University of Wisconsin–Madison

Conference Policies

The following policies apply to ALL submissions (preconferences, panels, roundtables, single papers).


  • Registration

    To be considered by the committee to present at the conference, you MUST register by the submission deadline. As you complete your submission, you will be prompted to register and will be redirected to a registration and payment page. Failure to register with your submission may disqualify you from consideration for acceptance by the conference committee.

    If your submission is not accepted for presentation at the conference, you may request a refund of your registration fee. Email the conference organizer here with your registration receipt number. In order to receive a registration refund for rejected papers, the conference organizer must receive your request by September 15 prior to that year’s conference.

    Note: If you do not submit a proposal to the conference but plan to attend, you may register at any time, including upon arrival to the conference. Registration paid after October 1 must be paid on-site and is subject to a $10 on-site processing fee.

    Trouble logging in to register? Click here for a step-by-step guide.

  • Submissions

    Each submitter/author is limited to ONE (1) paper submission in which the submitter is listed as the primary author or coauthor. [Please note the limit below in panel participation.]

    All submissions require a 300-word abstract along with a title for the panel, roundtable, or single paper. Note, for panel presentations, each presenter must also include a 300-word abstract for the individual’s work to be included on the panel. Panel organizers should coordinate these submissions. The maximum link for an abstract is 300 words. We will NOT accept longer abstracts by email. The conference organizers must receive submissions through the website form. If users face any issues while submitting, the conference organizers will try to facilitate technical help as long as contacted well within three days before the deadline.

    All submissions must be completed by the deadline, 11:59 PM, April 1, 2018. Early submission is strongly encouraged in order to avoid any technical issues, including slow uploads from multiple users.

    Please view the images at the bottom of the policies page to see examples of the submission pages for panels, roundtables, and single papers.

  • Panel Types

    Beginning at the 44th Annual Conference on South Asia, the conference committee requested that panel organizers combine the role of chair and discussant due to what the conference staff noticed as a high dropout rate of panel chairs prior to the conference. Going forward, the conference will use the terminology of chair-discussant to mark this role. This means that ONE person serves as both chair and discussant on a panel. This person should not also present a paper on the panel. For complete explanations of the different roles of participants on panels and roundtables at ACSA, read the information here.

    The composition of a panel should contain three presenters and a chair-discussant minimum. The following details the potential different ways to form a panel or roundtable:

    • Chair-discussant + 3 presenters
    • Chair-discussant + 4 presenters

    DO NOT develop any other structure for your panels. The conference organizers will not facilitate exceptions to the policy for a different structure. Consider whether a panel submission would better meet the structure of a roundtable.

    Multi-Part Panels: In some rare cases, panel organizers collect enough papers around a topic to propose a multi-part panel session. Panel organizers may only propose a two-part session, and there is no guarantee that both parts will be accepted to the conference. Multi-part sessions must still abide by the structure of panels, and multi-part panels in which both parts have a minimum of 4 presenters are preferred. If presenters drop out of a multi-part panel, and one panel falls below 3 presenters, the conference organizers will cancel that portion of the session. The presenters left on that panel will not have the option to switch to the other part of the session, and the panel organizer will not have the opportunity to reorganize the presenters into two panels again. Therefore, panel organizers should stress the importance of presenters committing to the conference and their panels before submitting a multi-part panel.

    The committee DOES NOT guarantee that both parts will be accepted to the conference. The committee reserves the right to contact the panel organizer to restructure the panels.

  • Participation

    An individual may serve as a chair-discussant for a panel and also submit a paper for that panel or another panel or single paper submission. However, an individual can appear no more than TWO (2) times in the conference program. For example, an individual can appear as:

    • presenter in a panel AND a chair-discussant for another panel ;
    • presenter AND a chair-discussant on one panel ; -or-
    • chair-discussant for two panels.

    These are the only combinations in which a person can appear TWO times in the program. Appearance in a preconference does not count towards the 2 appearances rule.

    Panel organizer: The panel organizer takes the responsibility of submitting all information about a panel, of communicating any decisions made by the committee about the panel to the presenters and chair-discussant, and of ensuring that presenters submit their full texts to the chair-discussant. As the panel organizer, please stress the importance of vibrant discussion and feedback amongst the presenters and chair-discussant. The panel organizer does not have to be a participant on the panel, but if the panel organizer plans to attend the conference, this individual must register for the conference. Panel organizers may serve as the chair-discussant on the panel or one of the presenters. If panel organizers are not members of the panel as a presenter or chair-discussant, the panel organizer will not be included in the program book or on the online schedule.

