Papers with respondents are structured around a speaker who gives an approximately thirty-minute paper and a respondent who contributes his own thoughts, objections, and further questions in the following fifteen minutes.
Finally, the speaker gets that same amount of time to formulate his reply to the respondent.
If you have previously spoken on or submitted a proposal on the same essay topic, you should carefully adjust it specifically for this conference or even completely rewrite the proposal based on your changing and evolving research.
The topic you are proposing should be one that you can cover easily within a time frame of approximately fifteen to twenty minutes.
If you would like to add a quotation to your proposal, you are not required to provide a citation or footnote of the source, although it is generally preferred to mention the author’s name.
Always put quotes in quotation marks and take care to limit yourself to at most one or two quotations in the entire proposal text.
Roundtables feature an average of five to six speakers, each of whom gets the floor for approximately five to ten minutes to speak on their respective topics and/or subtopics.
At times, papers from the speakers might be circulated in advance among the roundtable members or even prospective attendees.
Beginning the process Make sure you read the call for papers carefully to consider the deadline and orient your topic of presentation around the buzzwords and themes listed in the document.
You should take special note of the deadline and submit prior to that date, as late submissions leave a bad impression and suggest poor planning skills.