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 existing social networks, Big Name Scholars walk around being (mostly […]

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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, you forgot to request AV equipment in the first place, […]

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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 from them being handled badly. So, what does a bad […]

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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. They may actively use their position and platforms to make […]

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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 get this [unrelated to the paper itself] information into the […]

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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 move that outline to PowerPoint notes and worth from those. […]

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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” – a mostly good article that will probably never get much […]

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