Frequently Asked Questions

How will the LASA/Africa 2023 hybrid Congress be?

The hybrid component will allow people to attend and participate in person in Ghana, or remotely via the Internet.

What is the Congress website I should visit to participate virtually?

The LASA/Africa 2023 Congress website is now open. 
This website is in Spanish and English.


Which video platform should I use to access the sessions virtually?

To enter the LASA/Africa 2023 sessions virtually you should use the Zoom video conferencing system. We recommend that you download the latest version of this platform in advance of your presentation and use the Zoom desktop client to participate. However, if you prefer to use the web version, please use the Google Chrome browser for the best experience. 

I am a participant with an active role in the Congress. Where can I see the schedule, day, and time of my session(s)?

To know the day and time of the session(s) where you will participate, please check the Program Book or Online Program.

Who will be available to help me if something unexpected happens during my on-site or virtual presentation?

LASA/Africa 2023 sessions will have a designated host who will be on-site in the meeting room and will be responsible for starting the session promptly, both in virtual mode for those participating or attending virtually, and in person, for those who are in the room at the University of Ghana. At the beginning of each session, the local host will welcome the panelists and other virtual and in-person participants and then hand the microphone to the session chair. If the chair is not present, the role of co-host may be assigned to the organizer. The local host will be available to assist both in-person and virtual participants to ensure that the session runs smoothly.

At the end of the session, one hour and 30 minutes, the co-host along with the local host will conclude the session and open the next one.

I am a participant with an active role in Congress. How can I join virtually the session where I am participating?

Regular Sessions

Registered participants with an active role in the Congress –presenters, chairs, discussants, and organizers– will be able to enter the session or sessions in which they participate –panel, roundtable, or workshop– through the LASA/Africa 2023 website. The following steps will guide you to find your session.

  1. Go to the LASA/Africa 2023 website.
  2. Press the button “Find Your Session”.
  3. You will be able to enter your session 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time by clicking “Connect to Session”.

Before entering your session, you must confirm your Congress registration with your LASA ID and password.


Plenary Sessions

The Congress has 5 plenary sessions. Active participants –presenters, chairs, discussants, and organizers– of the plenary sessions must enter their session using the zoom link sent to their emails one hour before the session. 


I am a participant with an active role in the Congress. Will I receive any reminder with the time of my session(s)?

Yes. As an active participant in a session of the LASA/Africa 2023 hybrid Congress, you will receive one reminder email 1 hour before your session starts. This email will have the name, time, and specific room where your session will be held. It will also have a direct link to the LASA/Africa 2023 website, where you can join your session virtually if you are not in Ghana.

I will participate virtually. What is the time zone of the Congress?

All the sessions and events are scheduled following the local time in Ghana. The films of the Film Exposition are available to watch at any time during the four days of the Congress, November 15–18, 2023.

I am already registered for the Congress. How can I confirm my registration?

If you would like to make sure you are registered for the LASA/Africa 2023 Congress, look for your name in the list of registered participants. 


How can I get a participation certificate?

Certificates from the LASA/Africa 2023 hybrid Congress can be downloaded on the LASA/Africa website after the conclusion of the Congress. Certificates will be downloaded in PDF Format.

Who will be in charge of coordinating the Q&A during my LASA/Africa 2023 session?

The chair, whether in-person or virtual, is responsible for ensuring that all the presenters and the discussant adhere to the agreed time limits, and for coordinating the question-and-answer session with the audience after session members have completed their presentations. It is suggested that the chair let the panelists and attendees know at the beginning of the session when there will be space for comments or questions. 

I have the role of discussant in a LASA/Africa 2023 session. Which are my tasks as a discussant?

The discussant, virtual or in person, should summarize key conclusions and identify issues for further discussion in the various papers presented by the session members. He or she might wish to situate the participants’ work within larger academic debates, but should not use the occasion to present a separate paper of her or his own.

I have the role of organizer in a LASA/Africa 2023 session. What is the description of my role?

The organizer's tasks, virtual or in person, occur primarily before the Congress begins. The organizer was responsible for assembling the session and confirming everyone's participation, including the chair, the discussant, and the paper presenters or presenters without papers. The organizer should advise the LASA Secretariat promptly of any changes in the composition of the session.

The organizer should have communicated with session participants in advance of the Congress date to ensure that paper presenters delivered their written work to the designated discussant in a timely fashion.

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