Conference Tips for Graduate Students

 
Call for Papers:
What organizers post to advertise their conferences & ask for the submission of abstracts
https://www.cfplist.com
https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu
https://www.fabula.org/actualites-appels_postes.php (Mostly French)
 
Abstracts:
~500 word (varies)
·     A summary of your proposed presentation, sent to conference organizers.
https://theprofessorisin.com/2011/07/12/how-tosday-how-to-write-a-paper-abstract/
 
Tips for deciding which conferences to attend:
·     Does the topic align with my research interests?
·     Is the keynote speaker an expert in my field?
·     Is this a well-known conference that will look impressive on my CV? (e.g. "century" conferences, MLA, ACLA, etc.)
·     Do I know anyone else who is going? (Less important but it may result in the possibility of splitting accommodation and/or      transportation costs)
·     How much is the conference fee and what does it include? How much does it cost to become a member of the organization? ®Is it worth the cost?
 
Funding Sources:
LSU graduate school-
·     PhD students are eligible for 3 awards (up to $450).
·     Applyat least 1 month prior to the conference
·     If approved, you will receive the money after the conference
·     Keep all documentation so you can turn them in after the conference and make copies for your records(e.g. plane tickets, conference programs, food receipts, transportation receipts, etc.)
https://www.lsu.edu/graduateschool/funding/awards.php
 
LSU college of humanities and social sciences-
·     Up to $400
·     Reimbursed after the conference
·     See LSU graduate school rules
http://www.lsu.edu/hss/programs/graduate/Graduate_Student_Travel.php
 
American Comparative Literature Association Travel Grant: 
·     $200 to attend the annual conference
https://www.acla.org/annual-meeting/travel-grants
 
Ø Modern Language Association Graduate Student Travel Grant:
·     $400 to attend the annual conference
·     You can only receive this once during your graduate studies
https://www.mla.org/Resources/Career/MLA-Honors-and-Awards/MLA-Financial-Assistance/Graduate-Students-Traveling-to-the-Convention
 
Graduate Student Conferences:
·     Generally not funded by LSU
·     Good to practice presenting, but not as prestigious as national and international conferences
·     Good opportunity to network with other grad students & conference fees are generally lower
·     My advice: stay local! Go to local grad student conferences in Louisiana (University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of New Orleans, Loyola, Tulane, etc.) & to the ones at LSU (English Mardi Gras Conference, Department of French Studies, Comparative Literature).
·     The LSU Comparative Literature Graduate Association conference will be March 29-30, 2019and we will have the CFP ready in a few months. Mark your calendars!
 
 
Presenting
·     Create a clear outline that will be easy to follow for someone unfamiliar with your topic
·     Time yourself reading your paper out loud to be sure that you are respecting the time limits