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Each conference is on a different continent but is in the same discipline (A & H). If my proposal is accepted, I will be chairing both sessions but will obviously have different speakers.

I am concerned that the governing associations may not be pleased due to a fear of redundancy.

Is this an academic faux-pas?

An 'emerging scholar'.

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    I would let both conference chairs know that you have submitted the proposal to the other conference. And I would check very carefully that both conferences are not mock conferences that exist only to extract large attendance fees from attendees. – Debora Weber-Wulff Apr 21 '16 at 7:25
  • Why must the speakers be different? – gerrit Apr 21 '16 at 14:14
  • re:Debora Weber-Wulff The two conferences the two biggest of its kind in my discipline. I just hope that upon informing both chairs that I will not have to withdraw should redundancy be an issue. – DistractedPhD Apr 23 '16 at 17:00
  • re:gerrit Different speakers in case I get same audience members. – DistractedPhD Apr 23 '16 at 17:00
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    This may be a discipline specific issue. In my discipline, such duplicate sessions are common. Sometimes some of the same papers will be presented, but conferences are precursors to publication, and conference papers are not themselves considered contributions, at least not meaningfully. In a conference oriented discipline, the norm could be different, similar to submitting the same publication to multiple journals in mine. – The Pompitous of Love May 4 '16 at 17:45
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Normally, two different conferences with the same session topics will result in two groups of work that are different, but compliment each other.

For example, assume I run a session called "Computer Forensics" at two different conferences. We will either invite different speakers, or use peer review for submissions to the session. In either case the result will likely be two sessions with the same general topic, but very different specific topics.

If the governing associations do not want the same topics, then make the topic title more general, but still related.

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"A&H" covers very many different disciplines with different practices.

In philosophy, it would not be strange at all to present the same paper multiply prior to publication (to get objections and feedback). Doing an entire panel with the same people and taking it on tour is something I've never seen. But when I say I've never seen it, I mean that I don't track conferences regularly (they're not important in philosophy in the same way they would be in CS). I don't think there's any rule against it within the discipline.

I cannot speak for other humanities and their practices.

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