Session Types

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

If your abstract has been accepted to multiple panels, please let chairs know which one you chose to particioate on.  

Note that 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 or two roundtables (because both would be 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 — 3-10 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.
  • 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.