Independent Researcher in Media Studies

Author: lorimori

How to Conference: The Messy Social Stuff

How to Conference: The Messy Social Stuff

For many people, those first few conferences can be stressful enough to put you off the whole thing altogether. Particularly at the very big conferences, it’s very easy to feel insignificant and invisible. Everyone seems to know each other, it can be hard to crack […]

How to Conference: Presenting the Paper 3

How to Conference: Presenting the Paper 3

What To Do When Everything Goes Wrong Or, really, what to do before everything goes wrong. Because at least once in your presenting career, EVERYTHING will go wrong. Most issues have to do with technology: the Internet connection is bad, you’re missing the right adapter, […]

How to Conference: Presenting the Paper 2

How to Conference: Presenting the Paper 2

Sliding Like a Pro As with reading from your paper, there are those who firmly believe that we have too. damned. many. PowerPoint. presentations nowadays; and, also like reading from your paper, a lot of this antipathy towards slides of any kind tends to come […]

How to Conference: Presenting the Paper 1

How to Conference: Presenting the Paper 1

To Read or Not to Read In the previous post, I claimed that reading your paper at a conference is not necessarily bad. Not everyone thinks this. There is a large and vocal contingent of scholars for whom reading your paper is the worst kind […]

How to Conference: Writing the Paper 3

How to Conference: Writing the Paper 3

Citation is Political You know who they are: the two or three academic stars that get cited in everything. They have their own boxes on the conference bingo card, their names come up so often. And they may be the nicest people in the world. […]

How to Conference: Writing the Paper 2

How to Conference: Writing the Paper 2

Kill Your Darlings You have the best research question on the planet, and you want everyone to know about it. ALL about it. So let me burst your bubble by saying that, at a conference, that’s impossible. “But wait!” you say. “I just need to […]

How to Conference: Writing the Paper 1

How to Conference: Writing the Paper 1

Do I HAVE to? The Pros and Cons of Writing Out a Conference Paper One thing people – especially those pressed for time – wonder is if you should even bother writing out your paper fully. For some, a detailed outline may suffice; others will […]

How to Conference: Writing the Paper Proposal 4

How to Conference: Writing the Paper Proposal 4

Odds and Ends: The Art of the Title I’ll admit upfront: historically, I’ve been an awful title writer. I literally have a published paper called “Trans-cult-ural Fandom: Desire, Technology, and the Transformation of Fan Subjectivities in the Japanese Female Fandom of Hong Kong Stars” – […]

How to Conference: Writing the Paper Proposal 3

How to Conference: Writing the Paper Proposal 3

Where no one has gone before? When you’re trying to make an argument for the importance and significance of your proposed paper, it’s tempting – so very tempting – to claim that what you’re doing has never been done before. If you find yourself writing […]

How to Conference: Writing the Paper Proposal 2

How to Conference: Writing the Paper Proposal 2

I had a professor in graduate school – a Big Name, highly respected in the field, and also a very nice man – who came to every department colloquium, every job talk, and frequently asked the same question at the end of every presentation: “So […]