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DSA2021 invites proposals for panels and workshops that engage critically with dimensions of Unsettling Development. We continue to encourage different types of sessions at this year’s conference. These might include debate, roundtable, ‘speed-dating’ and other non-conventional formats. A key aim is for all panels to attempt to combine academic and practitioners work within most panels. There will be the following different kinds of panels at the conference:
Paper panels: these panels will involve one or more sessions that are based around 3-4 papers, perhaps with a discussant. To promote the highest levels of intellectual exchange, we are looking for convenors who can commit to liaising closely with paper-givers in advance of the conference, with a view to securing high-quality papers. This may involve the submission of papers in advance, perhaps incentivised by a post-conference publication plan by panel convenors.
Roundtable panels: these panels can adopt various formats to achieve the purpose of fostering a high-quality exchange of ideas around Unsettling Development.
Experimental approaches to panels: these might fall outside regular academic paper panels or roundtables. Some possible formats or ideas might be debates, speed-dating, workshops, laboratories etc. It may be possible to go beyond the 90 minute session format if required. The format should be described within the long panel abstract.
You also have the option of choosing if your panel will be a synchronous, asynchronous or mixed type of panel in the online format. You can find out more about these panel formats here.
Decisions over the proposals will be made by the conference convenors and communicated to all proposing convenors in time for the opening of the call for papers.
While DSA encourages convenors (those proposing/organising a panel) to address the issues outlined in the theme, this is not a prerequisite for panel acceptance. In particular DSA welcomes panel proposals from its study groups, and encourages them to pursue the critical issues in their area, even if these are not strongly aligned to the conference theme.
Due to the ongoing pandemic and COVID-19 threat, the conference is taking place online and therefore it is crucial to make sure that panel convenors have a stable and fast enough internet access.
If panel convenors have experienced unstable connection with previous video calls and/or have been unable to share screen via Zoom (for example), please make sure to find a co-convenor with a strong internet connection. So, if the worst happens and the primary convenor is unable to lead the panel, the co-convenor can take over.
If you do not have previous experience and wish to make sure that your computer and internet connection are enough, please let us know ahead of time, so we can arrange a tech test during a preparation period.
Please ensure you have read the conference theme at the bottom of the conference homepage before proposing your panel via the link below.