    Presenter: A presenter may participate on a panel or submit a single paper for review by the conference committee. At the time of submission, the presenter should provide an abstract that indicates a research question and clearly articulates the means by which the research has been or will be conducted prior to the conference. Presenters should submit work that is complete or underway. Presenters should submit either the text of the presentation or the paper to the panel organizer and chair-discussant at least ONE WEEK before the conference.

    During a panel, a presenter has 15 minutes to present an overview of the research accepted by the committee for the conference. Presenters should not significantly alter the research they proposed to the committee. If a presenter feels that the work has significantly changed, the presenter should resubmit an abstract to the committee for review. The committee will either approve the change or request that the presenter return to the original research or restructure the work for the panel.

    Chair-discussant: The chair-discussant has two roles. First, the chair-discussant keeps time during the panel and introduces each presenter. Time cards marking 10 minutes, 5 minutes, and 1 minute are provided in each room; if time cards are missing from a room, chair-discussants should contact conference organizers. Second, chair-discussants should prepare to connect the various papers towards the conference or panel theme and to provide comments about each specific paper or pose initial questions to the presenters for a few minutes following all the presentations. These remarks should not extend beyond 10 minutes. Finally, the chair-discussant moderates the question and answer period of the panel, usually a 15 to 20 minute period following all presentations.

  • Attendance

    If your panel, roundtable, or single paper is accepted for inclusion in the conference program, we regard this as a commitment that you will register and attend the conference and present your work. Chair/discussants are held to the same commitment. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from attending, you should FIND A SUBSTITUTE to perform your duties and NOTIFY the chair of your panel AND the conference organizer at

    The conference committee has noted a growing number of last minute cancellations or no shows. This results in last minute changes to panels, which at times cannot be reflected in the program. It is disrespectful and disruptive not only to the conference organizers but also to conference attendees who plan their attendance around the posted online schedule months in advance. More importantly, submissions undergo an intensive review process, and it is unfair to those applicants who were not selected for the conference when participants do not fulfill their obligations to present and participate in a collegial manner. Participants who fail to notify the conference committee in advance of the conference, by October 8, 2015, will be removed from the online conference program archive and will not be able to submit a proposal or the following year’s conference.

    The conference organizers understand that there are medical and family-related circumstances that may prevent you from giving adequate notice. The organizers are happy to consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis and are also interested in working with you to meet any childcare needs you may have. Please email the conference organizers at regarding these matters.

  • Technology

    The conference now provides the entire technology set-up for presenters to use in each room. Individuals CANNOT connect their own devices to the projectors, so it is best to save your presentation to a thumb drive AND email it to yourself so that there are two ways to access your file on the provided computer. Staff will be available to help save files to the laptops but should not be expected to troubleshoot IT issues beyond the electronic devices provided.

    Presenters are responsible to format their PowerPoint presentations or any other files to be used during the panel in a compatible format to MacBook Pro. The laptops will have Microsoft PowerPoint and internet connectivity. The conference staff, as well as the hotel staff, WILL NOT help participants reformat their presentations for compatibility. Please check your presentation before your panel time.

    The following equipment will be in all rooms used for panel and roundtable sessions:

    • MacBook Pro
    • Projector
    • Screen
    • VGA cable
    • Speakers

    Conference attendees can access the Madison Concourse Hotel wireless network for free throughout the premises. However, with increased traffic, the connection may slow down, and the conference staff cannot fix this issue. Please do not ask the conference staff at the registration desk for help with the wireless. Inquire with the front desk.

  • Safety and Harassement

    The safety and well-being of all visitors to the UW-Madison campus and the Annual Conference on South Asia are important to us. In accordance with UW-Madison policy, the Annual Conference aims to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment to everyone and does not condone discrimination on the grounds of race and ethnicity; sex; gender and gender identity or expression; marital status; age; sexual orientation; country of origin; language; disability; socioeconomic status; and affiliations that are based on cultural, political, religious, or other identities.

    If you have any questions or concerns please call Lalita du Perron in the Center for South Asia at (608) 262-3209 or email the conference coordinators or Lalita du Perron.

    Sexual Harassment
    Pursuant to campus policy, visitors to the campus, including conference attendees, may report sexual harassment to our Title IX Coordinator David Blom for investigation and follow up: or (608) 890-3788. Please see the following link for further information: Conference attendees may also contact Bradley Grochocinski ( or Lalita du Perron ( with respect to such matters: (608) 262-3209.

  • Conduct Agreement

    The following text appears on every user profile before an individual can register to participate or submit a proposal for consideration in the Annual Conference on South Asia program. This is only a copy of the statement for reference:

    As a participant in the Annual Conference on South Asia, I agree to conduct myself in a manner that is consistent with the University of Wisconsin-Madison policies. To access the policies, click here.

    I have reviewed the UW Systems Board of Regents Policies pertaining to discrimination, which includes sexual harassment under Title IX.