2017 Submission Rules

2017 Submission Rules


Individual abstracts, panel proposals, and poster presentation applications MUST be submitted at http://www.na-tsa.org/new/2017/main-theme

*DEADLINE: December 31, 2016

The NATSA aims to promote Taiwan studies in North America and in English publications. All abstracts and papers must be written and presented in ENGLISH ONLY.

A) Individual Abstract Submission

Each submission MUST include (a) an abstract and (b) a personal bio (please see below for more details). We encourage your abstract to include elements expected within your own discipline that are jargon-free. Your abstract should be informative to both scholars working within the specialized areas of your work, and as much as possible, to a wider readership.

Following the guidelines below will aid our reviewers in more precisely evaluating whether your abstract, as representative of your proposed conference paper, will be accepted. A well-structured abstract will facilitate their reviewing and improve your chances of being accepted.

Submissions missing any section(s) will not be considered by the organizing committee.

SECTION A: Abstract (up to 300 words) with your paper title

Please note that the scope should be that of a journal-length paper NOT that of a book-length project or an entire dissertation. The abstract is encouraged to address the following points:

  1. Main argument(s) in relation to the conference theme;
  2. Summary of paper objectives and theoretical framework;
  3. Explicitly address the methodologies and/or sources upon which this paper's arguments will be;
  4. Describe the paper's intellectual contribution to your academic discipline(s) and, if possible, broader social and political impacts;
  5. Below the abstract, please list 3 to 5 keywords for your paper and 2 to 3 disciplines to which your paper is most closely related (this will be used to help us select reviewers for your abstract).

SECTION B: Presenter's Bio

Please describe your professional/social experience in a way that tells us something about yourself, your interest in Taiwan studies, and your engagement in the research for this presentation (about 100 words). This section will not be sent to abstract reviewers (as it is a blind review process). Instead, the bio will be included in the conference manual if your paper or poster is accepted. Please refer to the guidelines of bios in your discipline for further details.

B) Panel Proposal

We encourage panel organizers to include at least one relatively junior scholar (either graduate student or recent graduate) in their panels. All submissions must include the following:

  1. A panel title and individual paper titles to be included in the panel;
  2. A 600-word statement of purpose for the entire panel identifying the central issue(s)/theme(s), the relevance of each paper to the theme/issue, and is relevant to the conference theme “RE: Taiwan as Practice, Method, and Theory”;
  3. 3 to 5 keywords for your panel and 2 to 3 disciplines to which your panel is most closely related (this will be used to help us select reviewers for your panel);
  4. A full list of participants, including title, institutional affiliation, and contact information. Please specify which presenter will be the panel organizer. We recommend that the optimal number of paper presenters in a panel should be 3-4.

Should you desire, we will assign at least one discussant to each panel after it is accepted.

C) Poster Presentation and Competition

We also encourage undergraduate and graduate students, who have not yet begun their main research, to submit proposals for our poster session. While poster session participants will generally be ineligible for NATSA's travel grants, we will present a $300 award to the best student poster at the conference’s closing session. The judges of this competition will be comprised of a few of our invited scholars. The basic size of poster should be 24" x 36" with academic standard.

Each submission must include an abstract. Please follow the guidelines below in composing your abstract. The title of your poster does not count towards the 150 word limit. The abstract should address the following points:

  1. Poster title;
  2. Summary of poster objectives and key research question(s);
  3. Your engagement in the research;
  4. Explicitly address the methodologies, sampling methods (if possible), and/or sources upon which your arguments will be;
  5. Describe the poster's intellectual contribution to your academic discipline(s) and, if possible, its potential broader social and political impacts;
  6. Below the abstract, please list 3 to 5 keywords for your poster and 2 to 3 disciplines to which your presentation is most closely related (this will be used to help us arrange posters if selected).


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