DEADLINE FOR EDITS AND REVISIONS: 20 October 2017
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.
SESSIONS GEARED TOWARDS DISCUSSING OR PRESENTING RESEARCH
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.
INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY-BASED SESSIONS, SPECIAL EVENTS, AND "OTHERS"
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.