MSA Modernist Studies Association 6th Annual Conference



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Information for Seminar Leaders


October 21-24, 2004, Hyatt Regency Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Information for Seminar Leaders

Conference Format
The practice of MSA conferences is to utilize seminars and panels; no individual submissions will be considered this year. The design of the conference should allow each participant to attend the plenary sessions and participate in a seminar and/or panel. Note that MSA rules do not allow participants to lead a seminar and present a paper at the same conference. Participants may, however, present a panel paper and participate in a seminar or chair a panel and lead a seminar.

Panels have now been formalized for the MSA6 Conference; see the list of panels in the Conference Program.

Seminars are small-group (maximum 20 individuals) discussion sessions for which participants write brief "position papers" that are read and circulated prior to the conference. Participation of conferees in seminars is one of the most significant features of the MSA conference. Held over 3 days in concurrent sessions, the seminars generate lively and valuable exchange during the conference and in some cases have created a network of scholars who have continued to work together. Further, the seminar model allows most conferees to seek financial support from their institutions as they educate themselves and their colleagues on subjects of mutual interest. Conference attendees are welcome to audit other seminars where specified in the program, subject to space availability. However, conferrees can only participate in one seminar. Some seminars still have space for participants; see the list of Seminar Topics below. Note that seminar participants are expected to write a paper (approximately 5–7 pages in length) that should be received by other seminar participants by September 3, 2004 in order for all participants to fully prepare for the seminar.

Seminar Registration
Seminar assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis; the sooner you submit your selections, the better your chance of receiving your first choice.

Seminar preferences must be submitted by email to:

Emma Pink
Conference Co-ordinator

You will be notified as soon as possible of your seminar registration.

Guidelines for Seminar Leaders
To promote discussion, the size of seminars is limited to a maximum of 20. Leaders may, at their option, invite one or two individuals to join the seminar in some special role. Some leaders will wish to share the work of reading and responding to papers with the invited participants; others will simply want to assure a high standard of discussion by involving scholars whose work they know to be important for their topic.

Please note that invited participants will not be specially listed as such in the conference program.

E-mail addresses for all seminar registrants will be provided to seminar leaders as soon as registrations are received. At that time, leaders should:
• Initiate communications by e-mail, introducing themselves and providing e-mail addresses to all participants;
• Set guidelines for the seminar. These might include questions to be addressed, reading to be done, and a specified length for the position papers (normally 5-7 pages);
• Set firm deadlines, a deadline of September 3, 2004 for the actual exchange of papers is recommended;
• Exchange and read papers during the 6-7 weeks before the conference;
• Plan the seminar format. The MSA will provide guidance, but leaders are, within reasonable limits, free to use the time (two hours) as they see fit. (use info already on the web site)

Sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Hosted by the Departments of English at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia