists of names in the "discussants" field, please remove names of contributors (people who will present papers).


In most cases, sessions are open to contributions from anyone, including those you have not personally contacted. You will receive proposals submitted to your session in mid-January and will have one week to select and finalise contributions. If there are too many proposals, we will try to forward them a batch a month to all convenors. You can finalise your selections once the Call for Papers is closed. Details about the process will be sent in due course.

If you worry about getting enough contributions to run your session (4 presentations per session minimum), it will be up to you to distribute the Call widely, and get colleagues to direct proposals to your session. Sessions that don't get enough contributors will be closed and the accepted contributions will be distributed to other sessions.


1. SESSION TITLES: use sentence style. Capitalise only the first letter and proper nouns. "The anti-politics machine: development, depoliticization, and bureaucratic power in Lesotho" NOT "The Anti-Politics Machine: Development, Depoliticization, and Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho".

2. KEYWORDS: same as session titles. "interspecies communication" NOT "Interspecies Communication" NOR "Interspecies communication"

3. KEYWORDS: Keywords will be used to help contributors select sessions of interest, and as the index for the conference programme. Thus, please ensure that your keywords accurately reflect session content. Do NOT use "foragers" or "hunter-gatherers" as keywords. These are not useful in a conference entirely focused on hunter-gatherer societies.

4. Punctuation: please use standard punctuation. Avoid variants such as << >> and „ “.

5. In general, avoid scare quotes as much as possible. If you must have them, use double quotation marks " " unless contained within another quote.

Email address
1. Title
3. Personal name
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2. Surname
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4b. Discipline & specialisation
For our records only
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4a. Affiliation
Institution / organisation name, or "independent"
Your answer
5. Country
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Provide these organisational details, then elaborate in Section 3 (questions 14 and 15)
6. Session type (choose one)
7. Pre-registration
ONLY FOR INTERACTIVE SESSIONS, SPECIAL EVENTS AND "OTHERS". NO PRE-REGISTRATION FOR RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS. Pre-registration for such sessions will open when the conference schedule is organised. Note that non-registering hunter-gatherers will have full access to observe or participate in any session of their choice.
8. Related materials to be pre-circulated
ENCOURAGED. If you plan to post such materials for online viewing / downloading (papers, publications, video and sound clips, etc.), describe material type and when you expect to make them available (number of weeks before the conference). Note that there will be a book exhibit area where materials can be left for pick-up, but speakers should organise their own photocopying upon arrival and USM will not be held liable for damages or losses incurred during the conference. There are a number of photocopying shops on and just outside campus.
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9. Duration
Each slot is 90 minutes long followed by a coffee break or lunch. Indicate how many slots you anticipate for your session. Plan on a maximum of 15 minutes per speaker (see question 18 for more details) together with time for unstructured discussion with the audience. We will try to accommodate requests, but cannot promise to meet all of them.
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Please give as much detail as possible about your proposed session or activity.


Depending on the type and scope of your session, you may not need to cover all these points: general rationale for the session; whether the topic has been dealt with in hunter-gatherer studies before and, if not, its current significance; session breadth and scope; theoretical and methodological approaches; time period, place, and group. But it's always helpful to give as much information as possible. Aim for language that is accessible to non-specialists.


Give as much detail as possible to help the selection committee visualise the event and its place in the CHAGS programme. Include how activities will be organised and structured, the objectives of the session, and the hoped-for benefits to hunter-gatherer research. Tell us how audience members will participate. If skilled facilitators are needed, how will you secure their participation? (Unless agreed otherwise with Lye Tuck-Po, facilitators must also register for the conference.) Give practical details, so that we can decide whether it's possible to organise this session in light of space and other limitations.

10. Session title
Make it informative, realistic, and not too long. If you're proposing a plenary, please add "(plenary)" to the session title. Use sentence style: capitalise the first word and proper nouns only. Avoid unnecessary caps.
Your answer
11. Co-organiser(s), if any
Please give name(s) and affiliation(s)
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14. Discussants (optional but encouraged)
Session organisers are responsible for approaching discussants. List their names and affiliations here. Indicate who has agreed to participate. Note: discussants will need to register for the conference. If your proposal is accepted, you should confirm their participation again during the registration period. Then return to this form and edit information as appropriate.
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15. Abstract
Give a 50-word summary description of session scope and content — one paragraph only. If your session is accepted, this paragraph will be published in the conference programme (thus, you may come back and edit this bit after all speakers are confirmed)
Your answer
16. Keywords
Up to five keywords that best describe your session. Include time periods, group names, and place names wherever relevant. Please avoid using "foragers" or "hunter-gatherers" as keywords.
Keyword 1
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Keyword 2
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Keyword 3
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Keyword 4
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Keyword 5
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17. Full session description
Copy and paste your description into this space. Word limit: 300 words. Go over this limit, and you won't be able to SUBMIT. Ctrl-Z (Win) or Cmd+Z (Mac) to undo, trim the original text in your word processor, and try again. Please proof-read.
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18. Session format (for presentation of research results)
Indicate what form your session will take and how much time you expect to give each speaker (between 5 and 15 minutes): standard PANELS with read or presented papers; ROUNDTABLES where focus is on dialogue and discussion; SHORT TALKS of 5 minutes or less interspersed with 10 to 15 minutes of discussion (browse the internet for examples of short talk formats that have emerged in recent years — describe your chosen format here); organised DEBATES where two sides of a problem are debated, with timed responses and audience participation — give content information in your session description; SHOW-and-TELL; or any other format you would like to propose. Proposals for PLENARIES intended to address the whole conference (see the Call for Sessions) should have speakers confirmed as much as possible; list their names here. Plenaries can take the form of panels or roundtables.
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