The deadline to apply for PSG sponsorship for AAS 2018 panel proposals has been extended to July 31. If you would like your panel to be considered for PSG sponsorship, send the complete proposal to Megan (firstname.lastname@example.org) by that date. As always, the PSG sponsorship request is independent of the AAS submission process; endorsement of a selected panel does not guarantee acceptance by the AAS conference committee but is acknowledged as an expression of support from a community of peers.
The rest of this message has reminders about developing proposals and submitting them to the AAS.
–AAS’s submission deadline is Tuesday, August 8.
–No one has yet asked me to circulate a panel idea on this list, but you are still welcome to do so if you have a panel idea or partially-complete panel and want to invite other participants. Send the information you’d like to circulate to Megan (email@example.com).
–You may want to check out the “sessions seeking participants” and “participants seeking sessions” forum of the AAS conference website. There are a couple there with SEA themes.
–As you consider how to organize yourself into a panel with others, remember that the LDC travel grant is available to help fund scholars from “late developing countries”. See the full call for proposals for more information. Only one LDC grant of a maximum of $2,000 is available per panel, and must be requested at the time of submitting the panel. If you would be applying for an LDC grant, be sure to communicate this to your panel organizer and make sure both of you carefully follow the AAS’s instructions.
–Keep in mind the program committee’s criteria. (The below text is copied from the full call for proposals.)
The Program Committee focuses on the following criteria when reviewing and scoring proposals:
1. Intellectual quality of the research (originality of material or interpretations, soundness of methodology, knowledge of the field, etc.). 2. Quality of the written abstracts, the overall panel abstract being of greatest importance (clear, jargon-free prose is especially valued). 3. Coherence of the papers to the overall panel topic and quality of paper abstracts. 4. Diversity in Gender, ethnicity, and institutional balance with a combination of junior and senior scholars. 5. Indication of a commitment to stimulating active discussion at panel sessions. 6. Attention to AAS guidelines (deadline, prohibition on more than one appearance, limits on number of presenters, etc.).