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Call for Sessions

Session formats


We are accepting proposals for three session types: (1) research presentations, (2) interactive activities, and (3) special events like book launches, discussion groups, and exhibits. There is also a fourth category, for “Other” (please fill in the details). More information on these session types below.

Each session slot is 90 minutes long, followed by coffee break or lunch. Paper presentations are between 5 and 15 minutes long.

For general restrictions on session proposals, click here.


Research presentations

We will continue to value standard reading or presentation of papers in a PANEL format, but encourage session organisers to try different ways of avoiding “death by Powerpoint.” We encourage more interactive, innovative, and exchange-oriented ways of communicating research results. Examples include but are not limited to free-form DIALOGUES, ROUNDTABLES [1], DEBATES [2], SHOW-AND-TELL [3] sessions, and SHORT TALKS [4]. For all formats, but especially for dialogues and short talks, we encourage circulating papers in advance. Organisers may arrange for one or two discussants to draw the threads of a session together. 


  1. DIALOGUES and ROUNDTABLES combine structured and unstructured discussions and afford the opportunity to have extended conversations around a tightly focused topic.

  2. DEBATES are formally organised, but artificially constructed, to clarify the extreme ends of an issue, hopefully with weapons left at the door. Proposers of such sessions should explain how resolution is to be achieved.

  3. SHOW-AND-TELL sessions enable researchers to share data (visual and audio data, artefacts, specimens, etc.) that haven’t been “cooked” or need a “second pair of eyes,” to get constructive feedback from the audience. We discourage transporting nonliving organic materials to the conference.

  4. SHORT TALKS last 5 minutes or less, interspersed by 10–15 minutes’ discussion (please browse the internet for examples of short talk formats that have emerged in recent years). 


Interactive activities

Some activities will be side-events, and some will be integrated into the main programme. Formats can include but are not limited to WORKSHOPS, DEMONSTRATION SESSIONS, STORY-TELLING, WALKING SEMINARS, PERFORMANCES (like “fieldwork slam”), and FILM SHOWS  (showing one or two short videos followed by general discussion). The rationale for the activity—how it benefits hunter-gatherer research—should be clearly explained in the proposal.


Special events and Others

Organisers should explain the form of the activity, its CHAGS rationale, and other details as instructed in the proposal form.



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Restrictions on session proposals