Ethnography Forum Submission Guidelines

Starting with the 2019 meeting, the Ethnography in Education Research Forum has moved to a new system for managing submissions, reviews, registration, and so on.  Therefore, please carefully review the Steps for Submission below. Thank you for your patience. If you have any technical problems, please send us an e-mail at

Please note that you will need to create an account when you enter the portral below.  More details can be found in the Steps for Submissions section.

The SUBMISSION PORTAL for the 2019 meeting is now open, and will close on OCTOBER 18, 2018.

 In addition, please consider the following important points when submitting a proposal for review.

Fast Facts

  • All presenting authors of accepted papers must register for the Forum and present at the assigned time.
  • All papers, abstracts, etc. should be submitted without any identifying information. Authors should ONLY be identified in fields specifically requesting this information.
  • Accepted papers will be notified by e-mail in early November.

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Proposal Evaluation Criteria

  • Significance for education
  • Conceptual orientation
  • Methodology
  • Description and data analysis
  • Clarity and quality of proposal

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Steps for Submission

The SUBMISSION PORTAL for the 2019 meeting is now open, and will close on OCTOBER 18, 2018.

If this is your first time visiting the submission portal, please follow the link above and select “Create Account.”  Once you have successfully created an account and selected a password, please return to the submission portal and select “Log In.” 

Note: In this new system, proposals are referred to as “abstracts.”  You will, however, be asked to submit more than an abstract for your proposal submission (see more details below). 

Once you are logged in you can select “Abstract Submissions” to submit a new proposal, or look for updates on proposals already submitted.  Select the green button “Submit Abstract” to begin a new proposal. As times moves on, you will also be able to register for the conference and preview the program through this portal. 

Step 1: Enter Title and Select Submission Type

Please enter a title for the paper (sessions Type A, B, G) or for the session (Types C, D, E, F).  In addition, please select the appropriate conference track/session type as described below:

Defining Conference Tracks

PRACTITIONER INQUIRY:  Individual papers and panel sessions may be designated as Practitioner Inquiry. This method of inquiry includes practitioner research and uses an inquiry stance to consider and generate local knowledge. Practitioner inquiry in education research includes research by educators (pre-K to higher ed) as well as activists, community organizers, educational leaders, university researchers among others. Practitioner Inquiry Day, held on the Saturday of the Forum, will highlight presentations that use these methods.

TRADITIONAL RESEARCH PAPERS: Traditional individual papers and panel sessions are papers conducted by professional researchers or researchers in training (i.e. graduate students).  

Session Types

INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: TRADITIONAL RESEARCH TRACK (TYPE A) OR PRACTITIONER INQUIRY TRACK (TYPE B) (15 MINUTES):  We invite single- or co-authored papers on issues in education, child, and youth studies. Papers must draw upon in-depth ethnographic research. Proposals should describe the research problem, methodology, theoretical framework as well as the paper’s argument and its significance to the field. Final analyses, results, and conclusions OR preliminary findings and tentative conclusions (Works-in-Progress) may be submitted. If it is a Work-in-Progress, please include this information in the body of your description.

PANEL GROUP SESSIONS: TRADITIONAL RESEARCH TRACK (TYPE C) OR PRACTITIONER INQUIRY TRACK (TYPE D) (75 MINUTES): Panel proposals should include a statement of the panel topic and descriptions of three or four papers to be presented during the 75-minute slot. The person who submits the proposal will be responsible for submitting all of the information about all of the papers in the panel, so be sure to have this information handy.  The proposal should also include information on how each paper approaches the panel topic. Note that the Abstract Title should be for the session as a whole, but the uploaded proposal should include the titles and abstracts of each paper proposed.

ALTERNATIVE FORMAT SESSIONS: TRADITIONAL RESEARCH TRACK (TYPE E) OR PRACTITIONER INQUIRY TRACK (TYPE F) (75 MINUTES): Each year, a handful of sessions follow innovative or alternative formats, which do not conform to traditional presentations of research.  For example, such formats have included a short film and discussion; a researcher, teacher and students each sharing perspectives on a shared, ongoing project; performance art; or a structured breakout session to promote dialogue on particular issues. Panel proposals should include a statement about both the session topic, participants, and the innovative or alternative format/structure to be presented during the 75-minute slot. Any special technical or facility set-up should be highlighted.  The person who submits the proposal will be responsible for submitting all of the information about the session, so submitters should have all such information at hand. Note that the Abstract Title should be for the session as a whole, but if there are individual papers, the uploaded proposal should include the titles of each paper presented.

