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The DSA Conference is an annual event which brings together the development studies community

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DSA2024

Our conference this year is themed "Social justice and development in a polarising world"

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Info for delegates

26–28 June 2024, Hybrid at SOAS University of London

Social justice and development in a polarising world

rights and representation; redistribution and restoration; reproduction and production

Information for convenors and authors

The Call for Papers is now CLOSED. Convenors are asked to make their decisions over the papers proposed to their panel by 9 Feb 2024 and communicate those to the proposers, marking them up via the ‘Login’ button on the conference website.

Rules

  • An individual cannot present more than one paper
  • It is permitted to be a non-presenting co-author on multiple papers
  • Every person can have each conference role once: you can be a convenor of one panel, be a discussant once, a chair once and a presenter once

Acceptance letters

Formal acceptance letters (signed PDFs on headed paper) can be downloaded from the conferences section of the login environment. Click ‘log in’ in the top-right corner of the DSA website, and once logged in, click ‘Logged In’ and select ‘Conferences’. We do not send such letters by post.

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Length of panels

Panels may run over one, two or three 90-minute panel sessions, each of which may hold up to four papers. The conference organisers will inform panel convenors how many sessions you have been allocated.

Timing of presentations

How time is allocated in panel sessions is largely up to the convenors, but the DSA norm is to allot each presenter a maximum of 20 minutes (15 mins for presentation and 5 mins for questions/discussion per speaker). The key is to respect the fact that many presenters have done a lot of work and effort to be able to contribute and clearly need time to set out their argument.

This said, the conference convenors are keen to involve the wider community of colleagues working in the realm of policy and practice, and so welcome sessions arranged in other formats that would generate exciting discussion and exchange of ideas. These other formats should be described in the long abstract of the panels.

Delegates reading the conference timetable will not see paper-specific timings, so must assume that papers will be evenly distributed through the panel. Clearly you may wish to amalgamate discussion time, but where possible please try to stick to this even distribution.

Communication between authors/convenors

While convenor/author email addresses are not shown on the panel pages for privacy reasons, there is an in-built secure messaging system to contact convenors/authors. If you cannot work that, please email us to obtain the relevant email addresses.

Convenor responsibilities

It is the convenors’ responsibility to ensure that all panel participants are well briefed and that the panel continues to meet DSA2024 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:

  • inform them of the speaking order (albeit this is displayed on the public panel page)
  • inform them as to how much time they have been allocated
  • remind them to register (the registration status can be seen in the login environment)
  • inform them of any late changes or additional chairs/discussants, and give any other information related to the panel.
  • if panelists withdraw, convenors should mark these withdrawals in the login environment to inform the organisers.

Transfer process (9-29 Feb)

Papers which are neither accepted nor rejected, but marked for ‘transfer’, will be given the opportunity to be re-housed into other panels. The conference organisers will contact the authors of the proposals set to transfer and ask them to modify their abstracts to fit another panel of their choosing. We will advise them to target panels containing fewer than the allowed maximum (4 papers per session), which are thus able to include a few more.

The authors will then inform us of two panels they would like to apply to (in order of preference). We then forward the title, short and long abstracts to the convenors and ask them to consider the proposal. If the first panel rejects the proposal, we contact the second choice. Transfers which get rejected by both panels will then be set to ‘rejected’.

Editing your paper

Paper authors can use the login link in the top right of the DSA website to edit their proposals.

Please be aware that a proposal is only needed if you want to be an official named speaker. Registered conference participants can attend any panel/ roundtable and participate in discussions and Q&A sessions.

Co-authors cannot be added/removed nor can papers be withdrawn by the proposers themselves – for that, please email conference(at)devstud.org.uk.

Convenors – duty of care

We ask all convenors to please ensure they have read the conference requirements for colleagues convening panels, etc.

Acessibility and best practices for delegates

Read more about accessibility and best practices for presentations at the conference and also do read our conference recording and anti-harassment policy