Session Guidelines

General

  • Sessions may be organized independently or by members of a research cluster
  • Sessions may be held in English and/or French
  • Ideally, sessions should include presenters from different institutions and/or organizations
  • A session organizer not presenting in a session may act as chair or discussant (although he or she should not assume both roles)
  • Papers must be presented in the order listed in the programme
  • Virtual presentations via skype or phone must be pre-approved by the Conference planning committee and the presenters are still required to comply with all Conference participation policies
  • Audience participation should take place at the end of the session

Session Formats

All sessions are 90 minutes in duration and may take the following forms;

Regular sessions

  • Between 3 and 5 paper presentations can be accommodated
  • Presentation time for each paper and for the discussant is limited
    • 20 minutes each for a session with three presentations and a discussant
    • 15 minutes each for a session with four presentations and a discussant
    • 20 minutes each for a session with four presentations and no discussant
    • 15 minutes each for a session with five presentations and no discussant
  • AV (computer, projector, screen, and internet) will be available for presentations
  • These sessions are held in a classroom type setting with a capacity of between 25 – 50 people (participants and observers combined)

Roundtable Sessions

  • Two separate roundtable sessions will be scheduled concurrently in one large room
    • Each table can only accommodate 10 people (participants and observers combined)
  • Recommended for presentations based on research in progress or more general thematic discussions of work in a particular area
  • AV will not be available for presentations
    • Participants must distribute printed papers and/or handouts
  • Participants and observers at each table will be advised to refrain from any action which may disturb the other (applauding, loud discourse, etc)

Panel Sessions

  • May include up to 5 panelists and a moderator
  • AV (computer, projector, screen, and internet) will be available for speakers
    • This will also include a podium, head table, and microphones
  • These sessions are typically held in a lecture style room with a capacity of between 75 – 120 people

Workshop Sessions

Interdisciplinary Sessions

The Canadian Sociological Association welcomes session collaboration with other associations, research groups, or organizations participating in Congress.

Cross-listed Sessions

  • Sponsored by one primary association with promotion among other associations
  • Abstract submissions accepted by the primary association
  • Session will be listed in the programs of cross listed associations
  • Session will be hosted and scheduled by the primary association with details communicated to the cross listed associations
  • Participants must be members and registered congress delegates of the primary association
  • Congress delegates from all associations are welcome to attend as observers

Joint Sessions

  • Co-sponsored by two or more associations
  • Session will be listed in the programs of co-sponsors
  • Session will be hosted and scheduled by one of the associations as mutually agreed upon
  • At least one session organizer and one additional participant in a joint or co-sponsored session hosted by the Canadian Sociological Association must be members and registered delegates of our association
  • Participants must be a member and registered congress delegate of the association through which he or she submits an abstract
    • Administrators will consult organizers to validate memberships
    • Abstract submissions accepted by co-sponsor associations
  • Any applications for Congress funding with the Canadian Sociological Association listed as co-organizers are required to be pre-approved by our association
    • The allocation of funds must also be mutually agreed upon

Co-sponsored Sessions

  • One primary association works with another association or group to organize a plenary or panel
  • Session will be listed in the programs of co-sponsoring associations
  • Session will be hosted and scheduled by the primary association with details communicated to the co-sponsors
  • Participants must be members and registered congress delegates of at least one of the co-sponsoring associations
  • Congress delegates from all associations are welcome to attend as observers
    • Members of co-sponsoring groups (i.e. as opposed to congress associations) must comply with congress attendance policies the exception being a session or panel open to the community
  • Any applications for Congress funding with the Canadian Sociological Association listed as co-organizers are required to be pre-approved by our association
    • The allocation of funds must also be mutually agreed upon

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