Registrants at NeMLA can participate in only one session of each
type. If your abstract has been accepted to multiple panels, be
sure to confirm with all chairs regarding your decision to
participate. Although paper panels exist in two varieties,
traditional format and seminar format, both are treated as the same
type of session, and thus it is impermissible to present a paper as
part of both. It is permissible, however, to present a paper
and also participate in a roundtable, workshop, creative, and/or
- Paper Panel —
- Traditional Format, 3-4 participants, reading a formal
paper of 15-20 minutes (2500-3000 words) as set by the chair,
followed by Q&A.
- Seminar Format, 5-10 participants that will complete and
circulate their papers (length determined by chair) prior to the
convention. Participants give a brief presentation of their work
followed by an exchange among participants. Respondents may be
invited by the chair.
- Roundtable — 3-8 participants give brief, informal
presentations (5-10 minutes) and the session is open to
conversation and debate between participants and the audience.
- Creative Session — 3-6 participants read their
work in poetry, fiction, nonfiction or other genres. Followed by
Q&A and comments from the audience.
- Workshop – Workshops model hands-on learning and
are intensive discussions led by a moderator. They emphasize
participation by all session attendees and aim to develop
professional skills or examine professional interests,
responsibilities, and proficiencies. Workshop organizers will
receive free registration and membership.
- Poster Session – An opportunity for NeMLA scholars
to present visual representations of their research. The format of
the session allows presenters to display their work in a casual
setting and to engage in informal conversations with convention
participants regarding their work at a designated place and