Call for Laboratories
The call for labs is open and will close with the call for papers on 1 July. Please read the instructions below and then click the button that follows to reach the proposal form.
Laboratories are conceptualized as practical events containing collective research activities, guided interactions and free-format exchanges. Labs can be curated and proposed by individuals or groups. Labs will be designed as interactive, reflexive sessions that prioritise exploration, rather than the discussion of already established research results. This means that labs do not take in named, pre-selected contributions the way panels have papers, but it is possible to limit the number of participants through pre-registration.
Labs can be used to tackle practical problems, to re-evaluate concepts, to find new theoretical and political directions, or to understand emergent cultural dynamics. A lab can have up to two 105-minute sessions. They may include elements of performance, various collective activities, exhibitions, or interactive media displays. All lab proposals must list the practical requirements of the lab at the end of the long abstract: specifications for required space, materials, max number of participants etc.
While the Local Committee will be happy to see submissions connecting to the conference theme, this is not a requirement and having the submission on a different topic will not harm the lab’s chances of being accepted. Decisions on lab proposals will be made by the Local Committee by 15 July.
Note that delegates (those attending the conference) may only make one presentation each (please note that roundtable participation counts as being a discussant, not a presenter). It is allowed to be a co-author on multiple papers if you are not the one presenting them. In addition, a delegate may also convene once (be that a plenary, panel, lab or roundtable); and be a discussant or a chair in one plenary session, panel, or roundtable.
Lab convenors need not be members of AAS, but as the conference participation fee for members will be notably lower than the non-member fee, there may be a financial incentive to join. Please see further on AAS membership here.
All those attending the conference, including convenors, authors, discussants and chairs, will need to register and pay to attend. Registration will open in August.
All proposals must be made via the online form. Proposals should consist of a lab title, a short description of <300 characters, and an abstract of 250 words.
The proposal may also include the names of any chairs or discussants, although these can be added subsequently using the login environment, Cocoa. Please use the convention of Firstname Lastname (Institution). (Where convenors will take these roles, you need not re-enter their names.)
On submission of the proposal, the proposing convenor (not the co-convenors) will receive an automated email confirming receipt. If you do not receive this email, please first check the login environment (click login on the left) to see if your proposal is there. If it is, it simply means your confirmation email got spammed/lost; and if it is not, it means you need to re-submit.