Registrations will open towards the end of the year and will be announced.

The Pan Africa ILGA Regional Conference Planning Committee welcomes your abstracts for oral papers, panel presentations and art presentations.



Themes for abstract submission in this conference are:

  • Youth Enlightenment through Education
    What is the state of availability and access to education for young LGBTI individuals and how does this state affect their socio/economic well-being?
  • Out of the Closet
    How does our outward presentation, coming out, self-identification and non-identification and causes we fight for affect the relationship we have with the rest of society?
  • Intersectionality of Struggles
    How is the LGBTI struggle affected by the struggles of other demographics? Are these struggles linked in any way? How can working together improve the end goals of the struggles?
  • LGBTI Health
    What innovative methods and activist approaches of improving the community’s health (sexual, reproductive, mental) exist? What are the challenges and what are the opportunities?
  • Technology in Our Community
    How has technology brought the community together? How has it improved the lives of our community? How has it risked the lives of individuals? How can we best harness the power of technology to better our society?
  • ARTivism: Art as a Tool for Change
    How can we use art as a tool for change? What is the best way to use different forms of art to influence positive change in the society? 



Oral Presentations

Paper presentations

Paper presentations provide author(s) the opportunity to present original work related to conference topics listed above.

  • Oral paper presentations will have 15-minute time slots and be clustered by theme into sessions that will include three individual presentations and time for questions from the audience.

Panel presentations

Panel presentations provide authors the option to organise a panel comprising three related papers.

  • Panel presentation sessions will be 90 minutes long, with 45 minutes for presentations and 45 minutes for discussion.
  • A panel proposal must include an abstract summarising the overall theme of the panel, as well as individual abstracts for each of the papers to be presented in the panel.

Lightning Round Presentations

Lightning round presentations provide authors the opportunity to share their work in brief oral presentations.

  • Each presentation is limited to 10 minutes followed by a five-minute question and answer period.
  • When submitting an abstract, select the checkbox that indicates willingness to be considered for “Paper, Lightning Round, or Poster Presentation.” The Planning Committee will select submissions to be included in the lightning round.

Art Presentations

The 90-minute or less art session provides an interactive forum for artists to present and discuss their work.

  • Presenters will be assigned locations to put up their posters, artwork or other media, which will be organised by topic.
  • Presenters are encouraged to bring one double-sided handout to accompany their posters, artwork or other media.



  • Authors must submit abstracts as “Panel Presentation Only”, “Paper Presentation Only” or “Paper, Lightning Round, or Art Presentation.”
  • Authors are encouraged to submit using the “Paper, Lightning Round, or Art Presentation” option.
  • Panel Presentations must be submitted under “Panel Presentation Only” and will not be considered for alternate formats. The number of panel presentations at the conference will be limited, so this option should be used only when an integrated research story requires multiple presentations in a single session.
  • The selection committee reserves the right to propose alternative presentation formats as the scope of the final programme requires.



  • All abstracts must be submitted online. The online system will be open from 25th November 2017 to 28th February 2018, at[insert link]
  • Paper, lightning round, and art abstracts are limited to one page while panel abstracts are limited to three pages. Abstracts not meeting these page limits will not be considered.
  • Please specify the submission category: “Panel Presentation Only,” “Paper Presentation Only,” or “Paper, Lightning Round, or Art Presentation.”
  • All abstracts must be formatted with 0.75-inch margins all around, 11-pt font size or larger for narrative text, and 10-pt font size or larger for table and figure legends.
  • Abstracts must use one of the following font styles: Times New Roman, Georgia, Helvetica, or Times.
  • The following information must be included in the submitted abstract: presentation/panel title; all author(s)’ identifying information, including names and institutional affiliations; PAI Conference Theme (see list of topics above); 3 to 5 keywords; and, narrative text. Narrative text may include tables and/or figures, providing the submission stays within page limits.
  • Abstracts must be submitted as PDF files.
  • Please use the following naming convention for the file name: PAI_AuthorLastName_First Name_Topic.pdf (ex. PAI_Oluoch_Anthony_The Politics of Sex Work.pdf).
  • Refer to the template below and list of PAI Conference Themes provided for more information.



Each abstract can earn a maximum of 25 points using the following criteria:

  1. State of Completion (5 points)
    The abstract must show substantial results indicating that the work has been, or is nearly, completed.
  2. Novelty (5 points)
    The abstract must show innovative information, or present a new topic or application in the field of interest.
  3. Advancement of Field (5 points)
    The abstract should present a significant contribution to the field, and the author(s) must specify how the paper will contribute to the development of global and/or regional knowledge.
  4. Quality (5 points)
    The quality of an abstract will be considered to be indicative of the quality of the final presentation. The abstract should have been prepared in a way that the reviewer will understand the background of the issue(s) and the objectives of the presentation.
  5. Relevance (5 points)
    Material presented in abstracts must be concise and coherent, with the focus of the abstract and its relevance to an international and/or regional audience clearly stated.

The scores shall be entered in the scoring sheet available on Google Docs as shared. They will correspond with the specific criteria being scored. The total score will be calculated automatically and the result shall display depending on the final score.



  • Acceptance notifications will be made by 31st March 2018.
  • Submission of an abstract does not mean automatic registration for the conference and authors are encouraged to register at [insert link]
  • There are limited slots available for scholarships that will cover travel and hotel costs. Should you need assistance in this, please apply for the scholarship as you register for the conference. Once these slots are filled, presenting authors are responsible for their own travel and hotel costs.
  • Abstracts will be compiled and made available to participants.
  • Any presenter who is unable to attend should arrange for another qualified individual to present the paper/art in question. If such a change is necessary, please notify the Planning Committee: [insert email address].




Corresponding Author, Institution, City/Town, Country; Author #2, Institution, City/Town, Country; Author #3, Institution, City/Town, Country

Corresponding Author Contact Information:, Phone Number (Incl. Country Code) e.g. (+27) 123 123 4567

Keywords: List three to five keywords each separated by semi-colons.

Abstract: Narrative text. Tables and figures may be included provided the abstract stays within the page limit. Avoid using jargon and acronyms. Consider including the following information in the abstract, where relevant:

  • Objective, problem under investigation, hypothesis or research goal.
  • Description of research methods.
  • Summary of findings.
  • Statement of how the research advances the Pan Africa ILGA objectives.