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
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