Proposals are due by April 15, 2014. Any questions should be directed to Yolanda (Jolie) Medina or Haile Peters at email@example.com (questions only not proposals).
The link to submit proposals is: http://ocs.sfu.ca/aesa/index.php/2014/
All submissions are blind reviewed. Please remove identifying references from the proposal. Proposals for individual papers should not exceed 1000 words (excluding references). Proposals for all other sessions should not exceed 1500 words (excluding references).
In addition to the title of the paper or session and the proposal, include the name, institutional affiliation, email address, and telephone number of each participant when prompted by the online submission website. The body of the proposal, however, should not include any identifying information. Accessibility requests must be done at the time of submission.
Proposal submissions should provide a brief summary of the paper, symposium, panel or alternative session, which the reviewers will use to assess its merits. Your summary should include (as applicable)
Only the person submitting the proposal will be notified as to whether the proposal has been accepted. In the case of co-authored papers, panels, symposia, or alternative sessions with multiple participants, it will be the responsibility of the person who has submitted the proposal to notify the other participants regarding the status of the proposal.
OCS unfortunately does not allow for chairs, discussants, or multiple symposium authors. Symposium organizers should list chair, discussant, as well as symposium authors and institutional affiliations with their respective paper titles on the first page of submission entitled “Comments for Conference Director.” Panel organizers should include chair's name and institutional affiliation in the box titled “Comments for the Conference Director.”
The program committee welcomes individual paper proposals. Once accepted, papers will be grouped together around common or overlapping themes with an assigned chair. Presenters will have approximately 10-15 minutes to read, summarize, or discuss their individual papers.
A panel typically is composed of three to six participants (including a chair) who will discuss a common theme based on their research (Note: only the topic/theme of the panel will be listed in the program once accepted, not paper/presentation titles by each panelists). Usually, each panelist is given 10–15 minutes to discuss the topic, present theoretical ideas, and/or point to relevant research. A chair introduces the panel and frames the issues and questions that will be addressed. Panels will be allocated 90 minutes on the program. The chair is responsible for insuring that participants adhere to time limits.
A symposium includes three to four separate papers on a common theme, as well as a chair and a discussant. A symposium proposal should include the title of the symposium, a brief (one- or two-paragraph) overview of the symposium theme, and the title and brief description of each paper. Please include each author’s name and paper title in “Comments for the Conference Director” box. Most symposia will be allocated 90 minutes on the program. Time should be allowed for an introduction of the symposium by the chair, a presentation of the papers, comments by the discussant, and audience questions and involvement. Final symposia papers should be submitted to the discussant by September 15, 2014.
Alternative proposals that do not fit into the above categories, such as workshops, performances, video and multimedia presentations, and round-table dialogues, are encouraged. We also welcome proposals for the organization of special interest groups. Alternative format proposals should include information on the session’s topic, content, approach or purpose, as well as the roles to be played by the participants.
The 2014 AESA conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Toronto hotel. Below is contact information for the hotel.
370 King Street West
Toronto Ontario M5V1J9
Phone: 416 343-1234
Room rates are: $179 for singles and doubles; $204 for triples; and $229 for quad rooms. All prices are in Canadian dollars. The conference rate is available until September 7th, 2014 OR until our group block is filled, whichever comes first. Please note that the cut-off date is EARLY this year! Please make your reservations by clicking on the link below.
This is a dedicated booking website specifically for AESA members. You can use it to make, modify and cancel hotel reservations online, as well as to take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the hotel. The hotel will be UNABLE to accommodate requests beyond our room block or beyond our cutoff date.
If you have questions about the hotel or are having problems making reservations, please contact Sandra Spickard Prettyman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the Hotel
There are several restaurants in the hotel. The King Street Social Kitchen is open for breakfast and lunch. The restaurant will be offering some breakfast and lunch specials during the conference, look for updates in October. Mix Bistro Restaurant offers lunch and dinner. Each of the restaurants has a bar associated with it as well. There is also a Starbucks Café in the hotel. There are a multitude of other eating options very close to the hotel, in a variety of price ranges, from coffee shops to sandwich shops, to gourmet restaurants. A few restaurant favorites are listed below. The Hospitality Committee will also have additional information prior to the conference.
There is a 24-hour fitness center with a sauna, but the outdoor pool will be closed for the season.
Internet is available in guest rooms for $14.95 for a 24-hour period. Internet is FREE in the hotel lobby. It is NOT available in the meeting room spaces.
The self parking rate for registered hotel guests is $32 per day, with full in and out privileges.
There is public transit from Pearson International Airport to the hotel, but it does involve taking a bus and then the subway, so it can be cumbersome. The cost is $3.00 and it takes approximately one hour. At the airport, take the 192 Airport Rocket bus to Kipling Station. Transfer to the Bloor-Danforth subway line. Go eastbound to Saint George Station. Transfer to Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. Go southbound to Saint Andrew Station (you will exit at the corner of University and King). Walk west on King Street for about 600 yards (about 7—8 minutes). For more information: http://www.ttc.ca/index.jsp
There are also shuttles (about $28 each way per person or $48 roundtrip—you need to book in advance for your return) or taxis (about $50 each way).
If you are arriving at Union Station by train, it is approximately a 20 minute walk to the hotel. Walk two blocks north to King Street. Turn left and walk about three blocks; the hotel is on your right.
The St. Andrew subway station is about two blocks, a 3 minute walk, and the streetcar access is right at the hotel. The bus and subway cost $3 in cash, or you can buy 3 tokens for $8.10 or 7 tokens for $18.90. There is a day pass for $11 or a weekly pass for $39.25.
From inexpensive to high end, Toronto has a wide variety of restaurant options, and many of them are within walking distance of the hotel. The choice of ethnic restaurants is amazing, check out this article for ideas. Many of the restaurants on King Street are overpriced and not great, but there are a few exceptions. And just a few blocks away on Spadina or on John street are any number of inexpensive and very good options. Below are a few favorites for lunch or dinner. Some of these are thanks to Lee from Luma who shared his list of favorites in the area.
Okay, I just had to include these because Toronto really does have some fabulous coffee, and I did my share of checking on coffee shops in the area.
Remember that attendance at the annual conference also requires membership in AESA.
Our registration form allows you to renew or establish your membership with AESA, or if you are already a member in good standing, you may use the form to register for the conference only.
The membership page is under reconstruction until January 20, 2015. In the meantime, if you have questions about membership, please contact the AESA Secretary at email@example.com.