Guideline for your LSA-CLSA Joint Annual Meeting Submission

Abstracts are an important tool in assembling the program for the 2018 Toronto conference so that papers can be grouped into the most intellectually coherent panels.

For this year’s meeting, the program committee decided to require abstracts in the range of 100-250 words.  We ask you to be thoughtful about your abstract, use clear language, and be concrete. 

The program committee will rely on your abstract to decide whether your participation is accepted, and where to place it in the conference program.  Remember that all abstracts must be in English.

To assist you in preparing and making the abstracts as useful as possible, below are some guidelines adapted from the website of the Linguistics Society of America.

A suggested outline for paper abstracts is as follows:

  1. Choose a title that clearly indicates the topic of the research in no more than 300 characters. Note that your choice of title has considerable influence on how your paper is grouped with others to form thematically coherent sessions. This is important even if your paper proposal is part of a panel proposal because it is sometimes necessary to reassign papers if too many members of the original proposed panel choose not to register by the deadline in late March. A clear relationship between the title and content of your abstract will help ensure it is assigned to an appropriate session, either if it is submitted independent of a full panel proposal, or in the situation that it has to be reassigned.

  2. State the problem or research question raised by prior work, with specific reference to relevant prior research.

  3. State the main point or argument of the proposed presentation.

  4. If your research presents the results of an empirical study, also indicate explicitly the nature of the empirical materials you have or will be collecting and the specific hypothesis to be tested or question to be answered.

  5. If you have completed some or all data collection, report what results you've already obtained in sufficient detail that your abstract may be evaluated.

  6. State the relevance of your ideas to past work or to the future development of the field of law and society, including —if applicable— the connection with the conference theme.

  7. When you submit your abstract to the website, please identify as accurately as possible both primary and secondary keywords that most align with your topic’s general area.

  8. If your presentation will be in French, please indicate so by writing the paper title in French and include an English translation of the title at the beginning of the abstract. Please remember that the abstract itself and any presentation slides, summaries, or handouts that you would like to share at the conference need to be in English. We want to be inclusive and responsive to the international nature of the meeting and of the co-sponsoring organizations, but do not want to exclude speakers who are more comfortable presenting in Spanish than English. If you do not indicate any language preference, the program committee will assume that your presentation will be in English.

A suggested outline for a roundtable presentation is as follows.

An abstract for a suggested roundtable should be between 100-200 words.  In a roundtable, there are no formal papers; a group of scholars exchange views on a particular theme, followed by questions and statements from the audience.   If you submit a proposal for a roundtable, your abstract should, ideally,

  1. Choose a title for the roundtable that clearly indicates the topic in no more than 300 characters.

  2. Identify the problem, the issue, or the subject of the roundtable;

  3. Explain the importance of the subject, how it relates to the theme of the conference, or to law and society themes in general; and explain also what you would like the roundtable to accomplish-- the goals of the roundtable, in other words;

  4. Mention the different aspects and points of view about the subject that you would like the panel to represent; 

  5. The abstract itself should be in English; as to the language of the participants, the general rules that apply to ordinary panels apply also to roundtables:  all sessions must include some English-speaking participants.

  6. When you submit your abstract to the website, please identify as accurately as possible both primary and secondary keywords that most align with your topic’s general area.

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