Participation Requirements

This event is first and foremost an opportunity to collectively think and help construct a field. Although this event is designed to bring together 30-40 researchers, only 12 papers will be workshopped. Yet, everyone who attends is expected to be an active participant and contribute to a rich conversation. We believe that it is through active engagement with other scholars around research that new insights can emerge.  In other words, this event is designed to be the kind of intense intellectual engagement that made you fall in love with being a researcher in the first place. 

All participants are required to read three papers in advance of the event and come ready to offer constructively critical feedback. We want researchers to constructively spar with and challenge one another to strengthen ourselves across the board. This is not an event for passive attendance, but an opportunity to engage each other substantively.


The day will be organized into three time slots, each 75 minutes long. One paper will be workshopped in each session. Multiple sessions will run in parallel so there will be a total of ~12 papers, but each participant will only be responsible for 3. Within each group, a discussant will open with a critique of the paper before inviting participants to share their feedback. (If you participate in this event, you may be asked to be a discussant on one paper.) All are expected to share feedback, with author response towards the end of the session.


The event will take place on October 30, 2017 from 8:45am to 6pm.  Paper sessions will run until 4pm; afterwards, there will be a reception for all participants. 

Unfortunately, we lack the funding to support travel for this event. We are happy to provide a formal invitation for participation to anyone who may need it to secure their own funding.

Application Details

You do not need to submit a paper to participate in this event, but you still need to apply by August 25, 2017.

Because the paper submission date is only a month after the application deadline, you should only apply as an author if you have a paper that you’re actively writing right now and will be ready to share a draft with others by October 2, 2017. If you aren’t already working on this paper, you probably aren’t in a good position to workshop it at this event. Appropriate papers may be a work-in-progress book chapter or a journal article. (Full-length books are a bit too much for this event so if you’re writing a book, think about the chapter that you most want to get feedback on.)
To apply as an author, please submit the following:
1. Name, affiliation, title, email address, discipline.
2. Big research question you’re seeking to answer with your research.
3. Paper title + 100-250 word abstract.
4. The current half-baked, thick-outline, total mess of the paper.**

** We are asking for the disaster of a paper to understand where you are with the piece now and the arguments you intend to make so that we can appropriately match you to a discussant. We won’t share this version with anyone (pinkie swear). 

Please note: All co-authors for papers must apply separately. If your co-author doesn’t apply, we will assume that s/he is not interested in attending the workshop. It will be hard to add additional participants later so make sure your co-authors apply if they want to attend.

To apply as a participant/discussant, please submit the following:
1. Name, affiliation, title, email address, discipline.
2. Big research question you’re seeking to answer with your research.
3. 100-250 word description of your research.

Application Deadline: August 25, 2017
Selection Decisions: September 1, 2017
Full Paper Deadline: October 2, 2017
Workshop: October 30, 2017