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Proposing a paper

The Call for Papers is closed. However, sessions not marked CLOSED are still receiving abstracts. We invite interested participants to browse these pages and submit abstracts to one of the sessions that remains open. 

Please read the information below, then proceed.

Who should propose a paper

Anyone intending to present at CHAGS needs to submit a proposal. This includes presenters who were recruited informally by session convenors.

Session convenors intending to present work at their own sessions should also submit abstracts, as we need to register your details to build the conference programme. For the same reason, those facilitating indigenous participation should submit a form for each participant.

Discussants not otherwise presenting work need not propose anything, but will be required to register for the conference. 

Select a session

Please browse the list of sessions to find a session or plenary that fits your interests. Alternatively, you can search for sessions by convenors or keywords. 

If you don't find a session that you like, or you're not sure where and how your paper will fit, choose one of the open-themed sessions (P49 or P50) but you must direct your proposal to a specific session. 

How to submit an abstract

Abstracts must be submitted online; we will not accept them by email.  

Submission process step-by-step:

  1. Go to the login page for CHAGS 12.

  2. Select "create an account" (if you don't have one yet). Follow instructions therein. 

  3. After you've passed through the Captcha gauntlet, and entered your email address, click "continue". You'll be taken to the "Account application received" page with instructions to check your email for confirmation. Click on the link in the email to continue your registration. Click "Create my account." For the "address" field, we would appreciate if you use your work / institutional address (including your department or school), if you have one.

  4. Now leave and go back to the login page for CHAGS 12. Log in with your username and password. Click on "enter as an author". 

  5. Select a track (i.e., the session of your choice).

  6. Follow instructions and fill in the form. Click "Submit."

  7. The next page confirms your submission. At the same time, an automated message will be sent to your email address confirming your submission. 

Note that the black toolbar on top has changed: your submission is now on the toolbar menu (between "New Submission" and "CHAGS 12"). "If the paper is submitted successfully, it will appear on your menu when you are logged in as an author. If you have a single submission for this conference (say with number 27), you will see a menu tab "Submission 27". If you have more than one submission, you will see the menu tab "My Submissions"."

The brown box on the upper-right corner lists a few things you can do: ”update information" to edit the proposal; "update authors", “add file” (papers for precirculation only) or "withdraw." To submit a second abstract, just click on "New Submission”. 

Deadline for textual edits to your submission is 15 April; deadline to submit papers for pre-circulation is 30 June. 

Proposal content


Short abstract: 35 words maximum

Abstract: 200 words maximum

Three keywords maximum. If you list more than three, we will only use the three keywords at the top of your list. Keywords can be single-word terms or short phrases. Keep them short and simple.  


1. Each person can submit a maximum of two proposals to two different types of sessions. Session formats are marked by the session numbers (P05, L01, etc.). 

  • "P" sessions, which include lightning talks, dialogues and roundtables, are panels focused on presentation of written work in different ways, usually with a maximum duration of 5–15 minutes per speaker

  • "L" sessions are interactive activities which may or may not include some presentation of written work 

  • "M" sessions are plenaries

  • Thus you can propose a paper to a P-session and a presentation to an L-session, but not two papers to two different P-sessions. Some exceptions will be made: please discuss concerns with the plenary convenors.

2. A proposer (lead author) of one paper can be a co-author (secondary author) of another paper, but the second paper must be proposed by its lead author.

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