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.


Sincerest thanks to everyone that submitted a proposal to MIII!

MIII Track Chairs will reach out to all submission authors by the end of June 2019. In the meantime, if you have a question please contact Jessica Meyerson (jmeyerson[at]themaintainers[dot]org).

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

      • Only Title and Abstract are due at the time of submission. Calls to authors for completed papers will occur closer to the date of the conference. However, if you have a paper that is ready to submit, please feel free to upload it upon submission.

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.)