Rocky Mountain Anthropological Conference

Your Participation

You can take part in this conference in any of several ways. Participation can be by individual contributed paper, symposium, or forum. Please read the information below about organizing a forum, or contact the conference organizers. You are welcome, of course, to attend the conference without formal participation.

Contributed papers are limited to 20 minutes in length. Abstracts for contributed papers, forum presentations, and symposium papers should not exceed 150 words. There will be no poster sessions, because of space limitations.

We strongly encourage forum or symposium organizers to contact the conference organizers as early as possible with a proposal statement. We likewise urge individuals interested in presenting a contributed paper to submit their abstract well before the deadline, since conference time and space are limited. If the number of papers submitted exceeds the space available, a selection process will be implemented to accomodate the widest range possible of topics and participants.

If possible, send abstracts and other correspondence by diskette (WordPerfect format is preferred) or by e-mail. Paper copy is acceptable.

Please send abstracts, forum proposals, and the like to either of the conference organizers: they are Ken Cannon and Jack Fisher. We will send you notification of acceptance for participation and of tentative presentation date in as timely a fashion as possible.

Deadlines have been extended from those given in previous announcements. The new deadlines are as follows:

Forum Guidelines:

A forum is an alternative to a symposium, with the aim of achieving thoughtful, focused, and more open discussion of a carefully delineated theme or topic. We envision a forum as having a format that allows for active and extensive participation by both a panel of experts and members of the audience. We would like forums to be a relatively informal, free-form (yet focused) flow of ideas.

The organizer of a forum has the following responsibilities:

  1. Identify and delineate the scope of the topic to be addressed.
  2. Contact the conference organizers as early as possible to discuss your forum topic.
  3. Organize a panel of experts who will come to the forum with carefully prepared remarks. Their presentations will focus the forum discussion in concrete directions, although these remarks can be delivered in a fairly informal manner.
  4. Encourage members of the audience to participate in discussion. The forum organizer and panel members should take an active role in leading, directing, and participating in discussion, and ensure that discussion stays on track.
  5. Ensure that all participants receive written copies of prepared remarks well in advance of the conference (we suggest a minimum of 2 weeks). To further encourage discussion, a limited number of copies of the manuscripts can be made available to the audience at the time of the forum.
We hope that in these ways a forum will be a stimulating, meaningful, and beneficial experience for all participants.

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Modified 25 March 1997, JF