25 September 2018Opening of the period for the submission of open panel proposals
15 November 2018Final date for the submission of open panel proposals
15 December 2018Acceptance notification for the open panel proposals


According to the IUAES tradition, open panels allow anthropologists from different countries to meet around a thematic proposal.

  • Each panel should have at least two and maximum three co-convenors (panel organisers) linked to institutions from different countries.
  • At least one of the convenors must hold a PhD.
  • Each participant may convene only once (be that a panel, a workshop or a plenary session). It is not allowed to submit more than one panel proposal.
  • All panel convenors must be members of IUAES and have paid their membership fee for year 2019. The membership fee will be collected together with the conference fee.
  • Convenors of approved panels must pay their conference fee by 2 April 2019 in order to have their panels included into the programme.
  • When proposing a panel sponsored by any of the IUAES commissions, please request the commission chairs for a panel approval before submitting it. In such a case the commission name must be appended to the title of the proposed panel, e.g. Making Tourism Work for the Poor [Commission on the Anthropology of Tourism].
  • Convenors may optionally propose one discussant to their panel. All discussants must be members of IUAES and pay a conference fee. An Inter-Congress participant may be a discussant and present a paper – these two activities can be combined – but not within the same panel.
  • The language for all proposals and presentations is English.
  • After the notification of the approved panels made by 15 December 2018, the call for papers to open panels will be open via the online form on the Inter-Congress website (20 December 2018 to 15 February 2019). It is the convenors’ responsibility to select papers for presentation.
  • Each session of a panel can have 4 to 5 oral presentations – 4 presentations is a minimum number for a panel to come to existence. Convenors need to observe the national and institutional diversity of the submitted papers, thus guaranteeing the participation of researchers from different countries.
  • Each panel can have maximum 3 sessions.

The criteria for open panel proposals approval

1. The selection of the open panel proposals is the responsibility of the Inter-Congress’s Scientific Committee. The decision will be based on:

  • compliance with the rules (see above)
  • quality of the proposal (clarity, cohesion and academic rigour)

2. The Scientific Committee will pay attention to different anthropological traditions and topics.

How to submit

  • All submissions must be made via the online form.
  • The convenor submitting the proposal (Convenor 1) will be first asked to complete the registration form in order to receive the Registration ID before s/he can precede to the second form (Panel proposal submission).
  • The proposal includes:
  1. Panel title (please keep it concise) with the information whether the panel is sponsored by an IUAES commission – in such a case the commission name must be appended to the title of the proposed panel, e.g. Making Tourism Work for the Poor [Commission on the Anthropology of Tourism].
  2. Short panel abstract (up to 300 characters with spaces).
  3. Long panel abstract (up to 250 words).
  4. 3 to 5 keywords
  5. Names, affiliations and contact details of the co-convenors (please note that provided e-mails will be used during the registration process).
  6. Name and affiliation of the discussant (optionally).

Responsibilities of the panel convenors

  • Chair the panel (all convenors will be co-chairs).
  • Evaluate and select papers for presentation via the online form on the Inter-Congress website by indicating whether to accept/reject/transfer proposals by 10 March 2019 (paper abstracts indicated as ‘transfer’ are those which convenors find valuable but not fitting their panel).
  • Organise the panel sessions, including the order of the presentations which can be done via the online form once the papers are approved.
  • Decide about the time allocated to presentations (equally to each, not less than 10 minutes per paper).
  • Coordinate the activities of the panel during the Inter-Congress.
  • Keep the participants of the panel informed: of a day, hour and place of their presentations; of the speaking order; of the time they have been allocated; of the obligation to register; of any late changes and any other information related to the panel.
  • Inform the Organising Committee about the panelists withdrawals.

Panel proposal submission

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