DATA ANALYSIS WORKSHOPS (TYPE G) (35 MINUTES): Workshop sessions provide an opportunity for participants to discuss data analysis plans and issues with senior scholars and others attending the sessions. Proposals should include a discussion of the research problem and research questions, the methodology, the nature of the excerpts from interview transcripts, relevant documents, and/or field notes to be considered, as well as potential theoretical or conceptual frameworks for the analysis. Proposals should also provide a clear rationale for why a particular piece of data is important and worth analyzing. 

Step 2: Input Abstract/Proposal Summary

The abstract summary should be a brief (100 word) overview of the work to be presented. Note: This should be submitted WITHOUT author identification.

Step 3: Identify Key Words

At this time, we have 44 topical key words available.  Please select the three words/phrases that best describe the proposal overall, from the following listing: 

  • Adult, Post-Secondary and Higher Education
  • African-American/ Diaspora
  • Arts Education
  • Asian-American, Pacific Islander/ Diaspora
  • Bi/Multilingualism
  • Boys’ Education/ Experience
  • Citizenship and Civic Education
  • Critical Theories
  • Curriculum Development and Pedagogy
  • Digital/Virtual/Online Contexts
  • Disability and Special Education
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Educational Policy
  • ESL/Second Language Acquisition
  • Evaluation, Testing, Assessment
  • Family- Community- School Relations
  • Film, Media and Technology
  • Foreign or Heritage Language
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Girls’ Education/ Experience 
  • Identity/Subjectivity
  • Immigration/ Migration 
  • Indigenous Contexts
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Informal Education
  • K-12
  • Latino, Latin-American/Diaspora
  • Literacies
  • Markets and Neoliberalism
  • Math Education
  • Methodological Reflections/ Innovations
  • Multi-Modality
  • Narrative
  • Race or Ethnicity
  • Rural
  • Science Education
  • Semiotics
  • Social Interaction
  • Study Abroad
  • Teacher Education
  • Transnationalism
  • Urban
  • Writing

Step 4: Upload Proposal

A detailed description of the work to be presented should be uploaded as a file (.pdf, .doc,.docx).  Individual paper proposals (Types A, B, G) should include conceptual orientation, data collection and analysis methods, data interpretation, and significance to education (limit 1500 words, not counting references). Panel Group Sessions (Types C, D) should include this information, as well as titles and abstracts for each individual paper (limit 4000 words, not counting references). Alternative format sessions should include details about the format of the session (workshop, discussion, film viewing) and any special requirements.

Selection for the program is based primarily on this description. Please indicate if it is a Work-in-Progress (i.e. offering preliminary findings and tentative conclusions) in the body of your description. Note that this description should be submitted without author identifications. If you cite your own work in the description, please blind the reference by listing “Proposal Author, (year)” instead of a traditional reference. Please remove all identifying information including site and participant details.

Upload Data Files  

If you are submitting a Type G session (Data Analysis) you will be asked to submit a sample of the sort of data you will ask to be reviewed at the session.  You will be invited to submit other forms of data for review as we approach the conference dates.

Step 5: Identify Author(s) and Affiliation(s)

Please identify all authors, their contact e-mail addresses, their affiliations, and Status (student, faculty member, and so on). Please note that the titles, authors, institutions, and emails you give here will appear in our program, so it is important to include this information in full.

For individual paper submissions (Type A, B, G), one person must be identified as a primary author, although there may be multiple co-authors.  Please select “Presenting Author” for all authors who plan to attend and speak at the conference. Please leave the "paper title" field blank.

For panel-group submissions with papers (Type C, D, and possibly E, F), please include a paper title to be associated with each author. In addition, one person must be identified as a primary author, who will be considered chair and organizer.  Please select “Presenting Author” for all authors who plan to attend and speak at the conference.

For alternative format sessions (Type E and F), which typically don't have traditional papers, please include a listing of participants as "authors" but leave the "paper title" field blank.

Step 6: Review and Submit your Proposal

Please review all elements of the proposal, and the detailed steps outlined above.  Please remember that as this is a peer-reviewed conference, authors names should only be included in Step 5. At this point, you may either "Save and Submit Later" or simply "Submit" your proposal for review.  In order to be considered, please be sure to click "Submit" by October 1, 2018.

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