General Panels respond to the theme of the conference. They are typically composed of three independently proposed papers that share some common aspect (theme, methodology, area of inquiry, geographical focus, etc.). The Conference Organizers make every effort to match papers into coherent panels chaired by scholars versed in the field, therefore it is very important that the abstract you submit clearly reflects the central topic and/or methodology of your paper.
It is not possible to submit proposals for full panels, since the abstract submission process is linked to the individual account of each IFTR/FIRT members. However, if you want to suggest that three particular papers be grouped together in a single panel, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org after the three panelists have submitted their individual abstracts through the CJO website. In your email please copy the three panelists that would conform the session, include the text of the three abstracts, and give us a title for the panel and a short rationale why these three papers should be grouped as a single panel. The Conference Organizers will make efforts to accommodate such petitions, but conference organization is a complex matter we cannot guarantee it will always be possible.
Each General Panel session lasts for 1h 30 min, it runs concurrently with other General Panels at the conference, and is open to all conference participants. Each panelist is given a 20 min time to present their paper, including any audiovisual or practical demonstration, plus an additional 10 min for Q&A with the audience. Please, restrict the duration of your paper presentations to 20 min, since any additional time would cut on your fellow panelists’ time, who have probably worked as hard as yourself on their papers.
The Chairs of General Panels will be instructed to gently enforce the time restrictions for each panelist in order to allow for open discussion after the presentations, which we feel is one of the most enriching elements of conference interaction. The Chair of each panel may decide at her/his discretion if the open discussion will happen after each paper or after all three presentations. We will make an effort to keep paper presentations at each panel in the order they are published on the conference schedule (make sure you check the notice board every day for any last-minute change).
For general information regarding the process of abstract submission, please check the Call For Papers page. If you are ready to send your abstract, you can go directly to this link to abstract submission (remember you need to be a current IFTR/FIRT member in order to submit your abstract)