One final ACLA CFP Update…
The close of the seminar submissions process for the 2015 ACLA Annual Meeting is drawing near. Please be reminded that September 1st, 2014 is the deadline for submitting a seminar to the ACLA for consideration.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent updates to the ACLA website, the seminar submission portal has been moved (i.e. – links found in previous emails will no longer be valid). You must now create a user name and login to the ACLA website to submit a seminar. (Visit here for details).
Below, you will find reminders about the new submissions process, and upcoming deadlines sent in our previous CFPs.
You may wish to consult the ACLA’s website for any immediate questions concerning the submissions process for the 2015 ACLA Annual Meeting. In the event that the information you are looking for is not readily found, please feel free to contact the ACLA through our “contact us” portal on the website.
July 15th – August 30, 2014: a bulletin board is posted on the ACLA website, allowing interested parties to post proposed seminars, with title and 250 word description, as well as contact information. Seminar organizers will normally be at least ABD. Those interested in the seminar topic can contact the seminar organizer directly to discuss interest in participation.
September 1, 2014: Submission deadline for seminars (NEW INSTRUCTIONS for submission of seminars can be found here). No seminar may have more than two participants from the same institution. Ideally, all seminars should aim at a balance of scholars at different stages of the profession, including up to 50% participation by graduate students. Seminar organizers will be expected to list committed participants (up to 3 for a two-day seminar, or 5 for a three-day seminar), along with their names, ranks, institutions, and paper titles, and/or previous ACLA participation.
September 1-23, 2014: A conference committee of 6-9 people, including both those at the host institution and some designated by the ACLA board, will review all seminar proposals. If there are space constraints, the program committee may indicate a maximum number of seminars to accept. Each proposal will be read by at least two people. Efforts will be made to address duplication or overlap.
Once this review is completed, all accepted seminars will be posted simultaneously on the ACLA website on or around Sept. 23, with tags selected by seminar organizers (i.e. animal studies, Slavic literature, theory, medieval, etc.).
Interested parties will then be able to submit paper proposals to up to three individual seminars (a change from the rules of previous years), although eventually they can participate in only one seminar. This year there will be no “general pool” listing and papers MUST BE submitted to specific seminars.
Individual seminar leaders will have time to review submissions, and to consider exchanging papers with other seminars, or splitting their seminar into two or more seminars, depending on the number and quality of submissions, and the availability of seminar space. No seminar organizer, however, will be obliged to recommend more than the number of papers necessary for either a two day (7-9) or three day (10-13) seminar. Both two-day and three-day seminars are equally welcome, so organizers should not feel obliged to add weak or less relevant papers to their seminar in order to reach the numbers required for a three-day seminar. The deadline for individual paper submissions will be Oct. 15.
October 17, 2014: Seminar organizers will submit their completed rosters to the ACLA, which will then scrutinize the submitted rosters for double/multiple submissions. No further review of individual papers will be taken at this stage.
Completed rosters will be approved by November 1, 2014.
Andy Anderson (on behalf of the ACLA)