FAQ

* Does MASN cover the travel expenses for presenters?

No, we cannot cover your travel expenses, unfortunately. Participants are encouraged to find travel reimbursements for themselves (at your university, for instance).

* Is there a conference participation fee?

Yes, 80 euro for non-presenters and 40 euro for presenters. However, this covers your accommodation between 19 and 24 August, 3 meals each day included.

* Will MASNers have to pay participation fee for EASA?

No, all MASN participants (presenters and non-presenters) can attend EASA for free. Accommodation is free of charge also (thank you EASA 08 organising committee!). However, the “price” you will pay for this is that you will become part of the “staff” – meaning, you will help the organisers of EASA in one way or another, but still being able to attend the lectures most of the time.

* Can I attend MASN without the paper presentation?

Yes, you can. Very welcome!

* What is expected from the presenters?

MASN participants don’t bite! The idea is to get the discussion going and to inspire new insights – for the audience, as well as for the presenter. Constructive criticism can be very helpful to develop your work also after the conference.

* Can we apply as a group?

Yes, you can. If you had a group research on some subject, you can apply as a group. If there are more than two of you, it would be more reasonable to propose a concept for a workshop or a roundtable, since the morning presentations (20 minutes for presentation, 30 for discussion) might not offer enough space for all the individual presenters from the group to express themselves fully. Afternoon workshops/roundtables (90 minutes) would in this case seem like the better option for you.

* What is actually the difference between a paper presentation, workshop and a roundtable discussion?

Well…

the morning paper presentations have a more standardized form. It is the 20 minutes you are given to present your research and then the 30 minutes for questions from the audience and further explanation of your paper (nevertheless, you can of course be creative in the way you form and conceptualise your text). For the 50 minutes, you will be the star, sharing your research experience in front of 80-100 young anthropologists/ethnologists/etc., very attentively listening to what you have to say.

a workshop can be in on one hand quite similar to a paper presentation, if you wish it to be so, only that it allows for longer discussions (since you have 90 minutes offered). Besides that, the groups are smaller (the 80-100 participants choose from three parallel workshops/roundtables and get divided between them) – this gives you the chance for more intensive discussions. On the other hand, workshops can be also very creative. You can think of a way to really actively involve your audience into your subject – prepare a game, make them write, make them meditate, make them dance! And lead them through your research experience.

a roundtable discussion could be the TV-show roundatble alternative, where you have a group of “experts”, looking at the same discussion subject through their different and diverse viewpoints and lenses. Your role in this case, could be the role of the TV-show host, who has the concept of the discussion figured out and prepared, and who leads the discussion, for instance. You want to talk about “doing ethnography”, what happens to the anthropologist on the “field”, where are our “boundaries”? Well, make us discuss this thing called “fieldwork”, lead us through, help us with the literature on this, which we might not all have read, describe us your own “success” (or “failure”, for that matter) when “being there”, on “your” field!

and a fringe event is a fringe event. We want to relax after the intensive day, but still see or learn something interesting. You shot a video of yourself when doing fieldwork? We would love to see it. You learned how to yodel when you did fieldwork in Austria? We would love to try it. You made photos on the borders when your country became part of the Schengen area? Let us see them.

NOTE: The above descriptions and ideas are meant for you to “get the picture” and are by no means exclusive and YOUR CREATIVITY in ANY of the presentation forms is VERY MUCH ENCOURAGED!

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