How To Apply

Application Timeline

Applications for 2023 Macksey Symposium are now open

January 31th: Abstracts due. Acceptance and rejection notifications will be sent out on a rolling basis. Once you are accepted, you will be able to register for the conference. The sooner you submit, the sooner the committee can evaluate your application.

Humanities Subject Areas are:

  • History
  • History of Art
  • History of Science or Medicine
  • English
  • Foreign language and literatures (French, German, Japanese, Spanish, etc)
  • Media Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Classics
  • Religious Studies
  • Humanities tracks within interdisciplinary programs (e.g., East Asian Studies, American Studies, Gender Studies, or General Studies, etc)


Registration information will be sent individually as proposals are accepted.

Presentation Tips

Your presentation should be 7-10 minutes long and should cover your original work in the humanities. The most common mode of professional academic presentation in many fields (such as literature and cultural studies) is reading aloud a short version of a research paper you’ve written. You should aim for a paper of about 1,200-1,500 words, but be sure to read it out loud and time yourself to make sure you’re under 10 minutes. Alternately, you can present a PowerPoint presentation. You will be grouped with two or three other presenters working on similar themes, and after everyone has presented, there will be some time for questions and answers from the audience.

For ideas around presentations a copy of the 2022 Macksey Symposium Program is available here.

Abstract-Writing Tips

The most important section of your application will be the abstract. The purpose of the abstract is to give the conference organizers a clear and concise understanding of your project, so that they can judge both whether your presentation is a good fit for the conference and, if so, how you should be grouped with other presenters.

Writing an abstract is such a common and important part of academic life that there are numerous resources online to help you get started—from the light-hearted MadLibs approach here (not recommended!) to more serious guides from established academics.

As the brief guide below indicates, there is a general pattern that is often very effective for establishing why your audience should care about your paper. First, you establish what the conventional wisdom is about your subject—what “they” say—and then you contrast it with what “you” say that moves the field forward.

Writing an abstract can feel intimidating, but remember that this conference welcomes participants with little previous conference experience. As long as you do good work and describe it clearly, you will receive full and careful consideration for your project.

Travel and Accommodations

Hotel reservations can be made at the following three hotels by clicking on the names of the hotels linked below.  Hotel blocks are on a first-come, first-served basis and will fill quickly. If you prefer to call, please request the Krieger Symposium Block for the discounted rate.

The Colonnade
Inn at The Colonnade Baltimore – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel; 
4 West University Parkway Baltimore, Maryland 21218-2306
+1 410 235 5400

Hotel Indigo
24 West Franklin Street,
Baltimore, MD
+1 410 625 6200

Revival Hotel
Revival Baltimore
101 West Monument St
Baltimore, Maryland 21201 United States
+1 410 727 7101

Shuttles from Hotels to/from campus will be provided.

We recommend that if you are flying you arrive to the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). Transportation is not provided to/from the airport or train station.