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Seminars - General Information
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Seminars are Back!

Click to view the 2020 Seminar Topics and Seminar Leaders.
Each seminar will be led by one or two members, and include eight participants and ten auditors.


Participant registration is available here:


Auditor registration is available here:


Please note: the registration links above will not be active until 12:00PM CT on Wednesday, October 30th.  Until the links are active, they will take you to the Calendar page, not the Seminar registration pages.


When the links are active, members will need to click the "Register" button on the page to access the registration form.  Please provide your name, email address, and university affiliation, then click "Next." On the second page, select one seminar topic, then click "Save & Finalize Registration."  On the confirmation screen, there will be an option to "View Printable Registration Confirmation." Please keep a copy of this for your records.


All registrants must be active members and logged into the SCMS website to access the registration pages.  

If you would like to be added to the waiting list for a particular seminar topic that is full, please fill out the waiting list form here.


Once members have registered for a seminar as either a participant or an auditor, a support letter can be provided upon request. Please fill out the letter request form here.  





After the success of the past two years, seminar sessions will be returning for 2020! Like those offered in previous years, seminars are designed to provide members with different options for productive conversations about scholarly topics.


At the 2020 SCMS Conference, all seminars will be held Sunday, April 5th at 9:00AM. Seminars are not subject to the one-role policy, so you can be involved in a seminar and a panel, workshop or roundtable. Bear in mind, however, that if you sign up for a seminar, and you are also doing a panel, workshop or roundtable, we cannot guarantee the time slot for anything other than the seminars. While the program committee will do its best to with scheduling, you should be prepared, if you sign up for a seminar, to be at the conference from Wednesday to Sunday.


On Wednesday, October 30th at 12:00PM CT, the sign up system will be open to graduate students only, with four participant slots available. Auditor slots will be open in the full membership sign up period. The graduate-only sign up period ends on Thursday, October 31st at 11:59PM CT.


On Friday, November 1st  at 12:00PM CT, the sign up system will open to all. The four remaining participant slots and any of remaining participant slots not taken by graduate students will be available at this time. All auditor slots will also open up at this time. Graduate students can continue registering in this period, but will no longer have designated spaces. The sign-up period will end at 5:00pm CT, Friday November 15th.





Each seminar will be led by one or two people, and include eight participants and ten auditors. Chairs will be responsible for assigning pre-conference work, reading all submissions, and moderating discussion and any in-seminar work. Seminar leaders will decide what they want participants to do pre-conference, whether it be submitting short papers, video-essays, bibliographies, questions, or other activities related to the seminar theme. Auditors will be asked to read or view all materials assigned by the chairs and/or the seminar participants. While not expected to produce as much as participants, auditors should be considered a core part of the seminar.

Starting in 2019, seminar chairs will be able to determine whether their sessions will be open or closed to audience members. If chairs choose this option, they should identify the role that audience members may play during the seminar. (Are they part of the group discussion or are they silent observers?)

Once acceptance notifications are sent for conference papers, panels, workshops, and roundtables in November, seminars will be advertised to the general membership. For those SCMS members not accepted, this timeline allows them to participate in the conference through the seminar structure. Those who are accepted will be able to assess whether or not they can commit to the additional responsibility of a seminar on Sunday.  


Seminar registration will continue as 2018 with participants limited to a maximum of 8 people, with four slots reserved for graduate students. 10 more slots will be open to auditors. Registration will be on a “first-come-first-served basis,” with graduate student registration (with limited slots) open before general registration.


Those signed up as participants will submit short assignments by January 15th, before the program is finalized. If participants do not submit work, they will be cut from the seminar and program or shifted to an auditor position.

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