Guidelines for
Section Organisers

Guidelines for Section Organisers

Dear Colleagues,
The German Association for the Study of English endeavors to reflect the diversity of the field at its annual conferences. To achieve this, the association relies on the structure of sections covering various scientific subfields of English studies. This guideline summarizes some recommendations for potential section organisers.
When planning a section, it is advisable to consider the following points:
1. The themes of the scientific sections are put to a vote at the general meeting one year before the respective Anglistiktag. Proposals for sections, along with information on the chosen format (approximately 1 page), can be sent to the board by the end of July of the preceding year. The submitted proposals will be promptly published on the English Studies Association website, allowing members to familiarize themselves with the proposed sections before the vote.
2. Please consider potential interdisciplinary connections within our field when choosing section themes. Sections that facilitate dialogue among the different subfields of English studies are also welcome.
3. For the sections, a total of 285 minutes is available over the course of two days, divided into three possible time slots (105 minutes, 90 minutes, and another 90 minutes), allowing for up to three panels. The precise format within these time slots is at the discretion of the section organisers.
4. When conceptualizing the sections, it is desirable to engage as diverse a range of participants as possible, for example in terms of their academic backgrounds. Section organisers can also propose external keynote speakers. However, as the current conference format allows for fewer keynotes than sections, the selection is subject to the discretion of the conference organizing team in consultation with the board. Keynote speakers can typically have their travel and accommodation expenses reimbursed; further financial support is not customary.
5. Selected section proposals must be sent as “Calls for Papers” to the respective conference organizing team by November 15 at the latest. The organizing team ensures the circulation of the calls through the association’s channels. To allow for timely planning, January 15 of the year of the respective conference is recommended as the deadline for abstract submissions. Section organisers inform the association’s board of the status of their plans in time for its spring meeting preceding the relevant Anglistiktag.