Types of Sessions

Registrants at NeMLA can participate in only one session of each type.

If your abstract has been accepted to multiple panels, please confirm with all chairs regarding your decision to participate. Although paper panels exist in two varieties--(1) traditional format, and (2) 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 poster session.

For example, it is permissible to present on (1) a panel or seminar and (2) a roundtable or a creative session, but it is not permissible to present on a panel and a seminar (because both are paper-based), on two panels (because both are the same type), or two roundtables (because both are the same type).

  • 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 time.