Maintainers III: Practice, Policy and Care

Washington, D.C., October 6-9 2019

Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University

The third in a series of conferences that celebrates and unpacks the concepts of maintenance, infrastructure, repair, and the myriad forms of labor and expertise that sustain our human-built world.

Submit a Proposal to MIII

We welcome proposals for all MIII Tracks from practitioners, activists, scholars, students, artists and others that share our commitment to maintenance.


All submissions are due May 13, 2019 at 11:59pm Central Time

Submission Formats & Requirements

Panels (60 minutes)

  • Panels can be organized as

    • Roundtable Discussions (Up to 5 individuals with particular perspectives or sets of expertise participated in a moderated, topical discussion) 45 minutes of discussion + 15 min Q&A

    • Paper Panels (Up to 4 papers, case studies, and/or policy briefings that share a common theme) 4 presenters @ 10 minutes each + 20 minutes for Q&A

  • All-male panels will not be accepted

  • Panel submissions require the following:

    • Title

    • Abstract (300 word limit) that clearly links the proposal to the track themes and goals of MIII

    • Members of Panel (please include the first name, last name and email address of each panel participant)

    • Moderator (please include the first name, last name and email address of the moderator)

Papers (10 minutes)

  • Papers might include research findings, policy briefings, or case studies

  • We encourage short, digestible, blog post-like essays of 1000-2000 words. If you want to send a longer essay of 10,000-15,000 words, that's up to you. But, as in previous years, short & punchy is more in the spirit of things

  • Paper submissions require the following:

    • Title

    • Abstract (300 word limit) that clearly links the proposal to the track themes and goals of MIII

    • PDF version of your paper that includes the name(s), organizational affiliation(s) and contact information for the author(s). We ask that you follow the filenaming convention “m3-[your last name]-[track you are submitting to].pdf” Ex: m3-meyerson-transportation.pdf

Workshops (60 minutes or 90 minutes)

  • Workshops are interactive sessions aimed at disseminating knowledge or skills, with a hands-on component as well as time for in-depth conversation.

  • Workshop submissions require the following:

    • Title

    • Abstract (300 word limit) that clearly links the proposal to the track themes and goals of MIII

    • Length of Workshop (60 minutes or 90 minutes)

    • Instructors for Workshop (please include the first name, last name and email address of each instructor)

    • Target audience for this workshop

    • Key learning objectives for attendees of the workshop

    • Description of the workshop structure or agenda.

    • Resources or supporting infrastructure that you require (a/v needs, space constraints, etc.)

Lightning Talks (5 minutes)

  • Lightning talks are short, high-energy presentations focused on a project, idea, or concept with pointers to additional resources where attendees can learn about the details

  • Lightning talks will be grouped into one or several sessions

  • Lightning submissions require the following:

    • Title

    • Abstract (300 word limit) that clearly links the proposal to the track themes and goals of MIII

Alternative Submissions (60 minutes or 90 minutes)

  • Alternative submissions could include performances; posters/installations; interactive experiences; unconference sessions; or other forms that fit with the conference themes

  • Alternative submissions require the following:

    • Title

    • Abstract (300 word limit) that clearly links the proposal to the track themes and goals of MIII

    • Length of Workshop (60 minutes or 90 minutes)

    • First name, last name and email address of every person involved

    • Detailed description of the submission (between 500 - 800 words) that helps conference organizers to know where in the program schedule your submission might fit best. The detailed description should specify if the submission interactive, if it is a performance, whether it is an unconference session and any other specifics that would help us to design the best possible MIII program schedule.

    • Resources or supporting infrastructure that you require (a/v needs, space constraints, etc.)