I'm toying with the idea of proposing a roundtable session for next fall's M/S/A conference -- toying in the sense that I've already written the proposal, but am hesitating mainly because I'm not sure people will find the proposal as it stands interesting enough to apply to. It's on a topic that is integrally related to my current chapter, which is making me wonder about the timing of conference applications vs. current academic work, and I thought I'd ask the readership:
When you apply to a conference, do you apply based on the work you're doing then or the work you think/hope you'll be doing when the conference actually takes place? There's such a time lag on these things (this application, for example, would be over 6 months in advance of the conference proper) that I've never applied to a conference based on projected work. I could apply to M/S/A with the expectation that, by November, I'll be working on the chapter after this one, and guess at the issues that will come up. But I prefer to have more or less worked out my thoughts before sharing them in such a forum, and I also just find it hard to get motivated about a topic I haven't thought much about yet.
What's your standard practice (if any)? What have you done in the past? I'm curious about what level of investment you have in your material before you feel the desire to have a conversation about it.