I have been invited to contribute a position paper to an upcoming conference on higher education. However, I am unfamiliar with them beyond a general description.

I’m concerned about what the norms are for these kinds of papers (since I have never written, nor read, one). Some questions I have include:

  • How much evidence for the position is normally provided?
  • What kinds of questions are reasonable to leave unanswered?
  • How long are they?
  • What level of counter-argument should be included?

I believe after reading a few I could answer these, which is why I’m asking this question.

As I look for samples, 90% of what I find relate to Model UN. Is there a good source to find samples of position papers for academic conferences?

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