General Information and Format

Sessions are comprised of individual paper presentations that are organized into topic areas by the conference committee. Papers in the session are presented sequentially in 15-minute presentation blocks, with ample time reserved after all the formal presentations for group discussion. This format allows for greater participation and enhanced discussion of the ideas and implications arising from the set of papers.

Sessions will consist of either 3 paper presentations in a 75-minute block or 4 paper presentations in a 100-minute block. Please prepare for 15 minutes of formal presentation, focusing your verbal remarks on the major conclusions and implications that are the essence of your work. This structure allows for 5-10 minutes of extended discussion following the presentations, during which time the presenters have the opportunity to elaborate on their work in response to questions from the audience or ideas generated by other papers and group discussion.

Visual Aids

All Paper Presentation session rooms are equipped with screens and data projectors. Conference delegates are asked to bring their own laptop computers. If you are a Mac user, please be sure to bring the correct Mac VGA adaptor. Note that overhead projectors for transparencies are not provided in session rooms.

Preparation

During your 15-minute Paper Presentation, be sure to state the structure and main points of your argument explicitly and clearly at the outset and again in the summary. Visual props and keyword slides are helpful for offering variety and illustration of your arguments. However, reading your talk from PowerPoint slides should be avoided. Rehearse your presentation out loud several times, if possible in front of a listener who can give you feedback on both form and content. If you will be showing slides or media along with a text, mark in your text where each slide or clip will occur and include this in your rehearsal. You should also be sure your talk fits into the allotted 15 minutes of your presentation. Graduate Scholars in the room will have to cut your talk short, should it run over, to ensure all presenters in a themed paper session are allotted their full presentation time.

Questions

This structure allows for 5-10 minutes for extended discussion following all presentations, during which time the presenters have the opportunity to elaborate on their work in response to questions from the audience or ideas generated by other papers and group discussion.

At the Session

Arrive early, make your way to the front of the session room, and make yourself known to the committee or a presenter who will serve as chair and moderator during your session.