Before the Conference

  1. Use the online conference program to review the schedule and lineup for your session.
  2. Download the papers for your session from the online conference program.
    • Please note that you will only be able to download papers if the author has uploaded them. If you find that papers have not been uploaded for your session, please contact the authors directly via email and request that they send you their papers. You can locate the email address of an author by logging in to the online conference program, navigating to your session, and clicking on the name of an individual author. Email addresses will not be visible if you are not logged in.
  1. Read the papers carefully. Take the time to understand the main points and identify areas that merit remarks during the session, such as original contributions or areas that may require further development or revision.
  2. If the session has two discussants and four or more papers, communicate with the other discussant about splitting up the papers so each paper receives feedback from one discussant.

The Day of the Session

  1. If you are participating in-person, arrive at the conference room at least 10 minutes before the start of your session. If you are participating virtually, plan to log in to the conference platform early and navigate to your session. Be ready to enter the virtual Zoom meeting room when it opens.
  2. When it is your turn to speak, after the paper presentations have concluded, be aware of your time limits. Try to devote the same amount of time for feedback to each paper.

General Tips on Preparing Feedback

  1. Avoid summarizing the paper in its entirety; instead, summarize what you took to be the most important points in each paper. As you evaluate a paper, ask yourself such questions as: ‘Does the paper make an original contribution to the area of study?’; ‘Are there any specific areas of strength, or areas of opportunity for further development?’; ‘Are there specific ways that the argument, methods, or analysis could be improved?’.
  2. If possible, try to draw connections between the paper and theme of the session. If the paper complements, challenges, or informs other papers in the session, point out these connections.
  3. Situate the paper within the extant scholarly literature on this topic. Where does this paper fit in relation to the current research, or within the subfield as a whole?

If you are participating virtually, you can view the virtual conference instructions here.