Call for Proposals

Access the proposal submission form here. Proposals are due by February 13, 2023.

We invite you to submit a proposal for a session at the upcoming national conference to be held on June 12-14, 2023 at San José State University.  

This year’s conference theme is Choosing Dialogue: Mapping the Course Through Difficult Conversations.

We are living in an age of increasing polarization and anger in our public discourse often reinforces hostile modes of interaction with people who hold different viewpoints. This polarization has impacted our ability to work within and between communities.  Dialogues help deepen understanding of personal, group and intergroup relationship issues. Many people across the nation and world are wrestling with questions about how to engage with others who do not share the same values and/or identities and feel helpless around authentic engagement when we can’t even agree on basic facts for an informed dialogue. Further, many wrestle with how we can support respectful, transformative dialogue in face-to-face meetings, online contexts, and in physical and virtual classrooms. 

Proposals are due by February 13, 2023. Please submit one proposal per each session you are proposing. 

We believe that dialogue and dialogic methods of engagement are critical for addressing society’s most pressing challenges. As such, we invite proposals for the June 2023 conference that align with the following themes: 1) Building Community, 2) Dialogue to Foster Change, and the 3) Benefits of Dialogue.  Further context for these themes are as follow: 

  1. Building Community.  In the aftermath of national elections, our country is more polarized than ever before.  We invite proposals that help conference participants learn about how dialogue and dialogic methods can encourage people with differing values and identities to enter and remain engaged in dialogue, even when they do not go smoothly.  We invite proposals that help us create space and opportunity for developing trust in an effort to build stronger relationships within and between communities.
  2. Dialogue to Foster Change.  As our country, and institutions of tertiary education, continue to reflect on the impacts of structural racism, climate change, and other social issues, we invite proposals that assist conference participants in using dialogue and dialogic methods to foster social change.
  3. The Benefits of Dialogue. Research has documented the educational impacts of the presence of diversity on college and university campuses, as well as how dialogue (e.g., Intergroup dialogue or IGD) amplifies these benefits.  We invite proposals that help identify the benefits of dialogue so that practitioners can continue to ground their work, and justify the acquisition of institutional resources to build infrastructures to support dialogue within differing institutional settings.

Please submit your proposal via this form. Your proposal will include the following components:

  1. A title (no more than 15 words)
  2. A tentative 100 word abstract or description of your presentation to be included in the conference program 
  3. A 250-300 word description of your proposal, how you will engage participants in your session, a summary of the content of the presentation, and the presentation's connection to one or more of the conference themes, 
  4. Session Format (forced choice/pick one per proposal):  
    1. General Sessions/Workshops = option of 90 or 120 min
      General sessions are opportunities to share topics of interest, lessons learned, foresight or dialogues related to the conference themes.  These general workshops teach something practical, are interactive and educational, and/or may integrate research findings into dialogue practice.  Please provide a basic outline of your workshop design, along with projected timing for each portion of the proposed session.
    2. Panel Presentation = 60 min
      Panel presentations feature a number of individuals who speak on some related topic.  Panelists may address areas of research, practice, or a combination of both. Each speaker will have an allotted amount of time to speak with remaining time for Q&A and discussion. Please provide a basic outline of your presentation schedule. We recommend panels no larger than 4 presenters.
    3. Individual Presentation = 15 min
      Individual paper presentations offer the opportunity for a presenter to briefly share a paper to an audience, on a research project or other specified topic. Other accepted paper submissions will be organized by theme, and given a 60 minute overall presentation time that will allow for all presenters to present their paper, and then answer questions from the audience.  
    4. Roundtable Dialogues = 45 mins
      Is there a topic that you would like to engage with others in a smaller intimate setting, like around a round table?  The round table format  engages a small group of conference attendees. Your proposal suggests the topic; conference attendees can choose their own round tables, up to approximately 7 people per table. Please provide a basic outline of your dialogue, along with projected timing for each portion of the proposed session. 
  5. Names and contacts of additional presenters, if applicable.

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