- February 15th: Abstracts due. Acceptance and rejection notifications will be sent out on a rolling basis. Once you are accepted, you will immediately be able to register for the conference. The sooner you submit, the sooner the committee can evaluate your application.
- February 21st: Final acceptance and rejection notifications sent out.
- February 25th: Early registration deadline ($175). Register by this date to lock in the early registration pricing.
- March 11th: Final registration deadline ($205).
- March 28th: Program published showing all scheduled talks.
- April 8th-10th: Symposium!
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, show a short film, or recite/perform a work of creative writing or poetry. 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.
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.