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28 June – 2 July 2021: Online Conference at UEA
COVID19, climate change, populism, demands for racial justice and the rise of new powers are among the themes that will be explored.
This year’s conference will take place within the Whova online conference platform. Whova interacts with Zoom, so all live sessions will take place in Zoom meetings. So if you are familiar with Zoom, you will find presenting and interacting in the sessions straight-forward.
DROP IN DAYS & REHEARSALS
Over the next week, we are offering drop-in days to give you an opportunity to test your setup, get to know Whova and make sure that your conference experience will be stress free and an enjoyable experience. DSA2021 drop-in days will be on:
Before the drop-in day, in order to access these sessions, please follow the steps below, either A or B.
A) If you have not yet created an account in Whova, please do the following: Click on this link to take you to Whova login page!
Once there, you will need to sign up to Whova to continue, to do this:
B) If you have already created your Whova account, then you just need to login to Whova with your email and password via this link here which will take you to Whova login page! Once on that page and logged in:
Please note: All delegates will need to create a Whova account and login to Whova every day of the conference that they plan to attend. Whova contains the full conference agenda, networking options among all delegates and exhibitor booths etc. The option to use the Zoom app is only when entering live event sessions (panels, plenaries, social events etc). We recommend you set up your account this week or next so that you can familiarise yourself with the platform well ahead of the sessions you wish to attend. If you wish to only listen in/ watch any sessions, you can download and use the Whova mobile app for whatever mobile device you have. However if you are presenting or highly involved in the session we do strongly advise that you use a computer/ laptop to access Whova’s web app.
WHOVA & CONFERENCE GUIDES
Depending on your role in the conference, please check out in advance the following guides created by Whova on how to make the most out of your conference experience:
If you are not familiar with Zoom meetings, please look through the Zoom video tutorials, particularly those labelled: “Zoom Meetings and webinars” & “Audio, video & sharing”.
For those of you pre-recording your presentation, we have a how to guide to help in your preparations.
If you are concerned that your internet connection will not allow you to present live, then please make a pre-recorded video presentation, upload it to your own YouTube or Vimeo account and send the link to this video to your convenor in advance, so in the worst case scenario they can share their screen and play your video to the virtual room.
Once again the DSA adopted an open call for paper proposals from all-comers. The aim is to continue to open up the conference process to allow for the creation of new networks, putting people in touch with each other who have related research interests.
Formal acceptance letters (signed pdfs on headed paper) can be downloaded from the login environment (top right corner of the DSA website). Log in, proceed past your contact details with the “Proceed” button (located under the contact fields) and when the website reloads click “Logged in” where “Log in” was in the top right corner. A menu appears, click “Conferences” and on the next screen, Cocoa appears – our online environment for papers and panels. Scroll down to your panel/paper for DSA2021. There will be an encircled A at the end of the panel/paper title line. Click on this, download the pdf and print your letter. Please note that we do not send such letters by post.
When logged into the site, click ‘Logged in’ and choose ‘Manage Account’ in the drop-down to ensure your contact details are the way you’d like them to be presented – especially your title, name, institution, as these are visible on panel pages and in any printed material (programme, conference badge, etc).
It is the convenors’ responsibility to ensure that all panel participants are well briefed and that the panel continues to meet DSA2021 requirements. To that end, convenors should not only communicate their decisions over proposals to paper proposers, but also later in the process, email the panelists to:
Panel convenors can use the ‘Log in’ link (see toolbar top-right above) to administer their panels via this login environment. Convenors should log in to add the names of chairs/discussants, to order the papers in their panel and to manage the paper proposals. Co-convenors cannot be added/removed nor can panels be withdrawn through this environment – please email us to do this (address in footer).
If an author emails between now and the conference to withdraw their paper, the convenors should mark the paper as ‘Withdrawn’ in the login environment, otherwise the conference administrator may not know of the withdrawal. If we hear of a withdrawal, we will do the same and notify the panel convenors updating you on the number of papers remaining and panel sessions allocated to your panel. The papers can be placed in order for each session via the login environment. If you have multiple panel sessions and you wish to move papers between those sessions, please email us as only we can move them for you.
Due to our attempt to keep online days shorter for delegates, panels with more than 1 session tend to run over multiple days. Each day will have a maximum of two 105-minute panel sessions, each of which may hold up to four papers. We have allocated every panel an appropriate number of sessions depending on the number of papers they received and accepted. All sessions are 105 minutes long (we have allocated an extra 15 mins per session for delays in the online environment). Up to 4 papers=1 session, 5 to 8 papers=2 sessions, 9 to 12 papers=3 sessions. A handful of panels that received 20 or more papers were permitted to accept 16 papers (4 sessions). Most roundtables will run for one session. Most panels have two sessions (i.e a max of 8 papers) and delegates appear to enjoy this approach.
The conference organisers with various convenors have worked to rehouse the paper proposals marked as ‘transfer’. This process is now complete.
Paper authors can use the login link in the toolbar above (the head icon) to edit their own details or their own proposals. Make sure your contact details are the way you’d like them to be presented, particularly name, title and institution as these are visible on panel pages and will eventually appear in the online platform as well.
We do not require full papers submitted before the conference. In fact, the DSA has no rule about this but many convenors are keen to pre-circulate completed papers. To facilitate this and save on loads of email traffic, authors can upload a PDF of their paper within Cocoa, and it will then show as a downloadable file beneath their abstract on the public panel page on this site. It is your choice whether you instruct your presenters to make use of this.
How convenors allocate the time in their sessions is largely their decision and will depend on the session format. In a paper panel, the DSA norm is to allot each presenter a maximum of 20 minutes (for presentation and questions/discussion), usually 15 minutes to present and 5 minutes of Q&A. The key is to respect the fact that many presenters have spent considerable time and effort in order to be able to contribute their research and clearly need time to set out their argument.
No panel session should include more than 4 papers, but it can include fewer – this is up to the convenors to decide. For example, if the panel has received 7 papers, it can be split over two sessions as 4+3, but also as 3+4 etc. While the online panel pages do not indicate the session breaks, we will indicate these in the Whova platform programme. We therfore ask convenors, where possible, to stick to this distribution and order to allow people to join panels for specific papers if they wish.
Registration does not require instant payment but does indicate your commitment to attend the event. On registering, you will be sent an automated notification that your registration was received. We process your registration manually, getting back to you if there are any mistakes/questions, and emailing you an invoice with a payment information/link. You then have thirty days to pay. Once you have paid, the payment will be logged, and you will be emailed a receipt. So please do not put off registering just because you know your funding will arrive at a later date.
Convenor/author email addresses are not shown on the panel pages for anti-spam and privacy reasons. However, there is an in-built secure email messaging system from the panel pages. If you cannot work that, please email us to obtain the relevant email addresses. You can also share via social media your panel or your paper from within the panel pages now.
Any queries with the above, please email [email protected]