The role of the discussant is to critique the paper under consideration. Papers should be discussed courteously and tactfully, but nevertheless pointedly. The idea is to provide constructive criticism that will allow the author of the paper to rethink important points, and possibly improve the paper. Discussions should neither be glorifications nor vilifications. Furthermore, discussions should not simply summarize the paper and rehash the author's presentation, but offer an alternative perspective on the issues under considerations. Discussants should also refrain from turning the alotted time into a presentation of the discussant's own research; discusions should stay close to the paper under consideration.
The rooms will have facilities for computer-assisted presentations, using PowerPoint or PDF. To make this run smoothly, should you choose to use it for your discussion, it is imperative that you: