Participant Guidelines

The program includes three sessions with pre-circulated papers that will be available to all registered participants. Each session includes three papers and one commentator who will respond to the papers and open discussion for attendees.

Initially, the panelists will provide a short summary (8-10 minutes) of their papers. When speaking, the panelists should bear in mind that participants have already had time to read the papers and need only brief remarks to refresh their memories. Therefore, panelists should use their time principally to highlight connections that they see across other papers and put their work in conversation with the work of other panelists. Or, panelists may use their time to situate their papers within the context of a larger book project or ongoing research agenda and to raise historiographical, methodological, or interpretive questions with which they are grappling.

The commentator will have 20 minutes to respond to the panelists as a group and offer a few questions to launch discussion.

Every participant is expected to read all pre-circulated papers before the conference and to engage with the panelists’ work rigorously. Each session will have a 30- to 45-minute period of time devoted to general discussion. We look forward to lively exchanges and debates between participants as we all delve into the rich materials presented.

In addition, we expect all attendees to contribute to the discussions at the plenary session, roundtable, and workshops. We hope to produce collaborative working documents to post on this site after the conference that offer our conclusions on new directions and approaches in teaching and research in this field.

We would be delighted if attendees want to tweet about the conference. The hashtag is #comingtoterms.