The Call for Labs is open! It will remain open until 18 July.
Laboratories are conceptualized as practical events containing collective research activities, guided interactions and free-format exchanges. Labs can be curated and proposed by individuals or groups. Labs will be designed as interactive, reflexive sessions that prioritise exploration, rather than the discussion of already established research results. This means that labs do not take in named, pre-selected contributions the way panels have papers, but it is possible to limit the number of participants through pre-registration. Labs can be used to tackle practical problems, to re-evaluate concepts, to find new theoretical and political directions, or to understand emergent cultural dynamics. A lab can have up to two 105-minute sessions. They may include elements of performance, various collective activities, exhibitions, or interactive media displays. All lab proposals must list the practical requirements of the lab at the end of the long abstract: specifications for required space, materials, max number of participants etc.
All proposals must be made via the online form, click on the button below. Proposals should consist of a lab title, a short description of <300 characters, and an abstract of 250 words.
The proposal may also include the names of any chairs or discussants, although these can be added subsequently using the login environment, Cocoa. Please use the convention of First name Last name (Institution). (Where convenors will take these roles, you need not re-enter their names.)
On submission of the proposal, the proposing convenor (not the co-convenors) will receive an automated email confirming receipt. If you do not receive this email, please first check the login environment (click the “Login” button in the top right corner of this page) to see if your proposal is there. If it is, it simply means your confirmation email got spammed/lost; and if it is not, it means you need to re-submit.
The decisions on Labs will be made by 18 July.
Note that delegates may only make one presentation each (roundtable participation counts as being a discussant, not a presenter). It is allowed to be a co-author on multiple papers if you are not the one presenting them. In addition, a delegate may also convene once (be that a plenary, panel, lab or roundtable); and be a discussant or a chair in one plenary session, panel, or roundtable.
Lab convenors need not be members of AAS, but as the conference participation fee for members will be lower than the non-member fee, there may be a financial incentive to join. Please see further on AAS membership here.
All those attending the conference, including convenors, authors, discussants and chairs, will need to register and pay to attend. Registration will open in September.
If you have any questions, contact us via email: admin(at)aasconf.org.