The Pan Africa ILGA Regional Conference Planning Committee welcomes your abstracts for oral papers, panel presentations, lightning round presentations and art presentations. Please read through the following carefully. Should you have any questions, please email with the subject heading Abstract queries.



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 related to the conference topics listed above.

  • 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 based on the conference topics above in brief oral presentations.

  • Each presentation is limited to 10 minutes followed by a five-minute question and answer period.

Art Presentations

The 90-minute or less art session provides an interactive forum for artists to present and discuss their work based on the conference topics above.

  • 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.



  • Submit your abstract in the form below.
  • Abstract submissions are due by the 28th of February 2018.
  • Authors must submit abstracts as one of the following: “Panel Presentation Only”, “Paper Presentation Only”, “Lightning Round Presentation Only” or “Art Presentation Only.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Please use the following naming convention for the file name: PAI_AuthorLastName_First Name_Topic.pdf (eg. PAI_Oluoch_Anthony_The Politics of Sex Work.pdf).
  • Abstracts must be submitted as PDF files.
  • Refer to the template below and list of PAI Conference Themes provided for more information.




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:

  • PAI conference theme chosen.
  • 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.



  • Acceptance notifications will be made by 31st March 2018.
  • 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 us: with the subject heading Change of presenter.

Submit your abstract here.