MEXICO CITY (MARCH 25-29, 2018)

Session Formats

CIES 2018 features a variety of session formats that will allow presenters to respond to the Call for Papers. Individuals may submit proposals to present in a paper, round-table paper, or poster session and groups of presenters may submit proposals for panel or round-table sessions. Proposal requirements and presentation formats vary for each of these types and are described below.

CIES 2018 also invites authors and editors of recently published monographs or edited volumes in the field of comparative and international education to submit proposals for a book launch round-table session.

For information on how to propose a pre-conference workshop, please see the Call for Workshop Proposals.

Paper Session
Paper proposals are submitted individually and then formed into a panel by conference organizers (either through a SIG, Committee, or the general pool) based on their discussion of common themes, questions or problems that are related to either research or practice.

  • Format: In these 90-minute sessions, presenters discuss abbreviated versions of their studies followed by audience Q&A. A maximum of 4 presenters will be assigned to each panel and each presenter will be given 12-15 minutes to present. In the case of multi-authored studies, more than one person may present within these 12-15 minutes. Each paper session is assigned a chair who moderates and monitors time; a discussant may also be assigned by conference organizers to offer commentary and critique, and to elicit discussion following the individual presentations. Session chairs may adjust the timing based on the number of presenters and discussants scheduled for the session. Paper sessions will be scheduled in meeting rooms with overhead projection technology (but no sound or video capability).
  • Proposal Submission Guidelines: Individual submissions should include a proposal of up to 750 words.* Because submissions go through a blind peer review process, please exclude any information that might identify the author(s) from your proposal. If you want to submit as an individual and are interested in presenting in an alternative format that allows for more presenter-audience interaction, consider submitting a proposal for a poster or round-table session.

Round-table Paper Session
Round-table sessions allow for enhanced interaction and discussion among participants. Paper proposals are submitted individually and then formed into a round-table discussion by conference organizers (either through a SIG, Committee, or the general pool) based on their discussion of common themes or shared interests.

  • Format: These 90-minute sessions feature 3 to 4 presenters and 4-6 conference attendees who are seated around round-tables with 8-10 chairs around them. After each presenter gives a short, 5-minute presentation on their study, collective discussion by presenters and attendees follows, providing an interactive setting for those who seek to engage in discussion about their work. Each round-table session is also assigned a chair whose job is to facilitate interaction and participation, while the attendees are expected to act as discussants.  These sessions will take place in a large room with 15-20 different round-tables each having its own separate conversation. Presentation technology is not provided for round-table sessions.
  • Proposal Submission Guidelines: Submissions for round-table paper sessions should include a proposal of up to 750 words.* Because submissions go through a blind peer review process, please exclude any information that might identify the author(s) from your proposal.

Poster Session                                                                                                               
Poster sessions combine a visual summary of the findings of a paper/study with the opportunity for individualized, informal discussion of the presenter’s work.

  • Format: Individual poster presenters set up displays representing their papers/studies in a large area with other presenters. Posters will be set up in a prominent space throughout the day, while dedicated 90-minute poster sessions will facilitate interaction with between poster presenters and interested conference participants. Timing of the poster sessions will be announced once all sessions are finalized. Presentation technology is not provided for poster sessions, but presenters may choose to distribute handouts. Boards and pins will be provided for poster display.
  • Proposal Submission Guidelines: Submissions for poster sessions should include a proposal of up to 750 words.* Because submissions go through a blind peer review process, please exclude any information that might identify the author(s) from your proposal.

Panel Session
Panel sessions provide an opportunity for coordinated interaction and exchange among presenters working on a common set of themes, questions or problems related to either research or practice. Panel proposals include a group of presenters.

  • Format: These 90-minute sessions are submitted by a group of presenters (at least 3) who also designate their own chair and discussant. A panel session may follow a more conventional format of individual paper presentations followed by discussant comments and audience discussion. However, the CIES 2018 planning committee encourages presenters to be creative in their organization of group panels by experimenting with different presentation formats to enhance audience engagement or interaction. Sessions will be scheduled in meeting rooms with overhead projection technology (but no sound or video capability).
  • Proposal Submission Guidelines: Submissions for panel sessions should include an abstract of up to 500 words* describing the overall theme and objective of the panel as well as descriptions of up to 750 words* for each of the studies or presentations included. Reviewers will pay special attention to how each presenter’s study relates to the overarching significance of the session. Note that submissions undergo a blind peer review process. Therefore, both panel abstract and individual presentation descriptions should exclude any information that might identify the authors. If you plan to submit a “double” panel session or series of panel sessions, each individual panel must be submitted separately (with a title that clearly links them) since accepted panel sessions will only be allocated 90-minute time slots.

Round-table Session
Round-table sessions allow for enhanced interaction and discussion among participants. Round-table session proposals include a group of presenters whose work is related to a common set of themes, questions, or problems.

  • Format: These 90-minute sessions are submitted by a group of presenters (at least 3) who aim to engage in more in-depth discussion about their work. Similar to a panel session, presenters’ studies or contributions should be united by a common topic or theme, but unlike at panel sessions, presenters and attendees are seated around a table 8-10 seats. Each presenter gives a short, 5-minute presentation and collective discussion by presenters and 4 to 7 interested conference participants follows. Round-table session proposals should also designate a chair whose role is to facilitate interaction and participation. These sessions will take place in a large room with 15-20 different round-tables, each having its own separate conversation. Presentation technology is not provided for round-table sessions.
  • Proposal Submission Guidelines: Submissions for group round-table paper sessions should include an abstract of up to 500 words* describing the overall theme and objectives of the discussion as well as descriptions of up to 750 words* for each of the studies or contributions included. Reviewers will pay special attention to how each presenter’s study relates to the overarching significance of the session. Note that submissions undergo a blind peer review process. Therefore, both panel abstract and individual presentation descriptions should exclude any information that might identify the authors.

Book Launch Round-table Session
Some of the round-table sessions are allocated to book launch sessions. The book launch session provides an opportunity for members of our field to present recently published monographs and edited volumes in an interactive setting.

  • Format: These 90-minute round-table sessions feature authors of recent books in our field (either single-authored monographs or edited volumes). These sessions will take place in a large room with 15-20 different round-tables, with each book being presented at a different table. Attendees can circulate around the tables throughout the session to speak to the authors. Presentation technology is not provided for book launch sessions, but authors/editors may choose to distribute handouts.
  • Proposal Submission Guidelines: Authors of recently published books are invited to submit a book launch session proposal to the General Pool with the phrase “Book Launch:” and the book title as your proposed session title. Submissions should include the publisher and year of publication; an abstract of the book; the table of contents; and a list of contributors’ names and affiliations. Proposals can include up to 750 words. These proposals will not be blindly reviewed, so identifying information should be included. For a multi-authored work, please be sure to include the names of all the contributing authors who will be joining.
  • Please note that per CIES 2018 general policies, book launch sessions are exempt from the normal rule that an individual’s name may appear as presenter only once in the program. Also note that book panels taking a different format — such as an author-meets-critics session that will feature intense engagement involving discussants — may be submitted as panel session proposals through the submission system.

*All proposal submissions, regardless of session type, should include references; the references will not be included in the word count. More detailed instructions will be available during the submission process in the All Academic system.