Panel Chair Responsibilities

Panel chairs are responsible for organizing a thematic panel, managing the paper selection process, and assessing submitted paper proposals (see deadline schedule).

Panel chairs should carry out the following duties/actions:

(a) Provide a general introduction to the panel theme of about 10 minutes, illustrating how the topic relates to the ongoing academic and scientific debate, and place the papers presented in the session within a broader problematic framework; the aforementioned introduction may also be covered by an invited keynote speaker.

(b) Make sure each paper is properly discussed. This duty may be carried out by one or more of the panel chairs or, if foreseen, by a discussant.

(c) Lead a final, general discussion.

Panel chairs are encouraged to propose a fairly broad topic, for instance by considering more than just one policy area or by focusing on various cross-cutting dimensions in a given policy field. Ideally, panel proposals should reflect an interdisciplinary approach with particular references to sociology, political science, economics, law, etc.

The total number of panels will depend on the submitted proposal and will likely range between 20 and 30. Each panel session will last 2 hours, and a maximum of 4 accepted papers per session is expected. In panels that receive a large number of high-quality papers, more sessions can be organized, based on the Organizing Committee’s final decision. The session structure is usually as follows: 10 minutes for the opening speech, 15 minutes of presentation, 10 minutes of discussion for each paper, and 10 minutes for the final overall debate on all the papers.

Panel chairs are invited to also consider the so-called “Korpi’s rules” used at ISA (International Sociological Association) Research Committee 19 on welfare and social policy. The rules of the panels will be, in this case, the following: a) all the panel’s papers must be delivered by the authors at least 15 days before the conference and must be circulated to all the participants with adequate notice; b) the individual papers will be introduced by a discussant (different from the submitted paper’s author); c) the author will be given a limited time to discuss the discussant’s presentation to leave time for a general discussion among all the session’s participants.

It is highly recommended that panel chairs exercise strict time management because the schedule is very tight.

N.B. Panel chairs are considered normal conference participants; therefore, they are subject to conference fees with no exception.
Also, the scientific and organizing committee cannot reimburse in any way panel discussants and keynote speakers.