ASCJ 2012 Submission of proposals

Applications for the ASCJ conference in 2012 are now CLOSED.
The application period opened on September 15 and closed on November 15, 2011.

Panels are proposed by individual scholars around a common subject. Panels are composed of three or four paper presenters and one or more discussants. Panel proposals should include a 250 word (maximum) abstract from each participant as well as a 250 word (maximum) statement that explains the session as a whole.
--> Online form for panel proposals.

Roundtables offer an opportunity for participants to discuss a specific theme, issue or significant recent publication. A maximum of six active participants is recommended. While a roundtable proposal will not be as detailed as a panel proposal, it should explain fully the purpose, themes or issues, and scope of the session.
--> Online form for roundtable proposals.

Individual papers give scholars an opportunity to participate in the conference even if they are not able to put together a complete panel. Since only a limited number of individual papers can be accommodated, preference will be given to junior scholars. Your paper has a better chance of acceptance as part of a panel. Paper proposals should include a 250 word (maximum) abstract.
--> Online form for individual paper proposals.

Please note that no person can appear on the program more than once. The one exception is the doubling up of roles within a given panel (organizer/chair for example, or organizer/presenter).

The Executive Committee encourages members to submit proposals that, by focusing on more than one region or by drawing on more than one discipline, will attract a broad range of scholarly interest. Suggestions for innovative alternatives to the panels, individual papers, and roundtables described above are also encouraged.

Proposals should include the following information.
1. Title of panel, roundtable or individual paper
2. Names and courtesy titles of all presenters, including chair and/or organizer and discussant (for panels) and chair and/or organizer (for roundtables)
3. Affiliation, specialization (field/region), and email addresses of all participants
4. Explanation of the session (for panels and roundtables); abstract of each panel presentation or each individual paper
The deadline for submission of all proposals is November 15, 2011.

Note that we receive your abstracts through an online form. This imposes some technical limitations. Italics and bold will not display, for example. For this reason, we now ask all applicants to submit abstracts by attachment in addition to the online forms. See the links above for further information.

Here is some general advice about submitting your proposal.

Well-written and well-edited abstracts are greatly appreciated by the committee members who evaluate the proposals, and also help us in producing speedy and accurate online and printed programs. Please note the following details of format.

Names of presenters are usually listed in the program in the gWesternh order of personal name followed by family name. Exceptions have sometimes been made.

The affiliation follows the name, separated by a comma. This consists of the name of the university, usually its English name. The name of the department or faculty is not given. The name of the city or country is usually omitted. There is no visible distinction in the affiliation of a graduate student and the affliliation of a member of faculty.

The title of the paper is given in italics, without quotation marks. Follow American, not British, style in capitalizing important words in the title. Titles that fall into two sections are separated by a colon, not a dash. See earlier programs for examples.

Leave a blank line before beginning the abstract. Do not indent the first line of the abstract. Try to keep abstracts to a single paragraph. If it is necessary to use two paragraphs, then put a blank line before the second paragraph. The abstract should be in English, and clearly written. Avoid jargon. Non-native speakers should carefully check details of spelling, grammar, and word use. As should native speakers!

In some cases it is helpful to include Japanese or Chinese script for names or special terms. Add the characters if desired. It is also possible to include accented characters (áèôü) or the macron (ōū). If you include the macron for Japanese words, then please do so consistently.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ASCJ office.

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