The conference will run over three and a half days and will consist of four keynotes, three plenary sessions, and around 50 panel sessions, providing an opportunity for a wide range of contributions and participants from different backgrounds and geographical contexts. Part of the conference programme will be organised and run by Liberian refugees living in the nearby Buduburam camp.
Following a Call for Contributions, the IASFM18 Organizing Committee has received more than 300 proposals for paper presentations, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, open debate and performance. The Committee is currently reviewing all submissions. Those awaiting a decision about whether their proposed contribution to the conference has been accepted can expect a decision by mid February 2020 at the latest to ensure sufficient time for successful applicants to raise funds and secure visas etc.
Decisions about the final conference programme will be underpinned by equality principles, ensuring opportunities for a wide range of speakers and participants from different backgrounds provided that their proposed contribution is consistent with the conference objectives and reaches a minimum quality threshold. Particular care will be taken to ensure that early career researchers, scholars working in the Global South and those working across a range of geographical and organizational contexts are able to participate.