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2020 Annual Conference - Submit a Proposal to Convene a Working Session
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Please use the form below to submit a proposal for a working session for the 2020 conference. For technical questions, please contact Shaun Franklin-Sewell at For thematic or other questions, please contact the 2020 program chairs at

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Audio-visual support for working sessions will not be provided. ASTR does its best to provide resources based on the budget and overall conference needs. Last year, audio-visual support cost $1,000 per day per room.

Please upload your 500-word proposal.

Proposals should be conceptually substantive and rigorously focused, and should include a 300-word intellectual/scholarly rationale for the session together with a 200-word account of and rationale for the format that the session will take.

Ongoing groups should make clear how their proposal fits within and contributes to their ongoing, evolving work. The detailed explanation of how the group will be conducted should include an outline of anticipated conference and/or extra-conference activities.

Working sessions in the past have engaged participants in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: exchanging papers by e-mail prior to the conference discussion; conducting email discussions of general issues and arranged procedures for the conference meeting; constructing reading lists or bibliographies for the group’s work in general and for particular meetings; assigning respondents to papers for online discussions or at the group’s conference meeting; arranging breakout groups during the group meeting; and encouraging pre-conference paper editing among group members.

For more on Working Sessions, see

Note that files may NOT exceed 30MB. If you have any issues uploading your files, please contact Shaun Franklin-Sewell, at

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