Frequently Asked Questions
I would like to present a proposal, what are the types of proposals?
You can submit an individual proposal or an organized session (panel, workshop, roundtable or symposium).
What are the different types of sessions?
Panel: A panel proposal is a group of individuals who want to submit all of their paper proposals together for consideration by the track chair as a pre-arranged session. Panel proposals must have a minimum of three and a maximum of five papers presenters. During the panels, the papers presentations should be summarized to provide the opportunity for discussion and participation of the public.
Workshop: A workshop proposal is a group of individuals who want to hold a workspace (without papers) and submit it for consideration by the chair as a pre-arranged session. Workshop proposals must have a minimum of three presenters (without paper) and there is no maximum. Workshops provide an opportunity for the exchange of information and ideas among several individuals. They are organized to address a theme, the discussion is informal and does not include formal paper presentations. A workshop participant is not considered a paper presenter since these sessions do not have formal paper presentations. Workshop participation does count as an active role.
Roundtable: A roundtable includes a space for groups or research teams already formed or formed ad hoc, to debate and present their progress or results on research or on topics of concern. Roundtable proposals must have a minimum of three presenters (without paper) and there is no maximum. A roundtable participant is not considered a paper presenter since these sessions do not have formal paper presentations. Roundtable participation does count as an active role.
Symposium: A symposium is a set of papers (individual or by a group), centered around a main topic and organized in blocks of two (2) hours with no more than four (4) presentations of 30 minutes each. The length of the symposium is limited to 6 hours and the coordinator can manage the use of time by defining the time allowed for the papers and the time assigned for debating and for audience interventions. Symposium proposals must have a minimum of seven paper presenters and a maximum of twelve. A symposium participant is considered a paper presenter since this type of session must have formal paper presentations. Therefore, symposium participation does count as an active role and this presentation counts towards the 1 paper maximum rule per Congress per person.
Which is the difference between an individual and a panel proposal?
Individual proposals are evaluated by the chair of each Track, and if they are accepted, the chair combines them with other similar ones to create a panel. Therefore, it is better if you find colleagues who would like to present papers with the same topic as yours and build a panel. Otherwise, the track chairs will decide how to group together the different individual proposals based on similar themes.
On the other hand, a panel proposal is previously organized by a group of individuals who want to submit all of their paper proposals together for consideration by the track chair as a pre-arranged session. Panel proposals must have a minimum of three and a maximum of five papers presenters.
I would like to propose a panel. Where can I find information on other LASA members looking to be part of a panel?
We would like to encourage authors of individual papers to apply to LASA2020 by forming panels with similar themes or joining panels looking for more papers.
To help authors find out about other authors looking for a panel, we have created a page as a service to our members called Paper Match, which allows members to provide information for others to get in contact with them. Paper Match has a listing of all those individuals interested in joining a panel.
When can I begin to submit proposals for LASA2020?
The date to begin submitting proposals is July 1, 2019. The deadline to submit proposals is September 5, 2019 at 17:00 hours EDT. Additional important dates can be found here.
Do I need to be a LASA member in order to submit a proposal?
Yes. All LASA2020 participants must be current LASA members to submit an individual proposal or be included in a session proposal. Section sessions participants must be current LASA members and members of the Section. The deadline to renew or obtain the LASA membership to submit proposals is September 5, 2019 at 17:00 hrs, EDT.
If someone is not appearing in the proposal system, it is because he/she is not a current LASA member. Please ask him/her to join or renew his/her LASA membership using this link https://lasaweb.org/en/join/
Can I present two papers in different sessions of the Congress? Why can´t panel participants also apply for individual paper proposals?
LASA does not allow a participant to submit more than one paper per Congress. Co-authoring a paper counts towards the one paper limit. This is done to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to present their papers. In addition, due to the size of the Congress, we must limit the number of proposal submissions and participants.
I would like to present my paper in a Section session. What should I do?
The Section sessions proposals must be entered into the system by the Section chairs or co-chair only. Please contact the chair of the Section directly. The contact information of the Section chairs can be found here: LASA Sections.
Can my proposal be specified to more than one program track? What if the chair of a different program track is interested in my topic?
The proposal submission system allows you to specify only one program track for your paper. Please choose where you think your work best fits. If for some reason your proposal does not fit within the first track you selected, the track chair will send your proposal to the track chair that he/she considers best.
Can paper proposals be submitted in languages other than English?
Proposals can be submitted and presented in English, Spanish, French or Portuguese.
What are the criteria for selecting individual papers, panels, workshops and symposium proposals?
- Session proposal or paper is significant for the field and has an appeal for scholars in related fields
- Session proposal or paper is clearly and coherently presented
- Meet the guidelines for participation
- For session proposals, the diversity of the participants is evaluated, including place of residence, institution, and level of education.
- Proposals addressing the LASA2020 Congress theme: "Améfrica Ladina: vinculando mundos y saberes, tejiendo esperanzas" are encouraged.
What changes am I allowed to make to my proposal after it has been submitted?
The following changes are allowed:
- updates to contact information and,
- slight changes to the title of paper or session
When should I expect a response regarding the acceptance/rejection of my proposal?
Notifications of acceptance and rejection are scheduled to be sent to all proposers by November 11, 2019. Additional important dates can be found here.