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  1. alex
    alex July 28, 2010 at 10:58 am |

    Nice to have SLA members on the inside! Glad you can share your experience with us, thriugh the blog.
    Did you feel that linguistic anthropology was well-represented?

  2. Leila Monaghan
    Leila Monaghan July 29, 2010 at 3:47 am |

    Fascinating to hear about the process!

  3. Lindsay
    Lindsay July 29, 2010 at 7:18 am |

    Representation is always a fraught process!

    There were lots of considerations we had to make while scheduling. The priority for the smaller sections is to avoid overlap so all members can attend all sessions. With larger sections it is a matter of equal access to “prime” slots. I will say a lot of work has been done by section program editors before we even show up. They have done the extended reading and ranking of proposals. Some make additional helpful notes about when to schedule particular panels, and which ones to avoid having in the same time slot. Section editors know their members much better than we do, so we follow their advice as closely as possible.

    The call for Executive Sessions this year was specific about bringing together multiple branches of anthropology into a single conversation. We also made efforts to encourage people to submit abstracts in languages other than English. Section editors were very responsive to the idea and were prepared to seek out reviewers in other languages. We hope to have this be a more visible option in the coming years. We are also experimenting with ways of facilitating multilingual presentations to help these sessions be fairly attended.

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