DSA2018: Global inequalities
University of Manchester, 27-29th June
Call for panels and workshops
Deadline: 15 January 2018
The call for panels and workshops is now open. All proposals must be made via the online form (button below), not by email. Before you propose a panel or workshop please read the theme, and the rules below.
DSA2018 invites proposals for panels and workshops that engage critically with these and other dimensions of global inequalities. To have a real impact in this live area of debate, we aim to draw in colleagues from other disciplines so please share this call with your networks beyond development studies. We also encourage different types of sessions at this year’s conference, including those that focus explicitly on strategic issues of policy and practice. We therefore encourage proposals for different kinds of format as appropriate:
Paper panels: these panels will involve 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. Paper panels may of course address issues of policy and practice, whilst also making an intellectual and substantive contribution.
Policy and practice panels: these panels will focus directly on the practical challenges of working on global inequalities. Activists, policy actors, communication and advocacy professionals, practitioners and researchers are all encouraged to submit in non-standard formats, including those that may promote more experiential learning. Sessions which advance reflexive professional practice are also welcome.
Roundtables, debate and conversation panels: these panels can adopt various formats to achieve the purpose of fostering a high-quality exchange of ideas around how to understand and/or challenge global inequalities.
Early career researchers plenary panel: DSA2018 will feature a lunchtime plenary session for early career researchers to showcase their thoughts on how research agendas in specific fields of development theory and practice can be moved forward. Those interested in participating will be invited to submit abstracts alongside the call for papers in late January 2018. Early career researchers are defined as those within five years of completing their PhD.
DSA2018 will also feature a number of sessions to support postgraduate and early career researchers, including on ‘getting published’ and the use of social media to enhance your research profile.
N.B. It is not necessary at this stage to know who will be part of the panel; once the panels have been chosen by the Organising Committee, researchers and policy actors will be able to submit proposals for their work to be included within these during the call for papers. However, if you know in advance who you intend to include then feel free to include details of proposed participants (name, affiliation, and broad topic to be addressed).
Proposals must consist of:
- a panel title
- clearly mark which of the three possible panel formats (paper/policy & practice/roundtables) you are proposing, by appending this in brackets to the panel title
- the name/s and email address/es of panel convenor/s
- a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters, including spaces (likely to go in the printed programme)
- a long abstract of fewer than 250 words (shown on the website)
The proposal may also include the names of any chairs or discussants, although these can be added subsequently using the login environment - please use the convention of Firstname Lastname (Institution). If these roles are to be taken by convenors, please do not enter your own names there, as it's implicit that this will be the case where other names are not listed.
Following on from the approach taken in for the last two years, convenors need only propose the short/long panel abstracts - not the abstracts of consituent papers. If accepted, the panel will then be open to paper proposals from all-comers. So while convenors may have specific contributors in mind and have already sought their willingness to participate in the specific panel before proposing it, this is neither a requirement, nor will this be the only proposals a panel might receive. The idea is 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. Consequently we ask convenors to not just include presenters from a single institution, to not just accept proposals from known colleagues, and not to have any all-male panels.
While panels (and later papers) directly addressing the conference theme are particularly encouraged, proposals on any issue relevant to the understanding of international development are welcomed. (Papers can be proposed - either to specific panels or as standalone papers - after the Call for Panels has ended and the Call for Papers been announced.)
The DSA is keen to involve the wider community of colleagues working in the realm of policy and practice. As stated in the theme, we welcome proposals from practitioners for any of the panel formats offered above, that would generate exciting discussion and exchange of ideas.
Decisions over the proposals will be made by the conference convenors and communicated to all proposing convenors by the time of the call for papers.
Panel convenors may be graduate students. Convenors may also present a paper during the conference, either in their own panel or another. Due to the 'competition for time' within such a conference, colleagues are allowed to convene no more than one panel and present only one paper during the conference. This does not prevent you from making multiple proposals, but in the case of multiple acceptances we will ask you to make a choice.
The DSA requires all accepted panels to be open to paper proposals through the website; you may of course propose a panel with specific contributors in mind, but when the call for papers opens, you should be open to the possibility of other contributions arriving via the open call.
Panels convenors and paper presenters need not be members of the association. However, the DSA welcomes new members. Members of the association can register for the conference at a discounted fee.
Propose your panel or workshop
Useful information for later in this process
Controlling/editing your panel
Panel convenors can use the login link (the head icon) in the tools menu above to edit their proposals. Later, when panels have been accepted/rejected, convenors are requested to administer their panels via this login environment. Convenors should log in to state any specific timing requests for their panel (when directed to so by the conference administrator), to add the names of chairs/discussants, 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).
When papers are proposed via the website, they will be proposed to specific panels. Convenors will receive a summary email of the proposal. Convenors are welcome to acknowledge proposals by email, and even to ask contributors to edit their abstracts by logging in themselves. When the call for papers is over, convenors must indicate their decisions about whether to accept/reject/transfer proposals through the login environment. If an author later emails 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. The papers can be placed in order via the login environment, and this should be done once decisions about all papers have been made.
Length of panels
Panels may not last for more than a single day. Each day will have a
maximum of three 90-minute panel sessions, each of which may hold up to
four papers. So convenors should accept no more than twelve papers. That said, in 2016 we limited most panels to two sessions (i.e a max of 8 papers) and delegates appeared to enjoy this approach.
The conference convenors will work on rehousing the paper proposals marked 'transfer', and we will get in touch if this affects your panel, before registration opens.
Pre-circulation of papers
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.
Timing of presentations
How you allocate the time in your sessions is largely your 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). The key is to respect the fact
that many presenters have travelled a long way in order to be able to
contribute and clearly need time to set out their argument.
We are unable to represent specific intra-panel timings in our programme. Delegates reading the conference book will have to work on the assumption 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
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. If you cannot work that, please email us (address in footer) to obtain the relevant email addresses.
Any queries with the above, please email conference(at)devstud.org.uk.