Research in the Round Table Hosts

See details below to apply for Research in the Round (Round Two) by January 6.

Planning to attend the 2023 Convention? Submit a proposal to host a table at Research in the Round, a timed event that promotes the very best part of convention: conversation!

Student members are invited to submit a topic and two questions for brief, engaging conversations about literary, theoretical, pedagogical, or writing topics. If a student submission is accepted for Research in the Round, the student will host a table at the event. Audience participants will circulate from table to table in a timed, speed-style format, where (after a brief introduction from the Table Hosts) they discuss the topic, answering the two questions or formulating one of their own about the same subjects.

For example, if the topic were “Playing God,” the proposed questions might be “How do novels like Frankenstein ask readers to wrestle with ethical questions?” and “What are the implications for characters who make someone ‘immortal’ in vampire literature?” (The Table Host might be poised to ask, “What other texts wrestle with the idea of violating laws of nature?” or “What works do you think of when you hear the words ‘playing god?'”).

Or imagine the topic was “Color- or Race-Blind Casting in Contemporary Theatre.” The Table Host might have questions that ask about the effects of this kind of casting approach. The second question might focus on the extent to which historical accuracy is important. The Table Host could be prepared with specific examples from theatrical or film productions, and follow-up questions could ask participants to think about the role actors, directors, and producers have in influencing an audience’s interpretation.

Each round will be limited to nine or ten minutes of discussion. Table Hosts will engage in five or six rounds of conversation with several participants per round. Hosts should not expect to talk the whole time but should instead encourage discussion.

Upon acceptance, Table Hosts go through a brief follow-up process, working with Student Leadership to curate visual elements and/or additional resources for their topic.

Attendees—not Table Hosts—will indicate their interest in Research in the Round during convention registration, or they may register to participate at the Convention as space permits.

Research in the Round Table Host Proposal submissions will include the following components on this Google Form:

  1. Your name, chapter name, email address (choose an email address you monitor regularly and will still use in April 2023), and cell phone number;
  2. Your proposed Research in the Round topic;
  3. Two proposed questions that would spark discussion on the topic (no more than 50 words); and
  4. A longer explanation (no more than 250 words) that gives information on your proposed topic and questions, focusing on persuading evaluators that this topic and these questions will spark discussion.

Student members may submit both a paper and a Research in the Round Table Host Proposal. Research in the Round Tables, however, should not propose the same topics as papers. These Tables are designed to allow student members to work on, explore, and refine topics that are not yet finished papers. Students submitting Common Reader papers are also welcome to submit Research in the Round Table Host Proposals, even if this is their third submission to the convention.

All Research in the Round Table Host Proposals will be evaluated by multiple judges. View evaluation criteria.

Submission Deadlines and Notifications – Round Two

Submissions for round two are due by January 6 at 5:00 p.m. CST, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis through January 16. Submitters will be notified through the email address entered on the Google Form.

Please submit using a desktop computer or laptop. Do not submit from a phone or tablet. Be sure to set up your account with an email address you will retain through April 2023.


Email 2023 Convention staff at with questions.