Guidelines for Panelists

Below are brief outlines of the shape and timing of panels.  Participants have latitude.  Session members may prefer not to follow the instructions below but all members of a session should be consulted about the structure prior to the session.  Note that the email addresses of panelists can be found on your Speaker Center page when you click on your “Sessions” (see menu on left hand side of page).  The Sessions page should show all members of a panel, their affiliation and their email address.

  • Traditional Panel: 15 minute papers, 15 minute comments. 30 minutes discussion. [Papers due to all members of panel by May 5th.]
  • Lightning session: 7 minute talks, 10 minute comment. 30-45 minutes discussion.
  • Roundtable: 8-10 minute presentations. 30-45 minute discussion.
  • Artist/scholar collaboration:  Panelists must work out times for performance and scholar.
  • Birds of a feather: Open and informal discussion.
  • Workshop:  Pre-circulated paper, 5 minute presentations, 10 minute comment. 45-60 minute discussion. [Papers should be posted to secure website by May 5. Papers may be uploaded beginning April 15th. Workshop participants will be sent a link and information about how to upload papers. Papers will be accessible only to conference registrants].
  • Activist/Scholar conversation: Two possible formats —
    • Activists present issues in their work, 15 minutes; Scholars respond/reflect
    • Scholars frame issues in particular kinds of activist work; Activists respond/reflect
  • Poster Session:  Specifications will be sent to presenters.
  • Digital Humanities Spotlight: Instructions will be sent to presenters.

General information:  All rooms are wired and have projectors and screens. Login information will be provided at registration.  We recommend that at least one member of a panel bring a computer and that presentations be queued on one computer in advance.  Mac users will need an adaptor/dongle to hook into equipment.  We encourage you to have a backup of your presentation on a flash drive.

If you have never presented or served on a panel, we recommend the following American Historical Association articles:

For Presenters:  Everything You Need to Know About Presenting a Scholarly Paper

For Chairs & Moderators:
Everything You Need to Know About Introducing Speakers and Running a Panel Discussion

For Commentators and Members of the Audience:
Everything You Need to Know About Your Role as a Commentator or Member of the Audience

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