…is ‘Writing a Conference Paper’.
If you, like me and a few hundred other delegates, have just returned from the 60th British Association for American Studies Conference, then you’ll know that Conference season is in full swing.
And if you, like me, have a conference hangover in the intellectual sense, then what better time to sit back, relax, and reflect on all things Conference-y (apologies for that term).
The BAAS conference held at Northumbria University in the heart of Newcastle toon, was a mighty show of how interdisciplinary American Studies really is. Panels were often packed beyond chair-capacity to hear papers about 19th Century American Literature, theories on Beat poets, Religion and Rap music, and the intertextuality of Bruce Springsteen, to name but a few.
The one key element of conferences – apart from the caliber of food on offer – is the actual papers themselves. Faced with filling 20 minutes of precious, valuable time , how do you, as a postgraduate/ECR go about tackling it? What do you do first? What do you do last? Heck, when do you even start writing it?
We want to know about your techniques, reflections, and tips on how to write a good conference paper. Including, how you balance context, research, and findings.